How to Make Teeny, Tiny Fairy Leaf Bowls
Happy New Year everyone. I hope 2019 ended on a good note and that 2020 brings you much joy and laughter. I thought I’d kick the new year off with a tutorial on how to make these teeny, tiny fairy leaf bowls.
Aren’t they adorable? Our garden fairies love them and they’re super easy to make too. The fairy leaf bowls can be used as planters or to store those tiny garden tools.
Either way, they make the perfect little addition to a fairy scape.
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What you need
For the fairy leaf bowls, you’ll need various pliable, soft leaves. I normally use leaves from our mulberry tree, rose bushes and wisteria. Oak, ivy, and maple are also good choices, especially if they’ve donned their autumn colors.
Basically, any leaf that bends easily without breaking will work. The leaves can be wet or dry as long as they “used to be” pliable.
You will also need:
- A mixing container
- A plastic fork or spoon
- Craft or wood glue that dries clear
- Burlap string or small elastic bands
- Small flat-bottomed lids, pens, tubes or other containers to use as a mold
Objects with straight upright edges work best to make the bowls. If you do use something that has a tapered edge make sure it tapers downward. It’s easier to de-mold the leaf bowls once they dry.
How to make the fairy leaf bowls
To make the fairy leaf bowls I used a mixture of “dried” leaves and leaves that were freshly plucked. If you look at the piccy below, the dried leaves create those beautifully, crinkly, textured bowls on the right, while the fresh green ones tend to be smoother and you can see the veins.
Since it’s Summer here in South Africa I had to “force dry” the leaves by placing them between two baking sheets and putting them in the oven on low for about 20 minutes.
You can wait for them to dry naturally but I’m way too impatient for something like that 😉 Once you have all your leaves, mix a little craft glue with enough water to cover them. A flat bottomed aluminum container works really well.
Submerge the leaves in the watery glue mix. If your leaves are still wet it only takes a few minutes to give them a decent soak.
A deer knows when a leaf falls silently. She hears it breathing differently.
The dried leaves need to stay in the mixture for about 20 minutes until they’re soft and pliable again.
Place the mold on top of your leaf and carefully wrap the edges up around the mold, making sure that the bottom is covered. Wrap a piece of string around the leaf and tie a knot. It helps if you have another pair of hands. A small rubber band works too.
Dunk the leaf bowls in the mixture again and place them on a flat surface to dry completely.
Weigh the leaf bowls down with something heavy. I used a broken terracotta tile. You want your bowls to have a nice flat bottom when they’re done.
Once they’re dry (I left them overnight), gently slide the fairy leaf bowls off the molds.
Trim the string and your fairy leaf bowls are done.
How to use the fairy leaf bowls
The fairy leaf bowls make the most adorable addition to any fairy garden or doll’s house. Add them to your fairy potting bench ……
or place them on a little table.
And you can even use them as mini planters. We put one of my favorite succulents in this one.
The Crassula lycopodioides also called the Watch Chain or Princess Pine, will grow anywhere and her off-shoots are delicate and small enough for these fairy leaf bowls.
And it’s a great craft to do with the kids too. They can help you find the right leaves and dunk them in the glue and water mix. Molding and unmolding the leaf bowls should be done by someone who has a steady hand though since they’re very delicate.
If you want your fairy leaf bowls to last a long time, you can coat them with a layer of resin to protect them.
If you like the idea of making fairy leaf bowls, don’t forget to pin it for later.
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And if you’re looking for a few more fairy crafts to make, you’ll find a whole bunch on our blog, including:
- A fairy world in a book nook;
- Working grandfather clock;
- Tiny fairy beach in a clouche;
- Adorable fairy playground in a chair planter;
- Fairy door with a stained glass window;
- A whole kokedama fairy village;
- Fairy potting bench;
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And as always, wishing you a wonderful, crafty week filled with lots of love. Thank you for popping in for a visit.
18 thoughts on “How to Make Teeny, Tiny Fairy Leaf Bowls”
These bowls are so adorable Michelle, even if one doesn’t have a fairy garden…. I’m thinking my daughters shelf… so cute!
? Thank you, my friend. Your girls will love making some of these and they’re both old enough to unmold the leaf bowls too and I bet they’ll have loads of fun looking for interesting things they could use to wrap the leaves around too.
I see you are a very patient person like myself. Not! LOL . Your fairy leaf bowls are adorable. I especially love it used as a planter. Too Cute!
Yeah, patience has never been a virtue of mine ? Glad you like the fairy bowls and planters, Linda. Sadly I’m going to have to wait to add a few autumn ones to the collection. There’s no rushing Mother Nature ?
Happy New Year, Michelle! You know my dollhouse needs some of these ADORABLE fairy leaf bowls!
And happy New Year to you too Marie and your gorgeous dollhouse definitely needs a few of these ?
Oh my goodness, Michelle, they are darling! And you have me dreaming of summer. It’s too cold and grey up here this time of year. I’d rather be outside playing with tiny shovels! 😉
Playing outside with tiny shovels sounds like way more fun Kim ? Hope your weather warms up soon
So sweet and chibi (a word my daughter uses regularly)! I’ve pinned this to my Crafts, DIY, and Etc. board! Would love to have to link up at Tuesday Turn About!
Chibi, what a delicious little word ? and thanks for the invite and pin too Julie. I’ll be sure to pop around
I love those. I am going to do this with my granddaughters.
That’s stunning Deana, you’re going to love making these ?
These are so fun! Love how the turned out, Michelle.
Thank you, Lori ?
This is such an adorable project and I’ll have to pin it for some spring inspiration!
? awwww thank you Janet
These are just too cute Michelle. Would look great in any fairy garden.
Thanks so much, Anita ? We make them all the time for our fairy creations