Tutorial : Walnut Shell Leaf Boat

Today I’ll show you how to make these sweet walnut shell boats. It’s such a fun craft, especially in the autumn when we can find all kinds of gorgeous fallen leaves to use as the masts.

 

Tutorial : Make a Walnut Leaf Boat : www.theMagicOnions.com

 

 

You will need :

  •  – a walnut shell
  •  – a stick mast and a blob of beeswax
  •  – a pretty Autumn leaf

 

Tutorial : Make a Walnut Leaf Boat : www.theMagicOnions.com

 

First, you will need to warm the beeswax so that it is easy to work with. You can work with it in your hands until it is soft and flexible or you can use a fairy trick to make it pliable. The fairies put the beeswax against their skin, in the little nook under their arms, so that the beeswax is touching their warm skin… the warmth of their body warms up the wax and it is soft when they are ready to work with it. You can try this too.

While the wax is warming against your skin, let’s make the mast for our boat. Go out into the great outdoors and collect the most beautiful autumn leaf you can find. With the point of a stick, make two little holes in the leaf. You will thread the mast stick thorough these holes for the mast.

 

Tutorial : Make a Walnut Leaf Boat : www.theMagicOnions.com

 

The wax is going to help us stick the mast to the hull of our boat. Roll the wax in your hands to make a round ball and press the mast stick deep into the ball.

 

Tutorial : Make a Walnut Leaf Boat : www.theMagicOnions.com

 

Now, press the base of the wax ball onto the hull of your walnut shell boat so that it sticks fast.

 

Tutorial : Make a Walnut Leaf Boat : www.theMagicOnions.com

Now your boats are ready for sailing. Sometimes, you might need to readjust the position of the mast to balance your boat so it will float.

 

Tutorial : Make a Walnut Leaf Boat : www.theMagicOnions.com

 

If there has been a bad storm and the mast breaks off your boat, you can repair it easily by removing the beeswax and drying it. Warm it, roll it into a ball again, insert the mast and stick it to the hull of your boat again.

 

Tutorial : Make a Walnut Leaf Boat : www.theMagicOnions.com

 

Have fun sailing your fairy boats in the warm autumn afternoons.

NOTE : I have this craft available for purchase as a kit in The Magic Onions Shop. The package includes all the materials you’ll need to make TWO boats (and hours of fun).

Blessings and magic,

Donni

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Pen Pal Swap

Kitty and Teddy received their first letters from their new Pen Pals.

Can you see how delighted Kitty was?

 

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An envelope arrived in the mail, addressed to her, to Kitty, from a girl, a thousand miles away, living a different kind of life… but just like her all the same.

Oh my… the joy I felt in watching her expressions change as she read the two page letter. ‘Cara has chickens, Mom! And they HUG her!’

Cara sent two photos of her chickens and they are now pinned next to Kitty’s bed.

Last night Kitty wrote her first letter back. She asked me to read over it to make sure ‘it sounded like her’. It was the sweetest thing ever – my 10 year-old, introducing herself to a new friend.

Seeing Kitty’s delight made me think how cool it would be to facilitate kids finding pen pals all over the country or world… like a pen pal swap. If you would like to find a pen pal for your child, please contact me . List your child’s age, a few interests and a postal address. I will connect you with details of someone who wants a pen pal for their kids too. I’m so excited for this.

 

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Teddy received a letter from Cara’s sister too. He opened the letter with Moose and we read it together.

My children have been talking about their new friends in Maine ever since, wondering what they are doing and what they what they would think about certain things.

Having pen pals has opened up a whole realm of possibilities for them.

 

 

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What sweet letters. Two precious souls, into our lives like butterfly kisses.

Blessings and magic,

Donni

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6 Nature Inspired Fall Crafts

Hi Friends,

It was 90 degrees F  (33 degrees C) here in Southern California at 9am this morning. It reached into the 100’s on Friday, Sat and Sun… and is expected to do the same today, tomorrow and the next day. Wow… we are melting!!

We don’t have air-conditioning in the Sunny House… my Good Man thinks it’s cheating (funny man!)

It’s hard to do anything in heat like this so I’m sitting at the dining room table and fanning myself with my copy of LILIOPH Magazine.

But, for those of you who are in more temperate climates and want to do some fun autumn crafting with your kids, here are 6 lovely, nature-inspired Fall crafts that kids love…

6 Awesome Nature Inspired Fall Crafts to do with Kids : www.theMagicOnions.com

 

Click here for links to tutorials of each craft.

 

Happy fall crafting,

Blessings and magic,

Donni

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Winners of the Fairy Garden Contest 2014!

It is with great excitement that I announce the winners of the 2014 Fairy Garden Contest.

Boy was it difficult to pick just four (see the finalists here and here). In my mind, you are ALL winners and the greatest prize EVERYONE won was the magical time you had making your Fairy Garden. Thank you for joining in the fun with me and sharing your enchanting gardens with us.

Drum roll.

Here are the winners…

 

I picked Sophie’s kid’s fairy garden for 4th place because I love the bright colors and the kid-made cuteness of it. Toadstools, fairies and a super-sweet Fairy Inn. Colorful rocks, a dragonfly and a tiled garden path. We love it! Congratulations!

