Are you a fan of fairy tales? I’m not talking fluffy unicorns here. On no. The true origins of fairy tales are often much darker and way more macabre than Disney would have you believe.
I mean, who cuts off their toes to fit into a pair of shoes to attract a prince?
Now I love me a nice pair of Choos, but that’s just taking things a step too far!
In recent years, it seems the fairy tales we remember from childhood have had a bit of a makeover. Although toe severing has been kept to a strict minimum, it does feel like some of the latest films have a darker twist to them.
Did someone mention Maleficent?
I doubt my somewhat alternative take on a Fairy Tales book would make the Disney cutting room floor, but it makes a fantastic addition to any witch’s oddities collection.
The cover is fairly innocuous, but inside lies a macabre surprise.
Mummified Fairy Book Display
You may remember I made some mummified fairies, after discovering a great Halloween prop maker on YouTube. Well, I had some
Originally, I planned to use them for Grimoires, but I ended up turning one into an Apothecary Book (coming soon!) and the other was a perfect fit for one of those fairies.
And it didn’t take very long to make at all.
How to display your Mummified Fairy
Then I painted a Bare Basics frame from The Works and backed it with regular printer paper that I aged with my trusty “teabag” method.
The title was designed and cut on the Cricut from Adhesive Metal Effect Sheets, also from The Range.
If you’d like to make this project yourself, or you have another use for this title, feel free to click on the image above to download a png file that you can either print and cut with scissors, or upload to use on your Cricut.
After knocking up a specimen label on the computer for the inside front cover, I turned my attention to making a cushion for the fairy. There’s nothing fancy or technical about this one! It’s just cotton wool covered with a piece of fabric and lace, then glued into position.
If you want to go even darker, why not try black velvet? Oooh lush! Velvet can be expensive, but keep an eye on your charity shops for velvet clothes. It’s what I used for the pillow in my coffin as well as the inside of the Harry Potter magic box.
My original mummified fairies have huge wings, which would have required a generous amount of careful coaxing to fit into the box. So I decided to go the easy route and make a pair of “butterfly” wings for this one from acetate.
This is easily done with scissors and if you don’t have acetate, you can use plastic packaging (yay for recycling!) Of course, I cut mine on the Cricut because I’m a lazy cow and well… If you have the machine, why not?
A couple of pins to hold the fairy in place and there you have it. Your very own dark Fairy Tale Book. If you want to make it a bit more permanent, a little blob of glue on the fairy’s spine will help keep him or her in place while you proudly display your curious creation.
What do you think? Is this a project you think you might have a crack at? Of course, you’ll need a mummified fairy, but they’re fun and easy to make. But if you’d rather not go to all the effort, you know someone who can make one for you! *wink*
A hui hou,