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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.

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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 Nikki Frank-Hamilton

    Sarah, I love coming here and learning new things. I wish I lived closer and could tag along with you and the kids! I can see the smiles and the wonder on their faces as you explore new things. You have started something that they will carry one with their children. I can’t think of a better legacy! And I love fairies, so this is so cool to me!

    February 15, 2016 at 1:30 am
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      Thanks for your kind words Nikki :) I generally get smiles, but they do like to throw in the odd ‘no way’ look as well lol. I do love the idea of showing them things that they may one day show theirs – that’s such a lovely thought :)

      February 16, 2016 at 8:11 pm
  • Reply Kerry

    I love this! My children are still you ng enough to believe in the magic, and it allows me to indulge in want I want to believe! I’m just in the process of making fairy doors and windows for our old apple tree so my kids think fairies moved in during the winter xx via #HowtoSunday
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    February 14, 2016 at 9:24 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      I love the idea of your fairy doors and windows – they’ll be so excited when they spot them :)

      February 16, 2016 at 8:12 pm
  • Reply Annette - 3 Little Buttons

    What a lovely fairy house! The furniture is so well thought out too. Do you add in toy fairies or leave everything to the imagination? #HowtoSunday
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    February 14, 2016 at 4:18 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      Thanks Annette. The kids put all sorts of little people in it (often lego figures) but we’ve never got around to making more natural fairies to go in it. We have put battery operated tealights behind the bed too which is really cute when its all lit up :)

      February 16, 2016 at 8:19 pm
  • Reply Claire

    This is a lovely idea! So sweet :)

    Thanks for sharing at the weekend blog hop..
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    February 13, 2016 at 11:40 am
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      Thanks Claire, we love it and we are sure that the fairies moved straight in :)

      February 14, 2016 at 3:18 pm
  • Reply Sapana V

    this is super cute.. Isnt it a great gift for little girls??
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    February 11, 2016 at 5:40 am
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      Thank you :) I made it with both of my kids but my daughter (and I) are the ones which play with it most!

      February 11, 2016 at 2:15 pm
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