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Gourd Fairy House

We know that fairies love delicate, natural things, so we have made a beautiful, miniature home for one in a kettle gourd. It is currently lined with moss to keep its occupant warm and cosy, however cold it is. Inside is a splendid wooden bed that has a mulberry bark, fleece and feather mattress, with a pretty handmade felt blanket to snuggle under. Surrounding the bed are all the things a fairy might need; a little wooden cup, acorn baskets and herbs that might be used for making fairy potions!

 

We know that fairies love delicate, natural things, so we have made a beautiful, miniature home for one in a kettle gourd.

 

We initially planned to decorate the outside of the house with leaves and bark, but we rather like it in its natural form so I think, for now, it will stay as it is.

We purchased our gourd ready cleaned (I understand this can be quite a job), so when it arrived it was just a matter of marking out where I wanted the window and door, taking a deep breath, and then wimping out and getting hubby to cut it for me! He drilled a pilot hole with a hand drill, and then used a little saw to cut the shape out. It turned out to be really easy to cut, and there was no sign that it was thinking about cracking. Once open you need to pull out the seeds and related material, these can be saved for future plantings. I then sanded both openings to remove any rough edges.

We know that fairies love delicate, natural things, so we have made a beautiful, miniature home for one in a kettle gourd.

The fairy bed is made out of a twig frame, tied together with garden string, with acorn caps as bed nobs. It's mattress is made from dyed mulberry bark, with feathers and fleece for a pillow. A pretty piece of wool felt makes a lovely quilt for the fairy to snuggle under.

We know that fairies love delicate, natural things, so we have made a beautiful, miniature home for one in a kettle gourd.

Our gourd is lined with moss. I gathered this and left it to dry for a couple of days on a drying rack over newspaper. Unfinished gourds are suseptible to water; they will soften and rot if they become damp. I love how our gourd looks in its natural state, so decided I didn't want to paint or varnish it. You could, of course, do both these things. Just so you are aware, a surprising number of critters decamped from our moss once I had it laid out to dry, so you may want to do that somewhere where you don't mind a few creepy crawlies appearing!

We know that fairies love delicate, natural things, so we have made a beautiful, miniature home for one in a kettle gourd.

We know that fairies love delicate, natural things, so we have made a beautiful, miniature home for one in a kettle gourd.

We have also built a fairy house and Garden in an old Butler sink outside which we are sure fairies do visit – perhaps one day we will be lucky enough to see one!

 

We know that fairies love delicate, natural things, so we have made a beautiful, miniature home for one in a kettle gourd.

Looking for more fairy inspiration - visit my fairy craft inspiration board on Pinterest...

We know that fairies love delicate, natural things, so we have made a beautiful, miniature home for one in a kettle gourd.

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40 Comments

  • Reply Jody Cowan

    This is so awesome! I wish i was good at making things. I guess I should try harder. I’m so glad I found you on the Waywow linky party! I can’t get the CommenLuv to work, so I hope this is ok – http://www.momndaughtersavings.com/2016/02/50-off-craftsy-wishlisted-classes/

    February 11, 2016 at 12:47 am
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      We’re not that good at making things, we just enjoy it. There’s nothing on our site that you couldn’t make if you wanted to I promise!

      February 11, 2016 at 2:16 pm
  • Reply Mila

    Wow, this is truly amazing! :)
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    February 10, 2016 at 11:57 pm
  • Reply Jessica Powell

    This is such a great idea! I love the little bed – what fairy wouldn’t want to try it out? 😀 #myfavouritepost

    October 5, 2015 at 8:37 pm
    • Reply Sarah

      Sometimes the bed looks a little messy, so we are pretty sure that fairy does sleep in it :) Thanks for popping in to see us x

      October 5, 2015 at 10:38 pm
  • Reply Zena's Suitcase

    What lovely fairy inspiration. I love the bed! I can’t wait until my daughter wants to make this stuff. It won’t be too long now. Thanks for linking up with #myfavouritepost

    October 4, 2015 at 7:30 pm
    • Reply Sarah

      We did have such fun making this. I learn more about fairies all the time – only last week my daughter asked me if I had ever seen the black nail fairy – apparently she works in the same way as the tooth fairy. I keep wondering what she turns all those black nails into lol. Thanks for having us on #MyFavouritePost

      October 5, 2015 at 11:37 am
  • Reply Borei Design

    Found you through the link part at Indie Crafts. Great job! :)

    July 14, 2015 at 12:22 am
    • Reply Sarah

      Thanks for stopping by :) Just taken a little look at your lovely Blog, and pinned some of your wonderful ideas!

      July 14, 2015 at 6:55 am
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