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?