How to make fairy doors

February 20, 2017 ♛ By Melissa J. Will

Knock, knock! This collection of fairy garden door ideas provides tutorials, recommended materials, and ready-made doors for your miniature garden.

How to make fairy doors

Magical Miniature Door Ideas

Whether you want to make a fairy door from scratch, buy a kit and decorate it, or get something ready-made, there are a few things to consider first.

I’ll walk you through some tips, and idea galleries for tutorials, supplies, as well as ready-made doors.

Fairy Door Tips

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  1. Size matters. Keep all your fairy garden accessories in proportion to each other, otherwise they will look odd. This post on choosing plants for a miniature garden has more tips about scale.
  2. Materials matter. If you want a long-lasting fairy door in your garden all year-round, choose strong materials. Popsicle sticks and balsa wood are good for indoor crafts only.
  3. Do you want a door that really opens? Most fairy doors do not actually open, so you’ll either need a ready-made door or a tutorial for one with a door frame and hinges.

Fairy Door Tutorials

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Visit Dream a Little Bigger for the tutorial

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Visit Messy Little Monster for the tutorial

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Visit Green Owl Art for the tutorial

Fairy Door-Making Supplies

Some of these wooden doors come in multi-packs so you can make several.

Mini Door Hardware

Make sure any hardware you choose is in proper scale or proportion to the door.

You could also go for the rustic look, which I love, and just tack some twigs across the doorway:

How to make fairy doors

How to make a fairy door? There is no need to wonder about that. Just close your eyes and let your imagination free. Well, if this does not work, ask your children. Kids know where fairies live – in a fairy garden and in magical tiny homes. Although this may sound as a joke to you, it is a fact that fairy doors for the garden are a special and very popular item for young children and a very interesting craft not only for kids, but for moms and dads too.

How to make a fairy door – DIY garden decorating ideas

How to make fairy doors

With sprig already here it is about time to think of your garden decoration. The warm weather means that the children will spend more and more time outdoors and if you have a playground or a playhouse in the garden, some magical fairy doors for the garden will add to the outdoor pleasure of the kids. If you have never thought of how to make a fairy door, we have some adorable ideas for opening fairy doors which will be the perfect decoration for the trees and will transform the patio into a Fairyland.

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Fairy doors for the garden are easy to make and you have the liberty to choose any material. Wooden fairy doors are, of course, the most authentic looking ones, but you can use polymer clay, wooden lollypop sticks, a wood plank or any other material. The fairy door accessories are a must, whether you like it or not, as a true fairy needs a beautifully decorated door to match her magic powers. You don’t believe that? Ask your daughter!

How to make a fairy door – step by step tutorial for crafting wooden ones

How to make fairy doors

Garden fairy doors do not need to be expensive or time consuming. With creativity and imagination you can make magnificent miniatures which will make your children happy and will encourage imaginative play.

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Here is a list of the materials for crafting a wooden fairy door:

– An oval wooden plate

– Strip of balsa wood

– a small doorknob or a cabinet hardware

– Wood paint in any color (or a wood stain)

– Adhesive and wood glue

How to make a fairy door – step by step instructions

How to make a fairy door? Here are some ideas! First you have to cut the wooden plate so that it resembles a door. For a more authentic appearance, the balsa wood strips are perfect as they are thin and soft and the material that can be cut beautifully and easily with a stencil knife. The balsa wood strips will add texture to you wooden fairy door and a genuine look. Use a ruler so that you cut straight lines and the ruler will help you with cutting the strips with same length. If necessary, sand the edges of the strips until smooth.

After you have cut all the elements, glue the balsa wood strips to the wooden plate. Leave a small distance between the individual bars. Paint the wooden door and let the paint dry completely. After that you are ready to add decoration to the fairy door. You will surely find something suitable in the craft store or craft your own fairy door accessories. You can cut out a wooden medallion like the one on the pictures.

Adding a doorknob is the final step for a true fairy door. After your wooden fairy door is completed, you can finally decorate the garden. Find a suitable tree or a larger stone.

