Before Bella lost her first tooth I knew I wanted to do something special for her. When I was growing up the tooth fairy left money under the pillow (as she does for everyone). When my older kids lost their teeth, the tooth fairy did the same for them. So when her first tooth fell out I was unprepared and it was the tooth under the pillow routine. Then, when her second tooth became loose I started looking up ideas on Pinterest. The results were: tooth fairy pillows (I can’t sew), door hangers with pockets (was not impressed) and then I found the DOOR! I saw all these “Fairy Doors” and they were so cute. I knew this is what I wanted for my Bella. I went to Hobby Lobby and got the door in their doll house section, some scrapbook paper, 3M Command strips, string and small clips. I had paint and brushes at home already.
When I got home I told Bella we were going to work on a project. (She loves projects) I explained the concept behind the door. Instead of her tooth fairy trying to get the tooth from under the pillow, she needed a special door that would allow her to come from the Fairy World to our World to collect her teeth. She was excited about that. Then she hit me with a question I wasn’t expecting: “What’s my fairy’s name?” I didn’t see that one coming. I never expected her to ask that so I wasn’t prepared to answer. However, I am quick on my feet and said, “Well, you find that out when she collects your tooth. She will leave you a note letting you know her name.” (Mom is a fast thinker) Again, she was happy with that and we proceeded to work on the door.
She proudly painted the door while I painted the trim and she was so happy to be working on this project with me. She had a smile from ear to ear. I sat there and watched her paint her own Fairy Door and talk about how cool it will be for the tooth fairy to take her tooth and leave her MONEY!
After the door was all painted we had to let it dry over night before we could add the door knob and knocker. FYI-do not handle a metal door knob after you put hot glue on it..it is VERY HOT! Not my brightest moment but it happened. After the knob was in place, we put the miniature keys on string. One key was for Bella to lock the door and the other key was for her fairy because she needed a way to open the door on her end.
We decorated the door with glitter and flowers and put string & clips on the inside of the door so the fair could take the tooth (which we put into a little bag). The door was put on the wall by the window with 3M Command strips and I am happy to say that it is still there so those strips work!
A few days later, her second tooth fell out and she was so excited to use her door. We put the tooth inside the bag and closed and locked the door. The next morning she opened the door and there was her tooth fairy money and a note from her fairy. Her name was written on that note and she was so happy! Apparently, this tooth fairy will always be her fairy and once she looses all her baby teeth, her fairy will return home for the final time and will wait for Bella’s children to loose their teeth and when that happens, she will return.
This was a fun project to work on with my sweet girl. She wholeheartedly believes in fairies so she was wanting this door to be special. Her imagination is endless, she loves being creative and she loves working on projects with me. I want her to stay this age forever and never stop wanting to spend time with me.
Items Used –
Wooden Door – Hobby Lobby
Scrapbook Paper – Hobby Lobby
Door Knobs & Knocker – Hobby Lobby
Clips – Hobby Lobby
Paint – we had at home
3M Command Strips – Hobby Lobby
Peel & Stick flowers – Hobby Lobby
Small bags – Hobby Lobby (found in the baking isle)