It's that time of year when it starts to get cold out and it seems someone always has the sniffles.
I tend to get inspired to "clean out" the toy closets and set up shop for a long winter inside with the kids.
This year I made my children ( ages seven and four) a dedicated craft desk and as always i found endless doodads and pieces and parts of different objects as i was cleaning out the closets- you know: the tiny itsey bitsy parts of nothing that can't find a home- and so I decided that it might be a fun challenge to use these pieces throughout the winter in little art projects. Into glass jars they went so they can sit on our desk for inspiration.
It was decided that the first project would be fairy houses made of clay and then baked painted and conceived using little bits and pieces of my find.
It was an amazingly fun exercise and I HIGHLY recommend it- in fact we loved the outcome so much that we are going to give them as gifts to my nieces ages 6 and 8 years for Christmas.
Some highlights: An old earring became and fairy lantern, a broken peal bracelet became a mushroom top adornment and a perfect pathway. A marble became a lawn ornament, and several shells that were hanging around the house became architectural elements.
Here is an idea for materials- but try to stay open minded as an old little piece hanging around could be just the thing you need for your fairy house design!
Our steps were to make a base, form a house, bake it, paint it, de- dazzle it and voila!
Have fun, and if you do one I'd LOVE To see a photo. Please email my daughter and I at firstname.lastname@example.org