Samhain, known as Halloween to some of you, is one of my favorite times of year. This is one of my new favorite Pagan crafts- the Flying Dead. I wasn’t sure what to call them, dead fairies, skeleton fairies, some people in my facebook group suggested Skelefae, Fairy of the bones, Carcass Fairy, or Bone nymphs. Whatever you call them, they are one of the easiest and coolest Samhain crafts around. People keep asking me if these have a reason or spiritual intent, there can be, but it isn’t necessary. We made these ones just for fun.
Anyone can make these if they are old enough to handle the glue gun, or you can help them with that part if they are too little. I wish I had thought of this when I was a Girl Scout leader, but I am not ashamed to say that my godkids ( who are in their 20’s) had fun making these last weekend. We may even make some more.
Flying Dead Materials List
(most of these can be found in your local dollar store):
Small Butterflies – these can be fabric, rubber or whatever you like
Tumbled stones, Beads and baubles for decoration
Hot Glue gun
Assemble all your ingredients together. Remove the butterfly wings from the butterfly body if necessary. Some of the ones we purchased had pins or something on the back, you may need to remove these also if it makes it easier to attach. Spray paint the skeletons, let dry. We used gold spray paint, but any color you like would work. Hot glue the wings to the skeleton body. Then add whatever decoration you like. To our “skeleton fairies” we added bells, feathers, some tumbled stone beads, and word charms that I had lying around. My godson attached the word faith to the groin area of his skeleton, he claims it was in honor of Joss Whedon, but I will leave that logic to your imagination.
Here are some of our finished creations hanging out. I’d love to see what you come up with if you choose to make these, please stop by and let me know how it went. If you like this post please remember to share … the flying dead will thank you !