 

Kid Made Fairy Garden : 2nd Place Winner of the  2014 Fairy Garden Contest on The Magic Onions : www.theMagicOnions.comChild Made Fairy Garden : 2nd Place Winner of the  2014 Fairy Garden Contest on The Magic Onions : www.theMagicOnions.comSECOND Prize Winner : Child Made Fairy Garden : 2014 Fairy Garden Contest on The Magic Onions : www.theMagicOnions.com

 

 

For 3rd place, I chose Grace, Rose and Charlotte’s fairy garden. I love all the little fairy details in it… the fairy washing line with pretty petal fairy dresses hanging on it, the rose-covered garden fence and the pretty bejeweled wishing well. But, what caught my eye the most, was the gourd fairy houses in the tall flowers… oh my… they enchant me. We love it. Congratulations!

 

Child Made Fairy Garden : Third Place Winner of the 2014 Fairy Garden Contest on The Magic Onions : www.theMagicOnions.comChild Made Fairy Garden : 2nd Place Winner of the 2014 Fairy Garden Contest on The Magic Onions : www.theMagicOnions.comSECOND Prize Winner : Child Made Fairy Garden : 2014 Fairy Garden Contest on The Magic Onions : www.theMagicOnions.com   Fairies Washing Line Fairy Garden : Third Place Winner of the 2014 Fairy Garden Contest on The Magic Onions : www.theMagicOnions.comChild Made Fairy Garden : 2nd Place Winner of the 2014 Fairy Garden Contest on The Magic Onions : www.theMagicOnions.comSECOND Prize Winner : Child Made Fairy Garden : 2014 Fairy Garden Contest on The Magic Onions : www.theMagicOnions.com   Gourd Fairy Houses : Kid Friendly Fairy Garden : 3rd Place Winner of the 2014 Fairy Garden Contest on The Magic Onions : www.theMagicOnions.comChild Made Fairy Garden : 2nd Place Winner of the 2014 Fairy Garden Contest on The Magic Onions : www.theMagicOnions.comSECOND Prize Winner : Child Made Fairy Garden : 2014 Fairy Garden Contest on The Magic Onions : www.theMagicOnions.com

More photos here.

 

 

In 2nd place, I chose Peach Blossom Cottage Fairy Garden because it looks like such a magical place to play. It’s at the end of the garden in a big zinc tub with fairy lights, acorn lanterns and all kinds of fairy enchantments. Seeing these kids playing in their garden makes my heart sing. We love it. Congratulations!

 

Second Place Winner : 2014 Fairy Garden Contest : Kid Friendly Fairy Garden :  The Magic Onions : www.theMagicOnions.comSecond Prize Winner of the 2014 Fairy Garden Contest : Kid Friendly Fairy Garden :  The Magic Onions : www.theMagicOnions.comKid Friendly Fairy Garden : 2nd Place Winner of the 2014 Fairy Garden Contest on The Magic Onions : www.theMagicOnions.com

More photos here.

 

 

And, the winner is… this magical Fairy Garden that Sandi made for the kids in her neighborhood. I think this is SUCH a magical thing to do, Sandi. I imagine a child stumbling upon this enchanting scene, unawares that such magic awaits? Oh, the feeling of wonder and enchantment it will give them for the rest of their lives.

Everyone, THIS garden proves to children everywhere that EVERYTHING IS POSSIBLE.

We LOVE it. Congratulations!

 

Winner - Fairy Garden of the 2014 Fairy Garden Contest on The Magic Onions : www.theMagicOnions.comWinning Fairy Garden of the 2014 Fairy Garden Contest on The Magic Onions : www.theMagicOnions.comFairy Garden Contest 2014 Winner on The Magic Onions : www.theMagicOnions.comFairy Garden - Contest Winner 2014 on The Magic Onions : www.theMagicOnions.comStick Fairy Door : Fairy Garden Contest Winner : The Magic Onions : www.theMagicOnions.comStick Table, Chairs and Banner : Fairy Garden Contest Winner : The Magic Onions : www.theMagicOnions.comFairy Door : Magical Fairy Garden Winner : Fairy Garden Contest 2014 : The Magic Onions : www.theMagicOnions.comHammock : Magical Fairy Garden Winner : Fairy Garden Contest 2014 : The Magic Onions : www.theMagicOnions.comWinning Garden : 2014 Magic Onions Fairy Garden Contest : www.theMagicOnions.com

 

Congratulations, winners. Here are your prizes :

(be sure to check out these gorgeous shops… Christmas is coming up!)

 

First Prize : Daphne the Spring Fairy from Lavender and Lark

Second Prize : $110 Gift Certificate to The Magic Onions Shop

Third Prize : $100 Gift Certificate to Stubby Pencil Studio

Fourth Prize : 75$ Gift Certificate to Magic Wool

 

Fairy Garden Contest Prizes : 2014 : The Magic Onions.com

 

Winners, please contact me asap so that I can put you in touch with the generous sponsors.

 

Thank you all for a wonderful 2014 Fairy Garden Contest. One thing is for sure : WE MADE MAGIC TOGETHER!

 

Be sure to check out these Fairy Garden links…

 

Important Fairy Garden Links :

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

2014 Fairy Garden Contest Rules and ENTRY FORM

Detailed Tutorial on How To Make A Fairy Garden

AWESOME Prizes for the 2014 Fairy Garden Contest

 

Fairy Gardens : Pinterest : The Magic Onions

 

Happy Fairy Gardening,

Blessings and magic,

Donni

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