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How To Make a Brick & Cardboard Fairy House

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Why buy a teeny, tiny little fairy house, when you can make your own? Besides being a lot cheaper it’s so much fun finding things in the garden that you could use. We made this little one this morning using a cardboard beer box and a brick.

Why buy a fairy house when you can make your own using what you've got at home. Like this one we made this morning using a brick and a cardboard beer box. How to on the blog

Cardboard box and Brick Fairy House

Seriously, who doesn’t have those things lying around somewhere? Luckily the one end of the brick was shaped kind of like the pitch of a roof so all I had to was chisel little bits away to make it a bit steeper.

Why buy a fairy house when you can make your own using what you've got at home. Like this one we made this morning using a brick and a cardboard beer box. How to on the blog

What we used

Besides the brick and the cardboard box, we also used a sisal liner (the ones you normally use in a hanging basket) and some aluminium tape. First off we needed to create a proper roof for the brick, which is what makes the box so perfect. If you separate the cardboard layers, you’re left with this corrugated look.

Why buy a fairy house when you can make your own using what you've got at home. Like this one we made this morning using a brick and a cardboard beer box. How to on the blog

Peel the layer back

After you’ve peeled back the top layer, use a nail brush to get rid of any odd bits that are still stuck. Covering the peeled cardboard with the aluminium tape instantly converts it to sheets of corrugated steel and adds a protective layer too. If you don’t have any aluminium tape you can use silver spray paint and a coat of exterior varnish to get the same kind of look.

Why buy a fairy house when you can make your own using what you've got at home. Like this one we made this morning using a brick and a cardboard beer box. How to on the blog

Cleaning up and sticking

To get a rusty look, mix some burnt Umber and Ivory Black oil paint with turps and lightly brush onto the aluminium covered strips.

Why buy a fairy house when you can make your own using what you've got at home. Like this one we made this morning using a brick and a cardboard beer box. How to on the blog

Add some rust effects

All that’s left to do is tape the strips together to form a roof.

Why buy a fairy house when you can make your own using what you've got at home. Like this one we made this morning using a brick and a cardboard beer box. How to on the blog

Making the roof

I used a glue gun to stick the roof down onto the brick and cut a little chimney from wood.

Why buy a fairy house when you can make your own using what you've got at home. Like this one we made this morning using a brick and a cardboard beer box. How to on the blog

Cardboard roof

I stuck a big piece round thingy to resemble a window and doodled on one of the left over aluminium strips to make a door.

Why buy a fairy house when you can make your own using what you've got at home. Like this one we made this morning using a brick and a cardboard beer box. How to on the blog

Doodle door

The little porch over the door is just a bit of sisal, which has been glued onto the brick and two twigs to keep it up.

Why buy a fairy house when you can make your own using what you've got at home. Like this one we made this morning using a brick and a cardboard beer box. How to on the blog

Sisal roof

It’s that easy.

Why buy a fairy house when you can make your own using what you've got at home. Like this one we made this morning using a brick and a cardboard beer box. How to on the blog

A brick and cardboard fairy house

I love to hear your thoughts. Do you make your own fairy garden things or do you prefer to buy them?

Sending you much love and blessings as always

Made with love by a Crafty Mix

 

 

 

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Comments

  • Posted: November 17, 2016 18:33

    Michelle - Happy Heart™

    Absolutely brilliant Michelle!!!
    • Posted: November 18, 2016 06:50

      acraftymix

      Thanks Michelle <3
  • Posted: November 11, 2016 15:02

    Pili

    I love fairy houses and yours is so pretty!! The door and the window are spectacular!! The idea of protecting the roof with foil is genius, we made one but attached leaves as a roof... we found later that winter it wasn't water proof
    • Posted: November 11, 2016 15:13

      acraftymix

      Aaaaw Pili that happens, but some fairies move around a lot - they're like little nomads sometimes. As long as the little ones enjoyed making the fairy house then that's what counts and now you can make another one ;-)
  • Posted: November 3, 2016 20:39

    Linda at Mixed Kreations

    I love your fairy house, it is adorable! Love the idea of using a brick and all your detail work.
    • Posted: November 4, 2016 05:39

      acraftymix

      Thanks so much Linda, these are loads of fun to make
  • Posted: November 1, 2016 14:25

    Sarah Jean Althouse

    I love how it's a brick - nice and sturdy too! And you're right to buy this would cost quite a bit.
    • Posted: November 1, 2016 14:43

      acraftymix

      I'm also glad it's a brick. At least the dogs can't destroy eat this one ;-)
  • Posted: October 31, 2016 21:33

    Sarah - Craft Invaders

    So cute - we have a huge pile of bricks so will be looking for a pointy one tomorrow!
    • Posted: November 1, 2016 03:29

      acraftymix

      Awesome Sarah. I can just picture yours standing under that beautiful living mushroom you made.
  • Posted: October 31, 2016 20:46

    Leanna

    Michelle I just love faeries. Your simple project is perfect. I think the faeries would approve of you making it from recycled materials too.
    • Posted: November 1, 2016 03:31

      acraftymix

      Me too Leanna, recycling is always a good thing right ;-)
  • Posted: October 31, 2016 19:49

    Keri

    Michelle, this fairy house is so amazing!! I love the roof, and all the details you put on it to make it look fantastic!! As always, so awesome!!!!
    • Posted: November 1, 2016 03:31

      acraftymix

      Thank you so much Keri <3
  • Posted: October 31, 2016 16:41

    Leanne @Smiles and Sundays

    Great idea! I showed this to my little girl and of course, she wants to make one....and..go on a fairy hunt. Looks like she's caught the fairy bug! 😀 Totally adorable idea!
    • Posted: November 1, 2016 03:33

      acraftymix

      Oh that's great Leanne, I'm so glad your little one likes it. Will you share some pics when you're done?
  • Posted: October 31, 2016 16:02

    Mary-the boondocks blog

    Michelle, this is truly spectacular. And it looks so much better than anything store bought. Love the round window on the top and how you made the corrugated roof. Now we just need a fairy or two on the outside.
    • Posted: November 1, 2016 03:36

      acraftymix

      Thank you Mary, looks like we need to go on a fairy hunt in the garden ;-)
  • Posted: October 31, 2016 14:08

    Kellie

    So inventive and cute. Now I know what to do with all the bricks I have sitting around. Really I have a lot.
    • Posted: October 31, 2016 15:41

      acraftymix

      So glad you like it Kellie, thank you
  • Posted: October 31, 2016 11:27

    Katrin

    Oh this is the most beautiful Fairy House Michelle! I love that round window on the top and the door is so dreamy, the fairies are going to love hanging out on that front porch! so clever!
    • Posted: October 31, 2016 11:37

      acraftymix

      Thank you so much Katrin, the quickest and easiest one we've ever made ;-)

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