Fairy Tale Projects

Posted April 16th, 2012

What a change a day makes. Sunny and 70 degrees on Saturday, driving rain and wind gusts up to 45 miles an hour on Sunday, and snow today!! At least for some of us, it is time for indoor projects like reading fairytales and making fairytale scenes and characters.

The Gnome Craft Book by Thomas and Petra Berger is filled to the brim with activities that appeal to a child’s imagination. The authors show how to make gnomes out of walnuts, twigs, wool and paper, as well as from a variety of other media. There are plenty of different types of gnomes to keep children amused for hours. One of them is Astrid Lindgren’s The Tomten, making this classic the perfect book to accompany the gnome creations.

Making Fairy Tale Scenes by Sybille Adolphin is a brilliant and fun craft book that contains all the patterns and instructions you need to make scenes from well-known fairy tales such as Cinderella, Hansel and Gretel, Sleeping Beauty, Rumpelstiltskin, Tom Thumb, Rapunzel, and Snow White and the Seven Dwarves. The scenes, which are organized according to season, are made from easy-to-find natural materials, such as wool, felt and cotton. For reading out loud, choose any of the stories for which you make characters and scenes.

 If you have a child who loves Elsa Beskow’s books or Sybille von Olfers’ The Story of the Root Children, you’re in luck because Sibylle Adolphin has also written Making Flower Children. This charming book is filled with step-by-step instructions and illustrations for making flower figures based on the characters in the above mentioned books. You may want to also read Mother Earth and Her Children: A Quilted Fairy Tale by Sibylle von Olfers and illustrated by Sieglinde Schoen-Smith.

Making Wool Fairies by Christine Schaefer is a great choice for the fairy loving set. She uses unspun sheep’s wool, which is warm and vibrant and perfect for making these beautiful soft figures. The author includes detailed instructions on making fairies and angels for every occasion: flower fairies, fairies for birthday celebrations, guardian angels to watch over a crib. A few books to read out loud: The Hidden Folk and Cicely Mary Baker’s Flower Fairies.

I love Sally Mavor’s Pocketful of Posies, so I was delighted when I discovered her craft book Felt Wee Folk: Enchanting Projects. This book, which is a guide to creating tiny fairies and dolls, is for children old enough to sew buttons and do appliqué, but no sewing machine is necessary.  There are 18 projects featuring dolls, pins, purses, and even cell phone covers. An adult could do some of the more difficult parts and then a child could easily embellish with found objects, buttons, beads and natural materials. Reading Pocketful of Posies is a natural here.

Finally, you must check out http://castleofcostamesa.com/ This is a terrific website maintained by families whose children attend Waldorf Schools. It includes an amazing number of fairytale projects. One of the very best is the instructions and illustrations for how to make a puppet show based on Snow White and Rose Red. There are lots of pictures on the blog. Don’t miss these two posts: The Making of the Dolls and The Puppet Show. You have to read the whole way through, at least scroll through, and you’ll get to see the clever ways they make the dolls and set up for the puppet show.

I hope this will give you some inspiration for what to do during the week ahead, rainy or not!

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3 Responses to “Fairy Tale Projects”

  1. Joyce Sidman says:

    LOVE Sally Mavor’s work and once saw a video about how she does it. Such patience! Thanks for this wonderful recap of crafty books, Lise.

  2. Thanks Joyce. I just adore Sally Mavor’s work too. She is so amazing.

  3. Jzin says:

    Dear Lise,
    Thank you so much for your enthusiastic review of my dolls! I am giving away a handmade topsy turvy doll on my blog for August 2012 (this is my first time ever!). Can you please help me put a word out there? Thanks!

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