Garden fairy doors from lollipop sticks

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If you wanted to make a child happy, the idea of opening fairy doors is absolutely brilliant. You can craft fairy doors for the garden in a couple of hours using wooden lollipop sticks. All you need is enough sticks, glue, buttons or other fairy door accessories.

Glue together the sticks to make the main body of the door. A glue gun is the most suitable tool, as the sticks will be glued immediately. Add reinforcement sticks, two horizontal reinforcements, and one diagonal, for an authentic look. Glue on a plain small button which will act as a doorknob and adorn the door with any kind of fairy door accessories that you like.

Garden fairy doors from modeling clay

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This is one of the easiest ways to make garden fairy doors and is a cool craft idea for kids. You need modeling clay, a rolling pin, a stencil knife and water color paints.

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Soften the clay and flatten it with the help of the rolling pin. Outline the desired door size and cut it with the stencil knife. Leave the door to dry out and it can be painted in any color. After the paint has dried out completely, decorate the door with leaves (you can make them from the clay) or other accessories.

Fairy doors for the garden – the perfect gift

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Fairy doors for the garden can be crafted in any style to match the landscape style of the garden. There is no doubt that fairy doors are very romantic and a very original garden decoration. A great idea to extend the project is to add windows, a beautiful path, a chimney or a mailbox for even more charm. Decorating with plants – a nice garden path of tile or stone pieces, a small front garden with flowers, moss or other plants is also a good idea and makes the decorated area look even prettier.

Fairy door accessories ideas for a magical garden look

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Besides leaves, flowers or medallions, you can use different fairy door accessories which will complement the overall look and will add the finishing touches of your fairy home. Benches, lights, a miniature pond, a bridge or whatever else that comes to mind will complete the design.

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You can see – there are no limits and rules. There are ideas suitable for children, for beginners in DIY projects and for people with improved craft skills. Just have fun while crafting your magical fairy garden doors!

How to make fairy doors

We’ve changed how we provide Nature Detectives activities for children.

Woods have been enchanting children for generations. They’re the setting for many of our favourite fairy tales and the backdrop to memorable family adventures. Woods are also wonderful places for youngsters to use their imaginations.

We’ve brought together some of our favourite activities to help your children discover the magic of woods and trees. They’re tried and tested with our own families and lots of fun. Find out how to make fairy doors, magic wands and woodland potions, plus how to throw your own fairy tea party.

Woods are magical places to visit, but please don’t leave fairy doors or fairy houses behind. Take them and any craft materials home with you to help us protect the natural environment.

How to make a fairy door

Follow our simple instructions and make a secret door to encourage fairy folk to visit your garden. This is a lovely activity to do with youngsters who are fascinated by fairies and elves.

  • Line up some lolly sticks or twigs.
  • Glue two sticks diagonally across your ‘door’ to hold it together.
  • Look for acorn cups or tiny pebbles to be your doorknob and letterbox. Glue them in place. You could use old buttons or beads instead.
  • When the glue is dry, place your door against a tree trunk or wall. Make sure it’s well away from big feet and curious cats.

Listen carefully… Can you hear any fairy visitors knocking on your door?

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How to Make Fairy House Doors

How to make fairy doors

I’ve always loved fairies! So much so that I’ve been making my own fairy houses for my house and garden. Mostly they are of stone, which I stack and glue and grout, a painstaking process that takes weeks. Of course a house needs doors, even a fairy house, and the doors are a bit quicker to make, thus providing more immediate gratification. In this tutorial, I’ll share some of the techniques I’ve learned to make charming, whimsical fairy house doors.

Door Styles

There are many types of doors for fairy houses: whimsical free-shaped doors with pointy tops, rectangular wooden slat doors, clay doors made from molds and hobbit-type round doors. Your imagination and your at-hand supplies are the only limit to what you can create.

Supplies

You can make doors from many types of materials. Below is a list of some of the supplies I use:

  • popsicle sticks, square wood dowels
  • natural twigs and sticks
  • adhesives: wood glue, tacky glue, E-6000 glue
  • metal brads
  • acrylic paint, gesso, acrylic medium
  • alcohol ink
  • molds and paper clay
  • jewelry findings, wood and metal beads
  • pebbles
  • dollhouse miniature hinges and door handles
  • scrapbooking embellishments like paper flowers and butterflies

Fairy Door Techniques

Here I’ll share some of the ways I make fairy doors.

