Parents may marvel when their child gets his or her first tooth, but kids marvel when they lose their first tooth.
The Tooth Fairy was a magical creature for me when I was a kid.
It seemed strange that my tooth was to be collected by a fairy. What she did with all those teeth was never quite answered by my parents. But in the early seventies, a quarter could go a long way in the dime store in town, so I didn’t let it bother me so much.
When my children were losing their teeth, because of inflation I guess, the Tooth Fairy left a dollar. Although they couldn’t buy as much with $1 as I did with 25 cents, it was still a great reward for brushing and flossing every day. I remember my youngest sister, Stacey, having a cute little cross stitched pillow on her nightstand to place her tooth in. I’m sure this made it much easier for the fairy to retrieve her little gem and it is a special keepsake for my sister as a grownup.
Whether your child is losing their first tooth or one of many, here are a few clever and cute ideas to make easy work for the Tooth Fairy. Whether you sew, knit, crochet, cross stitch or simply glue your way through, there are many patterns on the web. I’ve compiled a few to get you started.
An easy pattern can be found at Simply Gloria. This one is great because you can choose your fabric in the characters your child likes best. Another great pattern, on She Knows, is made of inexpensive felt and could be glued with tacky fabric glue instead of sewing. Here are two great picks for knitters or those who crotchet. Wishful Knitting and Redheart offer free downloads to the patterns. I think I’ll get my mom to make a few of the knitted ones to give at baby showers or sell at craft fairs. This cross stitch tooth fairy from My-Cross-Stitch-Patterns.com isn’t on an adorable pillow yet, but I could totally see it on one with a little pocket underneath, made from the same or accenting material as the pillow back. A recycled dental floss container makes a great tooth box or tiny treasure box. The Little Red Window will show you how.
If it’s just about the cash for you, one clever way to leave money is origami. The word is Japanese in origin; oru means “to fold”, and kami means “paper”. Since money is often made of paper, why not make the money the show stopper. For each tooth lost, or for each different child in the family, a unique and special fold can be used. Why not a diamond for the exchange of enamel? For a variety of origami patterns, click here to see which one suits your kid’s style. If you’re not so good at folding, try spraying glitter hairspray (found at party shops) on a new dollar bill. The bill is still spendable and it will dazzle little eyes.
And for the finishing touch, a teeny weeny tiny letter of appreciation is special, as well. You can create your own or use the free printable found at Intermittent blogger . Remember, these ideas are for personal use; it is always wise to get permission before you make something to sell. Don’t knock any teeth out, but be ready when they fall out. Happy Day to all the active Tooth Fairies! I know one who is retired for now.