OK, friends, after a great deal of internal debate, I’ve come to a conclusion. I’m going to let you in to the Circle of Trust. I waffled on a few of you because, well frankly, you’re a little shady. But I’m letting you in, so behave yourselves.
It’s my daughter’s birthday on Sunday, and since she is not yet old enough to care about blogs (and let’s face it, even if she were, she wouldn’t read her mother’s blog), I’m revealing one of her presents. So I’m trusting you not to ruin the surprise.
Ever since the creation of the fairy garden, we’ve been on a little enchanted garden sort of kick around here. And so, for her birthday, I decided to make Fairy Wreaths for her and her American Girl doll (anytime you can make a smaller, matching present for the doll — do it!!)
Here’s what I needed:
Scissors, wire cutters, green floral wire, copper jewelry wire, bead glue, green ribbon, green felt, flower buttons (because you know how I love buttons!) and small beads.
I did the American Girl’s wreath first…I cut about 20 inches of green floral wire, wrapped it around twice and made a wreath.
I then wrapped the wreath with 12 inches of green ribbon and glued the ends down.
I cut 17 inches of copper wire and threaded the beads and flowers along the wire, twisting the wire around the beads to hold them in place.
I wrapped the copper wire loosely around the wreath and secured. Make sure you tuck the wire ends in well so little girls don’t get poked by sharp bits of wire. I had the American Girl try on the wreath to see how it looked.
Yes, I was sitting in the kitchen by myself, brushing the doll’s hair. Um, actually not the first time I’ve done this, either. But the wreath looked a little…sparse. So I added another 17 inch copper wire with more beads on it to liven things up a bit. Then I cut some small sort-of-leafy shapes out of green felt (honestly, you don’t have to be that good at it. You’re giving the illusion of something…it doesn’t have to be perfect) and glued the leaves to the inside of the wreath.
Done! I’m afraid the only “person” you get to see modeling the wreath is the doll because…well, you know. But I can tell you that for a girl-who-will-be-7-this-weekend, I used 40 inches of green floral wire (wrapped around twice), 24 inches of green ribbon and two 34-inch strands of copper wire with beads and flowers. I used four large flowers and two small on the girl wreath and two large flowers on the doll wreath. I made 4 felt leaves for the doll wreath and 6 for the girl one.
I bought supplies to make matching doll and girl tutus as well, so I’ll post that project when I get it done. Or maybe just after her birthday. Because while I trust you with this secret…well, I don’t want to push it.
Thank you for visiting. Have a lovely and peaceful day!