Do you know how to create a fairy house for your fairy garden? Well, I don’t want to brag about it, but I know a thing or two about this topic.
I’m not saying that I am a professional specialist now in fairy gardens, but still, I am very proud of the little houses I created so far.
Today, I will be showing you the making of my fourth fairy house. Although it took me a while to complete it, I must say I’m quite proud of the result.
So, the way I created this fairy house for my fairy garden is totally my way: let’s go!
( there are other ways, as you could read here )
The Base of the fairy house.
As for my other 2 fairy houses, for this one, the base is also made from Laser cut wood with the help of laser cutting machinery and the few miniature kits which I got for a birthday of mine.
These are created by Joscelin Kenny from AlchemyEngraving on Etsy and are perfect to start out with as a base.
So, you start out with varnishing all the separate pieces the first time, especially if you would like to place the fairy house outside one day.
(even then, giving it a coat of varnish won’t do any harm to it 😉 ).
This would be the final result if left undecorated. Although pretty in itself, that is not how I wanted it to be haha;-)
Instead of ships varnish, I use outdoors mod podge, a product that glues and varnishes at the same time.
But when the little house is finished, I would not advise using mod podge once more as a final coat of varnish, because it tends to turn white when it rains. (the white shine goes away again when it dries up though)
My Way On How To Create A Fairy House For Your Fairy Garden.
Step 1: Assemble The Dollhouse Kit by using Mod Podge
Obviously, you need to first assemble the kit together, and I have used Mod Podge again for this, but I have not put the roof on the walls yet. Why?
Because if I had done that, then underneath the roof, it would have been hard to attach the wooden beams, as you will see below.
Also, I have already glued on all the pebbles around the little windows and doors and started to paint here and there. I wasn’t sure yet about the colors at that point.
Step 2: Adding The Wooden Logs, As You Would With A Log “Cabin”
It took me a while to decide how to do this by looking at pictures from real size “cabin in the woods” and at first, I didn’t think it would be possible to do, as the walls aren’t vertical at all from this kit!
But stubborn as I am (that’s me): when I have something in my head, I want it exactly made in that way haha!
I got the Roundwood from my local hardware store, in the smallest size available.
I cut the wood with my sturdiest table saw, starting at the bottom and all the way around the house with a first layer, leaving 4 mm extra on each side of 2 “logs”.
And then squeezing in the other 2 logs between these 2.
( I hope that you understand what I mean when looking at my pictures).
Also, sometimes I needed to carve a log with my Dremel to have them fit under the windows and doors.
It is a bit hard for me to explain how this way of constructing a log cabin works in real life, so I would like to refer you to this website on how to construct log cabins on a real-life scale.
And then just measure it, one by one, and cut it, one by one. Layer by layer…
My gosh! That took some time, haha!
Step 3: Painting And Grouting
While all the logs got glued to the walls, at the same time I took some breaks to paint the doors and windows red and green.
When all the logs were finally done, I started to grout the gaps between the windows and wood with a grout pen like this one.
Let it dry and then added the first coat of ships varnish.
Step 4: Get your popsicle sticks out and create the roof!
So, time to assemble the roof on top of your house and get the popsicle sticks out!
I got popsicle sticks in the smallest size available, and just cut them in half with my table saw.
You could probably just use a cutter, but it’s just easier using the table saw, be careful with those fingers though!
Start by gluing the half popsicle sticks at the bottom of the roof and work your way up in layers.
Higher and higher, and the little chimney is added as well on one side 🙂
Step 5: Added slates to the chimney and the first coat of varnish.
In the next step, I glued real stone slates to the chimney and gave the roof a first coat of varnish.
Plus another rooftop piece of the original miniature kit is painted in green and added.
Step 6: I have added a very thick and heavily varnished piece of wood to the bottom.
The reason why I have glued a very thick piece of sturdy wood to the bottom is that the “ground” floor wouldn’t warp after a while when it’s placed outside.
Step 7: Finishing everything up and adding several things.
In these last series of pictures, I have added:
- some fake “dirt” to an extra layer of ships varnish
- added some fake moss to the roof, chimney, and walls
- created the stone path in front with real stone slates and tiny sand/pebbles
- added fake grass
- added 2 gnomes that I got as a present from a friend, they were just the right size 🙂
Had to fill a gap with a small piece of wood, added dirt on the roof and path, and fake grass on the floor.
Dirt is added to the roof on the left picture, and moss and fake grass plus gnomes are added to the right picture.
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The final result on how the fairy house looks in my fairy garden.
Have a look at the pictures below for the final result and my Youtube video.
My Final Conclusion
I hope that I have answered your question on how to create a fairy house for your fairy garden, although there are plenty of other ways to do so ;-).
Just use the search button on my website for “fairy house” and I’m sure you will find lots more ideas..
If you have any questions though or would just like to chat with me, please feel free to answer below in the comment section and I will get back to you as soon as possible.
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I wish you happy crafting!
6 thoughts on “How To Create A Fairy House For Your Fairy Garden In 7 Steps.”
This is such a cute fairy house, I absolutely love it! I have seen these fairy house kits on Etsy and they have always caught my interest, but I never really had the time or creativity to make them unique and give them a complete look.
Following your steps, I think I could totally pull this off, although probably not as adorable as your fairy house! I love the little gnomes. Thanks for the tip on using the outdoor mod podge, a great time saver.
You are very welcome and thank you for all the compliments:-)
I wish you happy crafting!
Oh wow! I loved going through this tutorial! This looks like it’s going to be so much fun to make (and customize) for our own fairy garden. I expected it to be much more complicated, but it looks manageable after seeing how you have it broken down into simple steps to follow. Thanks so much for sharing this cool project!!
Thanks so much for your wonderful comment and I wish you happy crafting!;-)
What a work of art! Thank you for taking us step-by-step through the process of creating a miniature doll house. My daughter had one years ago. It gave her hours of pleasure playing with the house, dolls, and all the furnishings. I believe it was a Victorian Miniature House. After several moves, we no longer have the house, but we still have some of the pieces of furniture that I expect my grand child will someday enjoy.
It seems like Etsy is a great source for all things miniature. I will have to look into it further. Thanks!
You are very welcome and I enjoyed a lot building it, so thank you for the compliments!
Oh yes for sure, Etsy is a fantastic source for all things handmade miniatures of all kinds, and for Victorian houses as well!
I wish you happy crafting/enjoying the dollhouse for your daughter!