Step by Step Project - making a peg fairy
Maddy made did this lovely little project for last years challenge - so I
thought I would make it into a web page, so that you can get busy making a
fairy for your Christmas tree. Check out her
blog, for more great ideas and inspiration.
Wooden round peg
Paint or felt tipped pens - you decide
Pipe cleaners - preferably flesh coloured for her arms
Material and net
Needle and thread
Round screw eyelet/or ribbon
You will need
First select your peg, choose one that has the best wood for the face/head as
this will show. Sandpaper any rough pieces. If you want to put a
screw eyelet on the top of her head - I would do this now, in case you spoil
the peg. Note the way the eyelet has to face from the above photo.
Now you need to prepare the wings - fold a small square piece of material
in half, and lie at the side of your peg. Use the peg to get the right
size of wing, too big and it will flop. Now draw half a butterfly shape
on the material and cut out.
Paste PVA glue on both sides of the wings and let dry over the edge of a cup or
tub and leave to dry.
If you are using felt pens and haven't got a flesh colour leave the body and
face natural wood.
Paint the body and head flesh coloured make sure you also paint up inbetween
the peg legs inside. leave to dry . Then using a paint that matches your
material paint the two end legs for shoes.
TAKE NOTE OF THE OF WHICH WAY YOUR FAIRY IS FACING
Using the same colour, paint the body, leave a V shape for the collar.
In the photo there's the flesh painted peg, middle peg shows the shoes and
body. The one on the right is the using whisper pens, you may
need a second coat with this method.
Making sure your fairy is facing the right way, paint on the hair. Use a
pen or whispers to draw on eyes and mouth - you may want to paint little pink
cheeks on too.
Cut a piece of fabric 23cm long, and either 3cm (for a tutu look) or 4cm for a
longer look. If you have pinking shears you can use those for the edge of
the skirt. Cut also 23cm in length a piece of netting make this 1/2 cm
wider than your material.
Using a running stitch and sew along the top edge of both pieces of fabric, but
don't tie off the end. In the photo I have used white cotton so it
will show up - however you can use a coloured cotton so its hidden on the
skirt. Then gently pull the cotton so that it gathers up the edge, do not
tie off yet.
Once all of the components of your fairy has dried, place the skirt around the
fairy (just above the top of the legs), tighten the gathering and sew both ends
of material together. Now you can knot and cut off. Dab a little
glue under the skirt to hold it in place.
Now bend your pipe cleaner around the back of the fairy and bend in the
hands. Glue the pipe cleaner on using pva or for a quicker and stronger
bond use UHU.
Cut off any frayed edges on your wings and glue to the back of the fairy.
If you have a white pen, dot the eyes and add buttons and a collar onto the
Use your imagination for some extras - ie gems for buttons ! Or fibre for hair
This one Carolyn made - but unfortunately she didn't spot the line on the
'face' until after she was constructed :(
© Crafts by Carolyn November 2009