You can make a woodland fairy doll out of a wood peg in less than half an hour. And while you have the supplies out, you might as well make the fairy a mushroom-y friend. This project is easy enough for children to accomplish (with supervision).
Things You'll Need
- 2 2-inch wood pegs
- Acrylic craft paint (black, white, and red)
- Small paintbrush
- White glue
- Green yarn (about 24 inches)
- Wool felt scraps (tan, green, and white)
- Silk or paper leaf
- Glitter (red and white)
- 2-inch foam ball
- Red-and-white dotted fabric
- White yarn (about 36 inches)
Paint two small black dots for eyes. While the eyes are drying, paint a mouth – two small dots of red connected into a heart-shaped mouth. Add a small white dot in the inside corner of each eye.
Spread white glue over the head. Start at the forehead, then over the crown, and down to the neck. Starting at the center back of the head, coil yarn around the head to form hair. When you reach the center, cut off the yarn, leaving a tail. When the glue is completely dry, trim the tail.
Cut a 1 ½ by 3-inch piece of brown felt. Apply a coat of glue to the body of the peg, and wrap the felt around it. Set aside to dry.
Cut a semi-circle, 3 inches in diameter. If desired, apply a bead of white glue to the rounded edges of the circle and add glitter. Spread glue around the neck of the peg and glue the felt in place as a cape. Glue a small faux berry or button to the center of the cape.
Squirt some glue into an acorn cap and set it in place as a hat.
Cut off the tip of the silk leaf. Paint glue onto the edges and sprinkle liberally with glitter. Shake off the excess glitter and let dry.
Glue the leaf to the center of the fairy’s back and set aside to dry.
Cut a 2-inch foam ball in half to make the mushroom cap. Use a 2-inch peg to create an indentation in the center of the flat side of the cap.
Cut a circle of red dotted fabric, approximately 4 inches in diameter, and snip 3/4-inch slashes around the edges of the circle. Apply a coat of glue to the top and sides of the foam cap, and smooth the fabric over the cap, wrapping it down toward the center on the flat side. Set aside to dry.
Paint two black dots on the peg for eyes. Add a mouth made of two red dots connected into a heart shape. When the black dots are dry, add a tiny white dot to each inside corner as highlights in the eyes.
Apply glue to the red parts of the fabric covering the foam cap, and sprinkle with red glitter. Set aside to dry.
Cover the back of the peg’s head and neck with white paint. Spread glue on the peg’s body. Starting at the back of the neck, wrap the peg with white yarn. Leave a small tail at the end until the glue is dry, then trim close.
Paint the dots on the cap with white paint and sprinkle each with white glitter. Shake off the excess glitter and set the cap aside to dry.
Trace the cap onto white felt and cut out the circle. Cut a small circle in the center. Spread glue across the bottom of the cap and apply the white felt. Set aside to dry.
Apply a liberal amount of glue to the top of the peg’s head and set the cap in place. Optionally, if you want to hang the mushroom as an ornament, dip a 15/32 screw eye into glue and work it into the center of the cap. Allow to dry before hanging.