We had the best time making these flower fairy dolls and I know you will, too! They are an easy fairy craft that look great hanging from a garland for a party, tucked into gift bags, or even just handed to little ones for imaginative play.
The supplies are simple and easy to find and the variations in skin and hair color, hair style, and wings make for easily customized fairy dolls. I just know you’re going to love making these so let’s get started.
Here at Ruffles and Rain Boots, I create a lot of whimsical creatures and cryptid crafts for all ages: gnomes, mermaids, unicorns, and fairy crafts are often shared here. While crafting for an early summer party, my daughter and I found ourselves searching for fairy inspiration and came across Cicely Mary Barker’s series. We fell in LOVE and, of course, had to get crafting.
I had everything on hand for this craft, so before you head to the craft store check your supplies. We’ve used a variety of different flowers and sizes of wire for these little fairy dolls, so you have some wiggle room.
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There will be quite a bit of embroidery floss left over from the bodice color which can be used to create a necklace, gloves, or slippers for the fairies. I’ve also used it as the hair tie color and you could even braid it into the fairy’s hair.
Bend a single floral wire in half. Remove the paper ties (but do not loosen or unroll) an embroidery floss for the hair and loop the center of the floss into the opening of the folded wire.
Put the ends of the wire together and press them through the center hole of the one inch bead. Align the top of the wire with the top of the wood bead (this forms the head and hair of the fairy doll). Glue the bead in place on the wire.
Create the Fairy Doll Body
Twist the wire twice around itself just under the bottom bead opening (opposite of the hair) to form a neck.
Lay the ruler down flat and use it to measure out 2 inches for an arm. Fold under the same amount and press the wire together. The end (the hand) should be a teardrop shape. To secure, twist the wire of long end of the wire you just used to form an arm once around the other piece of wire. Repeat with the other arm.
Twist the two ends of wire around each other three times to form a body.
To form the legs and feet, press the two ends of the wire and cut with the wire cutters to make them even.
Wrap the Body
Add a small dab of glue to the body area and press in the end of the flesh tone embroidery floss. Wrap the wire up the body to the neck, add glue, and wrap completely to cover the wire back down to where you started the neck. Do not cut the floss.
Wrap each arm using the same color floss. Use a tight wrap, securing the floss to the wire every so often in case it unravels. I cover the ends of the hands with a small amount of glue, vertically wrap them, and then cover back to the body.
Repeat wrapping (each appendage gets two layers). You should only have a small amount left after covering each appendage in two layers (one up, one back). See this video for detailed instruction.
Using the same dab of glue method to start, use the bodice embroidery floss to wrap over each shoulder and the full center body, stopping where the legs split. You may also use this color for shoes by wrapping just the bottom half inch of each leg wire.
Create the Flower Fairy Doll Skirt
Remove any leaves or extras from the floral stem. Remove each petal from the stem, keeping them in order.
Use scissors or an X-acto knife to cut one-quarter inch slits around the center hole so you can slip the floral pieces over the legs to form a skirt.
First, slip the bottom of the flower and follow with the largest petals (at the waist), securing each with glue. Repeat with petals and plastic spacers from the faux flower until the dress is as full as you like.
Style the Fairy Dolls’ Hair
Brush the embroidery floss out with fingers. Glue down the front forehead section by adding a half moon of glue and pulling the hair forward. Repeat with the back of the head, pulling the bottom loops of the floss to secure in the glue. This is best shown in the video.
Cut the thread loops at the BOTTOM of the hair ends, taking care to split them and not cut any length off.
Use your fingers or a comb to brush out the hair. If you want to split it into individual strands for fuller a fairy hairstyle, do so here. Trim any scraggly ends along the bottom.
Gently finger comb the floss down creating hair on each side, securing with a very light layer of glue. Tip: use the point of the glue gun to press the glue flat.
Pull the hair around to the back or to the side, gluing the base of the hair down in the back. Secure the hair with a mini elastic or another piece of embroidery floss into a side ponytail. Read through the options in the article above and watch the video for extras like hairstyles and fairy wings using the flower petals.
Please see the full video tutorial for variations on hair styles, how to make flower petal fairy wings, and more.
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Hi there, I’m Sarah. I’m a crafty gal and always have at least 14 projects going at once. I am a crafter, designer, and pattern maker and share my creations here and over at the Ruffles and Rain Boots® shop.