How to Build a Magical Fairy House
There is nothing quite so magical as a diminutive, natural creation in the garden. Making a fairy home is a delightful journey, connecting us to the natural world in ways which create exceptional awareness. We soon see each small thing in a brand new way. If there is a small child in your life, this is an absolutely enchanting activity to do together. Try not to Google fairy homes before you begin. Dive in without knowing anything. Simply see where nature and your own heart takes you.
You have only one limitation—please respect living things by gathering natural items which have completed their life cycle. You may of course include new plantings in your creation.
Twigs, dried vines, fallen bark or leaves, rose hips, flower pods, pussy willows, dried gourds, acorns and acorn caps, sweet gum balls, thorns, dried grasses, dried moss and flowers, shells, stones, pine cones, abandoned snail shells, fallen bird feathers, dried corn husks, just to start.
As you choose a place to begin, shrink yourself down to fairy size by getting your face close to the ground to view the world. If you don’t have a garden, you can build in a park, along a trail, or in the woods. Build a little home with twigs, stones, a hollow log, an old clay pot, a broken basket, or old metal bucket. Imagine a door or windows, little window sills, a mossy roof, tiny benches, tables, a wee little garden, adding details using what you’ve gathered. Soon you’ll find your imagination going off on its own.
Gardening twine or wire is useful for making fences, gates, or furniture by joining small twigs and vines. Shells and tiny tin cans are wonderful for making wishing wells or little fairy ponds. Try binding stacked stones with a mixture of soil and water. Tuck in some dried moss and it may hold for quite some time. Use items for construction which will break down outdoors naturally.
LET TIME UNFOLD
Magic happens as you create and engage your imagination. Your eye will spot more and more tiny things in the natural world. Add little plantings or seeds in different seasons. Sprinkle some bird seed and see if you get some visitors. If your little fairy home falls down, let it be an invitation to observe change. Then perhaps later, begin anew.