How to Make Button Fairies

by Lane Cummings
Making your own button fairy is a suitable activity for children and adults.

Making your own button fairy is a suitable activity for children and adults.

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Making a button fairy is a suitable activity for children or adults: it encourages creativity and enriches imaginations, and empowers you to create your own fantasy-based decorative item. You can used your finished button fairy as a funky Christmas tree ornament or as an alternative greeting card. This craft is also suitable for first-time crafters as it doesn't require a lot of skill or experience, and most of the materials you're likely to have around the house.

Items you will need

  • Wire
  • Wire cutters
  • 9 buttons
  • 1 bead
  • Needle nose pliers
  • Computer
  • Printer
  • Scissors
  • Magazines
  • Craft glue
Step 1

Cut a piece of wire with wire cutters that is approximately 10 inches long. Loop the bottom of the wire with a pair of needle nose pliers.

Step 2

Select nine or 10 decorative buttons that are of descending size and string them onto the wire, starting with the largest buttons and ending with the smallest. String the beads on woven, so they appear flat and vertical. This will be the tail of the fairy.

Step 3

Visit the website "Butterfly Pictures" or "Butterfly Website" or a comparable website that has lots of free pictures of butterflies. Select a picture of butterfly wings that you like and print it out in color. Cut out the butterfly wings that you printed. Generally, they should be no bigger than your hand.

Step 4

Look through fashion magazines and select a picture of a woman that you like. Cut it out from her torso to her head only. Generally, she should be no bigger than the palm of your hand.

Step 5

Place a few drops of glue onto the bottom of the woman's torso and press the top half of your largest button onto the glue, covering the bottom end of the woman's torso. The wire will run behind the back of the cut-out figure of the woman. Curve the wire into a loop so you can hang your fairy when you're done.

Step 6

Dab a few dots of craft glue onto the center of the wings and press the cut out woman onto the wings. Again, the looped wire will run behind the wings.

Photo Credits

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