Monday Make A- Witchlet Crafts Puppets & Bird Feeders

May 11, 2009 at 1:51 pm (Bird Feeder, Birds, Children, Crafts, Decoration, Fae, Faery, Fairies, Fairy, Flowers, Fun, Kids, Litha, Magic, Midsummer, Monday, pagan, Plants, Witch, Witchlets)

Earth Puppets: Litha/Midsummer Craft for Witchlings
by WindSeeker; Cauldron & Broomsticks

Summer Solstice, Litha, Midsummer, Gathering Day, Feill-Sheathain: longest day of the year, and the shortest night; when the sun reaches his apex in the sky, and the days will now grow shorter as the light begins to wane. To celebrate the Summer Solstice with your young ones, try making Earth Puppets.

Materials:

  • Use natural items found in the yard
  • tape
  • glue

The easiest kind of puppets can be made from a twig. Select a twig that forks. You now have 2 arms and a handle to hold the puppet with. Find a fallen flower, and tape the stem to the handle for the head. You can also tape the stem of a fallen leaf to the handle for the head. For clothing, wrap a leaf around the handle, and your puppet has natural summer wear. Another puppet can be made with a pine cone. Glue the pine cone to the forked twig, for the head. Dried and fresh grass make loads of hair styles, beards, and mustaches. Use seeds or small rocks for eyes, nose, and mouth. Make clothing out of leaves and bonnets out of flower petals or acorn caps. Use a large box or table for the stage, and enjoy the show.

Fairies’ Feathered Friend Feeder: Litha Craft for Witchlings
by WindSeeker; Cauldron & Broomsticks

Making this craft is a good way to tell child how fairies, brownies, and sprites ride on the backs of birds to get from one place to another if it is too far to walk. Materials:

  • An empty milk carton
  • nontoxic paint
  • glitter
  • white glue
  • Popsicle sticks
  • 10″ wooden dowel w/ 1/4″ diameter
  • wire hanger (cut bottom of hanger for inserting into milk carton)
  • birdseed.

Rinse out milk carton thoroughly. Do not completely open top, rather glue open spout back together. Cut 3″ wide by 4″ long arched openings on “spout” side and opposite side of carton, with base of opening approx. 3″ from bottom of carton. Let the child paint the outside of the carton in Litha colors of red, yellow, orange, white, green. Before the paint dries let child sprinkle colored glitter all over the carton, (birds are attracted to shiny objects). Let carton dry. Glue painted or non-painted Popsicle stick shingles onto the top of the carton as a roof. For the perches, poke holes in the carton just below the openings, and slip the wooden dowel through the holes. Poke two holes in the top of the carton just under the roof, insert one end of the cut hanger into each hole. Fill the bottom of the carton with wild birdseed. Hang in a spot that is easy to view, but far enough away from fences or other objects to thwart predators.

Disclaimer: No one involved in this blog or its contents may be held responsible for any adverse reactions arising from following any of the instructions/recipes on this list. It is the reader’s personal responsibility to exercise all precautions and use his or her own discretion if following any instructions or advice from `this blog.

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