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Tuesday, January 19, 2016

DIY Fairies!

Super quick and easy SNOW DAY CRAFT alert!!!!

Molly wanted to make her classmates Fairy Valentines this year, so I've been trying to figure out a way a 4-year old can make fairies for her seven friends relatively painlessly. 

This is it.

I made this one, just to be sure it could be done. Molly's will likely be wearing a scribble dress rather than one with pockets but, whatevs. It'll be adorable. 

So here's what you'll need:

wooden "doll" clothespins
Sharpies to draw face, simple dress design
fabric flowers
coffee filters
washable markers
spray bottle filled with water

First, prepare your wings. Scribble all over a white, circular coffee filter with washable markers (if they're not washable, they won't run together in a tie-dye effect). Spritz with water and let dry (you'll want to lay them on a paper towel...the colors will bleed).

While the coffee filters dry, draw the face and dress on the clothespin with Sharpies. Glue fabric flower (or jewels or other adornments) in place. 

Next, cover the head in a thin layer of glue. I used Elmer's Glue-All. 

Then, dip the head in glitter! Gently tap off on rim of glitter container to remove loose sparkles, then let dry. (I stuck them around the rim of a plastic cup so they could dry upright.)

When the coffee filters are dry, cut them into wing shapes. I folded the coffee filter so the wings would be symmetrical. I was able to fit four sets of wings on each coffee filter, so plan your size and spacing before you cut!

Finally, glue the wings onto the fairy body!

It's SO EASY!!

Thanks to Google Images, and a number of crafty websites, for the inspiration for this craft!

Lesson Learned:

If you're on the east coast, stock up on these simple materials today so you can spend your snowmageddon happily crafting. Stay warm!


  1. Cool project. I'll suggest it to my smalls, although I'm not sure the youngest is much into fairies...

    1. Blasphemy!! Though, to be fair, my oldest said, "No, thanks, Mom. I'm not much of an 'Arts and Crafts Guy.'" 😊