Easy Fairy Door From Wood Chipboard Shapes

One of the easiest ways to make a fairy door is from a wooden chipboard shape. You can buy chipboard circles, rectangles, and squares quite inexpensively at craft stores. Simply paint them your preferred color, add a bead or button for a door handle and glue to your fairy house. Easy!

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Fairy Doors Being Painted

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Slate and Sage Fairy House Door

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Pinecone Fairy Cottage Front Door

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Pinecone Fairy Cottage Back Door

Fairy Doors Made With Wooden Sticks and Dowels

Another easy construction technique is to use wooden popsicle sticks or square dowels glued together in strips to form a door. Cut the wood into the size you want. Glue together with tacky glue, wood glue, or any white school glue. Add cross pieces for architectural interest in front and stability in back, as needed. Stain or paint. Add beads, jewelry findings, or twigs for a door handle. Seal with a varnish if desired and glue in place on your fairy house. Here’s a door I made using this method.

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Beach Pebble Stacked Stone Fairy House Door Made From Popsicle Sticks

Fairy Doors Made From Paper Clay and a Mold

Another quick and easy way to make a fairy house door is to use a mold. Molds are widely available on Etsy; I’ve purchased a number of them, in a variety of sizes. Molds are super easy to use – just mash the clay into the mold, pull it off and let it dry, cure or bake and you’re done!

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Fairy Doors From Mold by Karen Furst of Trilby Works

Okay, so maybe there’s a bit more to it than that. First you need to choose your clay: do you want to use polymer clay which must be baked; paper clay that air dries; or epoxy clay that cures in a few hours? No clue? Then I suggest you start with an air dry clay like Creative PaperClay or Crayola Air-Dry Clay, both of which can be purchased at a craft store. Air dry clays are non-toxic, kid-friendly, paintable and easy to use. The hardest part is peeling it off the mold and waiting for it to dry. Below are some doors I made from paper clay.

This first one is a tiny little door, about 1″ high, that I applied to a mushroom fairy house. I gave it a wash of sepia brown paint to age it.

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Sage Green Mushroom Fairy House Door

The second one is bigger, about 3 1/4″ high, and I didn’t use a mold for it, but just rolled out the paper clay and cut a fairy door shape out of it. It was kind of plain so I impressed the top with a wood plank pattern plastic mold that I had. Since I was putting this door on a bottle, which has a rounded shape, I made sure to press the door onto the bottle to round the sides before I let it dry. After drying I glued it on with E-6000, my favorite glue. You could also use tacky glue or white glue. The door handle is made from a green pearl with a head pin and is also glued on. Once applied, the door looked a tad boring so I glued paper flowers around it as a frame. I think it came out great!

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Butterfly Pixie House Door by Trilby Works

Inspiration

See my Pinterest board on Fairy House Windows and Doors for inspiration:

Video Tutorials

Until I have time to make my own video tutorials on creating your own fairy house doors, I’m sharing some of the best ones I’ve found around the web.

Making fairy doors is quick, satisfying and so much fun to do with the kids! They’re really easy to make. In a few minutes, you’ll be a pro, and you’ll have durable fairy doors you can bring (and leave!) outside. You can get really creative with this. Here are the instructions in a nutshell.

  • Align 6 or 7 popsicle sticks vertically.
  • Measure and cut two popsicle sticks the horizontal width of the door.
  • Glue both popsicle sticks across horizontally to hold it all together.
  • Paint or stain the door.
  • Add embellishments like moss, jewelry, or a tiny thumbtack doorknob.
  • Display your door in the fairy garden or nail to a tree.

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I was so impressed with how great popsicle stick fairy doors look, I had to try it myself. I quickly found myself making more and more!

