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Ideas for Building a Fairy House
Do you believe in fairies? If you do, then you know that they are very shy creatures that live in the woods. They are also very mischievous and love to play tricks on people. Fairies also bring good luck and can be helpful too, if you're nice to them.
Making a fairy house is a fun, creative activity for kids of all ages. Not only is it a fun project to work on, but it can also be a great way to teach your child about creativity and construction. Plus, fairy houses are the perfect addition to any garden or outdoor space.
Do you want to keep your kids entertained and occupied for hours on end? Have them make a DIY fairy house! Not only will they have a blast putting it together, but they can also use their imagination to decorate it however they please.
With a few simple and safe supplies, you can help your child make a magical fairy house that will last for years to come. Who knows, maybe you'll want to join in and build one for yourself too!
Questions to Answer Before You Start
Where do you want to situate your fairy house?
In a garden? In a tree? In the grass? Indoors? In a bathroom?
Where you decide to put your fairy house once it's built will determine the best materials for you to build it out of. If there is a lot of moisture in the space, then you will want to avoid materials that may degrade or get moldy over time.
How long do you want your fairy house to last?
If this is just an afternoon activity for you and your littles and you don't mind if the fairy houses turn out very durable, then the options are endless for you as far as materials go. But, if you're looking for a little durability, then you have to think a bit more like a contractor and make sure to use more durable, sturdy, and water-resistant materials.
Does your location have special weather conditions you need to plan for?
Does it snow a lot in your neck of the woods? How about rain? Is it hot as a camel walking through the desert in the summertime in your town this time of year? If so, make sure you choose the final location and materials to suit your purpose.
Now, let's get on to the ideas list. A lot of the materials listed can be bought right at your local dollar store, found in your backyard or garage, purchased at the local craft store, online, and even your home improvement store, of course.
What base do you use for a fairy garden?
The base you use will depend on where you will be keeping your fairy house. If outdoors, materials like clay and wood or sticks work great. Depending on the fairy house you make, you may not even need a base.
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1. Build a Treehouse for Fairies
You can use a variety of materials to build a treehouse for fairies, but first things first, you need to pick a tree. Once you have found the perfect tree for your fairy house, you have to decide where in the tree you would like the fairy house to go.
You can easily place the fairy house at the base of the tree (the root collar), situate it inside a nob in the trunk if there is one, hang it from or affix it to a branch, or place it carefully on a branch attachment. For these spots, you likely wouldn't need any tools to secure your little house.
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For hanging your fairy house in the tree you can use some bird-friendly cord such as paper, seagrass, cotton, hemp or coconut rope, or even some round leather lace.
Since every tree is different you'll want to design your fairy tree house to suit the location of your choice. Walk around with your kids and ask them where they'd like to make the fairy tree house. You'll find they love to help decide and love learning more about the trees.
What should I build my fairy treehouse out of?
Some good supplies for fairy tree houses are wood, twine and popsicle sticks, twigs, chopsticks, straws, paper, felt, fabric, tape, leaves, pine cones, and moss. You can use a plastic funnel for the roof, or any other lightweight item.
It's easy to be creative with this kind of activity year-round and brings you closer to nature.
Not all fairy houses have to have much of a roof. Some can be a few walls and a leaf on top for a roof! It just depends on your imagination and the materials you have at hand.
Avoid hot glue because if animals and birds take your fairy house apart, you don't want them to swallow the glue. Don't use things like staples either for the same reason. Hot glue doesn't work well on pebbles and stones, and paper houses that you might staple together wouldn't last very long in a tree anyway.
You can even purchase a pre-made wooden birdhouse from a craft store and paint it in a fairy motif. Wood is a good material to make a fairy house but don't think you need to go out and buy the wood new. There's plenty of wood you can find out in the nature around where you live.
One of the best ways to see a fairy is to build them a tree house. This will give them a place to stay, and they will be able to watch over you from their new home.
2. Make a Fairy House Keepsake Jar in the Shape of a Mushroom
For this DIY mushroom fairy house, you'll need some small glass jars, like baby food jars, or mason jars, etc., some self-drying molding clay, some tin foil, and paints to embellish your mushroom house.
- First, create a mushroom shape out of tinfoil and mold it onto the lid of the jar.
- Next, you want to get out your molding clay and start putting it all over the tinfoil mushroom and smoothing it out.
- You then take clay and use it to cover the glass jar and shape it to look like a fairy house.
