We go on a lot of meandering walks around here and it seems we come back with our pockets full of adopted pieces of nature. Right now, my daughter seems to be hoarding acorn caps and they’re fighting a losing battle with the vacuum. Check out my quick solution to make both mom and daughter happy with a TinkerBell craft box!
If there’s a fan of TinkerBell in your house, you know that Tink collects “lost things.” If you’ve seen Secret of the Wings or The Pirate Fairy, you know what I’m talking about (partner links). If you haven’t seen any of the Disney Fairies movies, let me sum them all up: TinkerBell uses the power of friendship and her “lost things” to pull the gang out of some precarious position after having fashioned something with her amazing engineering skills.
What a crafty little fairy after my own heart!
This quick craft was born of a wicked deal on craft supplies. I saw a few of these little wooden boxes on clearance for about 15 cents each and knew I could find a few uses for them. This one found it’s use as a TinkerBell craft box for our daughter’s “lost things.” Right now, my 2.75 year old’s “found things” include mostly acorn caps, jewels from her treasure box, and bent pipe cleaners, but I see this turning into a TinkerBell jewelry box when she’s a bit older.
Just a note of apology – I do not know what in the world was going on with the lighting in these photos! They are all kinds of messed up, and for that I apologize. This is a cute little box even if the photos don’t do it justice. It’s fall in Seattle and the sun is nowhere in sight, but I will keep watch for a sunny day to take more photos.
- wooden craft box with lid
- paint and brushes (I used acrylic paints)
- Sharpie marker (fine point)
- TinkerBell silhouette and “Lost Things” printable, ink jet printer, water, and painters (or masking) tape
- ModPodge or sealer
Note: the printable is backwards, and it is correct.
Download the printable and size it to your box. Optional – lightly sand the box. Paint it. I added a little bit of glitter green from Martha Stewart to the inside top and bottom to “up the fairy factor” of this toddler trinket box.
Print out the printable and cut each word and the Tinkerbell silhouette with some paper ‘cushion’ on each side. You’ll use this to hold it in place.
Tape a word to the top, making sure it is as flat as you can get it. I started with the “Things” because I wanted to make sure I had enough room for the ‘g.’ Tape the word in place with the printed side down (the words should be legible through the paper).
Put a small amount of water on a small paintbrush and go over the letters, moistening the paper. Use the back of your brush to trace over the letter to transfer some of the ink to the box top. Remove the paper.
You could paint over the words or choose to use a fine point Sharpie like I did. The font is Things We Said by Imagex and I really like how it looks like it has a texture found in nature. I didn’t want to lose the look by filling in the letters completely with paint, so I raided my colored Sharpie stash. The Sharpie did exactly what I envisioned.
The hardest part of this project was correcting my mistake when a certain toddler grabbed my arm when I was moistening Tink’s printout. She became a blurry mess!
Not wanting to paint over the smudge with white paint and wait for it to dry, I just tried to form TinkerBell the best I could. Go ahead and seal it (you can use ModPodge or a sealer).
And yes, TinkerBell’s hands more closely resemble lobster claws than dainty fairy fingers, but I’m fine with that. More importantly, so is the little one.
Think of all the acorn tops we will save from the vacuum! Thank you for spending time with us today as we had some fairy fun. Perhaps for a special treat, you could whip up some TinkerBell popcorn and watch Secret of the Wings, which happens to be Elise’s favorite right now (partner link).
If you’d like to know how to make it, just follow the same instructions as in our FROZEN popcorn but use green food coloring and gold sugar sparkles. If you’d like even more fairy fun, check out how to make your very own TinkerBell dress up costume for only $15!
Where we party: our list of link parties where we’ve shared Ruffles and Rain Boots’ playful creativity.