My girls love fairies and looking for fairy houses in the woods. We decided to create our own little fairy village in the garden. These little fairy houses are simple to make and are perfect for a little imaginative outdoor play.
You will need:
- Plastic bottle (with lid)
- Sticky tape
- PVA glue
- Tissue paper
- Permanent markers
- External varnish
1) Cut the top and bottom off the plastic bottle. Discard the middle. Tape the top and the bottom together.
2) Fill the bottle with rice (you may find this easier if you use a funnel)
3) Cover the bottle with small pieces of tissue paper using the PVA glue and leave to dry.
4) Paint the bottle in your chosen colour and leave to dry. Apply a second coat if needed and leave to dry.
5) Add window and door details using permanent marker pens.
6) Cover the decorated bottle in a thin layer of external varnish and leave to dry. Repeat twice. Your fairy house is now ready to go in the garden.
We have a buddleia tree stump in our garden which is the perfect place for our fairy houses. I’m hoping to add some accessories throughout the summer but for now the girls are happy to play make-believe with just the houses and some fairy and princess dolls. The roses have become a canopy to protect the houses, or a playground where the dolls can climb and swing.
We also made a little nature fairy from a twig, leaf and sycamore seed who can live in the fairy village and watch over it when the other dolls are safely back indoors again.
This year we’re taking part in #30DaysWild – a challenge from the Wildlife Trusts to get outside each day in June, do something wild and connect with nature.