Monday, December 29, 2008

* So Much Cooler Than Pixie Hollow: DIY Homemade Fairy House

Home Made Christmas Reveal #1: Home Grown Pixie Hollow.
Eat your heart out Tinkerbell.
We've got the coolest fairy house on the block.
Built by yours truly and my darling husband as one of this year's coolest Christmas gifts.

This year my sweet hubby helped me with some of my crazy home made Christmas crafting and this was one of my favorite creations by far. We built a fairy house for our girls to play with. I've seen similar ones on-line and in catalogs but I did not have $300 lying around to drop on one and decided we could meet the challenge and make our own. My parents watched the girls for a Saturday afternoon so we could be busy little elves and get the thing built without an audience. It was quite a little engineering project but it turned out well and is very sturdy.



Materials: We ordered irregular tree "rounds" from Walnut Hollow
(3 circles cost me under $7.00!) to make the floors.

If you have a chain saw and fire wood you could do this for less but it was worth every penny in my book.

Then I ordered the smaller circles to build the stair cases from Discount School Supply (They're called Wood Craft Rounds -- bag of 50 pieces for $11).

The base was an unfinished pine table top from Lowes. The rest was found and recycled stuff from our garage. The columns were cut from a branch the girls and I found on a nature walk this fall and our re-cycled outdoor umbrella post (the top half of this same umbrella became a trellis for my morning glory vines last summer)

The furniture was made by my very patient, artsy, and sweet father with twigs, wood glue, and some unfinished wood boxes from the craft store. I also found a little set of fairy furniture at Five Below for $5 - (SCORE! A complete bargain!) Dad made the wishing well (lined with aqua colored fish gravel), both beds, the tables and chairs, a bench, a rabbit hutch, and a fire pit (with faux red cellophane fire). I sewed mini mattresses and will be making tiny silk flower quilts later. I got the fairy dolls (on sale plus a coupon) at the Disney Store in November.

We've been having a great time with our tiny fairy family
Our silk scarves have been great ponds, waterfalls, snow, and fields!
I'll post the Winter Box next.

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