How to make a fairy house

Accessorize your fairy garden with a handmade house adorned with natural stones.

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Conjure your own backyard magic by building a fairy garden in a secret nook in the woods, the garden or amongst the plants of your landscape. It’s a surefire way to attract fairies after all, and it’s a fun and creative architectural project for kids of all ages. Designing a fairy house typically involves using as many all-natural components as possible so that it blends in with nature, and I channeled that when I designed and built a miniature stone-covered cottage for our secret garden fairies.

How to make a fairy house

How to Build a Cobblestone Fairy House

Design and create a DIY stone fairy house.

Photo by: Emily Fazio

Tools and Materials

  • 2×4 x 3′ board
  • miter saw
  • 2-1/2” wood screws
  • drill
  • 3/8” cement board
  • measuring tape
  • handsaw
  • 1/2” zinc-plated screws
  • mortar
  • water
  • mixing bowl and stir stick
  • assorted pebbles
  • assorted roofing materials
  • wooden branch (1-2” diameter suitable for cross-cuts)
  • small brad nails
  • sponge
  • wood-burning tool

Step 1: Build Base

How to make a fairy house

How to make a fairy house

How to Build a Cobblestone Fairy House

Design and create a DIY stone fairy house.

Photo By: Emily Fazio

How to Build a Cobblestone Fairy House

Design and create a DIY stone fairy house.

Build a base for your fairy house. To do this, cut the 2×4 board into three pieces all equal length, and then used a miter saw to cut a roofline for the house. Stack the three pieces and then use long wood screws to connect them together to create a solid block.

Step 2: Measure and Cut Cement Board

How to make a fairy house

How to Build a Cobblestone Fairy House

Design and create a DIY stone fairy house.

Photo by: Emily Fazio

Measure and cut pieces of cement board to serve as the underlayer for the for all four walls and the extended roof with an overhang. The cement board is a critical part of the construction because the mortar you use to adhere the stones will attach well to the board. Plus, cement board won’t bow and flex with moisture, which is why it is commonly used for tiling showers and floors. For your fairy house, cement board will help it last longer and be more weather-resistant than if you were attaching the stones directly to the wood.

Most pieces of cement board are sold as 4’ x 4’ or 4’ x 8’ pieces, but understandably you won’t need that much for this small fairy-sized cottage. When you go to your home improvement store, ask if they have small scrap pieces they can sell to you.

Use a handsaw to cut individual pieces for each side of the house. Wear a respirator and cut in a well-ventilated space to avoid contact with the concrete dust that is produced during cutting.

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How to make a fairy house

How to make a fairy house

Learn How to Make a Fairy House. This is fun project will keep your kids busy for hours. Simple DIY ideas using natural items or craft stuff you already have. Make magical memories with your children. A great activity for all ages!

How to make a fairy house

I work at a small library in a rural community. One summer our very talented Summer Reading Program coordinator spent an afternoon making fairy houses with the children. What excitement! We mounted an expedition to the nearby woods to gather materials. Then constructed homes fit for fairy royalty.

I expected the younger ones to enjoy this activity, but everyone loved it. Boys, girls, and all ages from preschoolers to tweens had fun that afternoon. This still remains one of the most popular events we ever held.

I loved how the children excitedly shared their creations. The young architects eagerly showed me their fairy houses. Even the shyest child couldn’t wait to tell me about the special features they built for the fairy owners to enjoy. It was wonderful.

Download a free Drawing Prompt from the library. This open ended art activity invites your child to design a fairy house. It is a great boredom buster. Just download and print.

