How to Make a Fairy House in a Gourd

by Sarah - Craft Invaders

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 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.

For more fairy garden inspiration check out our solar powered waterfall and our acorn cap solar LED lights in our fairy herb garden.

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

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40 comments

Kellie January 2, 2017 - 11:14 pm

Cutest fairy bed. The whole thing really, but I love the bed.

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Sarah - Craft Invaders January 9, 2017 - 5:15 pm

Thank you Kellie, I did have lots of fun making it 🙂

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Linda at Mixed Kreations January 2, 2017 - 9:11 pm

Sarah this is adorable! I’m sure the little fairies visit the houses. Heck they live in them! Who wouldn’t, they are just really good at hiding. I Love the little bed and night stand with the basket. So cute!
I use to grow my own gourds and paint Santa’s on them. Made a few birdhouses out of them as well.

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Sarah - Craft Invaders January 9, 2017 - 5:13 pm

Santa Gourds sound gorgeous Linda, I keep meaning to try and grow some – maybe this will be the year!

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Michelle August 25, 2016 - 8:46 am

Okay it’s official, I’m in love. This is sooooo awesome Sarah. Love the little bed and the quilt and the gourd. Everything, I love everything.

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Sarah - Craft Invaders August 25, 2016 - 4:30 pm

Thanks Michelle, your fairy houses are gorgeous so so pleased you like ours 🙂

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Idaintyit February 26, 2016 - 10:06 pm

Aww so beautiful! We are moving house soon and when we do I really want something like this hiding in the garden, I think they are so cute!

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Sarah - Craft Invaders February 27, 2016 - 3:44 pm

Thank you, they are such fun to make – I love the little fairy doors that people put in trees too. Good luck with your move, its such an exciting thing to do x

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Ana De- Jesus February 26, 2016 - 12:42 am

The little girl that I look after is obsessed with fairies and crafts so she would love recreating the gourd fairy house! I am not good at crafts myself though lol!

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Sarah - Craft Invaders February 26, 2016 - 11:17 am

You have such an eye for design Ana, bet you would be fab at crafts if you had a go – if I come across a craft challenge somewhere I will think of you!

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