Fairy Gardens at the Renaissance Faire – an Acorn Teapot, a Mossy Fairy’s Bed and other sweet Fairy Enchantment

We had so much fun at the Renaissance Faire on Saturday and were particularly excited to see the Fairy Garden exhibits. They were delightful.

Here are a few of our favorites :

Acorn Fairy Garden Teapot : www.theMagicOnions.comAcorn Fairy Garden Teapot : www.theMagicOnions.comFairy's Mossy Bed : www.theMagicOnions.comFairy Garden : www.theMagicOnions.comFairy Garden : www.theMagicOnions.comFairy Garden : www.theMagicOnions.comWhere The Wild Things Are Fairy Garden : www.theMagicOnions.com

 

Love them all!!

Important Fairy Garden Links :

Fairy Garden Page with lots of photos, links and ideas.

2014 Fairy Garden Contest Rules and Entry Form

Detailed Tutorial on How To Make A Fairy Garden

 

Fairy Gardens : Pinterest : The Magic Onions

 

Happy Fairy Gardening,

Blessings and magic,

Donni

52 Weeks in Nature : Week 16

Fifty Two weeks in nature… a series of photos each week to show what our nature looks like. For those who are participating, thank you… it’s been amazing to see how different the seasons are from place to place… and how beautiful.

 

Week 16 / 52

 

The children and I agree that nature is so incredibly magnificent and that our ability to notice all these amazing little daily miracles is waiting inside us… we can choose to walk on past OR we can choose to stop, acknowledge and marvel at the genius all around us.

Our second poppy today… an orange beauty. This bee was working furiously collecting all the pollen he she possibly could… his her pollen sacks are FULL and look how he has pollen all over his body and his face too.

(note to those who didn’t know either, from Ida, a beekeeper in Kentucky : Donni, just so you will know…. that beautiful bee is probably a “she”….as it’s the girls who run the show! The guys, drones, are just around to mate with the queen so she can lay lots of eggs. The girls do all the work!… thanks Ida. I’ll look at worker bees in a different light from now on).

Bee pollinating a poppy : www.theMagicOnions

 

I hope you’ll participate in 52 Weeks in Nature and leave a link to your site in the comments below so that we can all see the beauty you have found.

Click HERE to see our previous posts in the 52 Weeks in Nature series.

52 Weeks in Nature : www.theMagicOnions.com

Blessings and magic,

Donni

My List of Natural Easter Crafts

Here’s a list of our favorite nature inspired Easter crafts.

Best Easter Crafts : Please click on the image to see the tutorial.

No Knit Yarn Nest : www.theMagicOnions.com

No Knit Yarn Nest

Yarn Pom Pom Chic : www.theMagicOnions.com

Yarn Pom Pom Chic

Needle Felted Easter Eggs : www.theMagicOnions.com

Needle Felted Easter Eggs

Beeswax Easter Candle : www.theMagicOnions.com

Beeswax Easter Candle

Painted Easter Eggs : www.theMagicOnions.com

Painted Easter Eggs

Silver Easter Nest : www.theMagicOnions.com

Silver Easter Nest

Silk Dyed Easter Eggs : www.theMagicOnions.com

Silk Dyed Easter Eggs

Wet Felted Easter Nest : www.theMagicOnions.com

Wet Felted Easter Nest

Pansy Easter Eggs : www.theMagicOnions.com

Pansy Easter Eggs

Needle Felted Easter Bunny : www.theMagicOnions.com

Needle Felted Easter Bunny

Pressed Flower Easter Eggs : www.theMagicOnions.com

Pressed Flower Easter Eggs

Pine Cone Easter Bunny : www.theMagicOnions.com

Pine Cone Easter Bunny

How To Blow Egg Shells For Crafts : www.theMagicOnions.com

How To Blow Egg Shells For Crafts

Crayon Wax Dripped Easter Eggs : www.theMagicOnions.com

Crayon Wax Dripped Easter Eggs

Happy Easter Crafting,

Blessings and magic,

Donni

DIY Needle Felted Bunny Tutorial

A step-by-step tutorial on how to make the cutest little needle felted bunny.

Who’s thinking about bunnies? With Easter just a few days away, I decided to get to work with my needle and wool to make my kids a couple of Easter bunny gifts. Alas, Teddy walked in and caught me in the act of making Kitty’s bunny. He fell deeply in love and now the brown bunny is Teddy’s and the white bunny belongs to Kitty. He was so excited to share his little Easter friend with his sister that all pretense of waiting for Easter Sunday fell by the wayside and both children are cuddling their fluffy bunnies as I write.

