DIY Fairy Garden Houses –
I have always been absolutely enthralled with fairy gardens. I adore them. Something about them takes me right back to when I was a kid and all the time I spent at my grandparents house. (My grandma has a crazy imagination and fairy gardens are right up her ally.)
I have a bit of a quirk about them tho – I just can’t quite imagine that the fairies want to live in those plastic-y store bought houses. I dunno, but something about the imaginary fairies makes me think that they NEED to be able to live in houses that look like they could have been made by the fairies… you know, whipped up with stuff they can find outside. (Uhh, that’s where the fairies are, of course.)
I have always been sort of crafty (like the fairies – out there building their houses) and though I rarely take the time to craft, when I REALLY want to make something I want to do it well. It seems like a huge waste of time when I make something that only lasts for a few months.
Or that only lasts for one week, like the first DIY fairy garden house I made – using a hot glue gun. It literally melted into a puddle of glue and rocks when we had a crazy heat wave last summer. You can not build stone fairy houses that last with hot glue. Sigh.
Then I tried one where you grout stones to a juice jug – just because it’s the first result on google for how to make a fair garden house does NOT mean it’s a good way to do it. Let’s not mind that mixing up and using grout is NOT that easy, but it all flaked off when it was dry because – surprise – you can’t grout to plastic. Apparently. Or at least I can’t.
So I came up with my own way to build stone fairy houses!
Full disclosure, before we start.
I am not a DIY blogger, never have been and based on this post, probably never will be – so forgive my pictures / lack of pictures / inability to properly hold your hand through the whole process. But if I can figure out how to do this – I promise – so can you 😉
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P.S. – How cute is that little bench? I got that one for just a couple bucks – I don’t know why I figure the fairies need to build their houses but they can buy their furniture. Fairies are just funny that way I guess! You can get your fairies a little bench here!
How to make an easy DIY Fairy House
- A bucket of flat little rocks**
- A piece of heavy duty cardboard
- Scissors (for trimming cardboard)
- A tube of this stuff (this is the “magic” to make them last!)
- (You’ll need one of these to go with that magic stuff)
- “Roofing materials” – birch bark, twigs etc.
- Wood glue
- Popsicle sticks
- Bright acrylic paint & paint brush (optional)
**(I collected all my rocks and it took hours. For the next house I’m going to go down to the hardware store and see if I can get some of these – hopefully on clearance – and pick the rocks off the backing. I think they will work PERFECTLY.)
Build the house structure:
Ok here’s where you’ll have to forgive me, because I forgot to take pictures of this part as I went. But determine how big you want the house and cut your cardboard to that size / shape. I like my houses to have little “rooms” off one side, (although plain old square/ rectangular / oval would be FAR easier). Use your clear silicone to “glue” the stones together. (The silicone should be weather proof, so your house will be able to go outside without disintegrating! It seems to have NO problem sticking stone to stone. Woohoo!)
Just a few things to keep in mind when you are “constructing” your house:
1 ) I like to leave a “doorway” where the door will sit. I find that cutting a “door” out of a piece of paper to use as a template and build around works well. Then I set the rocks back “around” it. (Otherwise when you stick your door on the front it just sort of hovers there – you can REALLY tell it’s just stuck on, which is fine too. But I like this better.
2 ) If you do add a “room” make sure you build the rocks INTO each other, so that the “room” is integrated right into the house. If you just build it next to the main structure it will fall off. Rocks are heavy.
3 ) don’t worry too much about the “pitch” of the roof, or about filling in all the little holes along the sides. You can fill in holes once the roof is on and you can see what needs more work. Just getting the basic shape is important.
Again, it doesn’t matter if it’s perfect. Don’t worry about those holes along the pitch of the roof. You can fill those in later. What matters most is that your popsicle sticks are more or less level with one another & flat to build on.
I also tried toothpicks and sticks from bushes (as you can see) but popsicle sticks are REALLY the way to go.
(Let this “roof” dry completely before you try to “shingle” it. Save yourself the headache.)
I wanted this house to be as natural looking as possible, so I chose birch bark for the “shingles”. (I have previously used old cedar shakes and cut them up with tin snips. But, you know, the fairies probably don’t have access to cedar shakes, so while I do love the way that looks… I figured I would try something different.
I tried sticking big pieces of birch bark on and it just looked ridiculous. I ended up pulling them all off… I got the best results from ripping the bark into tiny pieces and working from the bottom up. I used lots of curly pieces. I think these fairies are probably whimsical, so the curlier the better!
I wasn’t totally sure how to finish the top (ridgecap) off, because of the wonky-ness of the birch bark… so I made a “ridgecap” out of two popsicle sticks and glued tiny pieces to the sides. I’m pretty happy with the way it turned out!
Build the door and “install” it!
I just used the tin snips to trim some popsicle sticks into a “door” shape and glue them together. In hindsight, I could have used more birch bark or twings or something to make this even more “all natural”. And I should have used a tiny pebble or seed for the handle if I had been thinking. (I just used a little piece of random twisted wire.) Will have to change that. Sometimes I paint the doors bright colors, because… fairies. I’ll probably still paint this one. I don’t have a purple one yet. (Colorful little doors are just one fairy garden idea I LOVE!)
That’s it – easy-peasy… and it won’t melt into a puddle or flake apart.
Check out some of these SUPER SWEET Fairy Garden accessories to decorate your fairy garden:
- cute little fence (keeps out the hedgehogs I suppose?)
- tiny stone table
- THIS WOODEN TUB! EEK! (I need this!)
- mini rustic gardening tools (I’m going to make some like these.)
I’m so excited to put these little houses in my fairy garden and decorate it… and I’d love to see your fairy gardens!
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