Step 0. Gather your crafty stuff from around the house… Look through your craft bins, sewing tins, junk drawers, etc. Look for popsicle sticks, buttons, thumbtacks, jewelry, beads, glitter… A ‘fairy door shoebox’ filled with tools and goodies, will quickly become something you never knew you needed in your life.

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Picking the Right Glue

Whilst crafting, it’s normal to grab the hot glue gun and go. But the glue I chose for my fairy doors was important because they needed to be durable enough to hold up to the elements outside. So, I started with Gorilla Wood glue, with hopes that it would hold daily watering of my fairy garden containers. Plus rainwater, harsh wind, and scorching sun so prevalent here in my backyard/nursery.

Gorilla Wood Glue is rated for indoor/outdoor use with Type2 water resistance, but what I like about this glue is that it sets quickly and there’s no foam like with regular gorilla glue.

UPDATE: Gorilla wood glue is the perfect glue for wood projects to be kept outdoors. I left the doors out all winter to be sure they would survive the elements. And they DID! But just because they can doesn’t mean you should. They got super dirty, So I would bring them in the garage over winters to come. In the end, Gorilla wood glue passed my outdoor elements test and I’m very happy with this choice. I bought this bottle on Amazon.

How to Make a Fairy Door: Construction

Making a fairy door is a rather straightforward process. Lay popsicle sticks out to create the design you want. Cut two cross pieces to hold it all together and glue. I used a box cutter to cut the pieces. You probably can get away with a good pair of scissors.

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Next, pick out cool buttons, charms from old jewelry, beads, fake moss from the dollar store, and glue them on in a pleasing way. Be as creative as you like. The options are limitless.

Here, I used wood stain on some, acrylic paint on others, and left some bare wood.

The first two came out pretty cute, especially for how quick and easy they were to make. To get the buttons to lay flat, I cut a small hole in the door with an Exacto knife and glued the button in.

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Then, add some color! I have a thing for red doors. After posting this picture on Facebook, I learned some fascinating things about red doors.

“Feng shui says that they are good luck.” “In China, it’s a tradition to paint the front door red before the new year, to invite good luck and happiness.” “In Catholicism, the red door on a chapel symbolized the blood of Christ to signify that the ground inside the church was holy, and a sanctuary from physical and spiritual evils.” “In Ireland, front doors are painted red to ward-off ghosts and evil spirits.”

I had no idea! But I do know that red fairy doors are awesome!

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Like I said, making these fairy doors was so quick and easy, I just kept going, loving every minute of it. Honestly, you can make 4 or 5 in a little over an hour. It’s fun to see projects come to fruition in so little time, and turn out super cute even for a beginner!

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At this point, I had a question. How do you get these things to stand up?

You could EASILY glue a stick, piece of wire, or another popsicle stick to the back, protruding out the bottom so that you can just stick it in the dirt. And that would have been just fine. But I was on a roll and wanted to go the extra mile.

Most fairy doors I’d seen were attached to a tree, but I wanted to put them in containers. So I did some searching and I found the most impressive fairy garden doors Ive ever seen. It’s elaborate and breathtaking with a ton of little details to look at.

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I was inspired to say the least!

Since I had my hole-boring drill bit kit out to build our hoop house cold frame (and I didn’t have to go outside in 20-degree weather to get it) I had the idea to attach the doors to branches. Which I also had a box of inside. Don’t ask.

So I glued the doors to branches that were trimmed to the right height. Then, I found a drill bit about the width of the branch and drilled holes in a base of scrap wood. Filled the holes with glue. Stuck in some broken branches…and voila! This is what I came up with.

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How to make a DIY polymer clay fairy door

How to make fairy doorsI’ve been working on a couple of really small fairy houses that I needed cute colorful doors for, and I decided to try making a diy polymer clay fairy door.

I recently made polymer clay toadstools, and a whole bunch of other clay fairy garden accessories – they were SO easy, I figured doors would be too. (I was right! So easy, this would be the perfect project for a kid, with adult supervision!)

In all honesty, I could have (should have?) made them more ornate, but there’s always next time! I also wish I had used brighter colors. Brightly colored fairy doors are one of my favorite ways to add personality to my fairy gardens.

