3 Personalized Tooth Fairy Pillow Ideas

Get ready with a personalized tooth fairy pillow before your child's first tooth falls out. Between the ages of five and seven, children begin to lose their primary teeth; however, the timing varies with each child. This rite of passage is exciting to children as visions of the tooth fairy and her magic surround their minds. Be prepared for this childhood tradition with one of the following tooth fairy pillows.

A Flying Tooth Fairy Pillow

This flying tooth fairy pillow can be hung on a bedpost or doorknob ready for the tooth fairy's evening visit. To make it, take two pieces of white felt, one on top of the other, and cut a tooth shape (about seven inches in length). You will also need two wings and a patch pocket square from a different colored felt. Let your child choose his favorite colors. Lay one shape on top of the other and tuck in the wings, one on each side. Sew all around the tooth leaving the top open. Stuff the tooth shape with fiberfill and add a length of ribbon to make a handle. Proceed to stitch the opening shut. Finally, glue the patch pocket on the outside of the tooth pillow with fabric glue, leaving the top open for placement of the tooth and space for the magical reward. This pillow can also be glued in lieu of sewing if you wish. Lastly, don't forget to use a fabric or glitter pen to write your child's name.

Make a Colorful Toothbrush Painting Pillow

Children learn to brush their teeth with up and down, back and forth and circular motions. Cut two pieces of white fabric into a tooth shape. Have your budding artist use an old toothbrush and fabric paint to make these brushing strokes onto each tooth's surface. Use a variety of colors. When completely dry, sew or glue the two shapes together leaving the top open for easy placement of the tooth and fairy rewards. Don't forget to personalize this masterpiece using a black fabric marker. This special tooth container can be easily tucked under your child's bed pillow.

Tooth Fairy Portrait Pillow

Your child can design his own tooth fairy pillow using fabric crayons (found in most craft stores). Have your youngster draw a portrait of the tooth fairy on white copy paper. Heavily color this picture and outline the edges in black. Cut two pieces of white fabric into squares. Transfer the fairy portrait to one square using a warm iron, following the directions on the fabric crayon box. It's amazing how the picture has permanently transferred to the fabric. Proceed to sew and make a personalized tooth fairy pillow. Your youngster can set this pillow next to him at bedtime to await the tooth fairy's visit. Parents can easily remove the tooth and tape on a monetary or other surprise gift.

This article is intended to promote understanding of and knowledge about general oral health topics. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your dentist or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or treatment.

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Tips for Being the TOOTH FAIRY

  • Tooth fairy notes – reinforcing the importance of dental care routines by using notes written by the tooth fairy is a fun way to remind kids to brush and floss. Printable tooth fairy receipts and note cards are available online, or you can design your own.

  • Tooth fairy pillows – think about getting or making a special tooth pillow with a pocket for the tooth. That way, the "tooth fairy" knows just where to find it without searching underneath your child's head.

  • Consider skipping the cash – while an 8- or 9-year-old may be excited about money, a younger child will probably not understand the value of money and might be happier with a special treat.