Dead Fairies

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Introduction: Dead Fairies

About: "To be forgotten is worse than death itself" DSKB

A good prop for a witch's kitchen

Step 1: Needed Supplies (Basic Build)

I used a few paint brushes, titanium white acrylic paint, a mason jar, some small skeletons and some craft butterflies. I just used hot glue to put stuff together.

Step 2: Tedious Stuff, Then Fun Stuff...

I took the butterfly wings off the body (just like any morbid kid would do, I mean seriously, dead fairy!), and separated the parts. I painted just one side so it wouldn't be such a pain to squeeze a brush into the small part of the rib cage. I only did one layer because I liked how the original pattern bled through a little bit.

Step 3: Assembly and Humor Testing

As you can see, I wedged the corner of the wings under the spine and just added a touch of hot glue. Then a bit more paint to the wings (no pic, sorry).

Step 4: Jam It in a Bottle!

I had to buy a bunch of the skeletons and butterflies (didn't have them separated), but that's OK. I have plenty of friends with a twisted sense of humor. I didn't trim or do anything else with this one, just showing the next step. You can easily make a little outfit with dried leaves, or bits of cloth. The wings I have seen done with wire and plastic, feathers, really anything. The first 2 pics are good for just reference. Don't be afraid to be different and have fun!
Math time. I bought 2 six pack of skeletons at 5 dollars per pack= 83 cents per skeleton. One pack of 12 butterflies for 5 dollars (optional, you may use something else) =42 cents per wing set. And 12 jars for 11 dollars = 91 cents.
So, for $2.16 per fairy, that's not so bad.
Be creative and keep the imagination alive!

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I love it! I love love love fairies! I'm gonna have to make some for myself!

i need some of these skeletons for a project can you tell me where to purchase manningxxx@gmail.com thxxxx

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I emailed you some info. I hope it helps!

Finally found the time to try out something found on instructables. I am glad to have tried this out first. They make great decorations and add a great amount of creepy cuteness to wherever they are set

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They do look AMAZING! A lot of people are getting into these but don't have the confidence, or artistic eye to really get what they want. I have seen the "stand up with wings" basics go for 10 to 20 a piece. Some use them just as trophies for costumes. You would do pretty good with your skills! Keep up the good work!

Being a fan of Lady Cottington, I really enjoyed this. Will definitely give it a go. Thank you for having the talent and taking the time to explain it.

It's ironic that I made one, years ago and left it out in the woods with it's own little mausoleum built out of rocks. Even carved a stone with cryptic symbols on it. It's my lifelong prank, you could say.

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That is awesome! I almost want to make a bunch more and leave them in various places when I go on vacation! Lol!

Don't leave it in a spot that's to obvious. The longer it takes to find, the more realistic it looks. I put mine 20 feet off of a trail near a rock outcrop and when I checked it out a few years back, it looked like it'd been there for 100 years with moss growing on it. Every now and then, when we get to that area, we add something to it. Last time we planted some perennial plants in a circle around it. Kind of like a fairy ring. It's been there 8 years, and did look like it was disturbed once but that could have just been an animal.

LOL! Can you imagine when someone does find it? Makes you wish you could be a cricket nearby.

going to my pound shop tomorrow to give it a go wow cool .

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Hope it all goes well for you!

I found mine at Michaels craft store in the Halloween decor. I have seen them at the dollar tree, and I have seen them on eBay as well. I think it was under the doll section and 6 inch skeletons.

I am working on an instructable that shows how to make one of the Dead Fairies from my pics. Glad you like them!