Welcome to Carla Nelson's Fairy Crafts Page.
Here
I'll share easy-to-make whimsical creations that will bring the enchantment of the fairy kingdom into your world.
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Herb Robert
(Geranium robertianum)

Dainty pink flowers amidst soft fern-like leaves.  When disturbed, the fragrance is a bit unpleasant, but it remains a pretty addition to a fairy garden.  They think it brings good luck.


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Glittery Gold Pouch
With Sparkling
Fairy Dust
&
An Incantation
To Attract
The Wee Folk!


Herb Gatherings
Very Own!

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This darling little pixie is my four-year-old granddaughter.  She is
a very willing and exceedingly helpful
fairy dust maker.  In this picture she has just turned three.  Now she will soon be five.
The second one is
"Garden Smile"

Another Garden Sculpture by George Carruth.  It's an early one as you can tell by its weathered look.  He has provided a cheery welcome to the bridge spanning our small
fish ponds for many
years now.
Butterflies and fairies naturally go together.  It's often been said that fairies sometimes disguise themselves as butterflies.

One of the loveliest,
most fascinating sites on the Internet is devoted
to both.  Obsessionwithbutterflies.com

It's filled with all sorts of butterfly information, butterfly kits, ornaments, jewelry, fairies, fairy garden accessories and so much more.  Check it out:
www.obsessionwithbutterflies.com
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A favorite I became acquainted with through Twitter.  Her "Dreams of Deliria" cards are magical and  true works of art that anyone would love to receive.

Her home page says: Welcome to the crazy world of Scrapunzel, where you can buy handmade, one-of-a-kind festival clothing and my original rainbow-dreamy artwork. This is your online shop for pixie wear, fae skirts, hippy sweaters, faery elf coats and much much more...

scrapunzel.co.uk
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Fairy Doors
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An Acorn Teapot!

How Charming
Is This?
It takes a variety of sizes but as you can see, they finally come together to make a teapot that would warm any fairy's heart.

The spout is actually the stem on an acorn cap.  The lid is also an acorn cap with a bit of stem intact.  The handle is made from another small acorn cap that has been cut and glued on with a hot glue gun.  There is no end to the quaint fairy things you can make with bits and pieces from Mother Nature!
And that's just
what the fairies prefer.
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Yet Another
Fairy Door
This unusual fairy door is made from a slice of locust tree trunk that was felled in a storm.  I chipped out the decaying center.  The path leading into the realm beyond is strewn with what appears to be gold nuggets, but in fact, are a craft product called "Golden Dazzlers." The whole effect is one of pure enchantment.

Another picture of this scene with more detail is shown elsewhere
on this page.
Easy DIY
Fairy Birdhouse

The cute little birdhouse here was made from a Tennessee Spinning Gourd.  It's a very small, heirloom variety of gourd that children used to spin on a flat surface for entertainment.  Seeds and gourds can easily be found on the Internet.

I have grown and harvested these and now have a supply of dried ones ready for use.  First you will need to sand the surface of the gourd being careful not to inhale any of the dust this procedure creates.  (It can have some nasty repercussions). You can then drill a small hole for the "fairy bird" to enter or you can fake one by coloring a hole with black marker.  Next, apply a base coat of craft paint and allow to dry. Then decorate any way you wish.  Drill a small hole from one side to the other in the narrow top. Thread a small piece of yarn or wire through to create a hanger.

Here I've used a piece of copper wire to make a shepherd's hook just the right size to hang it on.  Placed in a fairy garden, this charming, handmade fairy birdhouse lends an element of enchantment that few fail to notice.
Guardians Of A Woodland
Fairy Door!
A clump of Red Spider Lilies guards the entrance to a natural fairy door.  Who knows what lies beyond but perhaps the presence of these flowers  bodes ill for anyone who might
be tempted
to find out. 


Red Spider Lilies (Lycoris radiata) have a long history in legend and folklore associated with death, funerals and cemeteries.  Beautiful, ethereal and poisonous!
I would assume it is not by chance that they have sprouted here.  A warning, maybe, to anyone who might pose a threat to those
who bide within.

Flitting through
The garden

A fairy girl - alone!
She spied this
Little house,

And claimed it
For her own.

Creating a Milkweed Cradle and Fairy Baby
Late summer is the perfect time to collect milkweed pods for fairy cradles. 

While most people think of milkweed as just that - a weed, it is actually a very beneficial plant.  It's the host plant for monarch butterflies.  And the pods make perfect cradles for fairy wee ones.

The pictures to the right show a milkweed plant and a close-up of two developing pods.  After the pods have matured, you can gather them to dry removing the fluffy down inside to which the seeds are attached. 

Line the pod with fresh or dried moss.  I formed the fairy baby shown here by  making a ball of cotton.  I covered it with a small square of panty hose and tied a ribbon at the neck.  The tiny features were made with a fine point marker.