I know you’ll fall in love with this little sweetheart too and so have put together a step-by-step tutorial to get you on your way to making one for your own little ones.

Needle Felted Bunny Tutorial : www.theMagicOnions.com

Needle Felted Bunny Tutorial : www.theMagicOnions.com

Materials:

One needle felting needle and a foam protective matt.

Tan-colored wool (about the length of your needle and about the width of your needle). Pink wool (just a little), white wool (just a little) and dark brown wool (also just a little).

Needle Felted Bunny Tutorial : www.theMagicOnions.com

1. Roll the tan wool into a long spiral snake.

Needle Felted Bunny Tutorial : www.theMagicOnions.com

2. Turn the rolled up snake of wool 90 degrees and roll it again, the other way, into a another, smaller spiral. This will give you the shape of the bunny’s body without too much needle felting required.

TIP : Rolling your wool forms first in this method will cut down remarkably on your needle felting time.

Needle Felted Bunny Tutorial : www.theMagicOnions.com

3. With your needle felting needle, felt all around the outside of your oval body shape. Needle felt around the ends to round them evenly.

Needle Felted Bunny Tutorial : www.theMagicOnions.com

4. At the 1/3 mark, needle felt a groove into the body for your bunnies head. Round the head.

Needle Felted Bunny Tutorial : www.theMagicOnions.com

5. Now for the ears. Break off two tufts of the same tan roving. about the length of your needle and as thick as your finger.

Needle Felted Bunny Tutorial : www.theMagicOnions.com

6. Roll it between the palms of your hands (as you would roll a ball of palydough into a snake) until your wool resembles a long tube.

Needle Felted Bunny Tutorial : www.theMagicOnions.com

7. Bend the tube into a U shape between your thumb and forefinger – this will be an ear.

Needle Felted Bunny Tutorial : www.theMagicOnions.com

8. Still holding the ear between your thumb and forefinger, carefully needle felt along the base of the ear, leaving a tuft free at the bottom end to attach to the bunny’s body later.

Needle Felted Bunny Tutorial : www.theMagicOnions.com

9. Continue all around the base of the ear so that it is nice and firm.

Needle Felted Bunny Tutorial : www.theMagicOnions.com

10. Needle felt in the middle of the ear to make a little indentation.

Needle Felted Bunny Tutorial : www.theMagicOnions.com

11.  Fill the center of the ear with a little pink wool.

Needle Felted Bunny Tutorial : www.theMagicOnions.com

12. Fan the fluffy end of the ear evenly and press against a hard surface. Trim short by pulling the fluffy wool.

Needle Felted Bunny Tutorial : www.theMagicOnions.com

13. Set the fanned-out tufty end of the ear in place on the bunnies head and needle felt the fluffy wool firmly into the head.

Needle Felted Bunny Tutorial : www.theMagicOnions.com

14. Repeat with the second ear.

Needle Felted Bunny Tutorial : www.theMagicOnions.com

15. Roll the white wool into a ball and attach it to the rear of your bunny’s body.

Needle Felted Bunny Tutorial : www.theMagicOnions.com

16. Now for the nose. Roll a little tuft of pink wool into a ball and needle felt it onto the front of your bunny’s face.

Needle Felted Bunny Tutorial : www.theMagicOnions.com

Needle Felted Bunny Tutorial : www.theMagicOnions.com

17. The eyes. Roll a little of the dark brown wool into a ball and needle felt it into place on the bunny’s head. Repeat for the second eye.

Needle Felted Bunny Tutorial : www.theMagicOnions.com

Voila!! The cutest little Easter bunny around.

Needle Felted Bunny Tutorial : www.theMagicOnions.com

The boy won’t let his new bunny out if his sight.

Needle Felted Bunny Tutorial : www.theMagicOnions.com

But when he’s not around, I can’t help laying with the sweet little ball of fluff myself.

Needle Felted Bunny Tutorial : www.theMagicOnions.com

Here’s a step by step graphic to help you through. Come on, you know you want to give it a go!

Needle Felted Bunny Tutorial : www.theMagicOnions.com

Note : I have many step-by-step needle felting kits available in my shop. You can browse them here – http://themagiconions.com/shop/product-category/needle-felting-kits/

Happy Easter Crafting,

Blessings and magic,

Donni