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 with fresh eyes. If there is a small child in your life, this is an enchanting activity to do together. It’s a super magical way to honor the little beings of our earth!

Twigs, dried vines, fallen bark or leaves, flower pods, pussy willows, dried gourds, acorns and caps, sweet gum balls, thorns, dried grasses, moss and flowers, shells, stones, pine cones, abandoned snail shells, fallen bird feathers, or corn husks, just to start.

Please only gather natural items which have completed their life cycle. You may of course include new plantings in your creation.

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. Likewise, you can use a glass globe or terrarium to make an indoor fairy home complete with ferns and moss.

Construct a little home with twigs, stones, a hollow log, an old clay pot, a broken basket, or old metal bucket. Imagine a door and 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 is useful for making fences, gates, or furniture, by joining small twigs and vines. Shells and tiny tin cans make wishing wells or little fairy ponds. Try binding stacked stones with a mixture of soil and water. Tuck in some dried moss. Use items for construction which will break down outdoors naturally.

Magic happens as you create and engage your imagination. Your eye will spot more and more tiny things in the world. Add little plantings or seeds in different seasons. Sprinkle some bird seed and see if you attract visitors. Leave offerings of honey or tiny cakes to appease any cranky fairies. If your little fairy home falls down, let it be an invitation to observe change. Then perhaps later, begin anew.

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