These craft stick story fairies are inspired by my daughter’s love of acting out stories.
Craft sticks are one of our favorite things to create with, and we decided that it would be fun to have a little set of fairies to help her act out her tales.
They were super easy and fun to make, and you can create a lot or just a few.
CRAFT STICK STORY FAIRIES
Felt and/or fabric scraps
Yarn, ribbon, and fiber scraps
Paint or Sharpie
To make a shirt, take a small craft stick and put hot glue on about a half inch surface, leaving a small space at the top for the face.
Wind the small scrap of yarn around the area with the glue.
Next cut a small scrap of fabric or felt for the bottom. You can cut a simple rectangle, or get a little fancy and make a triangle for a skirt.
We even found some tulle that worked well as a tutu, we just made some folds to make it fluff out a bit and attached it to some hot glue.
Now it is time to make the fairy wings. If you have the long craft pipe cleaners, cut it in half. Then bend it in the infinity shape or a figure 8.
Push the sides in a bit to make a little indentation for the wing shape. Put some hot glue in the center of the wings and glue it onto the back of your fairy.
Finally it is time to add some fun hair and the faces. My daughter helped to make these, so we kept the faces simple. We discovered that a sharpie marker bleeds a little on the craft stick, so we used a toothpick dipped in a big of black acrylic paint and drew on eyes and smiles.
The hair was the fun part. Just arrange it however you like, and attach it with the hot glue. We used some wool and yarn scraps and made some crazy hair do’s. We thought it would make the story telling more exciting.
Aren’t they fun?
They are the perfect size to play with and different from the usual finger puppets.
After we played a bit, Bean and I decided that these story fairies needed a special place to rest when they weren’t busy acting out stories.
So we made a cute box out of our craft sticks to store them in. Here is how we did it.
STORY FAIRY STORAGE BOX
Hot glue gun
First, line up 11 sticks vertically. Then, use the hot glue gun and attach a craft stick horizontally at the top and bottom of your 11 sticks.
This is the base of the box.
To give depth to the box, glue a craft stick vertically on the right side, and another on the left side.
Next, line up a craft stick with the horizontal stick at the top, and glue it to the one that you just placed vertically. Do the same thing for the bottom.
Keep alternating and gluing your craft sticks horizontally and vertically until your box is deep enough to fit your craft stick story fairies.
The lid is the final step. Line up another 11 sticks vertically.
Leave a space of about the width of three craft sticks (this helps the lid stay on and not just slip off) and glue a stick horizontally on the top. Do the same thing for the bottom.
Now you have a cute little box to keep the story fairies in when they aren’t being used!
The lid can be decorated any way that you want, or it could just be left plain.
We debated using glitter or paint, but instead we kept it simple and cut out some magazine letters to spell out “once upon a time” to decorate the lid. Bean had a fun time helping search for the perfect letters.
These were both fun and easy to make. We are already thinking up different sets that we can make next.
If you decide to try this out, let me know how it went in the comments.
This is the first of several craft stick projects I will be sharing, so be sure to stay tuned for the next one!
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