How to make a fairy house

HOW TO MAKE A FAIRY HOUSES

YOU WILL NEED
  • A container to collect materials. We also used the container as a base for the houses.
  • Your imagination
  • A collection of natural building materials. these might include fallen leaves, bark from dead trees, twigs, pine cones, stones, feathers, dropped flower petals, nuts, seeds, seashells.
  • Craft supplies (optional). These might include, fabric scraps, silk flowers and leaves, ribbons, craft sticks, beads, shells, gravel, jungle bells.
  • Glue gun (optional)

If possible visit a park and ask everyone to search for materials that can be used to construct and decorate fairy houses. Emphasize that only found materials can be used, as fairies do not wish you to destroy or pick anything living.

If you are unable to go to a park, you will probably find enough materials in your back yard and you can still do this activity with crafts supplies.

How to make a fairy house

INSTRUCTIONS

You have your building material, so you are ready to start building! There are two options

  1. Build your house outdoors. Find a suitable place to build and work together to construct and decorate your house. If you have several children you may want to create a fairy court with several dwellings.
  2. Build your house indoors. This is what the children at our library did. We made shallow boxes from card stock, which acted as bases. The children built their houses around the bases using the materials they had gathered outside. We also provided some surplus craft supplies to add a little pizzazz.

For more inspiration watch the start of this short video that features a fairy village built from natural materials

Try to use what you have on hand, rather than buying anything extra. It just adds to the fun! You might also need a hot glue gun for indoor building.

LET YOUR KIDS TAKE THE LEAD

Although you will be working on this project together, I would strongly encourage you to let your children take the lead. Try to focus on the process rather than the end result.

It really doesn’t matter if the finished house looks a little lopsided, as the fairies won’t mind a bit. The most important thing is that you all have fun together and make connections. As you work encourage conversation about who might live in your house.

  • What are their names?
  • Tell me what you think they look like
  • I wonder what work they do?
  • What do you think they do for fun?

Encourage your children to make up stories about the adventures of these little people and prepare to be amazed by your young storyteller’s imaginations.

THE BENEFITS OF MAKING FAIRY HOUSES

This activity is a lot of fun and it is so good for kids to engage in these kinds of activities

  • Your children are outside enjoying the natural world.
  • It gets them away from the screens for a while.
  • Encourages healthy, imaginative, and creative play.
  • But best of all it creates a wonderful opportunity to make memories and build connections.

And you get to make a fairy house! What could be better than that?

I hope the photographs I have enclosed will provide some inspiration. I would also encourage you to visit The Fairy Houses Picture Gallery. It has some lovely photographs of fairy houses built by people of all ages.

This Posts may contain affiliate links. This means we earn a commission from sales made via product links in this post. For more information click here.

How to make a fairy house

How to make a fairy house

Learn How to Make a Fairy House. This is fun project will keep your kids busy for hours. Simple DIY ideas using natural items or craft stuff you already have. Make magical memories with your children. A great activity for all ages!

How to make a fairy house

I work at a small library in a rural community. One summer our very talented Summer Reading Program coordinator spent an afternoon making fairy houses with the children. What excitement! We mounted an expedition to the nearby woods to gather materials. Then constructed homes fit for fairy royalty.

I expected the younger ones to enjoy this activity, but everyone loved it. Boys, girls, and all ages from preschoolers to tweens had fun that afternoon. This still remains one of the most popular events we ever held.

I loved how the children excitedly shared their creations. The young architects eagerly showed me their fairy houses. Even the shyest child couldn’t wait to tell me about the special features they built for the fairy owners to enjoy. It was wonderful.

Download a free Drawing Prompt from the library. This open ended art activity invites your child to design a fairy house. It is a great boredom buster. Just download and print.

How to make a fairy house

HOW TO MAKE A FAIRY HOUSES

YOU WILL NEED
  • A container to collect materials. We also used the container as a base for the houses.
  • Your imagination
  • A collection of natural building materials. these might include fallen leaves, bark from dead trees, twigs, pine cones, stones, feathers, dropped flower petals, nuts, seeds, seashells.
  • Craft supplies (optional). These might include, fabric scraps, silk flowers and leaves, ribbons, craft sticks, beads, shells, gravel, jungle bells.
  • Glue gun (optional)

If possible visit a park and ask everyone to search for materials that can be used to construct and decorate fairy houses. Emphasize that only found materials can be used, as fairies do not wish you to destroy or pick anything living.