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Fairy Garden Furniture
Sure!  You can buy miniature furniture and accessories for making fairy gardens.  All of a sudden, such items are popping up in droves at craft stores and garden centers everywhere.

But, you can also make your own.  The advantage?
It will save you LOTS of money.  It will feed your creative yearnings and your items will be totally one of a kind unique!

While there are many ways to pursue this, I've found that Sculpey oven bake clay is my friend.  It comes in small packages or in the large one shown above.  And since I'm always hunting a bargain, I wait until it's on sale or I have a coupon. 

Sculpey or similar products are easy to work with and the possibilities are endless in the types of things you can create. 

Since all you see when this is finished is the head of the fairy, I left the remaining panty hose body unfilled.  I spritzed it with a little glitter glue, then nestled it inside the cradle.

Small artificial flowers can then be glued in place to create a pretty blanket choosing any variety and color you prefer.

The end result is both charming and delightful - and so easy!

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Above is a picture of the components for a fairy table and two stools that just came out of the oven.

The bases for the stools and the table were formed by wadding up aluminum foil about the size and shape I wanted them to be.  Then I rolled out the Sculpey to about 1/8 inch thick and molded it around the foil.  I then used the edge of a knife to tap in lines that give the idea of tree bark.

The flat stool seats were given texture by pressing them onto a piece of wood to imprint a grain.  I used the tip of a skewer to draw "tree rings" on the table top, and made a bark like edge, again with the edge of a knife.  Then I baked all the pieces according to the directions on the Sculpey box.


After cooling, I stained all the pieces with wood stain, let them dry and then glued them together with a hot glue gun.  Presto!
All summer long,
The milkweed worked,
Making pods of
Fluffy white down.
Fairy cradles
For fairy babes,
To rest their
Little heads upon.

 Copyright:   Carla J. Nelson
From:

Fairy Crafts, Gardens and Teas

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Above is a picture of the finished products.  Adorable, if I do say so myself.

The little teapot, as you can see, is made from acorns - another simple, fun, inexpensive project.  The little cups are the caps off the acorns, sanded on the bottom to sit flat.

What fairy would not be charmed by this lovely arrangement!?

And I still have loads of Sculpey left in the box for more projects! 

For some additional, larger pictures of this lovely fairy garden, check the Fairy Gardens page.  Sometimes, fairy crafts and fairy gardens overlap.  It's all part of the fun!
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Fairy Bird Feeder Project
Fairies have a special kinship with our feathered friends.  They will spend hours listening to and trying to mimic a songbird's melody.  That's just one more reason to attract birds to your garden.

You can make a charming bird feeder to do just that with a few inexpensive materials like the ones shown in the picture.  I started with a common clay tile.  Making sure the surface was completely clean and dry, I applied a fairy wallpaper type sticker.  These are available at craft and home improvement stores.  After letting it dry completely, I applied several coats of exterior spray polyurethane over the top of it, allowing each coat to dry completely according to directions on the spray can.  This adds some protection from the weather.

Add a pot saucer on top.  Fill with sunflower seed and wait patiently for the birds to find it.  This won't take long.  And if the birds find it - will fairies be far behind?!
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Making Fairy Dust

Want to invite the fairies to your garden?  Take some dried herbs and flowers (preferably ones that retain some color and fragrance after they are dried). Lavender, anise hyssop, lemon balm, lemon verbena, roses, mint, lavender mint, catmint, rosemary - are all good choices.   Crush these into almost a powder.  Add a pinch or two of sparkling glitter from the craft store.  Mix and then gently sprinkle some around your garden or anywhere else outside that appeals to you.  It is extremely important that you do this with a sincere, contented heart and an open mind!  The fairies know when you're faking it!

In the first edition of Claraya's Fairy Journal, Claraya asked her fairy "sister," Shabow, about fairy dust.
"Do the fays really like it?"  Claraya asked.
"But of course," Shabow answered.  "But not for the reasons humans think. It's not the sparkle or the color necessarily.   It's what it represents.  It's the goodwill!  It's the faith!  It's the hope exhibited by the sprinkling that says, 'I believe in fairies.  I hope there are some nearby.  I want to make them feel welcome.' "
Shabow continued, "We think of it this way:

Wherever such a thing is found,
We mark the spot as sacred ground.

Forever fays will know a mortal being once proclaimed their belief in fairies there."
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Fairy Dust Invitation


If you have a special garden,
Where flowers and herbs abound,
Then take a pinch of fairy dust,
And sprinkle it around.

The fairies will take notice,
And at the end of day,
They'll tiptoe out upon the grass,
And dance the night away.

