We’ve made a lot of fairy doors for our fairy creations, and I realized the other day that I’ve never actually shared a tutorial on how to make one.  Until today that is ? This one is special, though. Not only is it a stained glass fairy door…….

Welcome the fae folk into your home with this gorgeous stained glass fairy door. Made with things you probably already have in your craft cupboard, the door doubles up as a night light. #FairydoorDIY #FairyDoorIdeas #ACraftyMix #MakeAFairyDoor #MiniatureStainedGlass #AlcoholInk

…… it also lights up with the flick of a tiny switch.

Welcome the fae folk into your home with this gorgeous stained glass fairy door. Made with things you probably already have in your craft cupboard the door doubles up as a night light. #FairydoorDIY #FairyDoorIdeas #ACraftyMix #MakeAFairyDoor #MiniatureStainedGlass #AlcoholInk

And I bet you won’t be able to guess where the battery pack’s hidden. Shhhhhh, it’s a secret, but I promise I’ll share it with you in a minute or two?

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What you need

With all things fairy, it’s always important to take a stroll through the garden before you start. That way, you can breathe in all that nature has to offer, and you might just hear the fairies whisper too. 9/10 they’ll guide you to something that’s going to add a little magic to your project.  Like this beautifully formed branch. That split towards the top is so perfect for making a door frame.

You'll need popsicle sticks, a branch, craft paint to make the fairy door #FairydoorDIY #FairyDoorIdeas #ACraftyMix #MakeAFairyDoor #MiniatureStainedGlass #AlcoholInk

Besides the branch you’ll need:

  • Ice cream sticks
  • Craft paint
  • Clear plastic
  • Alcohol inks
  • Free stained glass pattern
  • Wood glue

Most of the doors we make for our fairy homes are built from ice cream sticks. Those innocuous sticks of wood are perfect for making all kinds of miniatures; from porch swings to treasure chests and fairy bridges. They’re inexpensive, and if you can’t find any at your craft store, it’s a good excuse to eat lots of ice cream? I prefer using slim sticks for a fairy door, but any size will work. If your door is curved or oddly shaped, I would highly recommend using a scroll saw for cutting.

My hubby bought me a Dremel Moto-Saw. It’s like a mini scroll saw on steroids. Love, love, love how much easier it’s made my life. If you don’t have a scroll saw a really, really sharp craft knife will work too. All our other fairy doors were cut with a craft knife. You’ll also need a drill, and a hole saw to make the frame for the stained glass window.

How to make a stained glass fairy door

Start by trimming the branch with garden shears to form a door frame. I only needed to trim one side of my branch a little.

Cut the branches to for a door frame. #FairydoorDIY #FairyDoorIdeas #ACraftyMix #MakeAFairyDoor #MiniatureStainedGlass #AlcoholInk

Use the doorframe as a template to figure out how the ice cream sticks need to be cut. You can simply trace around the frame.

Trace around the branch frame to create a template #FairydoorDIY #FairyDoorIdeas #ACraftyMix #MakeAFairyDoor #MiniatureStainedGlass #AlcoholInk

You should end up with something like this.

The strengthen the door use cardboard #FairydoorDIY #FairyDoorIdeas #ACraftyMix #MakeAFairyDoor #MiniatureStainedGlass #AlcoholInk

Glue a whole bunch of ice cream sticks onto the cardboard cut out. It’s going to make a huge difference when it comes to the final details. Trust me on this one. For a thicker door glue the sticks on both the front and back of the cardboard.

Cover both sides of the cardboard with ice-cream or popsicle sticks. It will make the door stronger #FairydoorDIY #FairyDoorIdeas #ACraftyMix #MakeAFairyDoor #MiniatureStainedGlass #AlcoholInk

When the glue has dried completely, use your scroll saw or a sharp craft knife to cut the ice cream sticks into the shape you need.

Use a scroll saw to cut the fairy door #FairydoorDIY #FairyDoorIdeas #ACraftyMix #MakeAFairyDoor #MiniatureStainedGlass #AlcoholInk

Making the stained glass window and frame

The stained glass window consists of two parts, the window itself and a frame around the window. Make the frame first so you can use it as a template to cut the hole in the door.

