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Make a Fairy House: Build It and They Will Come

Updated on October 1, 2014

How to Attract Flower Fairies to Your Garden

I wasn't home the day the fairies moved in. They stealthily set up camp under the canopy of a gardenia on my back patio.

In the early Spring I had carefully set out the home and constantly watched for signs of occupancy each day. After several months of no sightings, the thought of enticing a fairy family to my yard was finally set aside and the fairy home was forgotten.

Until one early Fall day. Signs of life and activity were spotted!

This short lens is going to explain how you too can attract flower fairies to your garden. If you build a fairy home, in their own time, they will come.

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No Vacancies at this Garden Fairy Home

DIY fairy home
DIY fairy home

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Today, the first day of Fall and they have arrived!

I have learned that fairies like to move when the weather changes and a new breeze blows in. These must be the Autumn or Fall Fairies. I look forward to watching them and reporting back on their antics.

For more information on Fairy Housing, just scroll further down the page.

What? Don't Tell Me You Don't Believe.

If you are a doubter, and I'm sure there may be a few of you out there, I can certainly understand. Most likely you have been near fairies and didn't even realize it.

The thing is....you have to believe to see. So, please read on and discover for yourself.

What's a Fairy Circle? - Here's a photo of one

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The discovery that my backyard fairy home finally had new residents transported me back to that summer of my childhood when I first came across a Fairy Circle in my front yard. Long forgotten were all the fairy facts I had gathered that summer, but I still had vivid memories of that perfect fairy dust circle left behind on the lawn.

That summer my dad explained to me that the magical sign was called a Fairy Circle or Fairy Ring and that it was all that was left of the fairies' celebration the night before. From that day on, I was captivated by those fun loving creatures.

There's much to learn concerning these circles: how they're made, what's the purpose, and what happens to mere humans when we step inside. I'm hopeful that by observing these Fall Fairies, I'll be able to discover some of the answers,

What I've Learn about my Fairy Guests

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My field observations thus far: I can see they like to run around in moss with their fairy boots off. I'll keep watching to see if this is normal behavior. Also noticed - looks as if their clothes dryer is on the blink, and they need to do a bit of weeding. More observations forthcoming.

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Sorry this picture is a bit fuzzy. I snapped the shot quickly because I didn't want to frighten them any more than they already were. You can see I interrupted a tea break. Looks like proper tea to me, and just the way I like it, with milk.

Make You Own Fairy Condo - A Fairy Home Idea

DIY fairy home
DIY fairy home

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This Fairy Home was easy to make. If you want to make one, here are the items you'll need:

Large Rocks - good sized, fairy home-worthy in shape

Polymer Clay - several blocks of different colors (everything was made with this clay)

White Craft Sand - for the walkway

Sheet Moss - for the grass

Glue Gun - use to adhere baked clay pieces to rock

That's really it. Oh, and a tiny ball screw cover and hinges for the door.

DIY Fairy Home - Sculpey Clay Conditioning Machine

Sculpey Clay Conditioning Machine

The one tool that helped me the most with this Fairy Home was the Sculpey Clay Conditioner. This was one of those gadgets I didn't know I needed until I tried it. The conditioner softens the clay so it's easily workable. It rolls out the clay in a perfectly flat piece, making the fairy abode front door a cinch to make! This clay conditioner concept is very similar to a pasta machine. It has adjustable settings and can even make the clay so thin it looks like cloth.

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With a crank of this machine you can get paper thin clay! The tiny table runner, welcome mat and fairy blanket were made with ultra thin clay, lending the clay a fabric look.

Useful Fairy Facts and Tips

Disclaimer:

These tips are suggestions only and in no way claim to be of a professional nature.

  1. Fairy Housecleaning Never make the mistake of treating a fairy home similar to a bird house. