How to Make a Fairy

By Lane Cummings
Certain cultures think that fairies are angels banished from heaven.

Fairies have played a large role in mythology, folklore and in literature. Because fairies have had such a mysterious and lasting impact on popular culture, making a fairy is an appropriate decorative craft. You can use a fairy to adorn the Christmas tree, as a decorative charm on wrapped presents or as a trinket to give as a gift to someone who enjoys prominent figures from folktales.

Draw a woman or girl's body onto card stock, about eight inches high. Cut out the drawing.

Glue a piece of lace over the cutout of the body and trim the edges so that the lace matches the body exactly.

Select a head of a child or woman from your book of Victorian images and make a color copy of it. Cut it out and glue it onto the head of the card-stock figure.

Select a large flower from your book of Victorian images and make a color copy of it. Cut it out and glue it onto the card-stock fairy for a skirt.

Cut a piece of velvet large enough to cover the torso of the fairy and glue it on.

Glue two wide feathers to the back of the figure on the right and left sides to act as wings.

Cut a piece of gold aluminum wire five inches long. Poke a hole through the top of the fairy with a pin. Thread the wire through the hole and bring it together as a loop, twisting the ends together.

Tie a piece of ribbon to the top of the wire in a large bow. Glue on glitter, beads or extra ribbon trim, as you wish.

Tip

In Step 1, your drawing does not have to be detailed or complex but simple and basic. If you're finding it difficult to draw, use tracing paper and trace an image.

If you can't find a book of Victorian images, visit websites such as "victorianpassage" or "thecompletevictorian" (see Resources).

About the Author

Lane Cummings is originally from New York City. She attended the High School of Performing Arts in dance before receiving her Bachelor of Arts in literature and her Master of Arts in Russian literature at the University of Chicago. She has lived in St. Petersburg, Russia, where she lectured and studied Russian. She began writing professionally in 2004 for the "St. Petersburg Times."