I’ve made doors from popsicle sticks before, and they’re alright, but they definitely aren’t the same quality as these clay doors – plus I think these will have a longevity that the other doors don’t have.

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How to make a fairy house door from polymer clay, step-by-step

If you’ve never used polymer clay before, this is the PERFECT project to start with!

What you’ll need:

  • bright colored polymer clay
  • grey polymer clay
  • black polymer clay
  • knife or scoring tool
  • tiny brush (or toothbrush)
  • parchment paper

1) Shape the door

Roll out a ball of brightly colored clay to about 1/4 inch thick.

Cut the door shape out of the clay with a knife or scoring tool.

At this point, I realized that I should be creating the door on a surface I could bake it directly on, so I moved it onto parchment paper.

2) Score the door to make “planks”

Well, do this if you WANT planks.

Maybe you just want a smooth door, or maybe you want to give it some other sort of texture.

I personally like really simple. lol.

3) Pinch off tiny balls of grey to create “rocks” around the door jam

Use different sized balls, and press them firmly to the door and to each other. I was worried they wouldn’t hold, but they are doing great! (And one door even got dropped by my toddler.)

Work all the way around the door, and go back to fill in any weird gaps with smaller balls.

4) Texture the “rocks” with a small brush

An old toothbrush would work just great for this if you don’t have a bottle brush.

It’s surprising how much more real some texture can make things look!

I used this opportunity to gently press the rocks together even harder, which didn’t seem to hurt anything at all.

5) Create a tiny doorknob from black clay

Of any color of clay really. Black was what I had on hand.

Make a small ball and press onto the door.

6) Bake according to clay package instructions

My package said 15 minutes at 275 degrees for every 1/4 inches thickness, so that’s exactly what I did and they turned out great. No shiny burnt spots at all!

(There was some shimmer in my grey “rock” clay, and it rubbed off my fingers onto the black doorknobs but that’s fine by me, I’m sure fairies like shimmer…)

What’s the door of a fairy?

The fairy doors are a magical gateway, usually placed on the basis of a treetop or a skirting board, between our world and the fairy realm. Fairy doors can help children play and develop, and therefore children can also cope with their worries and bad dreams.

For hundreds of years, fairies have moved from the Fairy to ours using fairy rings and fairy fortresses at times. However, more recently, parents have placed fairy doors in their homes and their gardens to enable the holidays to reach and connect with their children.

Some Parents use fairy doors to encourage creativity and imaginative thinking for their children, describing the holidays as beings that use their magic powers to shield children from bad dreams.

Fairy Doors of Ireland

For centuries, folks have been cultured in Ireland and have not always been the gentle creature with whom we associate. Sometimes, as the famous Irish poet W.B. Yeats chronicled in his poem The Stolen Boy, they brought a child into the fairy realm.

The Fairy is known as one of the first tribes to enter Ireland to be the Tuatha de Danann. The Tuatha de Dannan was a mythical, retractable race and a significant part of Irish culture and mythology.

Irish fairies are seen today as compassionate and tend to fly through the magic fairy doors with children in Ireland.

Ann Arbor’s Fairy Gate

In Michigan, USA, in 1993, the first Fairy Doors appeared. During the evening, these magical fairy gates were opened throughout the area, both for tourists and locals. Ann Arbor’s children left their fairies with gifts, including hand-crafted sketches, notes, sweets, and other valuable things, and were waiting for an answer. The fairies often responded to the bills or left presents for children’s delight. The doors then extend to the villages and cities that surround it.

Fea Door Styles

There are several fairy doors today around the world, from sweet, handcrafted, opening wooden doors to house, metal, resin, and even solar! Therefore the many varieties available today are listed here.

Fairy Door Handmade Wood

These doors can also be charming and fun to create with the help of kids. These doors are typically made from materials found in the forest and are perfectly adaptable to a wooded environment, giving them a spectacular natural look.

Fairy Doors Opening

These famous opening fairy doors are the least hidden fairies to visit their house for kids! And you will be very lucky to find it because the fairies are very delicate to hear. When they hear kids approach, a fairy always takes flight.

