Last year I posted about how to decorate your house for the holidays using the books you already have. This year I’d like to post on another simple bookish decoration you can make! Though you probably don’t have all of the supplies you’ll need already, they should be fairly inexpensive and easy to acquire.
“Two weeks before the end of the term, the sky lightened suddenly to a dazzling, opaline white and the muddy grounds were revealed one morning covered in glittering frost. Inside the castle, there was a buzz of Christmas in the air. Professor Flitwick, the Charms teacher, had already decorated his classroom with shimmering lights that turned out to be real, fluttering fairies.” –Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
If you haven’t guessed, today we’re making Flitwick’s fairies! These cute little fairies can be tied onto a tree or sat onto a shelf, but the cutest use (and the one most accurate to their description is tying them over bulbs on fairy lights that you string up either alone or on the tree! They are designed to secure onto a single bulb of a standard strand of lights, but will work on any sort with a little adjustment. The lights will give them their shimmery quality. Let’s get to it!
Note: I made all of my fairies with gold wings, but you can make yours any color you want or a rainbow of colors!
- gold twist ties, 4-6″
- gold ribbon, 6″ wide
- round wooden beads, 16mm or smaller
- acrylic paint and/or permanent marker
- fairy lights (optional)
- Using paint or marker, draw a little face onto one side of a wooden bead. The holes of the bead should be on the sides of the face, where ears would be. You can be as detailed as you like. I just chose to paint the heads different shades and draw a simple face.
- Next slide the bead onto the middle of a twist tie and secure at the back of the head.
- Pick up your ribbon and scrunch it together in the middle so that two little wings emerge on either side.
- Attach the scrunched center of the wings to the back of the wooden bead head and secure it with the twist tie.
- If you are not planning to attach it onto a string of lights, you can stop here and set your little fairy somewhere around the house. Or make more friends to join her!
- To attach to lights, simply use the remainder of the twist tie to affix the fairy over a bulb on a string of fairy lights. If the tie is too short, simply use another to attach it.
Another idea for you…paint some of the beads gold and turn them into a golden snitch! Put them on the tree or use them to decorate a package for a fellow Potter fan.
There now, aren’t those cute? I’d love to see your fairies or snitches! Post them on Instagram and tag me @caskandquill so I can take a look at how yours turned out!