A close up of the stained glass window peaking through some plants #FairydoorDIY #FairyDoorIdeas #ACraftyMix #MakeAFairyDoor #MiniatureStainedGlass #AlcoholInk

Making the window frame

For the window frame we’ll be using a branch that’s about 1.5” to 2” thick (4 to 5cm). Use a hole saw bit that’s smaller that the thickness of your branch and cut down into the branch. Slice the branch as thin as you can to create the frame. Right that’s the window frame done 😀

To make the window frame use a hole saw and then cut the branch into a thin sliver #FairydoorDIY #FairyDoorIdeas #ACraftyMix #MakeAFairyDoor #MiniatureStainedGlass #AlcoholInk

Cutting a hole in the door

Using the window frame, figure out where you want to put the stained glass window. Trace around the frame and cut. This is where I went Uh Duh. Unlike a normal jigsaw, the Dremel’s blade isn’t loose so I can’t insert it into a pilot hole and cut from there 🙁 But hey that little machine is still the best. Since the blade is so thin to wasn’t a huge problem. I could just cut between the sticks and then around.

Measure and cut a hole in the door to fit the stained glass window #FairydoorDIY #FairyDoorIdeas #ACraftyMix #MakeAFairyDoor #MiniatureStainedGlass #AlcoholInk

Stain and paint the fairy door in any color you like.

Stain and paint the fairy door in a color of your choice #FairydoorDIY #FairyDoorIdeas #ACraftyMix #MakeAFairyDoor #MiniatureStainedGlass #AlcoholInk

I used some of my Sparkling Unicorn SPiT and created an Ombre effect by blending Starling Sasha into the Violet Vulture and then into some Sapphire Swift. Don’t you just love those names 😀

Add the Unicorn SPiT colors and blend #FairydoorDIY #FairyDoorIdeas #ACraftyMix #MakeAFairyDoor #MiniatureStainedGlass #AlcoholInk

You can get more tips on blending and layering Unicorn SPiT here.

A close up of the Unicorn SPiT Ombre effect painted on the door #FairydoorDIY #FairyDoorIdeas #ACraftyMix #MakeAFairyDoor #MiniatureStainedGlass #AlcoholInk

While you wait for the paint to dry, you can start making the stained glass window.

How to make a fairy stained glass window

For the window, you’ll need alcohol inks, shrink wrap, and any kind of transparent sticky paper. If you don’t have any alcohol inks you can use permanent markers and simply color over the top on the transparent sheets.

Print the free stained glass window pattern on the transparent sheets. Place some shrink wrap over the top on the printout and drop random colors all over. We used the same technique when we made the gorgeous translucent dragonfly wings. Once you’re happy, peel the backing off the transparent sheets and stick it on top of the inked shrink wrap.

Cut the alcohol ink stained glass window out and glue the window onto the frame, and then glue the window and frame on the door.

Place the miniature stained glass window in the frame #FairydoorDIY #FairyDoorIdeas #ACraftyMix #MakeAFairyDoor #MiniatureStainedGlass #AlcoholInk

Finish the door off by gluing the door inside the branch door frame and decorate with a little moss to hide any gaps.

Add a little bit of moss #FairydoorDIY #FairyDoorIdeas #ACraftyMix #MakeAFairyDoor #MiniatureStainedGlass #AlcoholInk

Don’t you just love the way the sun lights up that little stained glass window? For the small door handle, I used a pin and a few beads. You could also use a tiny twig or one medium-sized bead.

Welcome the fae folk into your home with this gorgeous stained glass fairy door. Made with things you probably already have in your craft cupboard the door doubles up as a night light. #FairydoorDIY #FairyDoorIdeas #ACraftyMix #MakeAFairyDoor #MiniatureStainedGlass #AlcoholInk

Adding some lights and hiding the battery pack

All that’s left to do is add lights, so that stained glass window can shine 😉 And with the stained glass window and fairy door looking so pretty there was no way I wanted an ugly battery pack messing up the scene. So here’s what I came up with the hide the battery pack. I turned it into a planter and added a miniature topiary 😀

Welcome the fae folk into your home with this gorgeous stained glass fairy door and miniature topiary #FairydoorDIY #FairyDoorIdeas #ACraftyMix #MakeAFairyDoor #MiniatureStainedGlass #AlcoholInk

And all you need is a few trimmed ice cream sticks and a small faux plant or little moss topiary (you can get the tutorial for the topiary here).

