Fairy House

This month I've shared some stories about magical miniature scenes and fairy gardens. Since the weather is finally warming up, I decided it was time to create my own little landscape. You can purchase fairy houses, miniature furniture and all the accessories you need to make a fairy garden. There are a lot of adorable options out there. Unfortunately, some are quite expensive.

I figured that with a little creativity I could find or craft an inexpensive and inviting fairy home. My first stop was the craft store. Both Michael's and Jo-Ann's had a lot of spring merchandise out and it filled me with ideas. My first thought was to use a miniature birdhouse as the foundation of my little home.

I got a plain wood birdhouse for a dollar. I figured I would paint the house a solid color, glue on some tiny pebbles, add a little grout and voila, rustic fairy house. Great idea, right?

Well, even experienced crafters have some projects that just don't turn out. I'll admit, this was one of my flops.

This is how it looked after I painted it and glued down the pebbles. It's okay so far.

Then I added the grout.  Let's just say it was a mess. I had a hard time grouting around the corners of the house and it was just about impossible to wipe away the excess grout to leave the small stones exposed. It was lass then magical.

I had just about given up on the idea of making my own fairy house when I was at Michael's again getting materials for another project. I walked down a row and stumbled across this tiny ceramic gem. With a little paint, it could be something special.

The one feature that I still liked from the first house was the door. It actually started as a locket. The door really opens.

I used some wire cutters to remove the loop that attaches to a necklace. You may have noticed that I used this door on the condemned little shack. I salvaged it to use on my new cozy cottage.

I gave the cottage a nice white base coat of paint. Then I used some Fimo clay to sculpt an entryway that would connect the door to the cottage. Some decorative paint, a coat of glass sealer and this home is ready for its tiny occupants.

Now that the house is complete, it's time to look for some prime real estate.



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The Chilly Dog: Fairy House
Fairy House
Ideas for how to create your own inexpensive and cute, miniature fairy garden house this spring.
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