Our daughter has been quite interested in fairies after our neighbour gave her a most beautiful fairy door, so we collected various items and made an afternoon of creating fairies and their small world.

(Something quite magical happened in the process of finding the supplies for this project:  Our daughter found one maple seed and declared it perfect for the wings of her fairies, but wanted several to make a family.  On my walks I searched almost every block in our neighbourhood, but couldn’t find a tree baring the same type of seeds.  A few days later, after playing in the park, one of the moms pulled something from her pocket and asked if we knew what type of maple tree it had come from- it was the exact type of seed that my daughter was looking for!  So she and her son lead us to the tree and it was just one of those small coincidences that makes one happy!)

Materials

Autumn Fairies:  Use items found in nature to create these Fall peg dolls!

 

*Put out materials you have on hand, here are a few suggestions:

  • Fabric
  • Scissors
  • Straw ribbon
  • Gold cord
  • Golf tees
  • Painter’s tape
  • Glue gun
  • Nature items (Maple seeds, acorn caps etc.)
  • Sequins
  • Artificial stamen
  • Gems
  • Paint brushes
  • Peg dolls
  • Acrylic paints
  • Twigs

We always find these items helpful too:

Make-it-your-own.com (Crafts & activities for kids)

  • Smock
  • Craft tray

Small World

Make your own Autumn Fairy Small World with make-it-your-own.com (Creative activities for kids)

  • Storage Box (we like these ones that can go under a bed as they are shallow)

*Go with whatever you have on hand to “flesh out” your small world.  Here are a few ideas:

Directions

  • Go out into nature and collect supplies that you might like to use- our daughter collected maple seeds and acorn caps.
  • Don your smock.  Wrap the portions of your peg people that you don’t want painted with painter’s tape.

Autumn Fairy Small World:  Use items found in nature to create these Fall peg dolls!

  • Paint away!

Autumn Fairy Small World:  Use items found in nature to create these Fall peg dolls!

Autumn Fairy Small World:  Use items found in nature to create these Fall peg dolls!

  • Allow to dry overnight!

Autumn Fairy Small World:  Use items found in nature to create these Fall peg dolls!

  • Once dry, carefully remove your tape.

Autumn Fairy Small World:  Use items found in nature to create these Fall peg dolls!

Autumn Fairy Small World:  Use items found in nature to create these Fall peg dolls!

  • Now is the time to embellish your fairy.  Whether that be with fabric, sequins, jewels etc.

Autumn Fairy Small World:  Use items found in nature to create these Fall peg dolls!

Autumn Fairy Small World:  Use items found in nature to create these Fall peg dolls!

Autumn Fairy Small World:  Use items found in nature to create these Fall peg dolls!

Autumn Fairy Small World:  Use items found in nature to create these Fall peg dolls!

Autumn Fairy Small World:  Use items found in nature to create these Fall peg dolls!

  • Here is trick for the eyes- dip the pointy end of your golf peg into your acrylic paint and then carefully touch it to the face to make an eye!

Autumn Fairy Small World:  Use items found in nature to create these Fall peg dolls!

  • Create a world for your fairies!  (Pop it into a shallow bin for storage or to play within.)

Autumn Fairy Small World:  Use items found in nature to create these Fall peg dolls!

Autumn Fairy Small World:  Use items found in nature to create these Fall peg dolls! Autumn Fairy Small World:  Use items found in nature to create these Fall peg dolls!  Autumn Fairy Small World:  Use items found in nature to create these Fall peg dolls!

Autumn Fairy Small World:  Use items found in nature to create these Fall peg dolls!

Autumn Fairy Small World:  Use items found in nature to create these Fall peg dolls!

Like creating peg dolls?  Here is an idea to make your family in a snow globe:

http://make-it-your-own.com/silvery-snow-peg-doll-family-snow-globe/

Peg Doll Family Snow Globe from make-it-your-own.com (Art, crafts & activities for kids)

Purpose

  • Getting out into nature.
  • Developing one’s fine motor skills (cutting, gluing etc.)

Safety Notes

  • We suggest that you wear a smock and use a craft tray to protect your clothing and surfaces.
  • Use scissors and a glue gun with care and direct and adult supervision.  Be sure to unplug after use.
  • Cord, yarn etc. can be a strangulation hazard, therefore be sure to use with direct supervision and for its intended purpose.
  • Small craft items (e.g., gems) can be a choking hazard therefore be sure to keep them out of the reach of children ages 0-3 years of age or those that tend to put things into their mouths.
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