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Quick Crafts for Kids: how to make a fairy village

I have to satisfy my craft itch on Saturdays to sustain me :) so this weekend it was the turn of some matchboxes to be upcycled to make a miniature fairy village, in the hope that more fairies would come live with us – build it and they will come right?!

jump on to see how quick and easy this craft is to make

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Quick Crafts For Kids: How to Make a Miniature Fairy Village

Step One: gather and tape some matchstick boxes together to create the base shapes for the houses. Cut little triangle pieces out of some light cereal box card for the roofs and tape on

For the chimney on the narrow tall house I taped together four BBQ skewers to make a square shape, taped that to the side of the house and trimmed to suit.

Step Two: covert the houses with one layer of papier-mache to bind everything together and give a nice neutral base for painting. I used some tissue-like box packing paper that I had been hoarding since Christmas.

Step Three: paint the walls and roofs and let dry. I dipped the tips of daddymoo’s hair comb into white paint and dragged across the roofs to give them a ‘lived-in’ natural look (don’t worry I thoroughly washed the comp afterwards – good as new and daddymoo didn’t need to be told :)

Step Four: with a marker draw on the windows and doors and wait for the fairies to move in :) Little welcome signs over the front doors make them feel even more welcome.

 

I had expected Molly to jump at the chance to decorate the houses but she just wanted to ‘paint’ fairies instead :)

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I was inspired to create this fairy craft after seeing this sublimely beautiful fairy tea set by CurlyBirds, thanks for the inspo Helen xx

 

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14 Responses to “Quick Crafts for Kids: how to make a fairy village”

  1. So lovely. I Think we may be doing this xxx

  2. Helen says:

    I’m a tad bit worried that our fairies might bring their tea cups and move to your houses – these are so sweet.

    And I love Molly’s gold painted wings. That girl has style.

    x

  3. mollymoo says:

    ola Helen, they can come visit anytime of course for sleepovers but I’ll insist they must fly back home to your girls the following morning ok :)

  4. mollymoo says:

    oh goodie gumdrops @zingzingtree – please come back and share on my FB page – the village becomes a town :)

  5. mollymoo says:

    thanks a million Caroline, really appreciate you leaving your comment xx

  6. caradonovan says:

    Just had to come back for another look. They remind me of the little houses made by Kirsty Elson, who uses beach combed finds of wood, rust nails etc http://www.kirstyelsondesigns.co.uk She has such a long waiting list so I think I’ll be cracking on with oxo cube boxes and lots of inspiration from you :0)

  7. mollymoo says:

    OMG I LOVE her boats Cara – I have two driftwood boats by an Irish artist (name escapes me) but the simplicity of Kirsty’s one is just so so beautiful. I’m off to have another look at her site now. Thanks for the link. Michelle

  8. Such CUUUUUUTE little houses. Adorable.

    Thanks for sharing on Kids Get Crafty!

    Maggy

  9. joy becbec says:

    Wow…great idea! Thanks

  10. This looks fantastic. Definitely going into our plan for next week!

  11. Michelle says:

    Hey Hey!!! I hope all your fairies, goblins and wizards have a great time making and that it inspires hours of imaginative play xx

  12. Lovely_Kitten954 says:

    wow! i all-ready tried to do it, and the fairyes came!

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