delightful little Fairy house is ready to welcome
guests to your home or garden.
Project Completion Time:
2-4 hours (does not include drying time)
Sheet, 7" x 8" x 1"
Acrylic craft paint, brown
Dried materials in assorted heights: larkspur, astilbe,
amaranthus, baby's breath, statice, tree fern, fungus, mushrooms
Branch, 10" x 1/2"
Low temperature glue gun and glue sticks
Supplies: Strainer, Screwdriver, Hammer, Skewer or sharp
pencil, Scissors, Keyhole saw, Utility knife, Serrated knife
to make your Fairy House:
Using serrated knife, cut a small slice from wide end
of foam egg to make the form for the Fairy House; angle
cut slightly to egg tilts to the back. (HINT: For smoother
cuts, wax the knife blade with an old candle.) Glue
egg to the back corner of the foam sheet.
Paint egg and base brown; let dry. Glue on small pebbles
to form walkway, front door, and two windows; as you
glue, press pebbles firmly into foam.
Create a fine "dust" from the sphagnum moss by forcing
several chunks through a strainer; the moss dust will
be used to texture the surface of the base and house.
Spread a thin layer of glue on house, avoiding the door
and windows, and on the base, but not on the walkway;
sprinkle moss dust over glue.
Slice branch in half by pounding a screwdriver into
one end. Using saw, cut the following pieces from the
• One 1" piece (door step)
• Two 3/4" pieces (window boxes)
• Two 1-1/4" pieces (walkway steps)
Glue pieces in place, using utility knife as needed
to cut away foam.
Glue small dried flowers in window boxes. Glue small
seed pods on either side of window for shutters
Cut apart pinecone; pinecone scales will serve as the
shingles. Glue scales around narrow end of egg, overlapping
scales as you go. (The model's roof has five layers
of scales.) For the final layer, trim to a point the
stem ends of three scales and glue to the very top with
points touching. Add mushroom chimney.
Spread glue on walkway; sprinkle with sand.
Create a garden by adding small dried flowers and greens
on either side of the walkway; use a skewer or sharp
pencil to poke holes in foam first, then add glue and
Glue reindeer moss around the base of house, creating
Using sphagnum moss and deer moss, fill in bare spots
and cover sides of base. Add fungus and mushrooms as
desired for accents.
Create a backdrop around the Fairy House by adding dried
flowers and greens of various sizes and textures; use
a skewer or sharp pencil to poke holes in foam first,
then add glue and insert stems.
Glue berry or small bead onto door for doorknob.
Project reprinted courtesy of The
Dow Chemical Company,
Manufacturer of Genuine STYROFOAM® Brand Foam.
By: Kathleen George