Making Fairy Houses With Kids

Disney's Tinker Bell Fairy House

Disney’s Tinker Bell Fairy House

A few weeks ago, Disney brought me and a group of other moms out to California for a private screening of the new Tinker Bell movie, Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue. The movie was truly precious – kind of like a Peter Pan story just for little girls. But my crafty heart was set afire when there was an appearance of a homemade fairy house built by Lizzy – the adorable girl that befriends Tinker Bell. It comes out September 21.

I’ve always been a big Tink fan anyway – but this trip was nothing short of amazing. Not only did we get a personal presentation straight from the movie Director, but we also got to spend time with the Art Director. You know Disney animation – their cartoons are pure eye candy. The Art Director actually had a full 2 foot tall replica of the fairy house made in the movie.

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You can see the fairy house better in the trailer:

I came home totally inspired to make my own fairy house. But I wanted to be an easy project – Tinker Bell’s fairy house (and most others) are elaborate abodes that take hours or days to complete. I don’t have the patience for that kind of project – how can I expect my kids to?! Then I found mini bird houses in the dollar section at Joann – perfect!!! (I would link to it, but evidently they must only sell them in stores because I can’t find them on their website – blah!)

So over the weekend I made this easy-peasy fairy house:

Easy Fairy Houses

Easy Fairy Houses

It might not quite be up to Tinker Bell’s standards, but my 8 year old daughter flipped over it!

Making Fairy Houses

To make a fairy house like this, start with an existing wooden bird house. It can be the cheap $1 models from Joann, or you could also refinish an old bird house.

Unfinished Wood Mini Craft Birdhouse from Joann

Unfinished Wood Mini Craft Birdhouse from Joann

Next, paint it in pretty Tinkerbell-ish colors of craft paint:

Painted Fairy House

Painted Fairy House

Then gather up supplies from outside and your craft stash to decorate your fairy house:

Fairy House Supplies

Fairy House Supplies

I used a fake silk leaf, a few dyed feathers, petals taken off of an old silk flower, and acorns. You could also use (with varying levels of permanence):

  • Pinecones
  • Beans
  • Sticks
  • Grass
  • Real leaves and petals
  • Pebbles
  • Shells
  • Driftwood
  • Yarn
  • Beads
  • Dried flowers
  • Buttons
  • Matchboxes
  • Bark
  • Moss
  • Seeds

After you’ve decided what to decorate with, do a ‘dry run’ and arrange the items on your painted fairy house to ensure you know where you want to glue things in place. Then whip out a glue gun and stick it all on!

You may think you’re done, but NO. In order to make this a truly awesome fairy house, you need a secret ingredient.

Fairy Dust.
(AKA Glow in the dark glitter!)

Using regular glue, dab it onto your fairy house decorations as much or as little as you like:

Adding Fairy Dust to the Fairy House

Adding Fairy Dust to the Fairy House

Then sprinkle the glow in the dark glitter fairy dust onto the house. NOW you are done!

Finished Fairy House Craft

Finished Fairy House Craft

Disclosure – Disney did not commission this post. I did it because I like fairies. The End.

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Founder and CEO of Woo! Jr. Kids Activities, Wendy loves creating crafts, activities and printables that help teachers educate and give parents creative ways to spend time with their children.

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  2. Debbie Warrek

    love any things with fairies . I do all crafths. But things with wings is my your ideas. will really benifit from this. Thank you Debbie Warrek Things with wings.

  3. Lisa Bastarache

    Oh My Gosh! I love this idea. My kids and I painted half walnut shells and glued feathers inside then drilled tiny holes for ribbon to hold them in plants and we figured they were perfect beds/cradles/hammocks for fairies, but…these houses of yours are way better. It’s late at night and I’m almost tempted to wake my kids up to get started on these. Thank you and I am going to add your page to my favourites and I am so glad I stumbled accross it!!

  4. Kate

    I came across your site here because I was looking for a picture of the fairy house from that The Great Fairy Rescue. I am turning it into a cake for my daughter. We made fairy houses from bird houses from Dollarama. I glued about a thousand sunflower seeds to the roof to make shingles. It turned out so awesome looking though. The look on my daughters’ faces was worth it. GOod job on your fairy house.

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