30 Days of Dolls: No. 10
How to make a fairy door
with FIMO modelling clay
Brought to you by STAEDTLER
We’ve been talking a bit about the ‘Tooth Fairy’ around here of late. Ned is 5 and a half, and although there is NO movement in his teeth yet whatsoever, he is very excited about the prospect of the Tooth Fairy coming to visit. He asked me how she gets into the house, and I said, “I think she might come in through her own special magical door” and of course, being the ever curious child he is, he wanted to know where that was…. Mmm. Time to make one it seems. And with all the dolls we’ve been making this month, it also seems like the perfect time too. Perhaps they all need a secret door to return home from Coral Court to their own magical fairy worlds.
Although not technically a doll, I couldn’t resist popping this tutorial into my 30 days of Dolls Fun! Making one is such fun.
Photos clockwise from top left.
1. Take half a block of white coloured STAEDTLER FIMO modelling clay and soften it using your hands.
2. Use a rolling pin to flatten and smooth it out in a ‘door’-like shape.
3. Trace around a bottle or a lid to make a small circle in the top centre of the door.
4. Use a sharp blade to cut the circle piece out.
5. To make the leaves for the vine, shape a small piece of green FIMO into a teardrop, then twist it from the top to make a spiral shape.
6. Stretch a piece of green FIMO into a very long thin rope, then press this all the way around the door. Make as many leaves (step 5) as you like and sit them along the vine. Push a silver bead into the FIMO door for a handle.
7. Shape two pieces of white FIMO into logs and press these onto the corner of the left side of the door to make two toadstools.
8. Add two red semi-circular balls of FIMO to the top of the toadstool bases.
9. Roll a long thin rope of red FIMO.
10. Put it into a cross shape.
11. Trim off the excess so that it fits the window shape with just a little extra to hold it in place.
12. Place the red cross under the door on the diagonal like this and press the white FIMO door gently to fix the cross in place.
13. Roll the excess red rope into a circle.
14. Place it around the window shape.
15. Use a skewer or a toothpick to decorate the window with dots.
16. Use the tip of a sharp blade to gently run vertical straight line guides down the door.
17. Soften some of a block of FIMO EFFECT modelling clay in grey and make a long rope shape.
18. Place the grey rope along the guide lines. Press them gently in place.
19. Add white dots to the toadstools.
It is Spring here, so I thought it might be lovely to add some blush pink roses to the vine too. It’s blooming!
20. Flatten a small piece of pink or red FIMO into a rectangle about 1/2 cm wide, and 4 cm long. Roll this rectangle from the short end into a rose by gently spiralling up as you roll.
21. Use a sharp blade to make decorative age marks into the ‘timber planks’. Do this step carefully as you don’t want to cut through the FIMO door.
Bake the FIMO fairy door at no more than 130 degrees C or 265 degrees F. Place it on a tray in the oven for 15 minutes to harden.
When it has cooled, find your best location for your fairy door. Ours sits above the skirting board so of course, she’ll need a couple of steps to help her in and out. We used blue-tac to fix it in place.
Now, all we have to do is wait. I wonder when the Tooth Fairy will arrive to see Ned?
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