DIY Flower Fairy Dolls – Wire Fairy

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.

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You can create beautiful flower fairy dolls using just a few craft store finds.

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Flower Fairy Dolls

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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Create different skin tones, hair styles, and skirts for your wire and flower fairy craft.

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Supplies Needed for Fairy Dolls

Tips for Making Wire Fairy Dolls with Faux Flowers

As of this writing, I’ve made more than 15 of these adorable little dolls. Here are my biggest tips for making flower fairies:

  • Use the full length of the floral wire and the recommended measurements when making the first couple. It gets difficult when making them smaller.
  • The larger, fuller flowers (5-6 inch diameter) make the fullest fairy skirts and are perfect for beginners.
  • Different colors of embroidery floss allow for many skin tones so that you can create a fairy doll who looks exactly like someone in your life!
  • Save the small plastic spacers and use them to fluff out the skirt. Place them in between the petals in the same order you removed them.
  • Of all steps, the fairy hair is the most difficult only until you figure it out. Go slow and finger comb the embroidery floss. Here is a fairy hairstyle tutorial for beginners. Psst: she also sells flower fairy kits in her Etsy shop here (they’re gorgeous).
  • 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.
  • I strongly suggest a detail tip glue gun for this project. The precision tip and thin flow of hot glue works well with the smaller, daintier aspects of this craft.
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Easily make flower fairy dolls with wings, different hair styles, and more.

How to Make Flower Fairy Dolls with Wire

Below is the written and printable tutorial for fairy dolls. If you’re a visual learner and want to see some fun alternate hair styles and wings, watch the flower fairy doll tutorial here.

Yield: 1 Fairy Doll

DIY Flower Fairy Doll

Square close up image of silk flower fairy dolls with wood bead heads on a white farmhouse basket.

A few supplies and a bit of wrapping are all you need to create these gorgeous, elegant flower fairy dolls. Follow along with a written and video fairy doll tutorial.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Active Time 15 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $7


  • Ruler
  • Detail Tip Glue Gun and Glue Sticks
  • Wire Cutters
  • Scissors and/or X-acto Knife


Prepare the Head and Fairy Hair

  1. 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. Thread floss onto wire body form.
  2. 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. Slide bead onto both ends of wire.

Create the Fairy Doll Body

  1. Twist the wire twice around itself just under the bottom bead opening (opposite of the hair) to form a neck. Twist wire under bead to form fairy neck.
  2. 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. Measure arm 2 inches and loop back to twist under body.
  3. Twist the two ends of wire around each other three times to form a body. Form body after arms by twisting wire together for one inch.
  4. To form the legs and feet, press the two ends of the wire and cut with the wire cutters to make them even. Crafter trimming the legs to the same length with wire cutters.

Wrap the Body

  1. 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. Crafter wrapping the fairy doll neck with a skin tone embroidery floss.
  2. 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. Wrap each arm with floss, securing over the ends.
  3. 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. Crafter showing a finished wire wrapped fairy body.
  4. 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. Crafter using a glue gun to secure the embroidery floss wrapped dress bodice.

Create the Flower Fairy Doll Skirt

  1. Remove any leaves or extras from the floral stem. Remove each petal from the stem, keeping them in order. Close up of crafter disassembling the faux flower keeping the petals in order.
  2. 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. Crafter cutting a wider opening in the flower petals by cutting the center.
  3. 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. Crafter putting each flower piece over the legs and up to the waist before gluing.

Style the Fairy Dolls’ Hair

  1. 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. Crafter showing how to glue down the bangs and the back of the hair to the fairy head.
  2. Cut the thread loops at the BOTTOM of the hair ends, taking care to split them and not cut any length off. Crafter cutting the loops in the floss to create the ends of the fairy hair.
  3. 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. Crafter using a small pet comb to brush out the embroidery floss for the fairy hair style.
  4. 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. Crafter gluing the sides of the fairy hair to the wood bead head.
  5. 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. Vertical image of three flower fairy dolls with wood bead heads, floss hair, and silk flower skirts on white basket.


Please see the full video tutorial for variations on hair styles, how to make flower petal fairy wings, and more.

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