Not being one to say no to my mother, or homemade elk jerky (never had it, but the concept sounds good), I made two more snowflake fairies today, and documented the process so that others can make their own as well.
Step 1: Gather your supplies. You’ll need: a wooden bead for the head (approx 3/4″ in diameter), cloth covered wire for the body and appendages, white felt, optional tulle, seed beads, a silver pipe cleaner for the wings, wool roving for the hair, black, white, red and pink paint for the face, paint brushes, glue, white thread, wire cutters, sharp scissors, and a small needle.
Step 2: Cut two pieces of wire: one 3 1/2″ long, and the other 7″ long.
Step 3: Fold the long piece in half. Using the wire cutters, bend “hands” on each end of the shorter piece. Place it over the folded wire and wrap the folded end all the way around to form the body and neck.
Step 4: Cut two pieces of felt: one 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ and the other 1″ square.
Step 5: Wrap the rectangle piece of felt around the arms and, using a ladder stitch, sew closed.
Step 6: Cut two “armhole” notches in the square felt. Wrap it around the body and sew closed. Make a few stitches over the shoulders to keep it from sliding down.
Step 7: Cut out a paper snowflake with a radius of about 2.”
Step 8: Using the paper snowflake as your template, cut a snowflake skirt out of felt. You could also skip steps 7 and 8 and use a starched crochet snowflake instead.
Step 9: Embellish snowflake as desired.
Step 10: Slip the skirt onto the fairy body feet-first…
Step 11: Sew the skirt to the body with a few small stitches.
Step 12: For the optional underskirt, cut tulle 11″ x 2 1/2.”
Step 13: Gather one long end of the tulle and sew it to the body below the snowflake.
Step 14: Slip beads onto the legs and bend “feet” at the ends.
Step 15: Bend the silver pipe cleaner into wings shape.
Step 16: Sew the wings to the back of the body (best done before you add the head, unlike in the picture).
Step 17: Put a dab of glue on the neck and slip on the head.
Step 18: Wrap the roving around your finger and make into a hairdo. You could use a felting needle to form it into shape if you’d like. Attach to head with glue. Add a few beads or other embellishments as desired.
Step 18a: She should look a lot like this now.
Step 19: Prop your fairy up in a spool of thread or a small cup and paint pink cheeks, a dot for a nose, and black eyes.
Step 20: Paint a red mouth and white highlights in the eyes.
Let dry and she’s done!