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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 Sarah Barrett

    Beautiful. I rarely try crafts which are so intricate. You must be very patient!
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    February 25, 2016 at 7:55 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      This isn’t nearly as hard as it might look, but I do like working out how to do stuff – not sure if it’s patience or something else!

      February 26, 2016 at 11:22 am
  • Reply How to Sunday #20 - Monkey and Mouse

    […] How to Sunday linky I really enjoyed Craft Invaders amazing Fairy Gourd House, the detail is amazing and I really want to make one myself […]

    February 20, 2016 at 10:19 pm
  • Reply Jenny - Monkey and Mouse

    This is just gorgeous! I love your gourd fairy house and the bed is so sweet, a perfect little fairy home! Where did you buy the gourd from, I had considered buying a couple previously, but wasn’t sure where to buy them from.
    Thanks so much for linking up to #Howtosunday
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    February 20, 2016 at 9:03 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      Thanks Jenny. I bought it from the curious plant company who have a website and are also on ebay – which is where I found them :)

      February 21, 2016 at 9:40 am
  • Reply Kelly Robinson

    What a wonderful thing to do. My nieces would be amazed by this. We have a fairy toadstool a friend made us and my son thinks they sleep in there in the day then they are awake at night #HowtoSunday

    February 15, 2016 at 8:01 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      Fairy houses are a lovely thing to make – that’s so cute that your son thinks that :)

      February 16, 2016 at 8:00 pm
  • Reply Lauren (The Helpful Hiker)

    Wow that is stunning-who knew a gourd could be used to such good effect? I love so many of your ideas, I think that I am going to have to take the plunge and give crafting a go. I love it-just lack a little natural ability! I’m sure Finn would love to get stuck in though :-) #HowtoSunday
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    February 15, 2016 at 2:11 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      Once you get stuck in you’ll find you can do all our crafts, and if it turns out a little rustic (which is actually very fashionable!) just do what I do and say the kids made it!

      February 16, 2016 at 8:05 pm
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