Make a miniature topiary using beads #FairydoorDIY #FairyDoorIdeas #ACraftyMix #MakeAFairyDoor #MiniatureStainedGlass #AlcoholInk

This method works best with wine cork fairy lights. Measure the length of the battery pack and add about 1/4 inch. Cut the ice cream sticks based on your measurements. Glue the ice cream sticks onto the battery pack making sure to leave the spot where the switch is open. Paint or stain the ice cream stick and glue a little soil on the top.

To hide the battery pack turn it into a planter #FairydoorDIY #FairyDoorIdeas #ACraftyMix #MakeAFairyDoor #MiniatureStainedGlass #AlcoholInk

Glue the miniature topiary in the soil and then tape the fairy lights down flat on the back of the door.

Tape the fairy lights to the back of the door. #FairydoorDIY #FairyDoorIdeas #ACraftyMix #MakeAFairyDoor #MiniatureStainedGlass #AlcoholInk

And that’s it. Your stained glass fairy door is done.

Welcome the fae folk into your home with this gorgeous stained glass fairy door. Made with things you probably already have in your craft cupboard the door doubles up as a night light. #FairydoorDIY #FairyDoorIdeas #ACraftyMix #MakeAFairyDoor #MiniatureStainedGlass #AlcoholInk

The cork fairy lights aren’t waterproof so it’s best to use the little door inside.

Welcome the fae folk into your home with this gorgeous stained glass fairy door. Made with things you probably already have in your craft cupboard the door doubles up as a night light. #FairydoorDIY #FairyDoorIdeas #ACraftyMix #MakeAFairyDoor #MiniatureStainedGlass #AlcoholInk

And when you want the stained glass window to shine, simply flip the switch 😉

Welcome the fae folk into your home with this gorgeous stained glass fairy door. Made with things you probably already have in your craft cupboard the door doubles up as a night light. #FairydoorDIY #FairyDoorIdeas #ACraftyMix #MakeAFairyDoor #MiniatureStainedGlass #AlcoholInk

If you like the idea of making a stained glass window fairy door, don’t forget to pin it for later.

Welcome the fae folk into your home with this gorgeous stained glass fairy door. Made with things you probably already have in your craft cupboard the door doubles up as a night light. #FairydoorDIY #FairyDoorIdeas #ACraftyMix #MakeAFairyDoor #MiniatureStainedGlass #AlcoholInk

And if you’re looking for a few more fairy crafts to make, you’ll find a whole bunch on our blog, including:

We’ve also included some affiliate links below, so you don’t have to worry about finding some of the stuff we used to make this fairy door. Disclosure: Clicking on the links below, means we may receive a very small commission from Amazon. But don’t worry it won’t come out of your pocket, and it helps us come up with more unique DIY and fairy craft ideas for you 😉

Sale Ranger Adirondack Alcohol Ink 1/2-Ounce 3/Pkg, Farmers Market, Cranberry/Lettuce/Eggplnt
Shop Fox W1713 16-Inch Variable Speed Scroll Saw
Unicorn SPiT Gel Stain and Paint New Color Fall 2017 Collection - Squirrel, Navajo Jewel, Weathered Daydream 8 oz Bottles

And if you prefer to buy rather than DIY, then maybe these beauties will appeal.

Chloe Lighting Helena Tiffany-Glass Victorian Window Panel 23.5'
Touch of Nature Mini Fairy Garden Wooden Door, 6 by 4-Inch, Wood
Chloe Glass Window Panel, One Size, Multicolor

And as always, wishing you a wonderful, crafty week filled with lots of love. Thank you for popping in for a visit.

Made with love by a Crafty Mix