Lola lost her second tooth last night! It had been loose for quite awhile (just hanging there kinda grossing us all out). We were out for Thai food and she lost it at the table. Nothin’ like blood and tofu; yum!! She was so excited that she dropped it on the floor and mama had to crawl around to find it. We found it! (Mostly because I didn’t want the wait staff to have to sweep up a human tooth at the end of the night. Yuck.)
After she lost it she was telling us that her friends get $5 for a lost tooth. What?! Are you kidding me?? I then proceeded to tell her that her tooth fairy was in an underserved area and the taxes must be different where we live. And some more ridiculous lies that seemed to come entirely too easy. The Tooth Fairy pays out $1/tooth. Period.
Anyway, I was not at all prepared for the first lost tooth. Her older brother got a silver dollar, glitter, and fan fare galore. But the second kid didn’t get quite the same treatment. So last week I was ready for this one to fall out and decided to make a little tooth pillow from a stuffed animal that was fated for the giveaway pile.
I love Where the Wild Things Are so, so much. Probably more than the kids. And I didn’t want this guy to get tossed aside. So I decided a tutu and a wand would buy ’em a few more years.
Want to make one of your own? Here’s how ya do it.
Stuffed animal (any size)
Small piece of tulle, or fabric for the tutu or skirt
Elastic or ribbon
(1) Chopstick (for the wand)
Ribbons for hanger & to decorate
Loop the elastic around the waist of your stuffed animal (I did mine just slightly higher to be under his beard) to measure. Cut the elastic and tie it in a knot. You’ll use this to create your tutu.
Cut the tulle in strips long enough to fold in half over the elastic waist band. Tie a knot in the center of the tulle around the elastic. Continue to tie on tulle strips all the way around the waist band.
When you’re finished tying the tulle all the way around, you can give it a little haircut if you want to make sure they are all even.
I used ribbon and some adhesive to attach a hanger. I love the idea of hanging the tooth outside the door. No more tip-toeing or stepping on legos in the dark!
Next I made the wand with a chopstick and two felt hearts glued together, leaving the top open for a note and the money. I also added some ribbons to the bottom of the heart while the glue was drying.
Then I used a quick little sticky note and a gold pen to seal
my lie the deal. The note reads, “Lola, Such nice, clean teeth! Well done! xo The Tooth Fairy”. Last time I wrote more but this time the tooth fairy struggled with writing small.
I put the note and a dollar in the top of the heart. Then I slid the chopstick “wand” into the waist band like he was holding it and so she could easily pull it out.
Super cute tooth fairy “pillow” with zero sewing from a stuffed animal. And made in about 10 minutes! Doesn’t get any better than that!
How much does the tooth fairy leave at your houses? Are we behind the times? Be sure to tell me in the comments!