Tag: Fairy Houses

Upcycled Plastic Containers Transformed into Fairy Houses

I finally completed my batch of fairy mushroom houses, yay! They are photographed and ready to head over to the Bellefonte Art Gallery. Hope they find good homes…

Group of Fairy Mushroom Houses

Group of Fairy Mushroom Houses

To make these fairy houses, I raided our recycling bin for plastic containers: creamer bottles, yogurt cups, marshmallow fluff jars, smoothie bottles, etc. I cleaned them thoroughly and painted them in bright, happy, spring colors. I made the doors from paper clay and outlined them with miniature paper flowers. This was a fun project and could probably be completed with children, should you choose to try it.

If you need inspiration, please check out my Pinterest board:

Follow Trilby Works’s board Fairy Houses in the Garden on Pinterest.

Mushroom Fairy Houses, On My Work Table Right Now

My father grew up during the 1930’s Great Depression and the subsequent World War II years when it was common practice to collect trash metal for conversion to weaponry, ships, tanks, and planes. His family also saved newspapers, bottles and caps, jars, cans, cooking fats, fabric, rubber, aluminum foil, pots and pans, and even old toys. Some of this recycling spirit and thriftiness rubbed off on me! Today I save metal and plastic lids from bottles and jars, plastic containers, old wooden toy parts, interesting labels and papers, old tools, ribbon and string scraps, vintage books and many other items.

Lately I’ve been putting those plastic containers to good use by using the pieces to assemble my mushroom fairy houses, as in the photo below.

Mushroom Fairy Houses

Mushroom Fairy Houses in progress

I glue the tops and bottoms together and then cover the surfaces with either decoupaged colored tissue papers or textured stucco paint. Doors and windows are made from molded paper clay and decorations are from random bits and bobs in my craft stash.

I love the idea of converting trash into art! Here are some projects made from household trash.

If you want to do this, here’s some inspiration from my Pinterest board.

Follow Trilby Works’s board Upcycle, Recycle: Plastic Jars and Containers on Pinterest.

Butterfly Pixie House

I’ve completed my Butterfly Pixie House, made from a recycled plastic creamer container and an aluminum foil and paper towel roof. I think it’s so cute! “Why can’t fairies live here?”, my husband wanted to know. I have no idea! It’s just a pixie house.

Butterfly Pixie House by Trilby Works

Butterfly Pixie House by Trilby Works

I’ll be creating a tutorial on how to make this little house soon.

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I’ve finished my fairy house door tutorial. You can see it here.

Fairy House Doors Tutorial Graphic

Fairy House Doors Tutorial Graphic

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Finally, I’ve started my Bark Fairy House. I filched a tree slice from my husband’s carving stash to use as a base and glued upright some thick pieces of bark that I had found in the back yard. The E-6000 I was using did not seem strong enough so I added some adhesive grout around the base (that’s the white stuff in the photo).

Bark Fairy Play House Started

Bark Fairy Play House Started

My idea is to make this into a fairy doll play house for my daughter but who knows if this will turn out okay.

On My Work Table Right Now

As usual, I have many works in progress in my studio. My latest obsession, fairy houses, are well represented in the cluttered mass, as are some older projects that are still lurking around. Here are a bunch of fairy house doors that I’m painting:

Fairy Doors Being Painted

Fairy Doors Being Painted

My tutorial, “How to Make Fairy House Doors,” is completed and if you would like to learn how to do this you can click here to view the tutorial.

I’ve also branched out into mushrooms. Why? I don’t like to eat them – they disgust me. But I love the shapes and I love that they are associated with fairies, sprites, and pixies in the woods. Below is a mushroom in progress:

Stone Mushroom 1 In Progress 1

Mushroom 1 In Progress

I had some left over epoxy clay from another project and it only stays workable for a short time – what to make? A fairy house, of course! In this case, a miniature one. I simply rolled the clay into a ball, then a log, then narrowed out the top, twisted it a bit for character, and incised a door and two windows. Let it cure and done! Now, should I paint it or not?

Mini Fairy House

Mini Fairy House

I’ve also been having loads of fun on Pinterest (who doesn’t?) with my board, Fairy Houses in the Garden. Here’s a peek:



Please follow me on Pinterest if you like what you see here!

Pine Cone Stone Fairy Cottage

My latest fairy cottage is finished. This one’s got a bark roof, stone walls, and two doors. I wonder who will live in there?

Pine Cone Stone Fairy Cottage

Pine Cone Stone Fairy Cottage

Pine Cone Stone Fairy Cottage

Pine Cone Stone Fairy Cottage

Beach Pebble Stacked Stone Fairy House

I’ve completed my beach pebble fairy house, yay! As with seemingly every project I start, it took much longer to complete than I thought it would but I am happy with the results.

Beach Pebble Stacked Stone Fairy House

Beach Pebble Stacked Stone Fairy House

Beach Pebble Stacked Stone Fairy House

Beach Pebble Stacked Stone Fairy House

Beach Pebble Stacked Stone Fairy House

Beach Pebble Stacked Stone Fairy House

Beach Pebble Stacked Stone Fairy House: Roof and Deck

Since my last post, I’ve made some good progress on my fairy house. I was able to make the roof from an armature of plastic lids, taped and glued, with small pieces of wood for shingles, and some wood sticks and twigs for additional support.

Beach Pebble Stacked Stone Fairy House in progress 05

Beach Pebble Stacked Stone Fairy House in progress 05

Beach Pebble Stacked Stone Fairy House in progress 06

Beach Pebble Stacked Stone Fairy House in progress 06

Beach Pebble Stacked Stone Fairy House in progress 07

Beach Pebble Stacked Stone Fairy House in progress 07

Beach Pebble Stacked Stone Fairy House in progress 08

Beach Pebble Stacked Stone Fairy House in progress 08

Beach Pebble Stacked Stone Fairy House in progress 09

Beach Pebble Stacked Stone Fairy House in progress 09

Beach Pebble Stacked Stone Fairy House in progress 10

Beach Pebble Stacked Stone Fairy House in progress 10

Beach Pebble Stacked Stone Fairy House in progress 11

Beach Pebble Stacked Stone Fairy House in progress 11

Beach Pebble Stacked Stone Fairy House in Progress

Here’s what’s on my worktable: I’m creating fairy houses from stone. This one is created from rounded beach pebbles that I picked up on the Jersey shore. For a base I used a small flat slab of stone that I found in the back yard. I used glue to hold the stacked stones in place as I built the walls then I backed the walls with premixed grout for added stability. I wanted a dry stacked look which you see on old stone walls in my area sometimes.

Stacked Stone Fairy House in progress 1

Stacked Stone Fairy House in progress 1

I used about three different types of glue: Liquid Nails, E-6000, and some Craft Goop. So far the E-6000 is my favorite.

Stacked Stone Fairy House in progress 2

Stacked Stone Fairy House in progress 2

The above two shots are of the front of the house. I managed to make an arched doorway. The first one I made fell apart so I ended up making it flat on the table on a piece of waxed paper and then attaching it to the walls. I have no idea how I’ll make the door yet.

Stacked Stone Fairy House in progress 3

Stacked Stone Fairy House in progress 3

The side of the house is kind of narrow (above). You might be able to see some glue oozing through that has dried. I’m not sure how I’ll cover this up yet.

Stacked Stone Fairy House in progress 4

Stacked Stone Fairy House in progress 4

The back of the house has a window. I don’t know yet if I’ll frame it out or not.

Now for the roof…

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