I am beyond excited to share our latest project with you today. This adorable fairy busy bag is something you can easily recreate yourself. All it takes is a couple of fairies, some handmade props and a bit of pixie dust … and you’re about to make dreams come true.
How to Create a Fairy Busy Bag
Follow these simple guidelines to put together a fairy busy bag that will entertain your little ones for ages!
1. Find, buy or make a cute little drawstring bag. (If you’re up for the challenge you can follow our tutorial here!)
2. Grab your kid’s favourite fairies. These don’t have to be Playmobil, you can of course use any kind of fairy you want or have available to you.
3. Cut out some mini fabric play mats from fabric scraps (see how to make those here). You might want something that resembles grass, a pond or river, bushes, trees, flowers and so on. I’ve noticed that it pays to use fabric that doesn’t wrinkle easily. Yes, I learned that the hard way!
4. Find some little animals that could fit the scene you’re aiming to create: butterflies, rabbits, horses, squirrels, … Whatever you can find in the animal box.
5. Find some props in your toy box (have a good look in your Lego, Playmobil or any other mini world your kids love) that could be perfect to use here. I’m thinking baskets, food, flowers, books, …
6. Add some loose parts to your fairy busy bag. These can be glass gems, buttons, rocks, seashells or anything else you can think of.
7. Make some bushes from yarn. You can crochet a simple flower like I did or quickly make a pom pom or two. It adds an extra 3D layer to the small world you’ve got going on. They look cute, don’t take up any space and weigh close to nothing. They’re perfect for a little travel busy bag!
8. See if you can add a couple of small treasures like real crystals or a treasure chest, something that is real and they can treasure. Have a look here to see where I usually find mine.
9. If you can fit it in, add a little note book and pen. My daughter just loves taking notes or writing stories. (Not that she can write yet!) Some fairy stickers would surely be very much appreciated too.
10. And finally, you simply must get your hands on some fairy dust! I tell my children that my big bottle (only a few inches tall) comes from an old lady I met in a tiny village in Ireland. She has this little shop with all kinds of weird and wonderful things. She gave me the bottle with fairy dust and told me it was a gift from a real fairy she once met in the woods close by. The thing about this fairy dust is that when you sprinkle a tiny bit on your head and you make a wish, that wish might actually come true. Magic!
Make it Your Own!
The thing I love most about creating busy bags is hunting for out-of-the-box or special items to put in there. I want to really think about what they love, what would suit their character and current interest. I want to surprise my children, see the twinkle in their eye.
I hope that you will love that too. I’d like you to think about what captivates your child, is it dinosaurs, diggers or Lalaloopsies? Whatever it is, you can make this work. Find a box or a little bag and start collecting!
My daughter has been carrying this this special fairy busy bag around with her everywhere. She is so proud of it and I know she feels pretty loved that I made this for her. It was only a little bit of my time but it means a lot to her. And I vividly remember how I felt about my own precious items when I was a kid so I’m thrilled to be able pay it forward to her.
If you have a fairy fan in your family, you might want to have a look here for more fun fairy crafts and activities.
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