Fairies have a long history in literature and make a fun home project.

One of the most famous fairies in literature is the character Tinkerbell in Scottish novelist and playwright James M. Barrie's "Peter Pan or The Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up." It's hard to not applaud when Peter asks his audience: "Do you believe in fairies? Say quick that you believe. If you believe, clap your hands!" The audience always claps to save Tink from dying.

The fairies of folklore, beings with special magical powers, have existed from the earliest days of literature. Folklore, the unwritten stories, proverbs, and songs of age-old cultures, preserves and passes on life's lessons while teaching new generations in an entertaining way.

Children of all ages love fairies, so I looked for a traditional fairy for you to make.

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Instructions for this craft also can be found at http://www.craftbits.com/project/flower-garden-fairy on the Web. I modified the directions for our use.

Supplies you will need:

Fabric or silk flower.

Pink wood bead with small hole on one side (available at craft stores).

1 flesh-colored pipe cleaner.


Low temperature glue gun.

Fine markers



Remove the flower from the stem.

Draw facial features onto the bead with markers.

Cut the pipe cleaner in half. Use one half of pipe cleaner to make legs by bending it into a "V" shape with a slight bend for the feet. Glue the legs into the top and center of the flower.

Insert the pointed flower stem into the hole in the bottom of the bead to create the fairy body. Secure with a drop of glue.

Bend the other half of the pipe cleaner into another "V" shape but this time bend the ends into hands and bend in elbows. Glue at the back between the head and the body.

Add the stem from another flower to form a hat, or use leaves to glue on a little cap.

Thread a small piece of ribbon or string around the neck to form a hanger or glue it under the leaves to form the hanger.

Make wings out of craft foam, purchase ready-made wings at a craft store, or use larger leaves, glued to the back, for wings.



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