If you are unable to go to a park, you will probably find enough materials in your back yard and you can still do this activity with crafts supplies.

How to make a fairy house

INSTRUCTIONS

You have your building material, so you are ready to start building! There are two options

  1. Build your house outdoors. Find a suitable place to build and work together to construct and decorate your house. If you have several children you may want to create a fairy court with several dwellings.
  2. Build your house indoors. This is what the children at our library did. We made shallow boxes from card stock, which acted as bases. The children built their houses around the bases using the materials they had gathered outside. We also provided some surplus craft supplies to add a little pizzazz.

For more inspiration watch the start of this short video that features a fairy village built from natural materials

Try to use what you have on hand, rather than buying anything extra. It just adds to the fun! You might also need a hot glue gun for indoor building.

LET YOUR KIDS TAKE THE LEAD

Although you will be working on this project together, I would strongly encourage you to let your children take the lead. Try to focus on the process rather than the end result.

It really doesn’t matter if the finished house looks a little lopsided, as the fairies won’t mind a bit. The most important thing is that you all have fun together and make connections. As you work encourage conversation about who might live in your house.

  • What are their names?
  • Tell me what you think they look like
  • I wonder what work they do?
  • What do you think they do for fun?

Encourage your children to make up stories about the adventures of these little people and prepare to be amazed by your young storyteller’s imaginations.

THE BENEFITS OF MAKING FAIRY HOUSES

This activity is a lot of fun and it is so good for kids to engage in these kinds of activities

  • Your children are outside enjoying the natural world.
  • It gets them away from the screens for a while.
  • Encourages healthy, imaginative, and creative play.
  • But best of all it creates a wonderful opportunity to make memories and build connections.

And you get to make a fairy house! What could be better than that?

I hope the photographs I have enclosed will provide some inspiration. I would also encourage you to visit The Fairy Houses Picture Gallery. It has some lovely photographs of fairy houses built by people of all ages.

Author by Amanda Formaro on July 19, 2012 Updated on March 27, 2019

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I’ll admit, I don’t really know too much about fairy houses. Yes, I have four kids, but three of them are boys. My daughter and I seemed to learn about fairy houses far too late for her to be able to get “into them” like some little girls do.

How to make a fairy house

And yeah, the boys didn’t really have an interest, no surprise! I still don’t know a lot about fairy houses other than they are constructed mostly from things found in the woods and are often surrounded by pretty flowers. So when I created my fairy house, these were the aspects I built into it.

Related – fast forward several years and I’ve made many fairy gardens!

How to make a fairy house

I used a $1.00 wooden bird house from the craft store. I dug around in my craft room and found some moss, pine cones and acorns. I had a lot of fun creating the flowers since they are just simply dots with the handle end of a paintbrush.

How to make a fairy house

I took several shots close up so you can see some of the details…

How to make a fairy house

How to make a fairy house

How to make a fairy house

How to make a fairy house

How to make a fairy house

As you can see from this shot in the tree, it’s not very big, maybe 7-inches in height. I created this for DecoArt, so I did have to ship it off to them. I would have loved to have nestled this among my herbs, so I’m tempted to make another one just for me. 🙂

How to make a fairy house

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I started by cutting the scales from 3 medium sized pine cones. I painted the birdhouse with Woodland Brown paint. I glued moss to the outside of the house, leaving some space around the window for my flowers. I began constructing the roof tiles using the scales of the pine cone.

How to make a fairy house

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I started at the bottom and worked my way up, adding an acorn top to the top of the roof. To build the base I used some wood discs my neighbor had cut for me when I made these Rustic Northwoods Christmas Ornaments a few years ago. See? it pays to save stuff! After gluing the discs together I added some pebbles to the ends. I glued the house to the base and painted some green for grass then started adding flowers with different colors. I just kept adding until I was happy with how it looked 🙂

How to make a fairy houseThere are more detailed instructions in the printable tutorial below.

