Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite has forever linked fairies to Christmas. Add some ballerina fairies to your tree to bring a bit of the magic of music and dance to your Christmas celebration. The petals from white plastic chrysanthemums make a rounded tutu for the snowflake fairies. You can choose other types of flowers to create many types of fairies. Silk flowers work as well as plastic ones. These fairies are inexpensive and easy to make.
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Things you need
- Large chenille stems
- Wooden head beads
- Ornament hook
- Plastic chrysanthemum
- Satin ribbon, 1-inch
- Glue gun
- Small metallic chenille stems
Fold a 12-inch piece of large chenille stem in half and stick the folded end through the bead starting at the bottom. A head bead is a 1-inch bead with a face and hair on it. They are available at craft stores. Pull it through until 1/4 inch of the stem shows through at the top. Attach an ornament hanger to this loop. Twist the stem together 1/2 inch below the bead to make the neck.
Fold the ends of another 12-inch stem 3 inches from each end, so that the ends of the stem meet in the middle of the stem. Twist the stem together to make the fairy's arms.
Stick the centre of this stem between the two ends of the other stem just below the neck. Twist the body stems to hold the arms in place. Shape the arms so they curve over the head in a ballet position.
Cut a 1-inch piece of ribbon and glue it around the fairy just below the arms to make a bodice.
Pull the flower apart and use the large outer rings of petals for the fairy's tutu. Thread the stems through the petals from the bottom.
Pull one of the stems out to the side to hold the petals in place and form the fairy's legs. Bend this leg to make a knee. Make the foot touch the ankle of the other leg as if the fairy were dancing on one foot.
Wind slender metallic chenille stems around the feet, as if they were the ribbons of ballet slippers. Wrap some around the top of the doll's head for a crown. Use loops of stem to make a pair of wings. Glue on the wings or attach them by twisting the ends of the stem around the body just below the arms.
Tips and warnings
- If you cannot find head beads at the craft store, you can draw faces on wooden beads with a marker and glue some fuzzy trim around the top of the bead for hair.
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