A Fairy Footbridge
Inspired by the little footbridge that leads Tinker Bell to the fairy house Lizzy builds in Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue, this arched walkway is just the prop to welcome kids into the delightful world of sprites. Cutting out the circular openings and scoring fold lines in the cardboard is best done with a craft knife, making it a job for adults. But kids will have plenty of fun decorating the assembled bridge, constructing the welcome sign, and creating a trail of buttons.
- Template for A Fairy Footbridge
- Corrugated cardboard
- Craft knife
- Craft or scrapbook paper, stickers, or glitter glue
- Glue stick or glue dots
- Handful of buttons
1. Print and cut out the template. Trace the template onto corrugated cardboard, and cut out the tracing.
2. Use a craft knife (adults) to cut out the circles, as shown.
3. Use the craft knife (again, adults only) to score the underside of the cardboard where indicated by the dotted lines on the template.
4. Fold the bridge floor, as shown, bending it as necessary to form an arch.
5. Glue the end of the floor in place. Then fold up the sides and glue them to the sides of the floor.
6. Now your child can decorate the sides of the bridge with colored paper, stickers, or glitter glue.
7. Cut out ten or so cardboard floor boards (roughly 2½ inches by ½ inch) and have your child glue them in place, as shown.
8. To create a mini sign, print "Fairies Welcome" on a small cardboard rectangle. Insert a toothpick post through one of the corrugation channels in the sign. For a stand, stack a couple of buttons with the holes lined up. Apply a drop of glue to the bottom of the toothpick and insert it into the buttonholes.
9. Now your child can set up her fairy bridge with a trail of buttons leading up and over it.