Surprisingly easy and utterly adorable, the Pebble Fairy House turned out even better than I expected! It took 20 minutes to construct and it now takes pride place at the base of our backyard tree.
Pebbles or stones (collected or you can find them at places like a nursery, Bunnings, discount stores or garden centres).
Hot glue gun (I used 4 glue sticks)
Ice-cream container lid
1. Place a layer of pebbles down on the ice-cream lid in the size/shape desired. Once happy with the position, glue each stone down.
2. Create a second layer of pebbles by gluing each stone in position on top of/in between another pebble. It doesn’t really matter if the size/shape of the pebbles differ because it’s rustic looking.
3. I started it off, and then my almost-12-year-old daughter took over. I trust her with the hot glue gun, but I wouldn’t give it to a younger child. Continue layering the pebbles until the fairy house is the desired height. (Place glue on the bottom AND each side of the stones for extra strength).
4. Look for a few pieces of bark for the roof. My daughter found the bark pictured on a nearby tree.
5. The roof is probably the trickiest part. My daughter had the idea of building the stones up at the back of the house in a triangle shape to support the bark. This worked a treat. We arranged and glued a few pieces of bark on and attached a plastic flower we had in the craft box.
6. Cut the plastic ice-cream lid around the edge of the house (using a craft knife on a board). This makes it easy to blend the fairy house into grass or dirt so it looks more realistic.
7. Use another piece of bark and lean over the hole for the door.
The Pebble Fairy House isn’t designed to last forever but oooo-eeee, it looks cute! And it’s surprisingly sturdy. We decided to put it at the base of our backyard tree, next to the twig rope ladder. It would be a fun craft for older kids to make and use as decoration on a dresser in their room too.
My three younger children made peg dolls to go with the new fairy home. Love that: when all the family is involved in a little project in different ways. Miss 12 made the house with me. Then Miss 9 helped the younger kids (7 and 5) make peg dolls, and they played. Gold.