I really enjoy re-visiting my old blog posts and seeing how I can improve them. This is the first in a series of posts exploring how we can have even more fun with Tinkerbell and all the other fairies. I loved putting together a fairy House two years ago with my daughter, she loved it too and our cat Misty also seemed to love. Over the past two years our cat has slowly destroyed our previous Fairy house. This summer I want to make a brand new Fairy house, bigger and better than anything we did before so lets see how much fun we can have now.
This was the fairy garden we made back in 2015 it has since been destroyed by our cat but here you go with the details of how to build this super simple fairy garden. I will then share some more up to date designs and some accessories you can add to your garden to make them even more awesome.
What you'll need:
- Bird Houses
- Large Planter
- Small picket fence (optional)
Most of this should be available from your local garden centre. Firstly you'll probably need to paint the bird house's, this is a great activity for the kids. Then once they are dry, lay out how you want your fairy garden to look. The get to planting the plants and embedding the houses in the dirt (so they don't fall over. You could always put some rocks inside the house to make sure it stays vertical. And your all done, easy huh? you can even go out in the evening and sprinkle some glitter over it to show the kids in the morning like a real fairy had been in the house.
Next level Houses
Ok so here we go with some next level ideas, the above idea is very simple beginner type design. In my research for this new post I found this quick video from B&Q which again is quite a simple build with some really cool additions.
Adding a bonsai tree is a really nice touch that I didn't think of originally, I love bonsai tress and have one myself so this may be something I try in the future. The inspiration below reminds me of something from the shire where a Hobbit may live.
Having more space would really help to make a more elaborate fairy garden so I found the garden below online. It looks like it may be built inside of a bird feeder which is a fantastic idea to make a feature in your garden from.
In our original garden we used bird houses and painted them in bright colours but this time I would like to go with a more natural woodland look. So you could still use birdhouse as a starting point, adding moss, twigs, cork and other materials to make something that feels more authentic.
No need to shell out loads on bird houses, check out this simple build just using some drink cartons. make sure you use the nice big cartoons you get for milk, orange juice etc.
First cut openings for the door and windows. Then trim the sticks down to size with the pruning shears. After that, glue the sticks and leaves to the carton.
We took a break and let the houses dry overnight. They might have been ready sooner than that, but the kid only had so much focus power for gluing a bunch of sticks. I didn’t want him to lose interest, so we put it aside. Sometimes you just can’t rush a child artist!
You don't need to cover all the sides of the house with sticks you can opt for ivy leaves to cover the walls. The roof was topped with bark–the sloped roof was a tricky surface, so we pulled out the hot glue gun for immediate results. maybe using pebbles for the roof?
Once the house was dry we came back and added more glue between the sticks and anywhere the box was still exposed. Then we sprinkled sand on the glue and brushed off the excess with an old paint brush. The result looks like grout, but without the hassle. We put it aside again to dry.
After the fairy house is completed you can set up next to some potted plants or put it out in the garden. If you do display it outside, you might want to put some rocks inside to weigh it down. The fairies need some place to sit, after all.
Now to make your fairy garden awesome and not just cute you need to accessorise, keep adding more accessories until everyones jaws drop. I like the use of a lego tyre from the B&Q video above. I think it would be quite simple to make some great accessorise just by using some broken twigs you can find in the woods. Check out the entire playground made from small twigs. I love the addition of small food being added to tables or creating a picnic area. This small food is a huge craft at the moment. I believe it started in Japan and quickly became a world wide phenomenon.
I have a very talented friend that makes a wide range of small food accessories you can purchase on Etsy, check out her work below and just click on any of the pictures to visit her Etsy store. I love the Sushi, do fairies like sushi?
Last but not least I wanted to show something super simple that you can make with just a bit of hot glue. Using lollipop sticks check out the bench below for your fairy. Im picturing it with a cork table next to it, maybe with a small slice of cake sitting on the table from the Etsy store above? For this simple build I would paint the sticks first and let them dry, then just start gluing the sticks together, allowing them to dry in stages so that it doesn't all collapse.
Thats it for this folks but you can click here for loads more Fairy fun.