Do you want to have a fairy garden or make a special gift for a friend or grandchild? If the cost of those fairy houses in the retail stores is holding you back, wait no longer! For the price of some oil-based paint pens, a little acrylic craft paint and some time, you can have one-of-a-kind fairy houses. These cute little Flower Pot Fairy Houses are a great gift, fundraiser item or wonderful craft for a child’s party. Recently, I made up these two fairy abodes for an upcoming Master Gardener fundraiser.
All you need for this project is a small terracotta flowerpot and saucer, some acrylic craft paint, fine point Sharpie oil-based paint pens and a little imagination!
First, paint the pots and saucers with acrylic paint and let them dry thoroughly. I loved this pearlized light purple color as my base. Remember, lighter shades might require a second coat to get full coverage. Always let an application dry before adding another.
With the paint pens, draw windows and doors first, then fill in little details like curtains, flowers in a window box, shutters, hinges, roof tiles, etc. I found that lighter colors like white and yellow sometimes needed a second coat.
Let the pots dry overnight, then heat them in the oven at 350 F for 1/2 hour to set the paint. While you are waiting, cut a wine cork in half and paint it to be used for chimneys. After cooling the pots and saucers, glue the saucer and cork on to the little pot house.
How easy was that?
So, now it’s time to rummage around in the shed and get out those flower pots! Have fun!
Need fairies for your fairy garden, too? Here’s how to make them from natural materials you can pick up around the yard or on a walk!