If you have eco friendly kids who also love fairies, here are three green fairy crafts that are fun to do and will help to protect the environment by discouraging waste and reusing materials.
Fairy Minders. These cute printables from Disney at familycrafts.about.com/ Fairyminders are decorated with fairies. These green crafts help the environment by reminding you and your family to use less electricity by turning off the lights when you leave the room and turning off the water when you’re finished using it.
The fairy minders sheet includes two message signs, a light switch cover and a doorknob hanger. Print out one or more copies of the sheet on a color printer (preferably on recycled paper), then carefully cut out the message signs, the light switch cover and the doorknob hanger. Your child might want to hang the electricity message sign in her bedroom and the water message sign in a bathroom or near the kitchen sink. She can put a personalized message on the switch plate cover and doorknob hanger.
Fairy Wings. These fairy wings at www.ehow.com are easy to make. This eco friendly craft helps to protect the environment by reusing old panty hose. You’ll need some aluminum wire from a craft store (about five or six feet long), masking tape, the legs from an old pair of panty hose, and decorations for the fairy wings.
Form the wire into a large circle and secure the ends well with masking tape. Twist the wire circle into a figure eight, using tape to secure the middle where it criss-crosses so that it doesn’t slip. Bend each side into the shape of a wing. Once you’ve created your wing shape, take the leg from a pair of panty hose and stretch it snugly over one wing. Do the same with the other wing, then tie the ends of the panty hose legs together in the middle of the wings to secure them.
Now comes the fun part. Let your daughter decorate the fairy wings any way she’d like. She can use glitter, sequins, paint, ribbons or anything else that will make them shimmery, glittery gorgeous fairy wings.
When the fairy wings are decorated, sew elastic arm loops on the back of each.
Bird Feeder. This eco friendly craft helps the environment by reusing a large soda bottle and a pie tin. You’ll need large plastic soda bottle; a metal pie tin; string or rope sturdy enough to support the soda bottle when it is filled with bird seed; one or two long, straight twigs or wooden dowels; and decorating materials including glitter, glue and paint to make the bottle and pie tin shimmer and glitter like fairy wings.
An adult should cut two holes in the side of the bottle near the bottom. They should be directly across from each other and large enough for the twig or dowel to fit through snugly. This will be a perch for the birds that come to eat at your child’s bird feeder. If you want you can punch two more holes on the other sides of the bottle and add a second perch perpendicular (and slightly above or below) the first one, to allow space for even more birds. Also punch several holes in the side of the bottle large enough that the birds will be able to use their beaks to pull seeds through them from inside the feeder. Finally, punch a hole in the middle of the bottom of the bottle large enough to thread the string or rope through.
While you are preparing the bottle, have your child decorate the outside of the pie plate with paint or lots of glitter so that it shimmers like a fairy’s wings. Once you have punched the holes in the bottle, let her decorate the outside of it as well so that it sparkles and shines like a fairy feeder in your garden.
Now it is time to assemble the bird feeder. Insert the twigs or dowels for the perches. Then make a hanger by tying a knot in the end of the string or rope, threading the string or rope above the knot through the hole in the bottom of the bottle and pulling it out of the top of the bottle. You’ll use this strong or rope to hang your bird feeder. Glue the pie plate to the bottom of the bottle. It will catch seeds that fall as the birds eat at the feeder. Fill the feeder with bird seed and hang it outside where the birds will find it. You might want to hang it where it won’t get wet to protect the decorations.
For pictures of some finished bird feeders and additional instructions go to familycrafts.about.com/Bird-Feeder.