My daughter loved making this beautiful fairy house project. It turned out better than I could've even imagined and she was so proud of herself! This craft would make a great theme for a birthday party. You could have all the houses put together and all the supplies out on the table when the kids arrive.
The assembly of the houses should be done by the parents. I used a cardboard art tube for the house. To cut the tube into smaller segments, I had to use a saw. The saw did not cut straight. Most likely it was operator error…LOL. Anyway, I had to sand the bottom of the tube flat so that the house stood straight. The top of the house can remain crooked because it will be covered by the roof.
Then, you need to cut the door into your tube. This should also be done by parents. Cut 2/3 around the door leaving the last 1/3 to be the hinge of the door. At the hinge, score the cardboard so that you can fold the door open a little.
For the roof, I cut up a gift box into wedges and taped them together.
The base is made from two different sizes of wood slices for crafts. I placed the smaller wood slice towards the back of the bottom larger slice to give room for a front yard. This portion of the craft where you are building the structure of the house can be done ahead of time for each child at a birthday party.
I bought some supplies online. I had some supplies and we also walked along the nature path next to our house to find some rose petals and branches. I had a lot of variety because my son did a cute little gnome house at the same time. This project can be catered towards girls or boys or both!
My daughter chose to use the white linchen moss for the siding of the house. We ran out of the linchen moss, so she added some grey moss to the backside of the house. She wrapped some delicate purple flowers around the door and the yellow rose petals for the roof. These materials gave it a very feminine feel which is so my daughter. 🙂
She used the rose petals to cover the door and used a rock for the doorknob. A pinecone chimney finished off the house. For the two wood bases, we had just used Elmer's glue to glue them together and hers ended up coming apart. We then used wood glue and held them together with a clamp for a few hours.
After her wood base had dried, she was ready to work on the landscaping. She started with the water. She brushed Elmer's glue on the base in the shape she wanted the water and then sprinkled the blue sand over the glue. Then she brushed the glue on where she wanted her dirt path to her door and sprinkled the faux dirt over that.
We used a piece of birch bark for the bridge and were able to hold it in place with a hot glue gun. We went back and forth between the hot glue gun and Elmer's glue. She covered the base with green moss for grass. We just cut the moss with scissors to the shape we needed.
She piled small twigs against each other for a fire. I helped her add some yellow, orange and red tissue paper to look like a fire burning. We also used the twigs and a string to form a handrail along the bridge. This was a little tricky, but we were able to get it to stay with a glue gun.
The finishing touches were some bushes with purple flowers on each side of the house and fairy figurine.
I hope you enjoyed this craft tutorial. We had a lot of fun building and decorating our fairy and gnome houses. I will be posting the gnome project very soon! Please check us out on Pinterest at nearlycraftypins and FOLLOW US as well.
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