There’s just something about making a little fairy home that will always appeal to me. I think it’s probably because you can use all kinds of things while creating them. Just let your imagination run wild. Old tissue boxes can be turned into a desert abode or a fairy church. Clocks are perfect for making secret gardens, complete with beaded topiaries and a porch swing. Even a lunchbox can be transformed into something amazing. And an old, tatty lamp shade……… Well, if you thatch it, add a plastic flower pot and a doorknob; it makes for a great fairy roof. Amiright? 😀

How to thatch a fairy roof and make the cutest fairy house ever using an old lamp shade #recycle #fairygarden #lampshade

We made this little one over the weekend for a friend who is keen to start her first fairy garden. She wanted a cottage-style home for her fairies that would last outside. Since the weather here in South Africa doesn’t typically go from one extreme to the other, and I know how hardy a thatch roof is (we stay in one), the roofing choice was easy.

What You Need To Thatch a Fairy Roof

  • Old Lamp Shade
  • A Pair of Scissors
  • E6000 Glue
  • Duct Tape
  • One bundle of Coconut Fiber (Coir). If you struggle to find coir bundles, you can use this miniature twine thatch tutorial as an alternative.

How to thatch a fairy roof and make the cutest fairy house ever using an old lamp shade #recycle #fairygarden #lampshade

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How To Thatch a Fairy Roof – The Easy Way

Did you know the recommended roof pitch for a thatch roof is typically between 45 and 50 degrees? The steep pitch allows for proper water drainage and helps to prevent water from pooling on the thatch, which can lead to rot and decay. Which one of the reasons why repurposing a lamp shade for this fairy craft is so perfect.

Preparing the Lamp Shade for Thatching

The lamp shade I had was kinda bell-shaped, but I really wanted the top portion to be narrower. I don’t know; to me, it just looked more fairy-ish. So I used wire cutters to snip around the top and squished it together before taping it with aluminium tape.

How to thatch a fairy roof and make the cutest fairy house ever using an old lamp shade #recycle #fairygarden #lampshade

Once I was happy with the overall shape, the rest of the lamp shade was covered in tape. The tape helps make the roof more robust and gives the thatch something to hold onto.

How to thatch a fairy roof and make the cutest fairy house ever using an old lamp shade #recycle #fairygarden #lampshade

Turning coconut fibre into thatch

Grab a few strands of coconut fiber and spread them evenly onto a piece of tape as shown below.

How to thatch a fairy roof and make the cutest fairy house ever using an old lamp shade #recycle #fairygarden #lampshade

Fold the tape over to secure the coconut fibers. Do the same on the other side. Cut the taped coconut fibers in half so you have two strips of fibers, or thatching material, as shown below.

How to thatch a fairy roof and make the cutest fairy house ever using an old lamp shade #recycle #fairygarden #lampshade

I like to cut a whole bunch at once so I have a stockpile of thatching material to work with. It’s a very messy business so it’s probably best to do it outside.

Applying the fairy thatch

Just like thatching a real, life-sized roof, you need to start at the bottom and work your way up in overlapping layers. So start by gluing a strip of the taped coconut fibers all around the bottom of the lamp shade. Don’t worry if it looks sparse; it fills up as you add more layers.

How to thatch a fairy roof and make the cutest fairy house ever using an old lamp shade #recycle #fairygarden #lampshade

Cover the entire lamp shade with the strips making sure that the underlying tape is covered by the next layer. When you reach the top of the lampshade, use duct tape to attach the final layer to the shade. Trim the roof to remove any stray bits and tidy it up. It honestly felt like I was giving the thatch roof a hair cut 😀

How to thatch a fairy roof and make the cutest fairy house ever using an old lamp shade #recycle #fairygarden #lampshade

Finishing The Roof Off

Find a plastic pot or anything that fits snugly over the top of the lamp shade. Paint it if you like, and add other bits and bobs to give it some character. I used a cabinet door knob and a failed concrete mold and then glued on a tiny watch trinket I found lying around.

How to thatch a fairy roof and make the cutest fairy house ever using an old lamp shade #recycle #fairygarden #lampshade

Okay, let’s make that little house that sits under the thatched fairy roof.

How to thatch a fairy roof and make the cutest fairy house ever using an old lamp shade #recycle #fairygarden #lampshade

Bricks and mortar – Erm I Mean Wood

For the tiny fairy home, I used a few scraps of wood.

How to thatch a fairy roof and make the cutest fairy house ever using an old lamp shade #recycle #fairygarden #lampshade

They were all covered in 3D contour paste to make it look like they had been plastered.

How to thatch a fairy roof and make the cutest fairy house ever using an old lamp shade #recycle #fairygarden #lampshade

That gorgeous brickwork is a Tim Holtz Mixed Media die. We used it to clad our fairy toadstool a few months ago. It’s one of my favorite dies for adding that special touch to a fairy home.

How to thatch a fairy roof and make the cutest fairy house ever using an old lamp shade #recycle #fairygarden #lampshade

Other Little Fairy Touches

The front door and trap door are both made from ice cream sticks that were cut to size and stained. We use ice cream sticks for most of our fairy doors. They’re easy to find in most craft stores. The door handles are small pieces of leather glued on, and the hinges are shell-shaped beads.

How to thatch a fairy roof and make the cutest fairy house ever using an old lamp shade #recycle #fairygarden #lampshade
How to thatch a fairy roof and make the cutest fairy house ever using an old lamp shade #recycle #fairygarden #lampshade

A tiny little bucket made from a tin can filled with a few twigs completes the picture.

Here’s a handy hint when making fairy homes. You can find the most amazing accessories in bead shops. That teeny, little ax is a cheap plastic bracelet charm. I think I bought a pack of 4 for about R 5.00.

How to thatch a fairy roof and make the cutest fairy house ever using an old lamp shade #recycle #fairygarden #lampshade

I would love to know what you think about recycling an old lampshade for a fairy roof. Is it something you would try?

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For your convenience, I’ve added some links so you don’t have to struggle to find some of the goodies we used. Disclosure: If you click the links below, we may receive a 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 😉

Coconut Fibre Thatch for Roofing a Dollhouse
Chroma 402252 Chromacryl Texture Paste, 8 oz. Capacity, White
Prepworks by Progressive Wood Freezer Pop Sticks - 50 Count
Cleveland Vintage Clip-On Metal, Black 8” x 7” x 4.5” Wire Lampshade Home, Ideal for Creating a Mason Jar Light

And as always, here’s wishing you a beautiful week filled with fairy dust and lots of love .

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