Thursday, March 22, 2012

Mommy and Me Activity - Fairy Shoes!

The beginning of spring heralds the arrival of things amazing, things wonderful!  Raindrops of color, fresh breezes whispering of new life, puddles begging for a good splash, and of course the mystery of little leprechauns and fairies caught in the middle!

As I was wandering through the incredible world of Pinterest searching for some spring inspiration, I came across some shoes that reminded me of what a fairy might wear.  They appeared to be made of flowers and earthy things - I imagine they were only beautiful for a very short amount of time if they were indeed real.  But of course my mind began to spin, and I thought of a pair of Miss A's shoes I was about to put away because they were more of the kind one would wear in the winter.

Why not give them a new life as well?  After all, it is spring and we did just spend a week on leprechauns (shoemakers for the fairies).  So I pulled them out...

Yes, definitely in need of a spring touch!  So, I snipped a bit here and a bit there...

I presented these to my daughter and we set to work.  Paint and glitter quickly lent a magical hand to turn these into something a fairy might consider stepping into.  But we weren't done...

Leaves and small flowers from the dollar store as well as a few paper flower accents we had left over from another project quickly took center stage as we worked together to bring about a very pretty transformation.  (BTW - I manned the hot glue gun while she pointed out where she wanted flowers, and I offered suggestions, etc.).

A few finishing touches - more glitter (think fairy dust) and we had a pair of slippers even Tinkerbell would be proud to wear!

NOTE:  I had to specify that these were special outdoor shoes (because of the glitter) and to keep away from any water which might mess up the paint.  Other than that - the only real limit was how far her little imagination could carry her...

Now the only question that remains is:  what potential fairy shoes do you have hidden away in your closet?  ;)

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  1. Very creative! Love the Fairy shoes-- so pretty and magical!

    Stopping by from Homeschool Creations Linky!

  2. This is the most ADORABLY slipper EVER!!!!! My girls would freak out if they saw these!

    I would really LOVE It if you shared it over at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream to Reality!! :)

  3. What a splendid idea!!! visiting from TGIF

  4. How adorable!!!!

    Popping in from Pre-K corner

  5. Oh, my daughters would LOVE this idea!

  6. Wow what a transformation! Love the new look, so cute! They look like little fairy slippers!

  7. Found you on TT&J. These are so cute. I need a little girl so I can make adorable stuff like this for her to play dress up. I'd love it you stopped by my March Link Party to share this.

  8. Very Cute! Come and vistit our link party:

  9. very cute!! and so pretty...i want some now. hmmm...(don't you hate when your mind wanders off and starts creating things without you?!

    jess @ tupelocreative

  10. So super cute! Thanks for linking up to Fun Stuff Fridays on Toys In The Dryer!

  11. How pretty! My little one would love this project. Glad to have you at Things I've Done Thursday!

  12. These are so precious! Great idea! Just posted on Craft Gossip!!

  13. These are beautiful! I would like to make a pair for me :o)

  14. Carmel MandurahMay 8, 2012 at 6:02 PM

    How gorgeous,maybe you could sew elastic or ribbon across the top if needed totie and keep the shoes on, if only my girls weren't 30 and 32, maybe grandaughters one day!!

  15. I absolutely LOVE this idea! I have a two and a half year-old daughter, who has been absolutely in love with shoes, purses, pretend make-up, playing dress-up with some of mommy's pretty shirts (that look like dresses on her, hehe!), and anything else that is "girly girl" since she was about 10-11 months old! Of course, some of these girly girl things she has come to love came along as she got a little older. She also loves making art, and doing art projects with mommy... and daddy too sometimes. :) Anyway, I just know she will enjoy making "Fairy Shoes" with mommy.. and then, LOVE wearing her own pair of fairy shoes! I have read through your blogs for a couple of months now, and love all of your ideas... very creative! I am finishing school, with my major being Early Childhood Education. The sites you list below your blogs have been very helpful with some of my class projects, as well as ideas to do at home with my daughter. Thank you for posting them! I look forward to reading many more of your blogs to come!

  16. Hi Michelle,
    My name is Chelsea, and I am content manager of a new online magazine dedicated to folklore and the arts as it pertains to the sci-fi/fantasy subculture of fairies. We were very excited to include your wonderful tutorial in our recent post on fairy footwear:

    If you would, please take a moment to leave a comment on the post, and feel free to share the link with your friends!

    Please let me know if you have other ideas about what you’d like to see on FairyRoom, or other ways you could contribute.


    1. Hi Chelsea,

      I am delighted to have my tutorial included in your website! Thanks so much! I just popped on over for a visit! :)

  17. THANK YOU EVERYONE! I appreciate all of the super sweet comments! :)

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  19. oh my......those slippers have got to be the most precious slippers I have ever set my eyes on! My daughter has a pair of slip on shoes that the color, especially on the sides and toes that look "done!" but structurally still have plenty of life. I am going to whip these up with her, oh the possibilities and the fun we will have! thank you than you than you for such an awesome inspiration.

  20. Those fairy slippers really remind me of a Midsummer Night's Dream!