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Fairy Garden Tree House Tutorial

By: Creative Mom from instructables.com
Fairy Garden Tree House Tutorial
Fairy Garden Tree House Tutorial
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When given the choice, who wouldn't rather live in a world where fairies exist? With this Fairy Garden Tree House Tutorial, you can learn how to make a lovely home for your fairy friends and bring a bit of magic into your garden. This project would be great for crafting with kids. The tiny fairy tree house will stimulate their imaginations and create a world of fun. When you make this garden project for your yard, you'll have a whimsical escape from reality any time you visit it.

From the blogger: "In this tutorial I'll show you how we made a Fairy Tree House for our Fairy Garden. You'll only need some tree branches, copper wires, some oakum, hot glue, tin foil, craft foam, wood glue, a piece of styrofoam and lots of imagination and creativity."

Estimated Cost$11-$20

Time to CompleteWeekend project

Primary TechniqueMixed Media

Intermediate

Project TypeMake a Project

Materials List

  • Styrofoam block 10x15x30 cm
  • Branches
  • Tin foil
  • Copper Wire
  • Oakum
  • Hot glue
  • Craft foam
  • Wood glue
  • Paint

Instructions

  1. Fasten a copper wire around a piece of wood and insert them into a styrofoam block. Use a cutter to make the hole in the styrofoam. Glue the wood inside the hole using hot glue and polyurethane foam.

  2. While the foam hardens connect the branches you selected for this project with pieces of copper wire. The wires should be somewhere around 20 cm.

  3. Transform your styrofoam piece into a hill. Use a saw, a wire brush and a cutter for this process. Dont worry about styrofoams bumps. Well fix those later.

  4. Start building your tree using the wired branches and other pieces of wire (I used different color for these wires so you can see them easily).

  5. Add thickness to the lower side of the branches using tin foil.

  6. Cover the foil and part of the branches with oakum and wood glue. This will strengthen the whole thing. I used some pigment in my glue so you can easily see what Im doing.

  7. Start building your tree house. Draw the walls, the floor and roof using branches. When you are satisfied with the general shape glue the branches together with hot glue. Dont rush into cutting the branches short just yet. You can cut them later when you decide they dont add any beauty value to the house. Be creative and dont use only straight lines.

  8. Start adding the actual walls. Use craft foam sheets, marker, scissors and hot glue for this step. Draw the wall lines on the sheets placing them inside the house. Start with the walls, and finish with the roof. Draw each line adding a 2 mm offset, making sure not to cut to much. Try to establish where the windows will go before gluing the walls. Its harder to cut the holes after you glued the walls in place. When gluing the walls make sure you glue on the inside so you dont have dripping glue on the outside. The roof doesnt have to be perfect because well cover it with tiles later on.

  9. Beautify the tree using oakum, copper wires and hot glue. You can modify the aspect of your tree so it advantages the little house. You can make it thicker, older looking, with big gnarled roots and hollows. You can also add now some window details, door, pebbles on the walls and chimney.

  10. Add a layer of plaster, resin or wood glue for hardening the surface.

  11. Adding the tiles. Use stripes of craft foam and hot glue for this step. Partly cut the paper at relatively equal distances. Use your thumbs thickness as a spacer. Place the tiles starting from the bottom and working your way up the roof. Again add a layer of plaster, resin or wood glue for hardening your new tiles.

  12. Paint your house with the desired colors. Make sure you cover all of the craft foam sheets. We chose a more realistic look, but you can use brighter colors if you feel like it. It depends on where you want to use it.

  13. In this final step we add a layer of wood glue (the one that becomes transparent when dry) on the styrofoam piece. Make sure you dont touch the tree. Throw dry sand while the glue is still wet. In the end your styrofoam should look and feel like a sandy rock. All you need to do now is find a nice place to position your new tree house and make lots of nice pictures.

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Wow I have never seen a fairy house that was anything like this one. It is super cute. I would like to make one a little smaller but what a great addition to any garden. I would love to put fairies and maybe a pond and a fence around it. This is going to make a great fairy scene. I would love to see this as a video to help understand a little better but a cute house.

HAVEN'T MADE THIS PROJECT BUT I DID MAKING A WOOD CRAVING FROM A LOG OF WC FIELD THE NOSE WAS ALL READY THERE AND I EVEN ADDED HIS TOP HAT .HIS PARTNER OF MAE WEST HER CATCH PHASE WAS WHY DON'T YOU COME UP TO SEE ME SOMETIME. IT WAS EVEN BEFORE MY TIME DIFFERENT ERA

The photo shown of this,project looks fantastic. I could see this as a real conversation starter and would,look so cute in any garden! For even more fancy, make tiny flower boxes under the windows and put in tiny flowers in each one and even glue on some tiny glass,beads here and there for dew drops! This would make a wonderful housewarming gift for an avid gardener, or a very creative and whimsical gift for a little girl to,start an interest in decor and gardening. Thank you for,sharing this fun and creative idea!

Need a video for Fairy garden house

This house looks so complicated to make but really isnt, I think even someone like me could make this house. I would say my Niece and Nephew would love this in a gardenI think me and my partner are going to have to get creative at the weekend and try this out)

I don't usually care too much about garden decorations, but this is just too cute. I really like the details on the house, too, especially the windows.

This looks so neat! It's projects like this one that make me miss the summer :)

This is so fun and realistic! I'd love to make this as an end of summer project. I need to soak up as much summer sun as I still can

I would love to have this in my yard! It would feel like living in a fairy tale.

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