How to Make a ToadStool Fairy House House

7 Materials
$40
1 Hour
Easy

One of my overriding memories when I as a child was of a toadstool fairy house, which is what inspired this craft. Plus I think every garden needs a little magic! Maxi said I should have made these when they were younger as they are amazing and are perfect to hide in the garden.

how to make a toadstool fairy house house

Who doesn't love a fairy house?


Materials:


  • 21cm Terracotta pot
  • 17cm Terracotta Saucer
  • 31cm Terracotta Saucer
  • White and red tempura or poster paint
  • Black Sharpie
  • Acrylic Paints
  • Glue
  • Waterproof sealer
how to make a toadstool fairy house house

Originally I was going to use a smaller pot, however, the larger the pot the easier it is to decorate and embellish. So if you are doing this with children I would suggest you use a 21cm pot. You will need a couple of coats of paint as it does soak into the terracotta. We used poster paint, but tester pots of emulsion or even ready mixed tempura would work as the base for the white and red.

how to make a toadstool fairy house house

Paint your pot white and your two saucers red. Then glue your saucers together. The smaller one on top of the large one. We used a hot glue gun for this, but you could also use a really strong glue.

how to make a toadstool fairy house house

Then you need to paint your spots onto the toadstool. We used a white pencil to mark our circles on. we looked around the house to find things to draw around such as coins and cups. The spots needed two coats of acrylic paint.

how to make a toadstool fairy house house

We marked out the windows and door with pencil before painting them in with acrylic paint. We used brown for the door and silver for the windows. Then the boys told me that the bottom of the house needed flowers which we added with acrylic paint.

how to make a toadstool fairy house house

Once the paint had dried we added details such as leading on the windows and hinges on the door using a black sharpie. Then we glued the saucers onto the pot.

how to make a toadstool fairy house house

As we want to use our toadstool house in the garden it needs to be sealed. We are going to use an acrylic clear spray sealant (once it stops raining). From experience, I know it is going to need three thin coats.


We have also made a Christmas Tree from Plant pots

Suggested materials:

  • 21cm Terracotta pot  (Garden Center)
  • 17cm Terracotta Saucer  (Garden Center)
  • 31cm Terracotta Saucer  (Garden Center)
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Have a question about this project?

2 questions
  • Kim 'Kiewatt' Waknitz
    on Jul 23, 2019

    Is there a way to cut the cost? $40 seems very high to me.

    • EmmaSurf
      on Jul 25, 2019

      Use the cheap plastic ones from dollar store or this time of year they are discounted at most stores. Safer for kids too than pottery

  • Beverly A. Hampt
    on Jul 25, 2019

    Would the plastic terracotta colored pots work?


    • Jen Walshaw
      on Jul 27, 2019

      They are harder to get the paint to stick too - you would have to use a plastic primer

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  • Sandra Allen
    on Jul 23, 2019

    I will make a smaller version but yes, you have inspired me and your photos are great!

  • Cdemby Tony
    on Jul 23, 2019

    Just too cute! Great idea for all children's gardens


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