Buttercup the Fairy says, "We love to fly about, but we need to rest, just like you. If we spy an inviting retreat like this one, it's hard to resist. Check out the fairy building code below and then construct your own fairy house. You'll find that once you begin, it's hard to stop -- you just might create an entire village!"
1. Although woodland houses are usually made, beach houses or backyard bungalows are also appreciated.
2. Build the house out of natural materials, such as fallen twigs, driftwood, pinecones, and bark found on the ground. Don't pick materials from living plants or trees and sure not to disturb an animal's home.
3. Build houses year-round, not just in the springtime. Fairies love finding cozy spots after a snowstorm.
Create More Fairy Magic:
Need a friend? Make one of these Flower Friends and they'll keep you company for as long as you want.
Can't take a picture of a fairy? Create Petal Portraits of what you think fairies look like. Imaginative and fun!
Pick a safe, protected spot (for example, against a tree or stone wall) to place your fairy house. Watch out for poison ivy.
Poke sticks and bark into the ground and prop them against each other to hold the walls and roof in place.
Use pinecones for a fanciful fence, tiny pebbles for a pathway to the front door, a bent pussy willow branch as an archway, and a feather to decorate the birch bark chimney (and can double as a flag or a plume of smoke).
When the home is finished, tuck a house-warming present inside. For instance: a pussy willow bud (fairies use them for pillows), an acorn cap cup (perfect for mint tea), stems of lavender (splendid wands), ripe berries, or some other surprise.