How to make a fairy house

Do you think the toads in my herb garden would like this fairy house? Do you think the fairies would get mad? I’ve seen signs that say “Don’t piss off the fairies”… Just sayin’.

How to make a fairy house

Come see Emma Kate’s fairy house on my Facebook fan page!

AFTER this project was posted I received some pictures from Alice of her 4 year old granddaughter making their very own fairy house 🙂 To see the entire album go here.

How to make a fairy house

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How to make a fairy house

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It’s always a good season to make a fairy house and as the sun shines or rain falls, we’re thankful to welcome woodland and prairie fairies! Here’s an easy and affordable DIY dollar store fairy house that takes just a few dollars to enjoy lots of fun creative time with your little winged one. Top your fairy house with a fresh bloom or bow and voila!

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Conjure your own backyard magic by building a fairy garden in a secret nook in the woods, the garden or amongst the plants of your landscape. It’s a surefire way to attract fairies after all, and it’s a fun and creative architectural project for kids of all ages. Designing a fairy house typically involves using as many all-natural components as possible so that it blends in with nature, so here’s a miniature stone-covered cottage for your secret garden fairies. Once it’s done, position it outside in the perfect fairy garden spot, and enjoy its appeal.

How to make a fairy house

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This little fairy guest house was made by repurposing a decorative lantern over the weekend. The end result is a kid-friendly, no-kill fairy garden alternative: a fairy guest house, it looks very spring-like, doesn’t it? No matter if you’re seeing buds, blooms, birds – or just mountains of snow, you’ll be thinking spring too while looking at this cute and fun fairy house.

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Do your kids love fairies and fairy gardens? Here is a fun fairy garden idea children can enjoy no matter what the weather is like outside. This fairy garden village uses small wooden bird houses to create homes for the fairies. Kids can paint the bird houses and then cover them with foam stickers and adhesive rhinestones to make fun fairy houses. The houses are placed in a box lid with moss, rocks, and fake plants to create the village. If your children are young, you can use this as an opportunity to talk about words that begin with the letter f: fairy, friend, flower, fox, food, fox, frog, etc. So cool, right?

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The fairy house was a craft activity each child enjoyed making with endless open-ended creativity and fun. It was amazing to see how each house evolved into its own magical, mini fairy dwelling, complete with wooden peg dolls, furnishings, pom-pom trees and pebble-paved paths. These magical fairy houses make a wonderful activity for any day! The best part is watching your child play with something truly special they made themselves. You just need some basic building blocks (slab, house, dolls) and can use any craft materials on hand to make your own.

How to make a fairy house

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How to make a fairy house

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Here’s a catchy and cool fairy house craft idea: use air-dry clay and mason jars to make a light-up fairy garden mason jar – so unusual, isn’t it? Fairies will flock to these little jar houses. There are windows, so you can put a battery-operated tea light. These mason jar fairy houses are surprisingly easy to make, but for planning purposes, note that the clay needs to dry overnight. So you will need to allow at least two days for crafting.

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How to make a fairy house

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DIY fairy house planter for indoors and outdoors (via www.littlethings.com)

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How to make a fairy house

As a builder by trade, Roger J. Davies has spent most of his working life shinning up and down ladders working on real buildings. Now he puts those same skills into practice to create these lovely miniature cottages and enchanting creations.

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For 12 years we have welcomed over 1200 fairy friends yearly to our unique fundraising event which is our sneaky way of getting all ages outdoors and exploring the small wonders of nature around them. This year, however, is different because we can’t invite all of you to join us for the festival, but we are still eager for YOU to deepen your relationship with nature. We’ve just had to think outside the box and bring the festival right to you!

