Do you believe in fairies? I do, I do and I love re-purposing odd bits and turning them into fairy abodes. Like this little gypsy caravan that we made for a group of traveling fairies that camp out at the bottom of our garden in Spring. And I bet you would never have guessed that we recycled an old lunchbox to make it too.
Yup, this old, plastic lunchbox 😀 If you remove the handle at the top it’s the perfect base for a gypsy caravan.
Transforming the Lunchbox
We used some spray paint to paint the lunchbox blue. You can skip this step if you don’t have any spray paint, but I was worried that the ice cream sticks I used to clad the outside wouldn’t be flush and I’d end up with gaps where the old color showed through. For the roof, we took a piece of bark, which we soaked in a bucket of water and then tied to the lunchbox lid. As the bark dried it took on the shape and curve of the lid. Depending on how thick the barks is, it can take a few days to dry completely. If I remember correctly ours took about a week.
Once the bark was dry, we removed it from the lid so that we could stick it down permanently using Gorilla glue. There were still a few gaps between the lid and the piece of bark, but that was easy to fix.
We were out of fairy dust so we used ice cream sticks instead 😉 They were stained and then cut to fit snugly under the roof.
To make the windows we used these pretty little wire bits that I found at the bead shop down the road. We stuck them to bits of aluminium tape and then onto the sides of the lunchbox. I ended up changing my mind about the windows once I started putting the gypsy caravan together and replaced them with round windows instead. That happens sometimes 😉 We covered the sides of the lunchbox with ice cream sticks that had been stained with Zia Teal Unicorn SPiT and a bit of white acrylic paint. The bottle of Zia Teal that I got is really concentrated, yay, I scored so it only took a few drops to make this gorgeous blue.
To make the door we used a few more ice cream sticks and some beads for the two hinges and door handle. That’s the fun bit about making something for the fairies. You can use whatever you have and just let your imagination do the rest.
Finishing Everything Off
The gypsy caravan is almost finished except for the wheels. After throwing a few ideas around we decided to make a base from a piece of wood that we cut to size.
While I stained the base to match, Hubby cut four equally wide slices of wood and drilled a hole in the center of each slice. Then he inserted a skewer and attached the wheels to the base. A few beads to hide the skewers and the wheels looked real pretty. He’s such a clever man.
I found these amazing embossed metal strips at the craft store and used them to finish off the base and create a railing.
I think it was at this point that I realized that the windows just didn’t seem to fit. So I ended up cutting round windows from the metal strips and just sticking them over the other ones.
The round windows seemed to fit the whole look better. What do you think? And no gypsy caravan is complete without a few posters. Ta-da The Graphics Fairy to the rescue once again. She has tons of gorgeous gypsy graphics and all I had to do was use the search function to find what I was looking for.
The posters were mod podged onto the back and sides of the caravan. Don’t you think they add such a lovely pop of color? Sorry I can’t seem to find the photo I took of the back, grrrr I hate it when that happens.
I love how it turned out and the wheels that hubby made are perfect for all types of road conditions 😉
There’s even a little ladder that we made by gluing twigs together. I know fairies can fly, but what if Thumbelina needed her palm read or something 😀 She wouldn’t be able to get up there.
Let me know what you think and if you’ve used any unusual items in your fairy garden. We’ve repurposed bottles to make a little toadstool fairy apartment and even a lampshade too. I’d love to know what you think and if you like the idea don’t forget to share.
Anyways, that’s about it from my side. What odd things have you used to make something for your fairy garden? Please share I’d really love to hear from you.
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Sending you blessings and fairy kisses as always.