Fairy Houses - Clay Pottery

I have a vision of creating a fairy village in our backyard. I already have the perfect parcel of land in mind. But, before I start clearing the land, I need a few fairy houses for the neighborhood's residents. There are plenty of pre-made fairy houses available. Some can be quite expensive and they just don't have that handmade charm that I think is important for a project like this.

I set off to create a few little homes for my magical residents. My goal is to make each home as unique as it's future resident. I also want to add a little extra fairy magic and make the village light up at night. I'm no electrician, but I have a couple easy ideas in mind.

My first house is made from a clay pot. I have bunches of these in the garage, so I gave one a new life as a charming cottage for my future residents. This is a fun project that even the kids may enjoy.


  • 10-15 clear flattened glass marbles
  • glow in the dark paint
  • small clay pot
  • wide rubberband
  • pre-mixed grout
  • spoon or large popsicle stick
  • crushed shells, pebbles or sand
  • fairy wish door charm by Darice
  • silicon adhesive
  • tiny shells


You'll be starting with the windows. I used 10 flattened glass marbles. You can typically find these in the floral department of your local craft store.

Apply a drop of glow in the dark paint to the flat side of each gem. Let the paint dry completely before you move on to the next step.

Once the paint on the windows is dry, it's time to create the rest of the house.

Wash and dry your clay pot. Wrap a wide rubber band about an 1 - 1 1/2 inches above the rim of the pot. This is where you want the bottom edge of the grout to be.

Pour your crushed shells, pebbles or sand into a shallow dish.

My pot had a bit of an indentation where the roof is going to be so I decided to fill it. I placed a bit of the pre-mixed grout onto the roof.

Then I smoothed it out with a popsicle stick.

Next, I turned the pot over and pressed it into the dish of crushed shells.

When I turned the pot back over, there was a nice layer of crushed shells covering the roof.

The next part is a little messy so you may want to work outside or protect your work surface.

Apply the grout, about 1/4 inch thick, around the outside of the pot from the roof down to the rubber band.

Now it's time to add the windows around the house. Press the flat side of the gems into the grout.

Once all of the windows are placed, gently roll the house in the dish of crushed shells.

You may need to use a spoon or your hands to fill in areas where the crushed shells don't stick.

Press the shells into the grout.

Carefully remove the rubber band.

Let the grout dry overnight.

Once the grout is dry, you can add some finishing details to the house.

One of my favorite features of this cottage is the tiny door. It's actually a necklace charm by Darice. I found it in the beading and jewelry section of my local Joann's. The door actually opens up. How cool is that?

Attach the door to the cottage with silicon adhesive.

Use silicon adhesive to attach some tiny shells around the door.

Finally, use silicon adhesive to decorate other parts of the house with shells.

I attached a ring of shells around the roof and one around the house at the same level as the door.

Once the glue is dry, your fairy house is ready to go out to the garden and wait for some magical residents to move in.

For now, my shell cottage will be inside while I finish up the other dwellings for my fairy village.



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Fairy Houses - Clay Pottery
Tutorial: Clay Pot Fairy House - How to make a whimsical shell cottage from a small piece of clay pottery.
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