Winter Fairy Tutorial
one doll, 2 silk poinsettia flowers, scrap of red fabric, contrasting trim, glue wire, paint and a brush.
Start with a nice doll to be your fairy. I used a white doll, but you could use any flesh tone.
Use a craft paint to add stripes to her legs like candy canes. You could use china paint if you have a kiln and your doll is porcelain. I also did her nails and darkened her lip color.
About a 2x2.5 scrap of red, I have silk here, for the panties. You don't need to hem this, it wont show.
Diaper fold at crotch and pull up to waist, this fold makes the hem on the sides without hemming.
Glue top of front to the back, it can be a high waist as the top will cover.
fold back sides and neatly glue to side overlapping at sides. Press down very flat. Let dry.
About a 2x3.5 (more or less for your doll's bust) scrap of more fabric for the top and hem and press top and one side. You can use glue to hem.
Place long side hem at the top of bust and bring to back, overlap and glue down hemmed side. Press in place and dry well.
On sides under breast, make darts to get the top to have a nice fitted look. Hold in place with pins if you glue the dart and let dry well. Use a mini iron to press well if you have one.
Doll now has a nice body suit look to her. Now select your flowers. I have two types for mine, a pointed edge petal for her skirt and serrated edged one for the wings.
Remove petals from plastic parts.
Glue longest ones to waist line first completing a circle around her. Slightly overlap each petal to help prevent spaces. Let dry well.
Now glue a ring of shorter petals on top of the first overlapping any openings of the last petals. If you want a very fluffy dress, feel free to add even more petals or less for a slinky look.
Using a small bit of trim, edge off waist line to give it a neat finished look. You can use up any great scrap fabric you have for this. The length will depend on your doll's waist line. At this time I added the doll's wig. I prefer to wig after doll is dressed so I don't have to watch or mess up hair. You can use any wig you want for this doll. I did a short white wig. She looks great in bright red curls too.
Remove petals from plastic parts for wings.
Select two matching petals in the size you like best, wings can be very small or very large depending on what you like.
I used green wire, but any color will work. Bend into a V shape and bend each side of wire to curve just a bit as the petals tend to curve up on you. Using a fabric grab type glue, add glue to wire and press to petal with tip of wire ending at tip of petal. Let dry before you do the other side. Leave a space at the end about 1/4 inch long.
Add a drop of glue to bend in wire, and slip it in the back of her dress.
Push wings all the way in. Dress will hide the wires and keep them on well. Your fairy is now done. You can add any other embellishments you see fit! Trim off the wings, add more trim to the dress, glitter your petal skirt... it is endless to make this fairy uniquely your own and the doll you chose to start with will also add to your own look.
If your doll has boots or shoes, you may want
to paint them a holiday green!