- Once all the clay dries you can paint it and jazz it up with glitter, sea glass, stones, twigs, and anything else you like.
- You can now use the cute fairy house to put things like cotton balls in for the bathroom, or other small items to store anywhere else in your home. Kids can keep small toys in their fairy house jar, too.
Check out this instructable that has great photos so you can visualize this project easier.
3. Make a Gingerbread Fairy House
You and your children will surely be taking some bites out of this irresistible fairy house. You can buy the cutest jungle-style edible sprinkles to give a grassy, natural look to the fairy house. I used these to customize an ice cream cake to give it a Minecraft theme recently and they worked perfectly.
You can use this gingerbread recipe for the dough, or any other that you like. Then you just roll out the dough and make the shapes for your house, cook them until they're cookies, and finally, stick the cookie walls together with icing and decorate to your heart's content.
You can add tiny gingerbread furniture to your fairy house too. Make a fairy chair and table so the fairies have a place to nibble on something sweet.
This is a fun and educational activity for kids of all ages because it's so easy to do and makes a delicious mess.
4. Build a Paper Fairy House
Building a paper fairy house is a fun way to recycle old newspapers and magazines. It's also a great activity for kids, as they can let their imaginations run wild.
To make your paper fairy house, you will need recycled paper, kid-safe scissors, Elmer's glue or glue sticks, and crayons or markers (optional).
- First, gather all of your materials. If you're using recycled paper, it's best to choose colorful pages from magazines or newspapers. You can also use construction paper or cardstock.
- Next, cut out two rectangles that will be the front and back of your house. The size is up to you, but a good size is around 6 x 8 inches.
- Once you have your rectangles, fold them in half lengthwise.
- Then, use your scissors to cut a doorway and two windows.
- Now, it's time to embellish your paper fairy house! You can use crayons or markers to add doors, windows, and any other details you like. When you're finished decorating, glue the front and back of your house together.
And there you have it! Your very own paper fairy house.
Paper fairy houses do best indoors. If you leave them out in the garden they might fly away. You can hang paper fairy houses from trees and bushes too, just don't be too sad when after a good rain they get all sogged out.
5. Make a Clay Fairy House
Clay fairy houses are a fun and easy way to bring a little magic into your home.
What kind of clay works best?
You can use any type of clay to make a clay fairy house, but I prefer to use air-dry clay. This type of clay is easy to work with, and it doesn't need to be fired in a kiln.
You can find air-dry clay at most craft stores or you can buy a multi-colored set of kids-safe clay online.
Building your clay fairy house
Once you have your clay, it's time to get started building your clay fairy house! The sky's the limit when it comes to design, so let your imagination run wild. Getting creative with clay is so easy and natural because you can make almost any shapes and designs you want.
- To get started, roll some clay into balls for the walls of your fairy house.
- Next, assist your child to use a knife to cut out doorways and windows (or do a press and tear out method).
- Once you're happy with the design of your clay fairy house, set it aside to dry.
- Once it's dry, you can paint your clay fairy house however you like!
Clay fairy houses hold up very well outdoors and look great anywhere in the garden. They can even become a magical part of a garden water feature. Remember to add furniture by sculpting tiny chairs and tables so the fairies have a place to sit, watch over you and send you fairy magic.
6. Make a Fairy House out of Stones
If you're looking for a more naturalistic fairy house, try building one out of stones. To get started, gather some small rocks and pebbles. You can even use sea glass and floral crystal pebbles as ornaments for your fairy house.
You'll also need some mortar or cement to glue the stones together. Hot glue does not work well with stones. Once you have your materials, it's time to start building!
- Start by creating the foundation of your fairy house. You can use a small, flat plastic container as a mold to pour the base. Even a styrofoam plate will work, it doesn't have to be complicated!
- Once the foundation is dry, start adding stones for the walls and put a little cement or mortar between them. Get creative with your design, and don't be afraid to experiment.
- Use pebbles to make stepping stones that create a walkway to your fairy house.
- This is also a great opportunity to use colorful paint, just make sure you set the paint with Mod Podge or hairspray when you've done.
- If your kids are very young you will want to supervise them whenever you're using concrete or mortar. You don't want it to get in their eyes, dry on their skin, or end up in their mouths.
- Once you're happy with the design of your fairy house, set it aside to dry. Once it's dry, you can add some finishing touches like plants or moss. It's easy to get creative with just stones too. The little cabin you make for your fairy friends will be a great project you can enjoy year-round.
