Hello All and Welcome to the Fairy SchooL Tutorial Series!
In these videos I show you how I made my Fairy School.
You too can make a Fairy School from a shoe box, any way you like!
Below the videos is a supply list and some instructions. You can use the same collage sheets as I did, or you can use any images at all. I loved using pieces from vintage dictionaries and old post cards, found objects, bead, lace, buttons, pearls...
Fairy School Supply List (includes room and contents)
One shoe box with separate lid
Pen knife, glue gun, scissors, tacky glue, pencil, ruler
Green, brown, beige, and yellow paint
Older medium sized paint brush
Moss (I used Supermoss from Michaels)
Flowers (I used some Prima flowers, any silk or paper flowers will do)
Beads, shells, stones, small pieces of twigs from ¼ to ½ inch thick, bits of ribbon and old lace, old stamps
2ft of chain
Old buttons, variety of sizes
Rusty old safety pins
White jell pen (to write on chalk board)
Colorbox cateye inks “Chestnut Roan” or another brown and “Olive”.
Branches of some kind, twigs or foliage stems (I got mine at Michaels)
Old piece of measuring tape, 12 inches or the length of your box
Bits of whimsy to add here and there, an old watch face, a small piece of amythest, pine cone pieces, small leaf dried herbs….
Several pieces of hobby wood, 1inch wide and 1/8 inch thin (approx 2 ft long) and 2 inches wide and ¼ inch thick (approx 6 inches long). Twigs as well for chair and legs.
You will need twigs about a ¼ inch thick for chair, and ½ inch think for table legs.
You could also use old dictionary pages, phone book pages, old greeting cards, wrapping paper to paper the walls and floors of the school house, or you could used images and collage sheets from online.
There are many women and children images you could order for your faeries from Paperwhimsy.com. Or you could use your own images. You will need butterfly images, I have used stickers and images from various Paperwhimsy collage sheets.
Below is a list of what I used in my school house
Assorted papers: 7 Gypsies Venice paper: “Canal” Stock #19340/7G1379
I bought most of my images from Paperwhimsy:
Digi 068 Windows, arch and gate
Digi 116 Books and Chalkboard. I used one of the book covers for the chalk board and shrunk down the other book covers for using on the table in the school room.
Digi 117, More books (photo copy them at a much reduced size for tiny faeries!)
Sheet 173, One of the little girls I used
Sheet 192, Little girl in white dress, also 221 and 226. They are often updating their images, so have a good look around and see what they have available at the time.
(The teacher fairy and the little girl holding the apple are being added to the Paperwhimsy shop soon)
Background 01, Script background, a PNG file but you can still print it out for the walls
Harlequin 02 (in place of 7Gypsies “Canal”.)
Wings from sheets 056, 094 and 185. There are many other butterflies to use for wings
Video 1a and 1b
(On Youtube it is called Mixed Media Fairy School)
Assembling the school house, papering and painting it,
Mossing and decorating the walls.
-Open the flaps on one side of shoe box
-Cut out window openings by first tracing window from digi sheet, then cutting ¼ inch inside the lines.
-Paper back of wall with blue paper
-Paper side walls with script paper
-Paper ceiling with old postcards, use photo copies or postcard scrapbook paper
-Paper floor with Harlequin pattern paper.
-Cut out “panes” in the window from digi sheet 068, or create your own windows, then glue them on the inside. You will be gluing on the same exact window on the outside to match.
-Hot glue gun the roof at the sides at the angle you want. (See photo)
-Hot glue gun the school room to the box lid at a slight angle. Make sure you lay the box lid right side up to glue on. (See video)
-Gesso outside of school room and box lid, especially if the colors are not right for your project.
-When Gesso is dry, put out several shades of green (on a palate or paper plate), with some white, and mix it up here and there so that you can paint the entire outside with different shades of green.
-When dry, apply windows (tacky glue) with cut out panes on the outside. First make sure you edge them with brown ink pad, especially in the panes edges, and the white side of the previous windows we placed inside. Then glue the outside ones onto the back side of the ones on the inside and line them up so the panes match.
-Apply gate images on front of school and half circle image on front middle lower edge of roof with tacky glue. (See photo or video).
-Begin to apply moss to roof with tacky glue, do side roof as well and crack (just a little moss) between box lid and school room.
-Now you can create a tree with any branch like item you have, twigs, foliage from the floral department from Michales, put it at the one corner so the branches drape over front and side of school. (See video). Use hot glue gun for this and add moss at the bottom to help stabilize and also to hide your glue.
-On the opposite side of the school, you can apply with glue gun, leaves and flowers.
-Tuck moss in and around these leaves and flowers.
-Print out the words on the end of this document and cut them out. Scrunch up each word some and then open it up, edge with brown ink and hit the high spots on the front just a little to add an aged look. Then glue each word on the lid edge at the front of the school “In that day there were faeries in the land” (see video or photo)
-Now you can make your first Faerie for the front of the school. You don’t need to finish the back of this one or put it on a base, Just choose and image, edge it with stickles, add wings, and round it out a bit so when you glue it to the front wall it does not lay flat, give your faerie some shape and depth.
-Add some more flowers if you like, here and there, and maybe a butterfly or sign….
Congratulations you are done with the School house!
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I hope you have fun!
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