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How to Make a Gothic Mushroom Fairy House from a Pot and a Bandana

Updated on September 9, 2014

Gothic mushroom fairy house


Fairies and mushrooms just go together.

I don't know why, but to me it seems that mushrooms and fairies really go well together. I love fairies. When I was little, I thought fireflies were fairies in disguise.

Lately, it's been raining all the time. Tons of wild mushrooms are popping up all over the yard and garden. Last night I saw a bunch of fireflies over by where there were some cool looking mushrooms. It inspired me to try my crafty hand at making a fairy house.

Follow along to see how super simple it was. It didn't turn out exactly as I wished. It's a first effort but I still like it. I think it needs some neighbors but for now, it's a lone mushroom fairy house with a goth type flair.

Let's see how easy this was to do. It was really cheap, too. I have about four dollars worth of supplies in this tops. You could use an old pot or repurpose many food containers for this.

You don't need much in the way of materials.

DIY Gothic mushroom fairy house
DIY Gothic mushroom fairy house | Source

How to tun a pot into a fairy house.

The foundation of this is a simple clay pot with a tray. I got four of them on sale at Wal-mart a few weeks ago for a dollar each.

Add to that one empty guacamole container, one peanut butter jar lid, one bandanna, some stickers, peel and stick gems, two paper doilies, cotton balls, wadded up newspaper, one gem stud with prongs, some spray on acrylic and hot glue.

All told, it took about half an hour to complete not counting dry time.

This was so easy, the kids can easily do it. Ages six and and up should have not problems assembling this with minor supervision.

First up, grab all your stuff and cover whatever surface your going to create on.


Even the best laid plans run astray at times.

I started out with a plan and then changed it. Typical for me. On top of what you see in the photograph, I used acrylic paint, cotton balls, a peanut butter jar lid and wadded up paper.

Technically speaking, this is an upcycle craft since I used an empty container and separate lid headed straight to the garbage can. You could use a coffee can, peanut butter jar or oatmeal container easily in place of the clay pot saving money and still getting pretty much the same result.

If you did decide to use one of those alternatives, you could cut a door. I think I will try that next time.

Turn trash to treasure.


Step two is to give it a lid.

The cap atop the mushroom is always the crowning jewel.

To make the cap of the mushroom, turn the empty container over and center the bandanna upon it.

Secure the fabric to the container using the gem stud. Carefully push the prongs through the plastic. Flip the container over and use a pair of scissors or the end of a marker to push each prong down.

Do not use your bare fingers for this step. The prongs are seriously sharp and it will hurt when it goes into your finger. I know.

A thimble or work gloves would work effectively as protection, if you don't like the scissor/marker method of folding down the prongs.


Step three is making the cap.


This is so easy. Just grab the clay tray and flip it over. Use hot glue to attach the empty container with bandanna to the tray as show in the picture above.

Step four stuffs the mushroom.


How to give the top a puffed up look.

Flip the entire thing upside down once the glue has dried. It only takes a minute.

It's time to get to stuffing. I used cotton balls and wadded up paper. Just start stuffing and cramming it all around the container and under the tray.

You could use just about anything for this from cotton balls to wadded up paper, old rags, hay, what have you.

Just keep on stuffing the mushroom.


Step five seals the stuffing in our manic little mushroom.


Basically, you're going to gather and glue here. Just do a small piece at a time and bunch it as you wish.

Flip the cap over and set it atop the inverted pot to get an idea what it will look like.


Massage the mushroom cap you made until it's puffed up where you want.

At this point, you can use your hand to move the cotton balls around inside to adjust any holes, sags, pointed edges or what have you. We can do this all the way up until the end. Here, the cap is just sitting up there.

It's not attached yet but it does give me an idea how this thing might look when done. I don't like it. The pot matches not with the cap. I thought brown would look like a stem but I'm just not feeling it.

No worries. Grab some paint.

Paint the pot to make the house part.


Next up, step six, paint the pot if you don't want to keep the clay look.

I used plain old acrylic craft paint and diluted it just a bit with water here. After painting the pot, give it about five minutes or so to dry.

HM. How are my fairies going to get in? We need a door here.

I used a silver paper doily but I'm not pleased with how it came out. It's too bright. I tried to tone it down with marker and buffing it out while it was wet but it didn't work well enough. I think over time this will fade some.

Next time, to make a better door, I will try stickers or gluing on a printed graphic of a door.

Step seven lets everyone in. Do a door.


Fold a doily in a hot dog or tri-fold way to make a rectangle. Affix the door to the house using hot glue. Be careful here. The glue tends to leak out between the cut outs in the paper and it is hot.

Viola. One doorway.


Do magical beings need doors?

Are fairies like Santa? Can they just poof where ever they want?

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I like how the arch over the door came out with just some cut edging off the doily glued above the door.

A peel and stick rhinestone gives us a door handle in a jiffy.

You could use a marker to color one on, glue down a bead, maybe a tiny stick, all sorts of things.

If you really want to go for it, do some windows too. Small mirrors like those from broken compacts would work great.

What do you think?

For step eight, it's time to decorate.


Whip out the stickers, foam peel and stick cutouts, gem studs, sticky stones, whatever you want. The sky is the limit here. Small chains could be draped, netting could be used, decoupage any number of things.


Step nine means it's roof time.

It's time to connect the cap, our roof, to the house, our decorated pot.

Glue down a lid of some kind for some added height. I wanted a bit of a slant on mine so I added a scrap cedar wood chip atop the peanut butter lid. To whatever you decide to use to add a little height, glue down the cap you made.

Be sure you have the stuffing arranged as you want it. It's really easy to move it around inside with your fingertips by massaging the outside.

Step ten brings us to the end.


To finish the fairy house, we have to take it outside.

It's time to grab your gear and head outside. All we have left is to spray it within an inch of its life with acrylic.

This has to be done outside.

Be sure to turn your head away from the fumes and do not breathe in. Three or four super soaking coats later, your Gothic mushroom fairy house is done.

May you and all the fairies have a ton of fun each night as the twinkles of the fireflies bring on fairy fantasies.

I hope the fairies come out to play.


Scope on some of the other shrooms hanging around in the yard with this gothic mushroom fairy house. There's some flowers and other fun fairy stuffs too.

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Huge doesn't really begin to describe some of these guys.
Huge doesn't really begin to describe some of these guys.
Huge doesn't really begin to describe some of these guys. | Source

Fairies are for everyone.

Check out how one lady got creative with making the most adorable tiny house for the fey.

DIY Fairy House by poeticdissonance

What are your thoughts on fairies, mushroom madness, whimsical yard art in general?

Do fairies and mushrooms go together?

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    • Rhonda Lytle profile imageAUTHOR

      Rhonda Lytle 

      4 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      @tazzytamar: Awe, thank you. I hope you have fun. It's way easy. God bless you and most happy crafting!

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      4 years ago from chichester

      This is so cool. You're clearly a very creative person :) I am definitely going to make me one of these!

    • Rhonda Lytle profile imageAUTHOR

      Rhonda Lytle 

      4 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      @WriterJanis2: Thank you, me too. Right now the frogs seem to have moved in which is cool :).

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      4 years ago

      I hope you get your wish and the fairies come out to play.

    • Rhonda Lytle profile imageAUTHOR

      Rhonda Lytle 

      4 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      @GypsyOwl: Thank you so much. It was a lot of fun and I think it's something kids could do easily and not break Mom's bank. :) God bless.

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      Deb Bryan 

      4 years ago from Chico California

      Thank you for sharing your gothic mushroom fairy house! The step by step is really easy to follow. I admire your creativity. What a sweet project.


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