Huzzah, my first posted project! *is very excited* I searched faerie houses/hutches and they all seemed to be in this forum, so I'm hoping this is the right place to put it. Made Christmas '07 for my little sister, who doesn't play with it since it came a few Christmases too late (just when I get around to finishing, she decides to become a teenager
). I hope you enjoy!
Front view of the house/glen.
The base is a section of tree trunk I bought at some craft store or other, covered in some once-green Spanish moss. The patches of "garden" are from a bunch of dried flowers a friend gave me, and the stepping stones are white beach stones I collected. All are glued to the base of the moss using much Tacky.
Back view of the house/glen, with my hand for size reference. The butterfly on the main part of the house, which is made of half of a coconut, is woodburned in.
The little house, close up (sorry for the fuzziness). This was made of a coconut I bought at the grocery store that I cut in half with a small hand-held saw, carved out with a grapefruit spoon (I shudder to remember how long that took), cut a doorway in, and filed the edges of. The design around the doorway is woodburned, though there isn't a door - I made one but just never attached it.
You can just
see the welcome mat, which is a little scrap of leather with woodburned lettering. Oh yeah, and the chimney is a piece of bamboo.
Open! I painted the inside blue with clouds and made a little soot mark where the chimney comes out. The hinge is a long strip of leather that I superglued to the inside of the coconut and then nailed to the base before putting the moss on.
Fuzzy-ish closeup of the wishing well. Made of a wooden napkin ring and little stones, with drywall compound for molding. The roof is made of plain ol' twigs, and the crank is made of a toothpick or two with small ring-slices of bamboo.
Up it comes, a bucketfull of wishes . . . erm, I hope you wished for moss
The bucket is a hollowed-out acorn shell with a tiny forked twig handle, the string is silver embroidery thread, and there's a wire hook out of sight so that the bucket can come off the string.
Whew! Just a few more pics.
mushroom house! I took a baby food jar and glued the lid to the inside of another (tinier) coconut shell. I then glued the jar to a mini flower pot and covered them in drywall compound and Elmer's glue, leaving "windows" in the paste.
Nope, no idea how anything'd get in there (or breathe once they got in lol), but it's my favorite part next to the well.
The mailbox is visible from this photo too - it's a stick and two halves of a piece of bamboo. There's a little message inside, which was my Christmas card to my sister
Aaaaaand . . .
The bottom! Done about a year before the rest. A woodburned (and slightly inaccurate) copy of Robert Graves' poem, "I'd Love to Be a Fairy's Child. "
I'd love to hear what you think!