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Making a Fairy House from Natural Materials and Plastic Bottle

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Build your own fairy garden

You don't have to be a kid to love fairies (and to play with them). I have been thinking about making a fairy garden for some time now. I already had a ton of fairy houses when I was a kid (I admit they weren't all that nice looking) and the idea to have it again was getting stronger day by day. And so I finally decided to take that step and to build my first fairy house.

I decided to take it slow and simple, something that would be easy to make and would look great so I though about using a plastic bottle as a base for my house and to use natural materials to finish it up. As I know many of you might be thinking of making your own fairy garden and are too looking for a simple project to start off your magical journey I decided to post a tutorial on how I made mine (I am really happy about how it turned out).

I can't wait to start with my next house, be sure to be there when it happens!

All photos in this article are taken by me unless stated otherwise.

Let the Fairy House Making Begin! - Making the base

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We all try to be eco friendly but sometimes you still end up buying something in a plastic bottle. If you are super eco oriented and don't buy anything in a plastic bottle I am sure you can always get it at your neighbours (or sadly sometimes when you go on a walk in the nature).

When you get your bottle be sure to first give it a proper cleaning and when it dries use a permanent marker to draw in the details (windows, doors and decide on the height of your house - be sure to add some length/height to that as a part of the house will be underground).

I cut out the doors but wanted to keep the windows. I used some duct tape to secure them for them to stay clean when I painted the bottle. As you probably assumed, when you are done protecting the windows paint the whole house with a background color. I used green but brown would work the same (well you could use any color you want honestly).

As you see on the second photo I also colored the door as I though I would use it (to have it half open in the end) but I decided not to use them in the end (but you could).

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As this tool is really inexpensive it's a must for very crafter.

Adding Shingles, Walls - And other finishing works

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All you need to do to get the materials for your house is to take (a long) walk in the nature. I am lucky to live right next to a forest and a river so getting natural materials for all kinds of crafts is really easy.

I collected a few fir tree cones (although I think pine cones would look even better), bark from various trees (well dead branches technically), small pebbles, twigs, half of a walnut shell and snail house (make sure it is empty). Options are limitless.

Plug in your glue gun and prepare for things to get messy! I started with shingles. I cut the fir tree cones apart and started to glue them on the house. It took some time and I did manage to burn myself a few times. Glue gun does a great job with this (I tried super glue but it wasn't effective).

I continued with the walls. I broke the bark to small square like pieces and started to glue them (with glue gun) to the base. It felt like making a mosaic. I suggest you try if the piece fits before you apply the glue.

I used small twigs to add some details to windows (see photo 3 above).

Last but not least I started gluing the small pebbles around the doors and windows. This was the most nerve wrecking (there was a lot of glue on my fingers in the end). I combined glue gun and supper glue as some rocks were not cooperating with the glue gun.

I made the chimney with pebbles and topped it up with a walnut shell and a snail house.

My first Fairy House - With it's inhabitant

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Fairy in the house

Do you like the fairy that lives in my little project? Her name is Feya and she's a part of Schleich's Bayala series and originally she comes with a horse (which she can mount and unmount).

You could always start your fairy garden with a pre-made house

You can buy fairy houses and just place them in your garden if you don't feel like making one by yourself or don't have the materials needed near by. I selected 4 that I like the most.

Night Time - Well evening time

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My led lights finally arrived! I ordered a 5 pack of 5 different colors and orange looks magical. I was hoping I would be able to take a decent picture when it would be darker but my camera isn't all that good at it.

These are the lights I bought!

Comments - Do you like this fairy house? Will you be making your fairy garden?

Virginia Allain from Central Florida on July 15, 2019:

It's adorable! I have pine cones, a glue gun, but will have to search for a suitable bottle in our camp recycling bin.

Virginia Allain from Central Florida on August 08, 2018:

Your house looks delightful. I used some unfinished miniature birdhouses that you can buy for $1 and decorated them with birchbark and odds and ends.

Wish I'd seen your house idea first. I have some pine cones around so might try to decorate one of the roofs.

Judy Johnson on March 12, 2018:

I love fairy houses and gardens. I need to make one real soon after I finish my beading project. I need one really bad!

Edie Simons on November 16, 2017:

I too make Fairy Houses. I’ve learned a lot about adhesives and how to use found objects and repurpose junk.

Please feel free to reach out to me.

View my work on Pinterest, search my name, Edie Simons

Sharp83301@yahoo.com on October 06, 2017:

I want to.make my own fairy garden

Cynthia Sylvestermouse from United States on June 15, 2014:

What an ingenious and adorable idea! I love it!

Ruthi on June 14, 2014:

Your fairy house is adorable all lit up at night! Great fun use of natural and recycled materials!

RoSelou on June 29, 2013:

You are one of the guardian of nature. You do not only support the fairies but also recycle materials for a Greener Earth. Very Creative.

Lynda Makara from California on June 05, 2013:

Very cute!

Peggy Hazelwood from Desert Southwest, U.S.A. on June 05, 2013:

This is a great idea. My granddaughter would love to make a fairy house!

anonymous on June 04, 2013:

That is a neat and cute fairy house.

Carol Houle from Montreal on June 03, 2013:

I love this lens. I think your fairy house is nicer than those your selling. Perhaps you've stepped into fairyland and don't know it yet :~)

jpmny999 on June 02, 2013:

These are great ideas!

John Dyhouse from UK on June 02, 2013:

I am in a group which sets regular "crafty challenges", I was going to forget the current one (fairies!) but I do love the ideas in this project. I will have to think about trying this and submitting for this challenge. I thinbk my fairy will be homemade and a llittle unusual though :)

reviewcorner on May 31, 2013:

Absolutely beautiful and your tutorial is easy to follow. Thanks!

SimplyHolly on May 30, 2013:

That is so cute! Love this idea!

anonymous on May 30, 2013:

Wow I think this is just awesome. You've given me so many ideas.

Thank you

Michele

anonymous on May 30, 2013:

Wow I think this is just awesome. You've given me so many ideas.

Thank you

Michele

govomg on May 30, 2013:

very nice indeed, very creative.

missamyliz lm on May 29, 2013:

Oh thank you for this! I have been wanting to start a fairy garden with my daughters this summer, what a perfect and easy way to start!

Marika from Cyprus on May 28, 2013:

How adorable, love it!

Two Crafty Paws (author) on May 28, 2013:

@iwrite100: Thank you =)

Two Crafty Paws (author) on May 28, 2013:

@anonymous: Hey pauline! I bought a few led candles online (still waiting for them) as I though it will look magical - since the light will be seen through the windows. Hope my camera will be able to capture it though.

Maribel Forayo from Philippines on May 28, 2013:

Awesome fairy houses ! You are so crafty

anonymous on May 27, 2013:

love these fairy houses ,great for night time projects