When I was asked to join in the 10 Days of a Kid Made Christmas – book inspired ornaments blog hop by Melissa from Mama Miss, I signed up straight away but I had no idea what book to choose! My girls are 6 and 7, and although they’ll happily listen to a picture book if I pull one out to read to them, they are far more interested in early chapter stories like the ever-popular Rainbow Magic fairy books. I asked my seven year old what book-inspired ornament we could make together for the series and she wasted no time in coming up with the idea of a Rainbow Fairy spoon doll ornament. I have to admit, I thought that this sounded awesome was probably way more excited about making them than my kids were! We have made spoon dolls before with the intention of blogging them but I’ve just never got around to posting a tutorial, so I’m happy to finally get some out there. The process photographs of our spoon dolls are taken as we made them, so there is a bit of trial and error involved as you will see, but I think the end result has come out great! The girls are very happy with them too.
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Here is a selection of the Rainbow Magic books the girls have on their bookshelf. They often bring them home in their school library bags too.
You will need
• Wooden teaspoons
• Construction paper for the clothes and white card stock for the wings
• Glue – tacky glue or felt glue is needed for sticking the felt, but for sticking the paper a glue stick works fine
• Gell pens or ballpoint pens for drawing the features (we first tried this with sharpies but found the wood was too absorbent and the ballpoint pens worked far better)
• Optional watercolour paints for the wings
To begin with trace the outline of the wooden teaspoon onto construction paper (choose a colour that best matches the outfit of the fairy you have chosen). The outline is just a guide for getting the size of the clothing right, once you have traced the spoon you can use that outline to draw the fairy outfit as it looks on the cover illustration. There are well over 100 books in the series so you won’t be short on choices! Miss R chose to create Honey the Sweet Fairy.
Cut the outfit out and stick it onto the spoon with a glue stick. Miss R added a bit of detail to her dress with the sharpies before she stuck it on.
Meanwhile, I was making Jasmine the Present Fairy. Once the outfit has been glued on, place the spoon over the white card stock and sketch the shape of the wings. You only need to sketch one side because you can fold the paper and get a perfectly matching second wing that way.
To create the hair sketch onto felt the shape of the front half of the hair (the fringe) and the back of the hair separately so you have two pieces. Then glue them onto the spoon with tacky craft glue or fabric glue.
Now it’s time to draw the details for the face, arms and legs. The girls both sketched the arms for their fairies straight onto the wings, but I made them out of a tan-coloured construction paper. I was going to leave the arms off completely because spoon dolls traditionally have no arms but the girls kept laughing at my poor armless fairies and insisted I put some on.
Add watercolour to the wings if you like (this is probably best done before sticking them on, not after as I have done). The girls just added colour to the wings with their sharpies and were happy with that.
We glued a loop of string onto the backs of the heads for hanging with the tacky craft glue (fabulous stuff!), and then we were done!
At this point I have to apologise, because the aim of this blog hop is to come up with a kid-made Christmas ornament but as you can see the kids made one each and then ran off to play, but I got a bit excited and kept on making them until I’d done four! But they DO look cute, and we all had fun. So obviously, our ornaments are both kid and mama-made.
Let me introduce our spoon doll fairies:
There is Honey the sweet fairy, but Miss R (aged 7)
Holly the Christmas fairy by Miss K, aged 6
..and here are ALL our fairies, looking lovely on our DIY bunch-of-sticks tree.
More Fairy Craft Ideas
My kids LOVE fairies, and fairy-themed crafts are something that we come back to again and again. They really seem to capture the imagination of my children and have inspired hours of creative play at our place over the years. Here are a few more of the fairy-inspired things we’ve made together:
• Make your own sparkly magic fairy wand
• OR make a wand with our printable templates and some washi tape
• Check out the enchanted forest fairy party I put together for Miss K when she turned four
• Create some pretty little fairy crackers (we made them for the fairy party)
• Make a fairy castle from a box – this is a toy my daughter played with for over a year until it completely fell to pieces. She LOVED that castle!
• Have you ever made a flying fairy car? This craft is totally kid-made!
• Every good fairy needs a fabulous foil tiara!
We even have a special Pinterest board dedicated to Fairies – there are so many lovely ideas out there!
This post has been part of the 10 days of a kid-made Christmas blog hop – 70+ kid-made ornaments inspired by children’s books.
Here are the bloggers who are posting today also, don’t forget to check out their fabulous kid-made ornaments too! You can find the full list of participating bloggers here
Do you have a cute kid-made ornament to share? Add it to the linky at the end of this post!