If you’ve been on Pinterest lately you’ve undoubtedly seen at least one fairy garden tutorial. They’re usually put together in a cute tub or planter, with lots of little pieces. I didn’t realize how big the fairy garden thing was until I was wandering around Joann’s and found a whole aisle of fairy garden bits and pieces. I’m not a big fan of premade stuff, I like to make my own and the shiny plastic look just isn’t my thing. I wanted to add a few Garden Fairy Houses to my garden but I didn’t want to buy anything (or go anywhere) so I had to throw them together with what I had laying around.
- Scrap wood, I cut all my houses from a 1*4 piece of wood that’d been living on my deck for a few month or so…
- Craft Paint & Brushes
- Wire (I actually used pieces cut off a length of wire fencing)
- Hot Glue Gun
- Fun stuff to fancy up your houses (moss, bark, branches, stones)
- Cut out your house shapes with a jigsaw or any other saw you happen to have hanging around. I didn’t have a plan, I just started at one end and worked my way down to the other cutting a variety of shapes as I went.
- Sand off any rough edges either from cutting or from whatever damage your neglected board had to suffer while you ignored it on the deck over the winter.
- I actually started out tracing in some general shapes with a pencil, if I didn’t like something I just sanded it off and started over. I added the doors first, then windows and finally filled in the details like plants and even a little bird.
- Drill two holes, slightly larger than the wire, in the bottom of each house
- Use the hot glue to add the final touches, including the roofs. I used some moss I found in the craftroom from my Easter wreath, some fish tank rocks and bits and pieces I collected in the wooded area by our house. This is a fun way to get the kids involved (Mary actually painted her own house, it is very nice 😉 ) by collecting things on a nature walk. Fallen branches, bark off rotting logs, etc all make fun additions to your houses. The roof on the ‘stone house’ that looks more like giraffe print is another piece of the rotting snowfence I used to make by Sweet and Simple Witch Hat Wreath a few years ago
- Put a tiny bit of glue in the holes on the bottom and jam in the wire, work fast or the glue will harden and you won’t be able to get the wire in.
Take your houses outside and stick them where the sun shines (or in the shade, it’s up to you). I put the little ‘Herbarium’ in the mint whiskey barrel garden in my herb garden. The others found their was into secret little spots all through out the property. They’ve held up through two thunderstorms (they are a little protected by plants) and still look adorable.
You can make them as fancy or simple as you like. This was supposed to be a stone house but I think it looks more like a giraffe house haha. The house below is probably my favorite, mostly because the piece of curled bark I found for the roof was a perfect fit and that tiny little bird I managed to create from a little blob of paint, apparently all those cookie decorating videos I watch on facebook have taught me the value of dragging around wet paint. True story, my sister hates those videos so I try to send her one at least 2x a month. Which house is your favorite?
If you make a few Garden Fairy Houses of your own I’d love to see them! Share them on instagram with the #ChickenScratchNY or on my CSNY facebook page. Check out my Garden DIY page for more of my crafty garden projects