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Topic: $ Store Dead Fairy Halloween decorations (with pics)  (Read 17246 times)
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« on: September 07, 2009 11:40:30 PM »

 I have always loved fairies and over the years had collected quite a few of them. One of my favorites is a fairy ornament that is displayed under a glass cover that looks like we managed to trap her there. So last year when I was taking down our every day display items to get out the Halloween decorations I had a brainstorm and decided to replace the everyday fairy with a Halloween counterpart.

My Dead Fairy was made using just a few things I had picked up from the dollar store:

A Skeleton Garland (4 Skeletons per package)

and black silk roses (3 to a stem)

First I cut the roses off of the wire stems and took each layer of petals off (these roses had dew drops glued on to highlight the petals but they peel off very easily)

giving me 3 sizes of petals.

After playing around with all three sizes I found I liked the smallest piece best- then used a few dots of hot glue to help fashion the petals into the fairy wings by gathering the center a bit

This was actually much trickier than it seemed because I wanted the bottom two wings to be smaller and thinner than the top set as well as to have a slight fold to give the wings more shape. I just played around with them until I was happy with them.

Then I removed one skeleton (they are only tied very loosely with twine to form the garland) and used a bit more hot glue to secure the wings to the middle of the back (don't use more than a tiny drop of hot glue because your excess will turn almost white on the black of the petals and be very noticeable)

Front view

To "hang" the fairy I used a length of the twine that came as the "garland" and tied a small hangman's noose. I think that the pictures are not nearly as cool as these guys are in real life. Although I made only one for that specific display last year I have decided to make a few more to put all around the house because one bunch of roses gives you 9 petals and buying 2 strings of garland and I can make 8 for a total cost of $3. I am also thinking of putting one in one of the jars my son catches his tree frogs and walking sticks in (with a stick and a leaf) so it looks like it was caught outside and did not fare well in captivity.
 *****I am really impressed with all the suggestions and comments! If you make your own fairies I would love to see some of the photos of changes, improvements or how you are displaying them!!!! Thanks to Craftsters you all  ROCK!!!!!*****
« Last Edit: September 12, 2009 07:15:11 PM by varifiresis » THIS ROCKS   Logged

« Reply #1 on: September 07, 2009 11:53:18 PM »

I saw that garland somewhere. Soooooo cute!
« Reply #2 on: September 08, 2009 12:00:13 AM »

This garland came from Dollar Tree but I also saw the exact same one at another dollar store chain so I think they are easy to find. The roses are from Dollar Tree from last year and I am having the worst time trying to find more this year.

« Reply #3 on: September 08, 2009 01:07:25 AM »

I bought both of these about three weeks ago to make Halloween stuff out of one of the things I was going to try was a fairy but it was going to be taken apart lol. That is awesome!

I love what you did they look so cool.

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« Reply #4 on: September 08, 2009 03:35:10 AM »

great idea! Grin
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« Reply #5 on: September 08, 2009 05:27:05 AM »

ha!  brilliant Smiley

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« Reply #6 on: September 08, 2009 07:31:31 AM »

those are awesome!!! I think they would look cool if you added red gem stones to the eyes and maybe glitter to the wings. I like sparkles lol.

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« Reply #7 on: September 08, 2009 08:27:24 AM »

That's a great idea!  Thanks so much for sharing!  I think I might have a twist on it that will help me accomplish a project I was stuck on.  YEY VERIFIRESIS!

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« Reply #8 on: September 08, 2009 08:37:16 AM »

This garland came from Dollar Tree but I also saw the exact same one at another dollar store chain so I think they are easy to find. The roses are from Dollar Tree from last year and I am having the worst time trying to find more this year.

For a variation you could try usig skeletonized leaves for the wings.  Not all fairies have the same kind of wings, right?  Anyways, I think it would look cool, plus might be easier to find, I see them in all the craft/scrapbooking stores.
« Reply #9 on: September 08, 2009 09:51:10 AM »

Oooohhh! I like the leaf idea for the wings, I have been trying to think of other ways to make the wings but haven't been happy with any of the ones I have tried so far.I keep finding places to put them (hanging from my rearview mirror for starters) and the more I make the more I want to try to make them each unique. Thanks for the idea!!! 
« Last Edit: September 08, 2009 09:57:20 AM by varifiresis » THIS ROCKS   Logged

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