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.

Old lunch box turned into a gypsy caravan that's perfect for a fairy garden. Full tutorial on the blog

Yup, this old, plastic lunchbox ๐Ÿ˜€ If you remove the handle at the top it’s the perfect base for a gypsy caravan.

An old lunchbox gets an epic makeover that made our garden fairies so happy

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What you need

Beside an old lunchbox you’ll need:

  • Ice cream sticks
  • Bark
  • Gorilla Glue
  • 4 x Wood Slices
  • 2 x Skewers
  • Craft Paint
  • Small Beads (optional)

A few fairy things we'll be using to make the gypsy caravan

Transforming the Lunchbox into a Gypsy Caravan

For the roof, we used a large piece of bark. Clean it off first to get rid of any cobwebs and dirt.

Use a dry paint brush to clean the piece of bark

Soak the piece of bark in a bucket of warm water and then tie it tightly to the lunchbox lid. As the bark dries it will take took on the shape and curve of the lid. Depending on how thick the bark is, it can take a few days to dry completely.  If I remember correctly ours took about a week.

Wet the bark and tie it tightly around the top if the lunch box lid

Once the bark dries, removed it from the lid and stick it down permanently with Gorilla glue. There will probably still be a few gaps between the lid and the piece of bark, but that was easy to fix.

Leave the bark on the lid to dry completely

All you need is love, trust and a little bit of fairy dust. Click to Tweet

We were out of fairy dust so we used ice cream sticks instead ๐Ÿ˜‰ They were stained and then cut to fit snugly under the roof.

Clad the sides of the lid with ice-cream sticks

If you’re going to clad the lunchbox with ice cream sticks as we did, it’s best to paint the lunch box first. That way any small gaps between the ice cream sticks won’t be so obvious. 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. You can find a detailed tutorial to make fairy doors here.

Use ice-cream or popsicle sticks to make a little door

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 aluminum tape and then onto the sides of the lunchbox.

Use bead and aluminium tape to make the windows

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 ๐Ÿ˜‰

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.

Old lunch box turned into a gypsy that's perfect for a fairy garden. Full tutorial on the blog

While I stained the base to match, Hubby cut four equally wide wood slices and marked the center point …..

Use branch slices to make the wheels

.. before drilling a hole on the mark. The hole needs to be big enough to fit the skewers through. The skewers will become wheel axles.

Drill a small hole in the center of the wooden slice

To attach the wheels to the base, position the skewer axles and drill two holes. One towards the front of the platform and one towards the back. Insert a piece of wire into each hole and loop it back into the hole as shown below.

Thread wire through the hole

Insert an ice cream stick in the loops so they don’t slip back through the hole and then add the skewers on the bottom of the platform.

Use wire to attach the skewer and branch slice wheels to the platform

For hub caps, I used some silver beads and just glued them over the tips of the skewers.

Add the wheels and use small beads as hub caps

To finish off, I added some embossed metal strips to create a small railing around the platform.

Old lunch box turned into a gypsy caravan that's perfect for a fairy garden. Full tutorial on the blog

I think it was at this point that I realized that the windows just didn’t seem to fit.  So I cut two ornate window frames from sturdy cardboard and stuck them over the old ones.

Old lunch box turned into a gypsy caravan that's perfect for a fairy garden. Full tutorial on the blog

The round windows seemed to fit the whole look better. What do you think? And no gypsy caravan is complete without a few posters.

Resize and print out a few gypsy posters

The posters were mod podged onto the fairy gypsy 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.

The fairies made me do it ๐Ÿ˜‰ Click to Tweet

Old lunch box turned into a gypsy caravan that's perfect for a fairy garden. Full tutorial on the blog

I love how it turned out and the wheels make it perfect for all types of road conditions ๐Ÿ˜‰

Old lunch box turned into a gypsy caravan that's perfect for a fairy garden. Full tutorial on the blog

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 ๐Ÿ˜€  She wouldn’t be able to get up there.

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Let me know what you think.

Top View of the Fairy Gypsy caravan.

If you look carefully there are so many things you can use to make something for your fairies. We’ve repurposed bottles to make a little toadstool fairy apartment and even a lampshade too. Have you used any unusual items in your fairy garden?

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Your Heart's Delight Vintage Lunchbox, Multi
Unicorn SPiT 5771006 Gel Stain and Glaze, Zia Teal 8.0 FL OZ Bottle, 8 (Pack of 1)
Beadaholique Antiqued Silver Plated Filigree Stamping Dapt Scroll Cross 43mm (1)

Sending you blessings and fairy kisses as always. Thank you for popping in for a visit.

Made with love by a Crafty Mix