Although your first encounter with fairies may have been watching Tinkerbell in "Peter Pan," fairy lore has its origins in ancient pagan ceremonies. Fairies were also common in Celtic lore, are part of Irish folklore and have been present in English literature for hundreds of years. Fairies are tiny, winged, supernatural creatures that resemble humans. In most traditions, they have magical powers and cast mischievous spells on humans. Other legends propose that fairies act as protectors of humans. Creating a miniature fairy from an old-fashioned clothespin is an easy craft and is especially appropriate for children. These clothespins, sometimes called clothes pegs, have no spring in them, have two prongs and can be purchased at a craft store.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Small wooden clothespin
- Acrylic paint set
- Flesh-coloured pipe cleaner
- Coffee filter
- Hot glue gun
- White glue
Place the clothespin vertically in front of you with the slit centred. Draw your fairy's face on the top bulb of the clothespin. Use the rest of the clothespin to draw the clothes, with the bottom two prongs acting as the fairy's legs.
Paint the face and body of your fairy with the acrylic paint and paintbrush. Paint your fairy's dress and slippers brown and give her forest green tights. Let the paint dry completely.
Cut off 3 inches of pipe cleaner to form the fairy's arms. Secure the middle of the pipe cleaner to the back of the clothespin with the hot glue and wait for it to set. Form the arms by bending the pipe cleaner at the elbow and wrists. Bend the ends of the pipe cleaners back on themselves to form the hands.
Wet the coffee filter with water, flatten it on your workspace and allow it to dry. This will become your fairy's wings.
Spread white glue on the coffee filter and sprinkle glitter all over it. Let it dry.
With the filter flattened in front of you, place your index finger on the top edge and your thumb on the bottom edge. Pinch the two edges together to create the wings. Glue the pinched centre to the back of the clothespin.
Tips and warnings
- Old-fashioned clothespins come in a variety of sizes. Use the smallest size available to make your miniature fairy.
- Most depictions of fairies include almond-shaped eyes and pointed ears. They are also commonly depicted wearing mini dresses and slippers.
- To make them look like they are flying, hang your fairies from invisible strings around your house.
- Use ribbon to embellish your fairy.
- Instead of painting on clothes, you can also make fairy clothes with green and brown felt.
- Do not let small children use the hot glue gun and keep it and the cord away from them at all times.
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