I save odds and sods from past projects, we have a bin of wood cut ends, scraps of material, leaves stripped from flowers, paper rolls leftover from tulle, felt, play dough, crayons, stickers, sparkles and the list goes on…… I also snag whatever appeals to me at the dollar store, last time I went they had materials for weddings, i got miniature calla lilies, pearls on wires, white lace ribbon and sea shells. I have four little boxes on my craft room shelf that I keep stocked with little things that appeal to me for the girls.
Unfortunately the girls live a couple of hours away, so they can’t just drop in for an hour or so on a regular basis. When they do come for a visit Grama tries to make it an occasion, and occasion to my girls means crafts and snacks.
For their next visit I put together two home made kits for faerie huts. I precut the paper and place matching ribbon, trimmings and accessories in storage bags. I seal them along with a quick note of directions for my idea.
I am going to show three examples and provide some other ideas. The process is pretty straight forward and typically the girls have a blast with any type of gluing project.
So after all that here goes……..
All of the huts are made with the same basic pattern and process, you will need either a paper tube, preferably tulle tubes because they have little stands on the bottom, or plastic cups, small leftover yogurt containers could also work.
I use card stock or construction paper.
Cut the paper in a circle and then make a slit to the middle. Twist the paper around each other until the dome forms. I tried using felt but it would be rather fiddly for little hands I think. Tape or glue the dome cone to hold its shape.
Cut the wallpaper for the paper roll to size leaving a 1/2 ” overlap. Glue the entire back surface with fabric glue, apply to the paper roll.
Fold the top of the wallpaper over as shown, it provides a surface for the dome roof to adhere to. Apply glue to the top surface and the upper edge of the paper tube. Attach the dome to the roll. Attach any accessories you have available to decorate your huts.
Paint the paper roll yellow.
Cut an open door and windows, using tape strength the door hinge.
Cover the roof with long leaves starting at the bottom an working your way up. This could also be done with small twigs.
Cover the different ends with a tiny floral bouquet to add a focal point.
Finish the windows with ribbon, and the bottom with moss.
Not all faeries have wings, this fairy uses a calla lily vine to climb down from her upper window.
Wallpaper the roll.
Cut the paper dome with special sheers creating a border, or add a pretty lace border.
Build a door frame with pretty ribbon, cut out door and windows from paper and glue in front of the ribbon. Add a sticker or button for a doorknob.
Build an escape vine using florals.
Faerie Cabin by the Beach
I had some pretty sky blue paper in my stash.
Cover the top with cheap flower petals, or cut out from material.
Add a clam shell for the door using glue.
Arch broken bits of shell into little windows, glue together and attach.
Cover the bottom with little sticks to symbolize drift wood.
Add assorted shells for the beach.
You can use shells from nuts to cover the roof, peanut shells, walnut shells, or painted cut up thick cardboard to resemble shingles.
Make a northern hut using icy blues and glitter, cover the dome with cotton balls.
Cover the paper roll with sticks of all types, gather bark to do the dome roof, or vice versa.
Cover the roll with bits of small rope. Cover the top with cut up strips of blue felt with scalloped wave like edging.
Tips and Lessons Learned
Don’t throw excess bits of craft projects away. Save two little containers, purchased, or shoe boxes, or ice cream buckets will do to store the little treasures.
When your quiet without pressure take the items out and think about how you can use them. Spend some time on Pinterest.
Plan ahead, put a quick note of directions in the bag and seal. Pull these out on a rainy day, or when a distraction is needed.