We want each of you to go outside with your nature detective eyes and see if you can find your fun building materials to create magic right in your own backyard. Can that acorn become a fairy cereal bowl or that oyster shell transform into a bathtub with a little help from your imagination? How about asking friends and neighbors to join in to make your own local fairy house trail?

Ready to build your fairy house?

Fairy houses can be spell-binding and intricate, while others are light-hearted and cozy. Some are built to withstand the seasons and others just for the day. They can be whatever ignites your imagination! The possibilities are endless! For inspiration, here’s a little guide and a few tips we’ve learned along the way.

Step One: Activate your imagination and see nature with new eyes

Imagine yourself as a fairy or tiny elf who might want a cozy place to sleep or maybe a fun playground or perhaps a library with books on magic. All these creations and more are available to you right in your own backyard. If you build it, they might come. Take a fresh look at nature’s small wonders and get ready for an artistic, architectural experience.

Step Two: Gather materials and decide on the dwelling

Don your wings and head out into nature to gather up your materials. Don’t forget a bag or basket! Anything can become something else with a little imagination. You’ll have to explore closely to find the small cones, acorns, flowers, shells, stones, sticks, feathers, birchbark, and much more which will become your art supplies for this exciting adventure.

Note: We encourage all-natural building materials, even with the extra challenge they provide. Try not to use any plastic, metal or other non-natural materials that would be visible to viewers or that would be left behind in the woods after the natural materials have faded.

Will your dwelling be created spontaneously outside or maybe inside where you’ll have days to refine your fairy house? Will your project be a simple cabin, a fairy spa, a school, a farmers’ market or a fairy hairdresser? Maybe you’ll create one of each!

Step Three: Building

If you want to be able to move your construction, you’ll need to build it on a platform such as a flat piece of wood or a slate roof tile or even a wooden cutting board.

It’s okay to use some hot glue, wire, and twine if you need to make your structure hold together better, but best if you keep those types of materials hidden. Remember that hundreds of fairy houses have been built in the gardens of The Nature Museum without any glue at all. Working with a friend or sibling, a parent or grandparent is an excellent opportunity for collaboration and co-creation — it’s amazing what great ideas pop up when you work together!

Step Four: Sharing

Send us photos of your fairy house during September. We’d love to see your creations and share them with other fairy friends on our website and social media pages. Email them to [email protected] . Then keep an eye out for our new Fairy House Festival retrospective arriving in your email box at the end of the month.

Let’s keep this wonderful Fall tradition alive and magical until we can meet again.

Driven by a Child’s Imagination

My daughter is six years old. The other day, she asked for a cardboard box so she could build a fairy house. She made it herself and filled it with grass and a carrot and some candy, which she thought the fairies would like. She was so excited about the idea, that after she went to bed, I made a little paper flower daisy chain and forged a note from a fairy named Daisy. I left it in the house and ate the carrot and waited to see what she would think.

What she thinks is that we have a spring fairy named Daisy, and she is really, really excited about it. The rain destroyed her cardboard house, so I offered to help her make a better one.

Building a Better Fairy House

Anna started drawing her ideas on our whiteboard. I wanted to use corrugated plastic as the building material, so it would be weather proof. I had a simple sloped roof and a square floor plan in mind. Much like a birdhouse but sitting on the ground. Anna however, had other plans.

She wanted a round roof sort of like a thatched cottage and a place to hold flowers on the top. She wanted windows and a door and a whole yard decorated with little shrubberies and flowers and other things she thought a fairy would like.

I decided that an octagonal structure would get us close enough to the round look she wanted, and we got to making it.

Fairy House Template

Before you begin, download and print two copies of the Fairy House Template. Be sure when you print that you do not change the scale. The dimensional mark shows the height of the template is 4.00 inches.

Steps in Pictures

I’ve included the pictures for all the steps below for convenience. You can click on a picture to see it larger, and then scroll left and right through the steps. You will find the same pictures accompanying each step.