Fairy Gardens are very “in” right now. In my house we liked fairies before they were cool. With two girls we love all things whimsical and fun. When we recently moved into our new house, my youngest daughter claimed a corner of the yard for her secret garden. We have been filling it with butterfly plants, flowers, bird feeders, and now it has it’s own Fairy House!
This started out as a lazy rainy day project. We had an idea and kind of ran with it. There is no point in spending big bucks on fairy garden decorations when you have an imagination and popsicle sticks. 🙂
You Will Need
- Popsicle Sticks
- Hot Glue Gun
- ziploc bags (for the windows)
- Sticks, pebbles, moss, and leaves (collected from yard or craft store)
- cardboard or foam base
- Any other little random finds you would like to include
We started by making the frame of our house out of popsicle sticks. We made 5 pieces that look like the one pictured above. (2 for the roof, and 3 walls). We made each piece the same way. We constructed a square from the popsicle sticks and hot glued it together. Then we hot glued more popsicle sticks to make it a solid piece.
We got a little creative with the front wall. We wanted it to have a door and windows. So we hot glued our square of popsicle sticks. Then we only filled the top half with more popsicle sticks. We then cut a popsicle stick in half and glued it to make the frame for the door. To give it the full window effect we cut small pieces of a ziploc bag and glued them onto the window areas leaving the door open.
Roof assembly came next. My daughter wanted to be able to take off the roof to see in the fairy house, so I made it removable. I took two of those panels we made and leaned them together securing it with another popsicle stick brace in the front and back. All held together with hot glue. We then attached some more ziploc windows to the front and back.
Next we hot glued the four house walls together at the seams. Then set our roof right on top. Now it was time for the fun part. DECORATING!
I have been watching one too many episodes of Tiny House because I knew that this fairy needed a loft to maximize the use of her space. With those big windows in the roof it would get plenty of light. 😉
So we got to it with the popsicle stick construction and the hot glue to make her a loft.
We attached the house to a piece of craft foam. My daughter chose purple because…why not? We began taking twigs and sticks and glueing them on the outside of our house to make it look like a little cabin. We added leaf awnings, and I found this wooden tag from Christmas time that was a perfect welcome sign. This is so much fun because there really isn’t a right or wrong way. Just get creative.
We decorated the inside with some feathers, leaves, and made a twig ladder for the loft.
The roof got leaf, and moss treatment. We found some fun little sticks and things in the yard we attached.
Finally we created the front walkway with pebbles, and no yard is complete without a plastic pink flamingo.
We nestled our fairy house under one of our flower bushes in the “secret garden”. I can’t wait to make more fun garden decorations with my little people this Summer.