Build a Fairy House
You Will Need:You Will Need:
4 sturdy Y-shaped sticks about 10” long
Collection of sticks of varying widths from 8 to10” long.
2 slabs of bark approximately 9” x 6” or 2 large hosta or fern leaves
Found and fallen natural objects such as moss, nuts, small stones, pine cones, flower petals and leaves.
2 Kimberly Queen Fern
- Choose a quiet, shady corner of your garden to build your fairy house.
- With the Ys pointing up, push the 4 Y-shaped sticks into the soil, placing about 8 inches apart to form a square. These will be the 4 corners of your fairy house.
- Stack the four longest collected sticks horizontally between the Ys to create roof beams.
- Stack additional sticks vertically, poking one end gently into the ground and leaning the other end against the roof beams. Unusually shaped or twisted sticks will add interest to your fairy house. Your house should have an uneven “rustic” look.
- Leave a portion of the front and back walls of the house open to create “doors” so children can slip acorn caps, flower petals, small stones and other garden treasures into the fairy house.
- Prop slabs of bark (or hosta/fern leaves) against 2 opposite Y branches, leaning them against each other to form a peaked roof.
- Decorate your fairy house with bits of moss, flowers, leaves, pine cones, stones, etc. Children can place acorn caps inside for fairy cups and walnut shells for cradles. Small stones covered with moss make comfy fairy beds and fuzzy lamb’s ear petals make warm blankets for the wee folk. Be imaginative.
- Plant Kimberly Queen Fern plants behind house to shade it.
- Plant Alyssum at sides and in front to attract fairies.
- Keep an eye out for fairies as dusk approaches.