Not sure how summer zoomed by so quickly, but my kids go back to school in less than a week. Between getting them ready, and some new quilts on tight turnarounds, I’m running a bit crazier than usual these days. So, if you will permit me, I’m pulling a post from my idea files for today. If you follow the blog closely, you’ll see the kids’ ages are not current, as I wrote this last summer. However, my kids pulled out the crafting boxes just today and made MORE gnomes and fairies, so the post is still absolutely relevant. Enjoy, and I promise fresh, new, exciting content next week!
When Stash Books asked me to explore Forest Fairy Crafts with my kids, I jumped at the opportunity. Fairies are right up our alley, so to speak. Our home is full of dragons, unicorns, and other mythical creatures, and not all of them belong to the kids!
As a disclosure, you should know I received a promotional copy of the book. But I’m thinking about purchasing a second copy, as it became “well-loved” rather quickly with an adult and four kids trying to read it simultaneously! We made projects from every section of the book. My older two children, aged 11 and 8, made all of their fairies and gnomes completely independently. My younger two girls, aged 5 and 3, needed help, but were still able to actively participate.
I was especially impressed by how well this book “spoke” to my kids. The analogies used to explain the hand stitches are fantastic! The directions cleverly illustrated felt amounts without measurements, so my children were able to figure out how much felt each fairy required.
I think the fairies themselves are the best testament to how much we enjoyed this book. My oldest son at first remained aloof from the crafting, believing fairies and gnomes to be a bit “too girly”. Then he discovered he could take the wooden pegs we bought for the gnomes and use the patterns to create dwarves instead. He’s reading Tolkien right now, which explains the company of thirteen (but not the ninja dwarf in the foreground!)
Not to be outdone, the girls made the Ninja fairies.
Then they made Flower Fairies. My 8-year old daughter made these without help, and she was absolutely thrilled with the results. (I love the grin on the momma fairy’s face!)
While she was doing those, I made several with the younger girls (and the one on the far right is a “little sister” fairy of my very own!)
Eventually the girls wrangled wooden pegs away from their big brother, and made some Gnomes themselves (although he still helped some draw faces).
We also made several Mermaids. At the time of this post, the 3-year-old’s pink polka dotted mermaid is still missing in action, but you can see the “tricky” and “fancy” tail variations in her big sisters’ mermaids.
Finally, we made a couple of the Treasure Keepers. My 8-year old turned the Owl into a softie. We modified the Unicorn instructions to make a giraffe for my 5-year old.
These projects were so simple and fun that I would lose my kids for hours at a time amidst piles of felt and silk flowers. Often, the only time they’d surface would be to ask for more pegs and wooden beads (I underestimated their interest during the first two craft store trips. Then I started buying the value packs of fairy heads and gnome bodies!)
Making the fairies was simply the start of the fun. The kids have also played with them, packed them along on our summer road trip, and included them in all sorts of adventures. The fairies have held up beautifully, and we haven’t had to make repairs yet, which is more than I can say for some of their store-bought toys.
Overall, this book is a lovely and satisfying adventure in fairy-crafting for children and adults alike. The projects are well-suited to young artists, and the fairies are perfectly sized for little hands and big imaginations.
Have you ever created a fairy?