Clothespin Fairy Dolls

Someone asked me if I could please make a fairy doll craft, so here is my attempt! I also had some requests for ways to repurpose plastic cups and containers, so this is really efficient! My daughter really enjoyed taking these outside and playing with them in the yard, too. So if you have any fairy fans in your house, you’ll have to give this a try!

To make them, we used round wooden clothespins, then with a hot glue gun, I glued some strips of fabric around the pins. Then I took some yarn and hot glued that to the head for hair. Finally, with scissors, I cut out the wings (in one solid piece) from a plastic cup, and hot glued those to the back of the doll. That’s it. They were really fast and easy to make. It might be fun to paint some faces on them too, or even attach a string so they could “fly“. I’m new at this genre, so any fairy advice is very welcome! Upload photos or ideas to the Made by Joel Facebook Page if you have any!


  1. Pauline
    April 26, 2011 at 4:06 am

    Oh my. Those are too cute. May just have to try this for my slightly fairy-obsessed daughter...

  2. Karen G.
    April 26, 2011 at 4:17 am

    I love clothespin fairies! I just wrapped up a fairy village class at our local (amazing) kid and craft store. I'd love for you to see the fabulous things the girls created.
    (You'll have to browse past the sheep. I can't for the life of me figure out how to link to just the fairies.)
    And here:

  3. Joel Henriques
    April 26, 2011 at 4:20 am


    Karen G - Awesome! So many great things! I love the fairy bench! I'll have to make something like that for my dollhouse. Totally cool.

  4. Anonymous
    April 26, 2011 at 6:13 am

    What an absolutely wonderful idea for all the girls that love fairies and princesses...thank you !

  5. Being Me
    April 26, 2011 at 11:10 am

    Divine. So simple! Wish I had a hot glue gun.... :(

  6. I Live in an Antbed
    April 26, 2011 at 1:00 pm

    Adorable! Simply adorable!

  7. night owl
    April 26, 2011 at 2:00 pm

    I want to come back as one of your children in my next life.

  8. Heather (love your space)
    April 26, 2011 at 3:59 pm

    TOTALLY making these-what a great idea!

  9. jfidz
    April 26, 2011 at 4:27 pm

    Here's 'one I made earlier' from a clothespin;
    Could easily be painted and clothed.

  10. Áurea López
    April 26, 2011 at 5:39 pm

    How nice!. In Spain we do not use this type of clothespin and hard to find.

  11. May 3, 2011 at 2:38 am

    Hi! i'm italian and my english is not so good. Anyway i'd like to show you my wooden dools: Thank you joel for suggesting me this idea:)

  12. May 3, 2011 at 6:08 am

    We love fairies in our house! So much so that we had a "little" birthday party in the fairy garden. This was 2 years ago, so sadly our enthusiasm is fading with age. Love to see all the little kid projects on your site, Joel. I wish my kids didn't grow up so fast.

  13. May 3, 2011 at 3:37 pm

    aww these are perfect thanks so much! I was the fairy request girl. Doing these with my youngest tomorrow!!!

  14. May 3, 2011 at 3:53 pm

    Thanks everyone! I love all of your great ideas! butterfly wishes and wonderland dreams - Ah, great! I keep meaning to email you to say that I finally did this! Glad you found it, and thanks for the idea!

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  16. May 11, 2011 at 9:31 pm

    Joel, they're really dreamy. Love them. Pruxxx

  17. May 17, 2011 at 10:03 am

    Joel, you are an inspiration.

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  20. July 19, 2011 at 11:31 am

    Hi Joel, I just wanted to say thanks for the inspiration with the clothespin fairies. Franz, my husband, and I had so much fun on a hot glue "date" putting these gals together for my youngest Quinby's third birthday. It was a handmade fairy princess themed party and I hid a bunch of these little fairies throughout my garden for the guests to find and take home. It was a big success. You can see for yourself here - Thanks again, Emily

  21. September 30, 2011 at 5:47 pm

    Oh my gosh, I discovered this post after searching for "clothespin fairies" on Google. I seriously gasped when I saw this post, because I was like, "This is exactly what I want to make!" Thanks for a great DIY. I totally plan on buying your book. I ADORE everything you've made, and I can't wait to share it with my little ones. Peace to you and your family...

    1. October 1, 2011 at 7:59 pm

      Thanks everyone! Monica - Ha, thanks for the kind note. Glad you found my site!

  22. January 14, 2012 at 1:53 pm

    Joel, You're an amazing inspiration! Thank you for making me look so good! I refer moms to your site all the time bc I'm only as creative as I'm inspired to be. The way your mind works is amazing! Here's how our fairy and then dolls turned out:

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