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Gourd Fairy House

We know that fairies love delicate, natural things, so we have made a beautiful, miniature fairy house 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!

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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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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 fairy house 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 fairy house 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 fairy house for one in a kettle gourd.

We know that fairies love delicate, natural things, so we have made a beautiful, miniature fairy house 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!

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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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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

  • Reply Kellie

    Cutest fairy bed. The whole thing really, but I love the bed.
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    January 2, 2017 at 11:14 pm
  • Reply Linda at Mixed Kreations

    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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    January 2, 2017 at 9:11 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

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

      January 9, 2017 at 5:13 pm
  • Reply Michelle

    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.

    August 25, 2016 at 8:46 am
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      Thanks Michelle, your fairy houses are gorgeous so so pleased you like ours πŸ™‚

      August 25, 2016 at 4:30 pm
  • Reply Idaintyit

    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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    February 26, 2016 at 10:06 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      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

      February 27, 2016 at 3:44 pm
  • Reply Ana De- Jesus

    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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    February 26, 2016 at 12:42 am
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      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!

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

      Thanks for featuring us Jenny – cant wait to see yours, if you have a go πŸ™‚

      February 21, 2016 at 9:42 am
  • 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 πŸ™‚

      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 πŸ™‚

      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 πŸ™‚ #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
  • 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 πŸ™‚ 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 πŸ™‚

      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 πŸ™‚

      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 πŸ™‚

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

    This is a lovely idea! So sweet πŸ™‚

    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 πŸ™‚

      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 πŸ™‚ 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
  • 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! πŸ™‚
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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? πŸ˜€ #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 πŸ™‚ 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! πŸ™‚

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

      Thanks for stopping by πŸ™‚ 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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