Sunday, October 17, 2010

Tooth Fairy Boxes

 "If you see the magic in a fairy tale, you can face the future." Danielle Steel

Nobody knows for sure why fairies love baby teeth.Storytellers claim the teeth are used to help build magical villages but I say they hold the sounds of laughter. Perhaps they're kept in jars with lids that save all of baby's first words in the tooth. Whatever the story, a visit from a tooth fairy is very special. They only visit at night when dreams are placed on pillows so if you have a child with a wiggly tooth, better hurry, it's tooth fairy box making time!
 Since fairies love nature, they're appreciative of leaves, flowers, any small stones, bark and bits of chocolate. My friends and I used cardboard rolls from spools of ribbons. Glue any kind of torn bits of paper to cover the cardboard. Small pressed flowers were then glued over the paper. If you don't have any, you can microwave leaves for 35 - 60 seconds in between newspaper or use an iron to dry the leaves. Fairies love Mother Earth and will consider a larger coin for those who use recycled objects such as lids, cans or soap boxes for tooth trades.Lids may be optional because fairies are tiny winged creatures that can't lift heavy things but we used the tops of recycled frozen orange juice can lids. Paint the tops with acrylic paint, glue more flowers on top. You can hot glue a small bead or crystal on top to make opening the box easier.
 We used old candles and melted them in a potpourri burner while an adult spooned the melted wax over the box to seal the pressed leaves and flowers. You can sprinkle glitter on the box before the wax dries, make sure to do this to the lids as well. Happy tooth fairy box day!
  "To all night fairies that fly at night, take my baby tooth out of sight. This box for you to keep, is even trade for wishes in my sleep." Sandy J.

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