These doors are very sturdy and made from resin so that they can be installed in the Garden.

Fairy Doors of Metal

Constructed to last! These magical metal fairy doors can be incredibly complicated and can be opened. These doors can be attached inside or in the Garden. The pictured fairy door also has a window that gives the child notes.

The Backyard Fairy Gate

Now the fairy doors of this Garden are the most hidden of the fairies. The door opens only because of the privacy they enjoy. These fairies are nevertheless always delighted to accept donations and notes and always take away the children’s worries.

These doors are also placed at the foot of a tree or a part of a miniature garden with accessories from Fairy Garden.

Doors of Solar Fairy

These doors are a unique feature. You have a solar panel on your tiny roof, and the doors glow when darkness drops! These doors may be used outside but function as well as a nightlight in a child’s bedroom. Just make sure that the door gets some sunshine so that the fairies can activate the lights!

What’s the door to a fairy?

Fairy doors are simply a magic tool for enhancing the sense of wonder for your child and fostering what child psychologists call “imaginative play.” The significant part is that the parents should also participate. Children compose fairy notes and will receive imaginative sketches and donations. If a child is upset about something, parents may have a vital insight into a child’s interests. Be sure that the fairy door will give every household hours of fun!

You can learn how to build a fairy door without spending money, even though fairy door sets are available for purchase.

Tools & Furniture

You can make a comfortable yet lovely fairy door with whatever you have in hand. Some of the materials and decorations proposed for the building include:

  • Seven popsicles or handcrafted wood of adult hand size •
  • Gorilla Wood Leather or Hot Leather
  • Paint, dye, or signs
  • Scrapbooking adhesives.
  • Jewelry adhesive
  • Keys, flatbacks, or thumbtacks Fake Pearls
  • Artificial sticks and mouth
  • Twine Loop, Cable, or Han
  • Hinges of the jewelry box

Creating a Fairy Door

Fairy people have historically been residing in ancient trees’ knotted roots or even in old stumps. This would be the ideal place to mount the door to the Fairy when you have a suitable tree in your yard. If not, do not be worried—Fairs sometimes live in the walls of your home in this contemporary era, so they can watch people coming and going.

When you pick your DIY fairy door for a gnarled old tree or the wall inside a building, you get to work.

  • Lay six of them side by side and cut the seventh one-by-half which will look like horizontal rails when you build your fairy door with Popsicle sticks. To keep the other six Popsicle sticks, apply glue to these rail parts. You can start decorating immediately if you have ready-made craft wood.
  • Fairy door with paint, dye, markers, or color. Enable the designs that your children use to be imaginative. If required, allow the paint or stain to dry.
  • Dig the decorative pieces for adorning the house door in your joystick, sewing kit, scrapping center, or cabinet.
  • Buttons, fake flat-backed pearls, and fingerprints make excellent grips.
  • Imagine making a door frame with backyard rocks. Put them on glue, string, wire, or twine of hemp. If you want tiny joystick hinges to be added on one side, this lets you make the door operable.
  • Check online for DIY fairy doors pictures if you need inspiration.

Keep alive with spells

When the door is mounted, it’s time to invite the fairies to come in. You can leave a small welcome gift with a small hand-written note at the threshold. You can be sure that a fairy has come in if the gift and the letter are gone!

Inspire your children to draw pictures or tell stories of those little people who lived within the walls or roots on the other side of the fence. Keep leaving little gifts to let the fairies know that they are their mates. Remind them of the fairies they watch when your children act up. If the children don’t act in the home, they might get frustrated and move out.

Get assistance with projects for home improvement

Making your children a fairy door is a lighthearted pleasure, but you will have to complete a challenging maintenance task inside or outside your building.

