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Apr 29, 2014 13:00:25   #
Jeannne (a regular here)
 
Fairies from clothespins are easy enough for children to make. Or moms and grandmas can make them for favors at a party!

To begin I drill a hole through the clothespin to accommodate the arm wire. (If you can't do this you can make and glue on arms cut from paper or felt after the fairy is assembled.) Then I paint the body with acrylics and coat the face with Modge Podge or diluted white glue. This step prevents the ink from bleeding; it could be eliminated. Add face details with fine tipped pens, colored pencils, or whatever.
I make the skirts, hats, and wings from flowers but that too can be improvised. Maybe you will want your fairy to have hair!
Wire arms on these fairies are green wrapped florist wire. Pipe cleaners, either fuzzy or plain, will also work for arms.
Everything goes together quickly for a grown-up with a glue gun; kids can use white glue.

I put pin backs on the small clothespin fairies.

Another note: if you are going to use flowers it helps to have an large assortment to sort through. Petals and leaves need to be in the right size. I have a very large collection from garage sale finds and still have trouble finding exactly what I want.




 
Apr 29, 2014 13:04:57   #
granniegoose77
 
Jeannne wrote:
Fairies from clothespins are easy enough for children to make. Or moms and grandmas can make them for favors at a party!

To begin I drill a hole through the clothespin to accommodate the arm wire. (If you can't do this you can make and glue on arms cut from paper or felt after the fairy is assembled.) Then I paint the body with acrylics and coat the face with Modge Podge or diluted white glue. This step prevents the ink from bleeding; it could be eliminated. Add face details with fine tipped pens, colored pencils, or whatever.
I make the skirts, hats, and wings from flowers but that too can be improvised. Maybe you will want your fairy to have hair!
Wire arms on these fairies are green wrapped florist wire. Pipe cleaners, either fuzzy or plain, will also work for arms.
Everything goes together quickly for a grown-up with a glue gun; kids can use white glue.

I put pin backs on the small clothespin fairies.

Another note: if you are going to use flowers it helps to have an large assortment to sort through. Petals and leaves need to be in the right size. I have a very large collection from garage sale finds and still have trouble finding exactly what I want.
Fairies from clothespins are easy enough for child... (show quote)

I've made clothespin dolls for years but never thought of fairies. Thanks for the idea. Yours are beautiful.
Apr 29, 2014 13:08:22   #
laurelarts (a regular here)
 
They are adorable!!!!
Apr 29, 2014 13:10:22   #
peacefulknitter
 
beautiful and creative.
Apr 29, 2014 13:10:23   #
Deb-Babbles
 
I have made these for a long while also. I had forgotten how much fun they were for the children to make. I see a Mothers Day gift being made this weekend. Thanks for the reminder.
Apr 29, 2014 13:13:04   #
LadyBecket
 
I LOVE THEM!!! These are just toooo adorable!!!! What little girl wouldn't love playing with their own little fairy friend?? Remind me of ones I made as a child. We had such wonderful little adventures together in my imagination!!!
 
Apr 29, 2014 13:31:22   #
oannejay
 
thank you, what a good way to used old flower parts, our GD's will love this. This is cute and simple, just perfect for fairy houses!!!!!!!!!! thank you, thank you.
Apr 29, 2014 13:39:34   #
a2nita
 
So sweet, thank you for sharing :)
Apr 29, 2014 14:41:11   #
cathie02664
 
How cute and creative
Apr 29, 2014 14:54:28   #
graymist
 
Good idea. I think the pansy skirt in especially sweet.
Apr 29, 2014 15:40:49   #
docdot
 
Super ideas and lovely work. The neighborhood kidlets and I may try to do these for Mums' Day.
 
Apr 29, 2014 16:15:43   #
bethshangirl (a regular here)
 
they're gorgeous! l have some clothes pegs with little stands , so they can stand up too. We make little characters for our sunday school stories.
l feel like making some faries now!
Apr 29, 2014 17:48:43   #
Katsch (a regular here)
 
Very sweet and creative. Thank you for sharing. Those flower petals are just like our yarn stash so much but never just right :)
Apr 29, 2014 21:00:31   #
jeannietta
 
Thanks for this. Must try with my granddaughter.
Apr 30, 2014 05:36:45   #
mama879
 
These are to cute and just the way to use up some of those single flowers hanging around. Very cool thanks for sharing.
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