Asked on Mar 27, 2016

Making a fairy house- how can I seal a pine log so bark stays on?

Karen CampbellRandy HodgesWayne Sheppard


I want to seal a pine log, so the bark does not fall for a fairy house. I am building a fairy house from a pine log. I need to seal the bark to prevent it from falling off.
What do I use?
7 answers
  • Ceh4874997
    on Mar 28, 2016

    I pinned this from Pinterest, but I don't know anything about it. Good luck, hope it works.

  • William
    on Mar 28, 2016

    Pentacryl is a wood stabilizer to prevent wood from splitting or checking. Wood turners use it. Not good for your purpose, plus it's expensive. What I have done is thin shellac down by 50% and really soak the bark. This allows it to get into small cracks and crannies. Then I apply a thicker coat of shellac which reinforces the first one. I used Zinsser SealCoat the last time I did this, and it worked well. You can then apply poly over the shellac should you choose, but you would not need to do so. Good luck with your project. Sounds great!

  • Bonita Snodgrass
    Bonita Snodgrass
    on Mar 28, 2016

    We have an EPIC fairy garden. Over a dozen little houses for all of my Granddaughters' Fae Friends. Will your garden be inside or out? Either way I found an amazing technique to create the look of rough bark. Our garden , because of the size, is in our front yard. Making it necessary for everything to tolerate our Southern Summer storms. If this is something that you would like to try please let me know. It is staggeringly easy and inexpensive. Here's a photo of the village winery ( don't judge) The fairies are partial to rose nectar and honeysuckle wines , pardon the tiny Frankenstein this was taken last October and wee monsters came to trick or treat! I have several posts pending on this topic, but if you are pressed for time my idea may help you out.

    , The Sit and Sip winery in our Fairy Village
  • Ruth Grimley
    Ruth Grimley
    on Mar 28, 2016

    Please post pictures when your done!

  • Wayne Sheppard
    Wayne Sheppard
    on Mar 29, 2016

    Depending on how much it's going to be touched and how fragile the bark is, you could spray it with a urethane finish. This won't keep the thin bits from breaking off from pressure, but if that happens you can respray. If it's indoors and not going to be handled, you could even use a firm hairspray. Be sure to test a piece first though, to make sure the spray doesn't change the color too much for your tastes. You can also experiment with various levels of gloss. Pics please however you do it, and good luck!

  • Randy Hodges
    Randy Hodges
    on Mar 30, 2016

    Try Mod Podge.

  • Karen Campbell
    Karen Campbell
    on Apr 12, 2018

    I painted mine with several coats of Polyurethane
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