Many children love reading Rainbow Magic books. The series, widely known in the UK, tells stories about human girls and their fairy friends. Its online counterpart entertains with games, displays about the different fairies and ways to create and print your own customised fairy. For a child that loves Rainbow Magic, Rainbow Magic crafts unfold a bridge from reading or online gaming to arts and crafts. Adult Rainbow Magic crafts also make a great gift for young friends and relatives. From Rainbow Magic paper dolls to Rainbow Magic cross stitch design, a dose of creativity brings this book series to life.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Sturdy paper
- Coloured pencils or crayons
- Embroidery cloth
- Graph paper
- Embroidery floss
- Embroidery needle
- Embroidery hoop
Sketch a drawing of a Rainbow Magic character in pencil on a sheet of sturdy paper. Leave off clothing shapes, but include wings when drawing a fairy.
Go over the final pencil sketch in black pen.
Cut out the character.
Draw details onto the character, such as a face, fingers and toes.
Place the paper doll onto a piece of sturdy paper.
Trace the paper doll's shape in pencil and lift the paper doll.
Draw one or two articles of clothing and different hair or wing styles on the paper doll's outline.
Add several tabs to these add-ons. The tabs can later be bent over to hold the clothing on the doll.
Trace around the edges of the add-ons and tabs in black pen, and erase the pencil marks.
Cut out the add-ons and their tabs. Be careful not to cut the tabs off of the add-ons.
Colour in the add-ons with coloured pencils or crayons, or leave that for a child to do later.
Create as many clothing and style options as you want for the character.
Rainbow Magic Paper Dolls
Print out a Rainbow Magic character from the Rainbow Magic website.
Trace the character onto a piece of graph paper.
Fill in each square of the graph paper with a code symbol standing for what colour and stitch type you want to put where. Use the printout as a colour guide, or choose your own colours. Also nclude where black lines will go. If you are an advanced embroiderer, include different textures in your pattern. If you are a beginner, stick to simple cross stitch and running stitch textures. Create a key at the same time.
Fix a piece of embroidery cloth into an embroidery hoop.
Go to the craft store and get all the colours you will need for your pattern.
Following the pattern you created, cross stitch, colour by colour, until you've done all the colours. Then work your way through outlines with the running stitch or a more advanced stitch.
Rainbow Magic Cross Stitch Pillow
Tips and warnings
- Select colours used by Rainbow Magic, such as pastels and bold rainbow colours.
- Don't be afraid to try other Rainbow Magic crafts, such as puppets or decorated cookies.
- Supervise children when they are using scissors in an art project.
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