I sometimes buy random things when I’m out and about with the hope that inspiration will strike and I’ll turn said thing into a marvelous project. A few months back I picked up these very small terracotta pots. I immediately thought of making a small fairy house using just some acrylic paint. We’ve recently been into fairy gardens in our household. Recently I got the nerve to paint them so here’s a quick tutorial showing you how to make a fairy house from a small pot. I hope you enjoy this tutorial as much as I enjoyed making the house.
Materials Needed to Make A Fairy House
I was lucky to have most of the materials around the house once I bought the small pots. Also, while I used small pots you can also be adventurous and use bigger ones. Just be sure to have enough paint on hand to cover it.
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How to Make a Fairy House – Step by Step
The look I decided to go for was a house made of wood panels. I knew I wanted a rounded door, two circular windows, and steps leading up to the door. To give myself a guide, I decided to draw these out first in pencil. If you don’t know exactly what you want, don’t worry about sketching it out. Just go with the flow!
Next I painted the base colors I wanted. Since I was doing a faux wood style house, I used browns and creams, mixing them just enough to give the pot a bit of texture. I left the basic outlines of the door and windows visible so I knew where to paint those.
I decided on a red door. Something about a red door on a brown background is pleasing to my eyes. Since I really wanted a deep red, I ended up needing multiple coats to give it a dark, solid, red color.
I edged each of my windows and door in brown. This will serve as a wood moulding. I painted a white window on the red door and made the two circular windows white as well. Lastly in this step I painted the top of the pot and the rim of the pot in a dark brown, the same color as the moulding. The look I was going for was a house that was slightly elevated. As a result, the rim of the pot would set the stage from some faux steps.
To give the look of wood, I painted vertical lines all around the pot in a dark brown. I tried my best to space them evenly.
Details really make these little houses shine. Using the gold paint pen, I drew a small circle for the door handle. I used the dark brownish black color and made some stairs. The rim lip was used as the first step which really helps sell the 3D feel of the lower step.
Extra Details for your Fairy House
The rest of the details were added to make the pot really pop.
- To add to the 3D feel, I painted green hedges and bushes around the bottom.
- Next, the circular windows received light brown panes.
- Lastly, I edged all moulding areas and windows in black. I used black paint and a very fine brush, but if I had to do it again, I’d use a fine point sharpie or paint pen.
The last step was Mod Podge. This is my favorite for any craft I’m leaving indoors. If you wanted to place this outside, I would use a waterproof sealer instead. I haven’t tried it yet, but I when I do I’m going to try something like this.
That’s it. Once those pictures are downloaded I’ll link those up to this post. This may be my favorite project to date and learning how to make a fairy house out of a pot was easier than I thought. I found that they go perfect with our peg doll fairies that we made.