I love craft projects that involve nature, creating with nature and being outside. I enjoy collecting treasure after treasure from long nature walks or short trips around the neighborhood. While collecting nature for this lovely spring project, you will find yourself noticing how little bits of green are starting to pop up all around; sprouts emerging from underground — how sweet and new.
It makes me think of how sweet it is being out with my children and how fresh the world is to them with each new season. I cherish these moments with them in nature, sitting on the ground building these homes, talking about all that is awakening within Mother Earth at this time.
Hand garden shears
Basket for gathering
Natural found materials
Exploring Fairy Houses
Here we will share two different styles of our fairy houses. The first type of fairy house is more native to the area. Secret, hidden, and created just for the fairies to enjoy.
My children and I have this magical nature spot that we cherish as our own. It almost feels as though when we cross the stream and find our way into our secret waterfall we become invisible to all around us, except for the woodland folk who might live here also. We have been going to this secret area for over three and a half years. Through the seasons we have watched the brown slowly turn green and lush while we listen to the water gently flow through and down and around the rocks. This is a perfect spot to build a fairy home to show how grateful we are to those little creatures. It is also great to visit over and over, watching the changes of the natural landscape with the seasons and adding and taking away for the houses. So with this I encourage you to find your nature spot and visit it and create a special place for yourself and children. If you already have one, this is a wonderful spot to create your fairy house.
On our way we collect the supplies we need to build our home. Of course there is usually more available when we arrive.
We find our way into our “secret” area, and look for the perfect tree. I think that they all are perfect, but sometimes moms just don’t get it! My kids love collecting many items needed for the house. We love the milkweed pods; they make perfect beds, bowls and chairs. After we have our supplies we begin to build.
After creating the structure, we add berries for the fairies to eat and beds for them to rest. In the end we have a sweet home for fairy friends to enjoy. When using such native materials, it takes a special human eye to capture it!
My children enjoy telling the fairies of their special home.
The second style is more structured but gets much more creative. This fairy home is in our backyard, so we can visit often and change when needed. We collect natural materials from around where we live. We always make a point to find one or two special treasures for the house we are building.
My children love this tree with its wonderful fairy door; definitely the perfect tree.
Gather nature supplies ready for building. Often we have too many and some just aren’t right so we save for another time.
The children build the structure out of long sturdy sticks, twigs, and grasses, then create a special path for the home.
My son wanted to plant ivy into the ground with hopes it will grow up all around it. A feather was placed by the front door as a protector of the fairies.
There are many joys of creating with a nearly five-year-old boy. He exclaims: “I am building ramps for the fairies. Isn’t that cool Mom?” I think it couldn’t be any cooler!! The final touch is the magical marble. Our home would not be complete without one.
Building these adorable fairy homes bring tremendous joy for my children and me. We get into such fun and creative conversation about the magical world of fairies and how they will love their homes. Enjoy and Fairy Blessings!
Angela lives in Northern Colorado with her hubby and two children. They spend their days being out in nature, creating really cool things and enjoying weekly awesome adventures with their tribe. Her children Aidan (5) and Lilly (2) inspire her to enjoy the simple pleasure of life! NoCo Nature Tribe