This Woodland Fairies Craft was developed as mid-summer came with its overabundance of mealy looking pine cones, leaves, acorns and other nature-walk treasures my children have saved. “But Mommeeeeyyyy, that pine cone is super special, you CAN’T throw it away!” So we didn’t throw them away, we took them apart and made fairy skirts, dresses and hats. After that my daughter started crafting and creating clay outfits for her fairies.
For over half the summer my kids and I have been booted out of our home due to contractors work. These little craft people have been packed up and moved with us from place to place. They have trumped every kind of screen, traveled hundreds of miles in the car, boats, trains and been even assembled my flashlight. Five weeks later and both of my children are still busy creating.
Woodland Fairies Craft
Pine cones, acorns, maple tree seeds, etc.
Craft glue or hot glue
String or cord
Wooden beads (for heads)
Small wooden clothespins
A pen or super fine SharpieMy kids had almost as much fun naming their creatures and stating their powers as they did creating them.
*The basics are clothespins, clay and wooden beads. The heads stick on with clay and a ball point pen works well for drawing on the faces.
Here are our creations, but you can create any type of fairy you wish:
Sappilly the Pine cone Fairy: Power- Helping to make sap flow
Always draw the face on your creature first. Her hair is cedar, with a scarf made with milkweed silk and a hat from an acorn top. We made her dress by taking apart a pine cone and gluing pieces back onto her clothespin body from the bottom up. The wings were maple seeds and leaves glued onto her back. To make her stand stick her feet in a lump of clay.
Coney Sprites: Power- Helping seeds grow in the forest
Use a pine cone for the body and glue a wooden bead on for a head (again draw your face on first). Glue cedar on for hair and use and acorn cap or other nut or seed shells for the hat. Cut out felt wings and glue onto to the back. Glue string onto the back to hang.
Leala the Aloha Fairy: Power-Shooting flowers out from her hands
Using a clothespin for her body with a wooden bead glued on for her head my daughter crafted a dress out of clay. Then she was topped with a flower for her hat.
Dominique le Jardin Fairy: Power- Making flowers grow and to be healthy
Again with a clothespin for her body and a wooden bead glued on for her head, the dress was made from clay using string for a belt and bits of pinecone for decoration. Her beret is an acorn cap—ooh la, la.
Violette La La La Fairy: Power- Spreading seeds with the wind
Made like her friends above but with the silks from a milkweed for her belt and a the milkweed case for her cape.
From the mind of my 6 year old:
His woodland creations were a bit less peaceful and a tad more power hungry. There’s mighty King Jomon with the power of fire-flame. His son Prince Sleelie with the power of dragon-water-flames and his brother Prince Johner who, I am told, does not like to wear pants and has the power of flipping. The eldest of the king’s sons is Prince Younger who has a long purple tail (this one is more messed up than the entire Habsburg family tree). Proving once again that inbreeding is never a good thing, but it does give you an awesome tail that shoots both flames and water.
Hands down this has been the most long lasting, fun craft that has traveled with us all summer.
Questions? Ask Holly in comments.