How to Make a Fairy


Fairies have played a large role in mythology, folklore and in literature. Because fairies have had such a mysterious and lasting impact on popular culture, making a fairy is an appropriate decorative craft. You can use a fairy to adorn the Christmas tree, as a decorative charm on wrapped presents or as a trinket to give as a gift to someone who enjoys prominent figures from folktales.

Things You'll Need

  • Pencil
  • Card stock
  • Scissors
  • Craft glue
  • Lace
  • Book of Victorian images
  • Color copier
  • Velvet
  • Two wide feathers, 3" long
  • Pin
  • Gold aluminum wire
  • Ribbon
  • Sequins
  • Beads
  • Ribbon trim
  • Draw a woman or girl's body onto card stock, about eight inches high. Cut out the drawing.

  • Glue a piece of lace over the cutout of the body and trim the edges so that the lace matches the body exactly.

  • Select a head of a child or woman from your book of Victorian images and make a color copy of it. Cut it out and glue it onto the head of the card-stock figure.

  • Select a large flower from your book of Victorian images and make a color copy of it. Cut it out and glue it onto the card-stock fairy for a skirt.

  • Cut a piece of velvet large enough to cover the torso of the fairy and glue it on.

  • Glue two wide feathers to the back of the figure on the right and left sides to act as wings.

  • Cut a piece of gold aluminum wire five inches long. Poke a hole through the top of the fairy with a pin. Thread the wire through the hole and bring it together as a loop, twisting the ends together.

  • Tie a piece of ribbon to the top of the wire in a large bow. Glue on glitter, beads or extra ribbon trim, as you wish.

Tips & Warnings

  • In Step 1, your drawing does not have to be detailed or complex but simple and basic. If you're finding it difficult to draw, use tracing paper and trace an image.
  • If you can't find a book of Victorian images, visit websites such as "victorianpassage" or "thecompletevictorian" (see Resources).

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