Fairy Doll Tutorial|Space Gardening

How to Make Fairy Dolls

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What you will need:

2 -12 inch pipe cleaners (color is not important, though colors similar to floss colors are easier to cover)
1 or 2 skeins embroidery floss, 1 skin colored, and 1 of another color of you want different colored legs
Wood bead (3/8 to 3/4 inch depending on your doll size)
Tapestry needle
1 silk flower
yarn, wool roving or more floss in a hair color
glue gun

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1. Fold both pipe cleaners in half.

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2. Twist the top 1/4 inch of bend together and fold sides of pipe cleaner up as in picture.

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3. Bend wire back towards the center to make an arm that is about 1 3/4 inches long on each side.

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4. Twist the wire of each arm together.

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5. Now take the other folded pipe cleaner and fold the ends back in towards the center as shown. Twist each leg like you did with the arms.
This will become the legs.

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6. Twist the arm section and leg section together.

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7. Twist both wires together completely to make the torso.
Now you are ready to wrap the wire with floss.

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8. Thread tapestry needle with a 4 to 5 ft length of skin colored embroidery floss, so thread is doubled. Beginning in middle of arm, wrap floss tightly around wire to cover end of thread, then wind sparingly down to the loop a the hand. It’s best to wrap the end of the loop at the hand first, and then continue up the arm to the neck and torso.

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9. This is where the tapestry needle comes in handy. Using the needle, pull thread through the center of the fold at the hand and wrap the end of the loop, continuing to insert needle in center of loop and wrapping the end loop entirely.

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10. Once the end is covered you can being wrapping the arm, making sure to wrap tightly and that the thread is not twisted so it lays flat.

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11. Wrap all the way up the arm criss-cross at the neck and wind sparingly down to the other hand and begin covering the end of the wire loop. Then wrap all the way back up the arm to the neck Your floss may run out, in which case you will need to cut a new piece and overlap the old end and new end with the beginning first wraps of the new thread. When the arms are done, wrap the torso up to the waist area,  pulling the needle under the wrapped threads to secure when done. Snip off extra thread.

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12. The legs are wrapped in exactly the same way as the arms. When all the arms and legs are wrapped bend up the wire at the end of the legs to form feet.  Now this doll needs some clothes…and a head!

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13. To dress your doll like a flower fairy you can use silk flowers. Take a silk flower apart and take one layer of petals. Cut from the edge into the center and then cut a half inch circle from the center. Using hot glue, attach the petals to the waist of your doll.

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14. Try adding another layer of flower petals on top! The leaves from silk flowers work for shirts, or you can cut them from felt. make sure to add all the clothes before adding the head! Just add some glue to the loop of wire at the neck and add wooden bead.

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15. Glue some wool to the top of the head, making sure to keep the front clear of the eyeline. Glue the wool to the back of the bead and pull the sides of the hair to the back. You can braid the hair, or if you have felting needle, needle the hair to keep in a style you like.

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16. You can glue an acorn cap to the head if you want a hat.  I like these dolls with clear faces as children can imagine them having any emotion  or expression they can dream up. If you want a face, though, you can use acrylic paint or even a fine point permanent marker.
Here’s another video link tutorial you can follow to get a better understanding on how to make a fairy doll by yourself.

 

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Fairy Garden House|Space Gardening

I have shared some fairy garden ideas on my previous post and today I thought of sharing how to make a fairy house for your fairy garden. You can follow this simple steps to make your own fairy house with stones or pebbles from your garden.

Making a fairy house:

1. To make the house, I used a bag of stones I bought at the garden store. Most of the stones were about the size of a quarter. Using a hot glue gun, I glued them in a square shape and built the house. I then built up the front and back of the house in a triangle to support a roof. I left an open space for a front door. Hot glue cures so quickly that it was easy to build this. However, do be careful and make sure kids are not doing this step. It is easy to burn your fingers on that hot glue.

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2. To the make the roof, I used small wooden craft sticks. I found these sticks to be very easy to work with since you can easily cut the sticks to the length you need with scissors. Again, an adult should do these steps, but I think you will find that your kids will love watching! Lay them side by side until you have enough sticks to fit the length of the house. Secure them together by gluing on a stick horizonatally, as shown.

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3. Attach the roof to the house by using a hot glue and adhering to at the peak, and to any stones it may touch of the sides. Don’t worry if you have some gaps in the house between the walls and the roof, we’ll fix that later.

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4. Paint the roof dark brown or any color of your choice. This is a fun step for children to help with.

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5. When the roof is dry, you can use smaller stones to fill in any gaps you may see. This is where you have to be very careful with the hot glue gun. After applying the hot glue to the small stones, you can pick them up with a pair of tweezers to place them so you fingertips won’t accidently touch that hot glue. Believe me, I am speaking from experience!

6. I added a bit of sheet moss to the roof. I just pulled some off of the sheet moss and glued it on.

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7. To make a door, once again gather some small wooden craft sticks and place them side by side. I wanted my door to have a curved top so I staggered the sticks as shown. Once again, I held them all together by gluing a craft stick (which had been cut to length with scissors) horizontally across all the sticks. Once dry, the bottom was cut off blunt to make the door the proper height.

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8. The door was painted and a small pebble was glued on as a door knob. I then glued the door on the house, and filled in any gaps between the house and the door with small stones.

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You can make a fairy garden using plastic bottles, cardboard, polymer clay or anything that you find magical. Here’s a link given below you can follow to learn how to make a fairy house using polymer clay.
I hope you’ll enjoy making your fairy house!!

Fairy Garden From Broken Pots|Space Gardening

 

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A new trend has been developing among gardeners – fairy gardens. These are tiny gardens filled with small beautiful plants, succulents, and decorative arrangements. However, more and more gardeners have begun to arrange these mini gardens in reused broken terracotta pots – and they look absolutely gorgeous!

To create such a fairy garden yourself, you’ll need some broken terracotta pots that you wish to recycle, a hammer, some decorative rocks, soil and, of course, succulents and plants. Put your soil in the pot and position your bits of broken pot, starting with the largest down to the smallest. You can make them smaller by breaking them with a hammer. Then, arrange the smaller pieces into small compositions, such as stairs or flowers.

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Here are some more ideas on how to build a fairy garden using broken pots. I hope you’ll enjoy making one of these.

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Making A Miniature Garden|Space Gardening

Miniature garden is a complete world of plants in small shapes. This type of garden contains plant that requires less moisture and maintenance. Mini garden has become very popular among both the children and adult. It has added a unique test to those who love gardening. Here in this article I am going to give you a simple guide on how to start a miniature garden.

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Materials: To make this mini garden you’ll need-
1) Flower pot of any size you want (It’ll be the size of the mini garden),
2) Vine plant and a stick to support it, (Optional, but I thought it would look cute in the mini garden),
3) Twigs (to make the bench, table & fences),
4) Paper (to make tiny planters),
5) Thick paper (to make mini water can and bucket),
6) Scissor & ant-cutter,
7) Glue (white glue, hot glue or super glue),
8) Tiny plants (they grow around the larger ones, look around the garden),
9) Plants for the mini garden (money plants, succulent, preserved moss, dwarf trees etc.)
10) Anything you want to add

How you want to decorate your miniature garden is completely up to you. Be more creative to make your garden look more beautiful and refreshing.

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