Saturday, June 19, 2010
I have wanted to build a fairy house for forever. My younger sister Cera loves nature and crafting, so we decided to give it a go! We collected a few rocks from around my dad's farm and gathered up some branches, moss and anything that we thought looked neat. We started pretty late at night so, we had a sleepover and one night to think of what we were going to do with all of our new found treasures. I could not wait until morning to start build this thing. I had a million ideas going through my head. I was up at the crack of dawn, equip with my glue gun and some fairy furniture sketches. We found a huge piece of fools gold and some pieces of bark to make archways over the rocks with. We started by covering everything in moss and stuck a few fake flowers into it. It already looked pretty cool. We put moss on the ground all around the fools gold house, and made stepping stones with some smaller rocks leading up to it.
This house was looking pretty cool, but not quite lived in yet. It was time to build some furniture. The night before we had made a couple fake mushrooms, plates, cups, and a cake out of polymer clay. I knew we were going to need a table and chairs. Cera wanted the fairies to have something fun to do, so she made a swing-set.
The ideas just kept pouring out! Before, I knew it we had the chop saw out and were cutting up sticks we found lying around the yard. We made beds, a lamp, a couch, a table and chairs, a swing-set, a sink from a seashell, and some brooms to sweep up the kitchen with. It wasn't even noon yet and the fairies could have moved in already. To top it off we put a door going into the tree with a ladder and some steps leading up to it. There is a spot behind the main rock with the archway that we put a tea light candle at night (safely!). The whole house was glowing beautifully! The kids think the tree is now full of fairies! Who knows, maybe it is! =)
We had a lot of fun making this! Building a fairy house was a great activity to get the kids working together outdoors, looking at nature in a different perspective. You don't need to get as crazy as we did with a chop saw...a glue gun, a little nature, and some imagination would be plenty to make your very own fairy house. This was a lot easier than I thought it was going to be. I can't wait to make an indoor play version!
Be sure to post your fairy house pictures on the Whim Wham Craft Blog Flickr group. Help out the homeless fairies in your neighborhood and Build a Fairy House! =)