How to make fairy doors

My four year old is really into princesses, pink, anything sparkly, things she’s allergic to (whales, she says she’s allergic to whales), and the whole concept of fairies. In anticipation of the tooth fairy coming sometime in the not-so-distant future I created a tooth fairy kit (you can read more about my DIY Tooth Fairy kit here). This naturally led to the discussion of how the fairy, TwinkleToes, gets in the house. Since I am just full of magic I told her I would create a fairy door that TwinkleToes can use when we’re ready. This was a really sweet project to put together and garnered tons of squeals, lots of, “I love it, Mommy!”, and numerous, “So can my teeth come out now?” I’m going to show you how to make a fairy door that opens to reveal a glittery fairy inside.

I found this great looking arch on the Sizzix website and thought it made the perfect shape for a fairy door. It actually reminded me of the Whispering Door at Clonmacnoise Monastery in Ireland which seems a little magical.

UsingВ the sandwich method (Watermelon Cutting Pad, Arch Frame die,В mat board,В В Cutting Pad), roll your sandwich through the Big ShotВ Machine until the whole thing has come through on the other side.В I cut out two panels usingВ white Mat Boards first and then cut three pink and one cloud (you will see why below).

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Next I moved onto the fairy. She just had to be glittery and I always have glitter cardstock on hand! You will need aВ Magnetic Platform, paper, Pete Hughes Fairy Thinlit, and at set ofВ Cutting Pads. I wanted my fairy to face towards the left so I made sure to put the right side down. Always check to make sure you are cutting the correct side and that your thinlet is facing down. Place a cutting on the magnetic platform then place the paper and thinlit on top of the pad and place the other pad on top of the thinlit and roll through your machine.

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Repeat the process used above for cutting the Vintaj Thinlits Textured Ornamental Keyhole and Key as well as Thinlits Grass. The Keyhole set does also come with small embossing folders so if you wanted your keyhole to have texture you can use those.

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Here are all the pieces I cut out, ready to put together. I initially did not cut a pink piece for the backside because it was going to be against the wall but I thought it looked unfinished so I went back and cut another.

Notice I have four pieces of grass below. You can see in another photo that I overlapped them. You will use the magnetic platform for the grass thinlit as well.

I really wanted the paper to have a woodgrain look so it looked like a real door. I used the Drapery & Woodgrain Embossing Folder and love how it came out!

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Now you glue your pieces to the mat boards. The front and backside of the outside panel both get covered in pink embossed woodgrain paper. You can choose any color or styles you want but since my little princess loves pink that’s what we went with. I even found pink sparkly paper at JoAnn’s.

How to make fairy doors

To make the “hinge” I used a piece of 7/8″ pink grosgrain ribbon. Glue one half to the inside panel and then glue whatever paper you have chosen. I chose clouds because I wanted it to look like when the door was openВ we were peeking into a fairy meadow.

How to make fairy doors

Complete the inside with your grass and fairy.

How to make fairy doors

Now glue the other half of the ribbon to the outside pieceВ and once dry, glue a pink paper panel. Let the whole thing dry overnight before embellishing the outside. You want to make sure the ribbon is going to stay in place.

I did also add little pieces of velcro so that the door would stay closed when placed on a wall.

How to make fairy doors

We are officially fairy ready! I placed the fairy door near the door in my daughter’s bedroom and she screamed in delight when she found it. She thought the fairy had snuck in and placed it there. The beauty of this is you can make up whatever story you want, use any colors you want, and decorate with just about anything.

I adore these tiny little paper roses from PaperMart! I glued some moss down and then snipped the roses from the wires and hot glued in the moss. To make the tiny rosebuds just carefully peel away the outer layer of petal.

How to make fairy doors

You could easily glue little paper flowers in the grass but I wanted to keep it simple. I think TwinkleToes will leave a teensy note tucked into the grass when it’s time.

How to make fairy doors

I hope you enjoyed my How to Make a Fairy Door tutorial. I would love to see your fairy doors! Better yet, leave a comment below telling me the name of your house fairy! I will pick random winners from time to time and send them my Tooth Fairy Printable Set.

Other supplies I used:

  • Paper rosesВ from PaperMart
  • MossВ from PaperMart
  • 7/8″ pink grosgrain ribbon
  • Quick dry glue
  • Glitter cardstock

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July 27, 2015 6:08 pm Kylie Filed Under: DIYs and Tutorials, Sizzix