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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.
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.
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.
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.
To get a rusty look, mix some burnt Umber and Ivory Black oil paint with turps and lightly brush onto the aluminium covered strips.
All that’s left to do is tape the strips together to form a roof.
I used a glue gun to stick the roof down onto the brick and cut a little chimney from wood.
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.
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.
It’s that easy.
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