Saturday, June 24, 2017

Creating a Fairy House


My inner child loves fairy gardens!  (Click HERE to see mine!)  They just make me happy!  What would a garden be without a home though?  Just a patch of pretty flowers, I guess?



My journey to create a fairy house begins with a package of gourd seeds.


They grow very well here in the Central United States.


I love decorating with them in Autumn.  After Thanksgiving, the gourds are tucked away in the back of our old milk barn until they dry.  This one has a great shape and a pretty stem, so it got a nice scrub.


Handsome Husband cut the doors and windows using our hole saw, keeping the little circles that were cut in hopes of using them later.  The inside of the gourd was cleaned thru these small holes, which was kind of difficult.  If you've ever made a jack-o-lantern, you probably remember removing seeds and connective fibers from the center.  Dried gourds are very similar except the inside is, well, dry, of course, and can be a bit tricky to remove.


Here's the window opposite the front door.  It will give the fairy a nice breeze and lots of natural light!  ;-)  The gourd was given a quick stain with leather dye in Acorn Brown.


You'll have to read about  The Catastrophe  that lead to this pretty set of wings above the door.  Oh, and about that door...


The front door was a struggle as we weren't sure how to make it hinge.  My solution was to glue the round piece from the hole saw onto a cupcake topper.  ;-)  A button was glued into the center hole to make the handle.


Here's the outside,


and here's the inside!  How cute is that little fox?  It's like having a door and a large piece of artwork all in one!  In the garden the stick part is actually leaning against the gourd above the door to hold it upright.


What makes your inner child happy?




;-)  -Marci

20 comments:

  1. I like fairy gardens too mine houses are made out of clay and old tree stumps I like your one made from a gourd.
    Merle................

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  2. Marci this has to be the cutest fairy house I have ever seen!!

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  3. I love your fairy house! My 4 granddaughters are crazy about fairies and would enjoy finding ones like these hidden in the woods. Oh the fun we would have speculating on where the inhabitants have gone for the day! Your instructions give me a new appreciation for the work involved in cleaning and drying gourds. I envy you having a barn to store them in!

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  4. Wondering if we could grow gourds here in very dry western Colorado. Would love to, is it too late to start and where would I get seeds?
    Your fairy house is cite as all get out, What fairy wouldn't want to take up residency in it?
    I used two different shaped bird houses with faux grass on roofs for my fairy houses, they turned out pretty cute. Think everybody's fairy houses will be different depending on where they get their houses and how they're set up, half the fun. Have my fairy garden out on patio table on front porch where wind can't do as much damage. We get some very strong high winds out here, couple weeks ago were gusts of 90 mph.
    Your fairy garden is so pretty, great arrangement. I got started and interested in fairy gardens/houses from our youngest daughter who has been creating them for years. I used to buy here a fairy statue every year, now I buy her accessories for her gardens.
    Enjoy your adorable fairy garden, keep adding to it.

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  5. Such an adorable little fairy house and a lovely idea. #TheRealCraftyLinkParty

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  6. Love that gourd and what a pretty color it is! You decorated it really cute. I keep saying I'm going to make a fairy garden but all I have right now are the fairies and they're getting restless waiting on me :) Thank you Marci for linking up at the #BloggingGrandmothersLinkParty. I shared this post.

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  7. I agree with your other readers....so cute!
    Thank you for sharing this #BloggingGrandmothersLinkParty.

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  8. Wow. What a beautiful fairy house! The stain made a huge difference in the way it looks Thanks so much for sharing at the #happynowlinkup!

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  9. It's just beautiful! Thank you for sharing at The Really Crafty Link Party. Pinned!

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  10. What a cute idea for the garden. There really are fairies there! Thanks for sharing at #BloggingGrandmothersLinkParty. I've shared on social media.

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  11. What a fun fairy garden! Thank you for sharing at ‪#BloggingGrandmothersLinkParty‬.‬

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  12. How fun. The gourd made a cute fairy house. You are so creative and I love the color. Thank you for sharing at #BloggingGrandmothersLinkParty!

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  13. Oh my goodness--this is the cutest little gourd house, Marci! Thanks for sharing @Vintage Charm! Pinned!

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  14. Marci, your fairy house is adorable! I love it! I'm featuring it at tomorrow's Brag About It Party. Thanks for sharing!

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  15. Your fairy house is gorgeous Marci - I love it :)

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  16. This fairy house is absolutely charming! Thank you for linking up at #BloggingGrandmothersLinkParty. I’m sharing your link on social media.
    Carol (“Mimi”) from Home with Mimi

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  17. Congrats Marci! Your post is Featured at the #WednesdayAIMLinkParty. See here: http://grammysgrid.com/wednesday-aim-link-party-21/

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  18. I have a fairy garden and I love it. I come home and go over and look at it, rearrange it, adore it! I love your gourd house; what a great idea! Thank you for sharing it with us at the #BloggingGrandmothersLinkParty!

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  19. This fairy hut is wonderful, I love it. Its different and whimsical. Pinning

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  20. Congrats Marci! Your post was featured at the #BloggingGrandmothersLinkParty. See here: http://grammysgrid.com/blogging-grandmothers-link-party-18/

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