I've never done a pictorial tutorial before so I hope you will bear with me. I've had a couple of requests to let the construction of last years faery folk dolls out of the secrety zone. I'm certain many of you have done "make do" dolls before and this is our version.
You will need:
wire cutters, jewelry pliers, hot glue gun
2 regular length chenille stems,
1 coordinating or contrasting chenille stem cut in half,
1 silk daisy, aster, chrysanthemum or other flower with at least 4 separate sections to the flower plus the center. We used painted daisy silk flowers.
2 small fluffy balls (for hands),
2 larger fluffy balls (for feet),
1 larger plain pompom for head
and a wand of some sort (we found these Christmas spikes at Hobby Lobby).
The wings are made from the leaves of the flowers. I add sparkle with irridescent paint.
For the male fairies we used the leaves, and stems for their outfits but the body is constructed the same way.
Deconstruct the silk flowers. We reverse the direction of the petals as we feed them onto the chenille stem to add fluff, one up, one down and so on. The centers of the flowers are used as the hat.
2 regular length chenille stems of your color choice.
Bend one in half. The top of the bend will be where you attach the pompom for the head. Curl the ends to form the feet.
Take the other chenille stem and cut it in half. This half stem is for the arms. Curl the ends to form hands or places to glue the balls for hands.
Before putting these two stems together to form the arms on the body of the fairy, slide the skirt made up of the layers of the silk flowers onto the leg section.
Now place the center of the arms section on top of the body section and twist both arms behind and back to the the front. Secure with glue.
Hot glue the balls on the hands and feet or you can leave them plain.
Glue on the head to the top portion of the body section.
Wrap the coordinating/contrasting chenille stem around the mid section securing with glue.Glue the hat on the head.
Attach the wand. Or in this case we will put a flag into her hand. I just couldn't find it to photograph.
At this time you can add a bit of hot glue under the skirt to secure it and attach the wings.
It does not take long to make lots of these happy fairy dolls and they are always very popular as the hostess gifts for Solstice, 4th of July, Halloween, Christmas. They can be adjusted in color and attitude for any occasion.
I had a friend who had us make 5 dozen to put on her wedding tables. Too cute.
The Faeries are also sweet as teacher presents, gift tag extras etc. If you have any questions, please ask. Mi faery is tu faery.