Crafting Fairy Houses and Habitats

Using materials from your yard or woods for magical play
mushroom with red top growing in moss
© Can Stock Photo / Anke

If you want your children to be intelligent,

read them fairy tales.

Albert Einstein is known to have said the above quote. However, not all–or even many –fairy tales are actually about fairies. That said, there is a common thread, the reason for including this quote, as both fairy tales and the concept of fairies invite children into a magical, whimsical world of imagination. In our home, we haven’t celebrated Santa Claus or the Easter Bunny but we have wondered at the possibility of fairies in the forest, hiding in the petals and leaves of the healing plants we love. I have neither confirmed nor denied their existence, and the kids have their own fascinated and slightly tentative place in their hearts for these tiny enchanted beings. 
This love is manifested in the careful crafting of truly tiny, uber-micro homes for their magic plant-keeper friends. Sometimes these homes dwell in our own yard, and sometimes they are quickly crafted along a forest path from found forest-bed materials, or lakeside with shells and stones. Below are a few of the ways we have created these homes, and a materials list with ideas to get you started on your own backyard fairy kingdom.
child looking at leaves on the ground

Natural Materials

  • Sticks
  • Leaves
  • Stones
  • Shells
  • Bark (please don’t peel bark of the trees, though, as it damages them!)
  • Pine cones
  • Acorn caps
  • Seeds
  • Wool felt
  • Living plants
building a stone art fairy house

Craft Materials

  • Popsicle sticks
  • Dowels
  • Wood scraps
  • Wire
  • Twine
  • Chain
  • Hot glue
  • Toothpicks
  • Jewels
fairy house picnic table
fairy house with swing in garden

We encourage the use of full imagination and creativity when making these magical homes. Head over to Tiny Peasant for a free, printable fairy book list, perfect for pairing with your fairy dwelling craft. Have lots of magical fun!