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.


Coffee Slut said...

Awesome job! I want one for myself!

sdwaard said...

Wow! What a terrific idea! It looks wonderful. Great job!

Jennifer said...

Wow! I thought I was crafty, but that just takes the cake! I'm happy to report that hubs and I managed to put together the pre-fab mini-kitchen for our little princess. It's certainly not homemade, but it's wood, so that's good. Baby steps!

Mari said...

That is truly amazing!!! Well done on your "pixie hollow".

Not Hannah said...

You are too cool for school, my friend!

ParentingPink said...

I love this house! Very cool and I'm sure your daughters love it!

Mimi and Reese said...

That is way better than the plastic one!!!!

Christie-A Work In Progress said...

Okay you are just too fricken crafty! Love it!

John and Meghan said...

Holy smokes! Iowa loves it!

rockanddrool said...

that is FABULOUS!!
your comment form won't let me leave my blog address...
here through link referral!

M.Villalovos said...

LOVE the way you used elevation to create an environment for the pixies to fly up and down - plus it saves space in the bedroom!

angela | the painted house said...

Seriously, girl, this is freakin' AWESOME! You all should be so proud of yourselves! I'm feeling inspired!

Lisa said...

Wow, these are soooo expensive buying them already made! I'm impressed and feel inspired to make our own now! Your dad making the furniture is the sweetest!

greetingarts said...

Wow. I'm utterly speechless. This is too cool, something you would love to leave out all the time to admire. Fabulous job!

Val in the Rose Garden said...

Ok, so when you said "Kindred Spirit" in your comment I didn't quite get how serious you were. Do we have the same brain? This was my dd's Christmas gift a few years back:


It was years ago... but the funny thing was, she was 2. :) The same age as your little bunny.

It is a small world, and I love finding cool people in it. Thanks so much for stopping by. I am really enjoying your blog as well.



Val in the Rose Garden said...

PS: That is an AMAZING doll house. You did a beautiful job!


Tara Rison said...

I am so excited to have found your blog! You have so many creative, beautiful ideas.

I love this fairy house. I am printing a picture because I want to get my husband to help me build one. My children would love it!

L1 said...

Hi! This is an older post so I hope you get this. I wondered about the silk scarves... something you made or purchased? thanks! Tara

pink and green mama MaryLea said...


I haven't dyed my own silk scarves yet. I've wanted to but couldn't justify ordering any more white ones to dye right now since we have so many colored ones already!
I purchased ours from Sarah's Silks but there are tons of places out there (even great Etsy Shops) where you can order them.

pink and green mama

Lindsey Muth said...

AMAZING! My friends built something similar for their daughter in a tree in their backyard - so magical. I'm amazed by the detail that went into your fairy house. Compliments! :)

amomwithalessonplan.com said...

I love it! my little ones bday is coming up and I am collecting ideas! Saving this one for sure!

Bethany said...

We made one too!

Thanks for the terrific idea. The kids love it. We are going to put it outside this spring in the playhouse.


Anonymous said...

Amazing! It is so nice to see a wood structure theses days. I plan to have my husband start on this. I am having a problem finding the tiny wood rounds, any suggestions?

pink and green mama MaryLea said...

@ Anonymous --

I purchased "irregular wood rounds" from Walnut Hollow (http://www.walnuthollow.com) for the upper levels. For the little rounds ("Wood Craft Rounds) on the steps I ordered them from Discount School Supply a box of 50 costs $11 (http://www.discountschoolsupply.com/Product/ProductDetail.aspx?Product=15615&rec=PDHtop)

Have fun building your house!!

pink and green mama

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