Set your stone fairy house inside or outside in your garden to attract happy fairies to move in.
7. Make a Fairy House in a Flower Pot
It's super easy to build a fairy house out of a terra-cotta pot. You can use the whole terra cotta pot as a base or you can use broken pieces of various pots to upcycle your garden accidents into a cute little fairy home. If you are doing this activity with young kids, you may want to skip the broken pieces.
To use the clay pot as the base of your fairy house, you can paint it (optional) and then attach a plastic funnel as the top of the fairy house. Once that's together you can caulk various decorations to cover the funnel, such as moss, stones, decorative glass pebbles, dried leaves, dried flowers, pine cones, and more from nature.
If what you have is broken terra cotta pots and pieces you can use a large broken pot, fill it with dirt and take the small broken pieces to create a makeshift house in the dirt. You can then add seeds and grow some wildflowers in the pot along with the little terra cotta hut in the middle. Secure the broken pieces with self-dry clay and add some moss or mulch to complete the look.
Another option is to take the bottom part of the pot and glue it to a plate. Then, you can use the top part of the pot as a roof. Simply invert it and glue it to the plate. You can add all sorts of decorations to make your fairy house unique, such as painting it, adding moss or stones, or even making a thatched roof out of dried grass.
8. Build a Fairy House From Popsicle Sticks
Popsicle sticks make great fairy houses for kids. You can use Elmer's glue and popsicle sticks to make near-endless designs you can fully customize and decorate.
Once you're done building the fairy house from popsicle sticks and glue, and the house is dry, you can color it with markers or paints. Decorating is easy and so much fun for kids.
You can even reuse the popsicle sticks you have leftover from homemade popsicles you and the family ate the day before. They will already be partially stained with the color of the juice and you can add paint for more decorative effects.
When your designs are finished you can put them in the garden to attract tiny fairies to their sweet new home.
9. Make a Shoebox Fairy House
You can make the most adorable fairy houses out of small boxes you have left over from package deliveries, cigar boxes, or old jewelry boxes.
It's a great way to recycle these nice boxes that you otherwise might throw away. The tougher paper boxes are more durable, but simple cardboard boxes will work as well. Just remember the cardboard fairy houses aren't going to last for very long outdoors.
Once you've got your boxes ready, start using Elmer's glue to attach your favorite natural decorations like felt, moss, leaves, twigs, twine, and more. Pebbles might not work great with Elmer's glue so you might want to use caulk for stones and pebbles.
Making a fairy house out of a box is an easy and fun way to keep your kids entertained and creating for hours.
10. Make a Lego Fairy House
Legos are a perfect building material to make durable and water-resistant fairy houses. They also have a cute and geeky look for when you want to attract brainy fairies. Lego houses can be designed in whatever colors you want and you can make many different shapes and sizes.
Once your Lego fairy house is built, set it outside in a flower pot or on the grass near a tree, and tell the fairies they are welcome to set up their home inside.
So, there you have it! Ten fun and safe ideas to build fairy houses with your kids.
Once you make your DIY fairy house you can start attracting fairies to come move in. Here are some ways to attract fairies to your home.
How to Attract Fairies to Your Fairy House
There are many things you can do to attract fairies to your house.
Some believe that if you plant certain flowers, the fairies will be attracted to their pollen and sweetness. Flowers like foxgloves, honeysuckle, roses, lavender, and marigolds are said to be favorites among fairies.
Make sure that any plants you grow near your home are kid-safe.
Another way to attract fairies is to leave out sugar cubes, candy, a saucer of milk, or a piece of fruit. It's said that if you're nice to the fairies, they will be nice to you in return.
If you have a big backyard, why not build a whole fairy village? You can use small stones or sticks to make little houses, pathways, and gardens. Be sure to add some flowers, because fairies love pretty things!
- Collect small branches, leaves, and flowers to use as materials
- Look for a spot in your garden or backyard that is private and has good sunlight
- Gather your supplies and get creative with the design of your fairy house
- If you have children, get them involved in the process and let them decorate their own fairy house
- Place your fairy house in a spot where it can be seen but not disturbed
- Hang some small wind chimes near your fairy house to create a whimsical soundscape
- Place your fairy house in a shady spot in your garden for maximum effect
- Enjoy your new fairy home!
Fairy houses are a great way to get creative and spend time together as a family. Have fun building your own magical world in the backyard!
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