Build Your Own Fairy House example found near the Gruffalo Trail at Bolderwood in The New Forest by Heidi Piercy

Build Your Own Fairy House Using Found Or Recycled Materials

Want to build your own fairy house like Rabbitswood Fairy 20?

The resourceful fairy number twenty is always travelling around.

She builds a new house each month with what she finds on the ground.

 Towards the end of my Rabbitswood Fairy House Colouring Book I started to leave more and more blank space on the pages for the reader to use their own imagination to draw their own illustrations, rather than just colouring in mine. Fairy house number 20 is actually one of my favourites parts of the book (even though they are the emptiest pages) because it is such a brilliant creativity prompt.

Build Your Own Fairy House Pages From The Rabbitswood Fairy House Colouring Book by Heidi Piercy

There is just a door with number 20 on it, the rhyme and a tiny little hint of what the fairy might be able to find on the ground when looking for materials to build her house.

I think the best place to start if you want to build your own fairy house is to head outside and see what stuff you can find. These will obviously be different depending on the place or time of year, so there could all kind of options. I guess I should give a bit of a health and safety note cause unfortunately you could pick up all kinds of dangerous yuck on the floor so just be careful and wash your hands after etc! Also please make sure you don’t damage the environment when you gather materials e.g don’t snap branches off trees, just use ones that have already fallen to the ground.

You can build your own fairy house in 2d or 3d. I made this 2d one using small twigs and magnolia petals that my girls gathered.

Build Your Own Fairy House With Sticks And Magnolia Pettles by Heidi Piercy

Even though it was a very flat image of a house, my girls loved imaginatively playing with it with their personalised woollen fairy finger puppets.

Build Your Own Fairy House with Crocheted Fairy Finger Puppets by Heidi Piercy Build Your Own Fairy House with Personalised Crocheted Fairy Finger Puppets by Heidi Piercy

This 2d fairy house was very quick to make but 3d ones are a little bit trickier as you obviously need to consider how to keep the structure upright. This will vary hugely depending on what material you have and where you are building it so just have fun and play around with lots of different ideas.

I spotted this 3d fairy house built into the side of a tree near The Gruffalo Trail at Bolderwood in the New Forest. I thought it was a brilliant idea to build it up again the side of a tree as it helped with supporting the structure and it also really makes it look like a doorway that leads into a magical world just out of sight inside the tree.

Build Your Own Fairy House Tree example found near the Gruffalo Trail at Bolderwood in The New Forest by Heidi Piercy

I hope some of these ideas have inspired you to try building your own fairy houses. Please let me know how you get on. #RabbitswoodFairyHouse 🙂

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