this is not to say that i necessarily believe in fairies... or that i don't. who am i to discredit those who do believe? and who am i to be so foolish as to accept that some things exist, even if i've never seen them?
but the bigger reason that this question is hard to answer is that six-year-olds quite often do believe in fairies. and i don't want to be one of those stuffy moms who stifles their children's imaginations and ruins their little creative hopes and dreams...
so lucky me that, in my hesitation to answer, she made up her own answer, as she often does, with her clever little six-year-old brain: "well, they must be real, 'cause the tooth fairy is real, and she is a fairy, and i know she is real, 'cause she brings me money every time i lose a tooth!..." she went on with other reasonable six-year-old proof, but you get the idea!
so, fairies need wands, right?...
after cutting out your patterns, use straight pins or tape (my personal preference) to secure them to the fabric. then, cut out the felt shapes-- you will need two large shapes for each wand, as well as one small shape, in complimentary or contrasting colors. as mentioned earlier, you can use pinking shears to cut out the smaller shape, just to give your fairy wand a bit more dimension.
(for faerie wand variations, click "read more".)
variations to this project
- wrap a ribbon around the dowel so as not to let the wood show through
- omit the ribbon if your wand is for a boy fairy-- yes, there is such a thing!
- use lace or tulle to make a super fancy wand, fit for a fairy princess
- use textured or printed felt, for a more personal flare-- they totally have cow-print felt, which i now own!
- lavender is soothing and calming, but instead you could fill with cloves, cinnamon, or any essential oil