How to Make a Button Fairy

15 Jun

Button Fairies are super cute and easy to make with a few simple supplies. And each one is completely different and unique.

The basic supplies are some wings, a face, buttons & beads, random bits of ribbon, some wire, gel medium, and cardstock. You probably have most of these things in your studio right now.

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You can find faces and wings on old Christmas cards, or other greeting cards, or some junk mail, and of course you can find images in magazines (if you are using magazines you will need to first glue the images onto a heavier weight of paper). Or you can surf the web and find a lot of images to use, or find some stamps you can use. There really are a lot of options out there. Plus, you can use any size wings or faces that you like and get different results.

The weight of the wire you use will determine how big your Button Fairy can be, and how much you can bend and form the Fairy tail.

Gather up your supplies and let’s get started.

Start by cutting out your wings and your face and gluing the face onto the wings. If you have to glue your images to some heavier cardstock, now is the time to do it. I used a butterfly stamp for the wings and the face is from a Christmas card.

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Lay out your buttons from largest to smallest, and cut a piece of wire about 24″ to 36″ long (you will need the longer piece for a larger fairy).

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Loosely fold the wire in half and grab your largest button and slide it on the wire. The easiest way is to thread your wire in through the back of the button and cross over and back out the other side of the button, and snug it up tightly.

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Then grab the next button and do the same thing. Keep them snug and always come up from the back and down from the front. Keep going until you have all your buttons on the wire and then add a few beads and a charm to the end. Thread the wire back up through the beads and wrap tightly around itself between the beads and the buttons.

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Take the face and wings and lay it on the cardstock you have. Then trace around it. If you want the cardstock to be the same size as the fairy, then trace and cut slightly inside the line. If you want to have a little sliver of the cardstock showing around the edge, then trace the image slightly larger and then cut it out.

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Lay out the face and wings above the tail. Now take the other end of the wire and create a loop that extends past the face & wings. Once you have determined how much wire you need to create your loop, take the other end and tightly wrap the end around itself.

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Now add a generous amount of gel medium to the face & wings and position the wire down the center and lay on top of the cardstock you just cut out. Press firmly to really adhere it well.

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If the wire moves slightly, now is the time to straighten it up before the adhesive dries. I like to place a stack of books or magazines on top of the Button Fairy while the gel medium dries. This helps flatten the piece nicely.

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Once it is dry, then you can add some bits of ribbon or fibers. Just tie them tightly between the buttons. Then you can bend the Fairy tail into the shape you want and there you have it! Your very own Button Fairy.

PS. Sorry for the lousy photos here. The lighting was bad in the studio (I thought I had the right lights but I guess not!) and since I got my new computer, I don’t have a good photo editing program to use (I need to fix that I guess!). But you can see how it works and how easy they are to make.

Here are some samples of Button Fairies that I have made. Even a Button Fairy ATC that I made for a swap.

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We also made Button Fairies at a recent Arty Party. Everyone was so creative in making their Button Fairies and I love how they turned out.

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I hope you enjoyed this Button Fairy adventure and will spend some time in your studio creating your own!

~Deb

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4 Responses to “How to Make a Button Fairy”

  1. maryann June 16, 2013 at 10:53 am #

    These button fairies are adorable. Thank you for posting.

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    • Deb Prewitt June 16, 2013 at 7:14 pm #

      Thanks. I hope you try them out. Very fun and very addictive. 🙂

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  2. Sonja Milojevic June 17, 2013 at 1:14 am #

    These button fairies are wonderful! I especially love the blue one, maybe because I love color blue, or because of the face, but anyway they are all gorgeous!

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    • Deb Prewitt June 17, 2013 at 8:35 am #

      Thanks Sonja. I like the blue one a lot too. 🙂

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