Now that Fall is approaching and the outside temperature has become bearable again (it’s a little awful when it’s above 100…), my 6 year old daughter and I decided it’s the perfect time of year to do an outdoor project together that we would both enjoy – a fairy house! We have a large oak tree behind our house that has a rock bed around it that was put there by the previous owner of the home. Inside the rock bed, the ground just sprouts tall, dry, ugly weeds in the Summer and Fall, and somewhat greener ugly weeds in the winter and Spring (assuming we get any rainfall). Here’s what it looked like at the beginning of the past weekend:
As you can see from the above picture, we had a small fairy house attached to the front of the tree that my husband made of wood, and then my mother-in-law painted. This was done for my daughter’s 3rd birthday party which had a fairy theme. You can see those fun party details here. We thought it would be fun to add on to that single fairy house and create an entire fairy garden in the area under the tree. So we spent quite some time clearing out all the weeks and putting down weed blocker.
Then it was time to begin building our fairy garden! First, we decided to build another fairy house. Since my 6 year old daughter was helping, I wanted to create a fairy house using materials and methods that she could help with at each step. We have a lot of concrete bricks around our property from the previous owner’s random projects, so I figured a concrete block would make a cheap and easy base to begin with.
Here are the materials we used to create our magical fairy house. I purchased all of my supplies at Hobby Lobby (most of the items were cheaper than if purchased on Amazon, but I have included the links to the items on Amazon in case you don’t have a local craft store or Walmart)
Materials (affiliate links):
- Concrete block
- Glass Gems for Vase Accents and Crafting (2 Bags, Mixed Color Gems)
- Loew Cornell 1021167 Woodsies 150-Count Craft Sticks
- Loew Cornell 1021169 Woodsies Jumbo Craft Sticks
- 12″ Artistic Mouldings
- Beacon Power-Tac 2.5Oz Adhesive
- 3/4″ Silver Glitter Mosaic Tiles
- FolkArt Acrylic Paint in Assorted Colors (2-Ounce), PROMOFAI Best Selling Colors I (18-Pack)
- paint brushes
- Rust-Oleum Varathane 250181 Outdoor Spar Urethane Classic Clear Water Based Spray, Semi-Gloss Finish
- 3M 21210 Super 77 Spray Adhesive
Fairy House Instructions:
First, since it was raining on the day we started this project (yes, it was actually raining, shocking I know!), we brought the concrete block indoors and put it on a towel.
Next, we opened up the package of artistic wood 12″ mouldings:
We chose one we liked and used it to create a door frame for the front door of the fairy house. We used the Power Tac Adhesive to adhere the moulding to the concrete.
We then used the smaller craft popsicle sticks to create the window frames. Use the 3/4″ silver mosaic tiles as the windows, and fit the window frame around the tiles, cutting the craft sticks to size (don’t attach the tiles to the concrete yet, just use them to determine the size of the window frame). Adhere the sticks with the Power Tac.
Once the window frame sticks are attached to the concrete, paint them and the door frame with the color of acrylic craft paint of your choice. My daughter chose the colors for this fairy house and wanted it to be shades of blue and green, so we chose a darker blue for the window and door frames.
Next, build the door. Use the small craft sticks and large craft sticks to create a door pattern that you like. We used a large wood craft stick at the top of the door (cut to fit), and the smaller craft sticks for the remainder of the door.
We then painted the door. My daughter wanted an even darker shade of blue for the door, so I mixed a little of black paint into the blue to get a bluish-grey color. We used a light blue bead that my daughter had from a broken necklace to create a door handle.
We then added the decorative moulding to the house. For the sides of the front of the house, we chose a moulding with a leaf pattern. We adhered the moulding to the concrete using the Power Tac and then painted it green.
We then added a scalloped moulding to the top front of the block and painted it to match the moulding on the sides.
Getting closer! 🙂 Next we used the Power Tac adhesive to adhere the flat glass beads to the front of the house in a pattern we liked. As with the paint, we chose blue and green glass beads.
Now to the roof! We used the large craft sticks cut in half to create an upside-down V shape at the top of the concrete block. We used the Power Tac to adhere the sticks to the block and to each other.
Then, layer the large craft sticks on the “V” to create a front and back of the roof, and place one small craft stick in the center to cover the location where the large craft sticks meet. Use the Power Tac adhesive to adhere the sticks:
Then, paint the roof. (Whoo hoo! Almost done!)
We then moved the house into its intended spot:
I then sprayed the wood portions of the fairy house with the Exterior Spar Urethane to protect the wood from rain and UV light.
My daughter then decided the house needed a little more bling. (What 6 year old girl doesn’t love a little sparkle!) Yep, glitter! So, we glitter bombed the fairy house with blue and white glitter. 🙂 She decided the door should have white glitter and the roof and sides should be blue glitter. So I sprayed those Areas with adhesive spray and we glitter bombed the heck out of that fairy house!
She wanted to add even more glitter to the house but I had to convince her that the house could not be any more sparkly than it already was (as you can see from all the glitter on the ground, there was no room left for a single speck of glitter on the door or roof!) But, hey, the fairies who will inhabit this hoe will always sparkle! More to come on our fairy garden in progress!