Copyright:  Carla J. Nelson

Fairy Dust Party Favors

Encase a tablespoon of your fairy dust in pretty, flowered, fabric circles.  Pull
the edges up together to form little pouches and tie with a ribbon.  Attach a copy of the Fairy Dust Invitation poem above (please be sure to include my name as author).  These make wonderful little favors for fairy and garden parties of all sorts.


OR

Check out the charming combination below:

My four-year-old granddaughter and I made the lovely fairy dust shown here.
She crushed fragrant, dried rose and lavender blossoms and
other herbs.
Then she stirred inlots of multi-colored glitters
for just the right amount
of sparkle. 
We packaged it in little zip lock bags to keep it safe
until ready to sprinkle.
  To top it off, it comes with an
original incantation
written especially to attract the wee folk
and a few suggestions for using it.  All of this is enclosed
in a lovely, reusable gold organza drawstring bag
.  These
make lovely party favors for any kind of celebration.
Kids and adults love them!
I've listed this on Ebay.com
You can find an easy link on Twitter.com
@clarayafaya

Note:  The bag shown below is not the one in this offer.  The one
included on Ebay.com is the one shown along the lefthand side of this page.


A wizened homeless fairy man
Came searching high and low.
He had to find himself a house,
Before the cold winds blow.

At last on a leafy hillside,
Deep in a shaded glen.
He found an abandoned shelter,
That seemed to beckon him in.

His hands flew up in wonder,
His spirits began to soar.
It seemed to be all he'd hoped for,
And maybe even more.

He gasped at the cozy interior,
As he cautiously peeked inside.
He questioned why no one lived there,
Then a note on the table he spied.

"I'm off to warmer climes and times,
Please make yourself at home, my friend.
What's mine is yours, just do the chores.
I'll be back at Winter's end."

Outside, I watched this all unfold.
Until at last he saw me.
"I'll let you settle in,"  I said.
"But I'll be back for tea."

Copyright:  Carla J. Nelson

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This enchanting fairy abode is an example of what you can do with things found in nature.  My friend Ruth saw this intriguing fungal growth on a log and saved it for me.  For
someone with a wild imagination, it wasn't hard for me to envision it outfitted inside with tiny furniture, a cupboard full of wee dishes and, of course, a teapot.  I fashioned the
quaint door out of Sculpey oven baked clay.  I made indentations with the point of a
skewer to give it a wood grained look.  A little handle adds easy access.  After baking and cooling it, I used a wood stain to complete the picture.  Of course, the little home needed
a chimney to vent the cozy fireplace inside. 
There's no end to the possibilities!

Imagine taking a stroll on a crisp, Autumn day and encountering this charming scenario along the path.  I'll bet you would want to pull up a chair and share a cup of fairy tea too.

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Making Sparkle-aisies!
Aren't these lovely?  Can't you just imagine them adorning a fairy garden or vignette?  I dubbed them the "Sparkle-aisies" because they remind me a little of daisies but with a bit of pizazz - the kind fairies would like!  Here's how I made them.

I found a package marked "Table Scatter" at the local Dollar Tree store.  The pink, purple, and green sparkly-looking flowers, spoke to me.  "Take me home.  We could be fairy flowers for one of your projects."  How do you say, "no," to thatSo I gleefully carted them home and mulled it over a while.  This is what evolved.

I took the green "blossoms" and cut off the "petals" to use as leaves.  Then I took toothpicks and painted them green for stems.  With a low-temp glue gun, I attached the pink and purple "flowers" to their "stems," glued the "leaves" in place, and Voila!  A whole new species of fairy flowers!  Sparkle-aisies!  If you discount the minute amount of green, acrylic craft paint I used, the toothpicks, and the minimal amount of glue, I have $1.00 wrapped up in these.  (OH!  and 7 cents in sales tax.)  Still!  I think they look priceless.!

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Fairy Finger Puppets
It's amazing the magic you can weave with simple craft materials like ordinary felt squares, glitter, colored markers and glue.  The fairy finger puppet shown here incorporates all of these and just the tiniest bit of talent.  You cut out two pieces the size you want and a shape that resembles a fairy body.  Put a bead of glue all around the outer edges and seal the two pieces together.  Allow to dry completely.  Then cut out an oval of felt to make the face and glue it on.  Colored markers can be used to make the features.  Fake hair or yarn can then be added.  Once you've made this basic form with the space for inserting a finger, your imagination can take over.  Glitter, beads, sparkly pipe cleaners, tulle, rickrack, lace - anything you choose can be used to decorate your creation.  I prefer to use a low-temp glue gun to attach all of the accessories.  In no time, you have an enchanting companion - or two or three.  Then all you need, is a theater made from a cardboard box and you're ready to entertain and be entertained.  Fairy Magick!
A Fairy Bed
It's amazing the charming things you can make out of a few simple materials - like twigs, a bit of cotton, a scrap of tulle, some artificial flowers and a little embellishment.  A hot glue gun is definitely your friend for this project.

To create this delightful little fairy bed, I first cut a rectangle of wood for the "mattress" to rest on.  Then I cut four pieces of thin wood and glued them on all four sides to form the bed frame.  Four more sticks were glued on the corners for legs.  Pieces of curly bittersweet vine, were then added.  The mattress is a small piece of cotton batting covered in glittery gold tulle.  The sides of the bed are trimmed in a fancy, gold ribbon with tiny roses at each corner.  It didn't take long for a fairy baby to curl up to take a nap here.  Note:  I formed her out of Sculpey clay. 

Thanksgiving Thumb-kin
Right off you can tell this can't be classified a "fairy craft."  But it's a project that has delighted my family for years and I thought you might like to share it with yours.

I wrote the words to this silly song a long time ago.  It is sung to the tune of that classic children's finger play song, "Where Is Thumb-kin?" with a few additional notes to fit the increased number of words.  Each year, the kids in the family make finger puppets and perform the song before Thanksgiving dinner.  Young children can make very simple puppets, (one to represent each verse) cutting out images or using stickers to attach to felt pockets.

The "performance" can be adjusted to age level.  I make copies of the song for everyone.  The grown-ups sing the initial "where is?" Whatever child has the accompanying puppet holds up the puppet and answers, "here I am." Then everyone can join in singing the rest of that verse.  If the kids are older, they can handle the whole verse on their own.  Everyone joins in on the last verse.

Over the years, the quality of the finger puppets has improved as children have gotten older.  But I have saved and still love the originals made by preschoolers - some of which are shown above.  Kids (it seems especially the boys) love the parts that are a bit irreverent.  The laughter that ensues always puts everyone in a great mood.


Where is turkey, where is turkey?
Here I am.  Here I am.
However did it come to be,
That everyone wants a piece of me?
I'm dead meat!  I'm dead meat!

Where is fishy?  Where is fishy?
Here I am.  Here I am.
They caught me and threw me in a pot.
With other stuff that's really hot.
Now I'm soup.  Now I'm soup.

Where is popcorn?  Where is popcorn?
Here I am.  Here I am.
They heat me till I'm fat and fluffy.
They eat me till they feel all puffy.
It makes them fart.  It makes them fart.

Where is pumpkin?  Where is pumpkin?
Here I am.  Here I am.
Maple syrup makes me yummy.

I fill up every bulging tummy.
Pass the cream.  Pass the cream.

Where is pilgrim woman?  Where is pilgrim woman?
Here I am.  Here I am.
I've been slaving now for days.
Cooking squash and meat and maize.
Now I'm pooped.  Now I'm pooped.

Where is pilgrim man?  Where is pilgrim man?
Here I am.  Here I am.
I've hunted, fished and cleaned out guts.
Of countless fish and deer and ducks.
Where's my plate?  Where's my plate?

Where is Squanto?  Where is Squanto?
Here I am.  Here I am.
White man needed help - a bunch.
If not for me, we'd have no lunch.
I'm the man.  I'm the man!

Where are blessings?  Where are blessings?
Here we are.  Here we are.
We're grateful for each one of these.
Family, friends and food and trees.
Thank you God.  Thank you God.

Carla J. Nelson

A Fairy Light Wreath
I call this charming little wreath, a fairy light wreath.  The base is a 4 inch grapevine wreath.  The "lights" are tansy and melampodium blossoms dried in silica gel.  A low temp glue gun facilitates attaching the tiny flowers.  A sprinkle of glitter adds a bit of fairy magic.

For more information about the star-blossomed melampodium, read the August 6 entry on Claraya's Fairy Blog.
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Enchanting Fairy Doors
I love creating Fairy Doors!  There's just something about that special, fleeting moment when someone happens upon one out of the blue.  There's that quick intake of breath, that little catch in the throat, the twinkle that sparks in the eyes, and the SMILE!  They always evoke a smile!  And what better reason to make one or buy one to add to your garden!  This charming example was made by cutting a free form design with a bandsaw. The "hinges,", "doorknob," and "wreath," were made from things collected in nature and glued on with a hot glue gun. So simple!  Incredibly charming.  A sure attention getter!

Check out some of the other Fairy Doors too, on the left side of this page.  Then turn your imagination loose and create your own. 

The Golden Way beckons
To enchantment within.
Come!  I'll show you the way.
Let our journey begin!
Carla J Nelson - Copyright
You can make this charming little fairy house with just the items shown here.  Yes, that's a mini birdhouse! But tape over the holes, cut off the perch and get to work.  A door and windows can easily be shaped out of Sculpey (shown above), baked and painted according to the directions.  After they have been secured to the house, small rocks can be glued on the walls.  Here, I painted the roof and added some small sticks for an unusual effect.  It's all a matter of preference or, dare we say
"creative GENIUS!"  Just let your imagination be your guide.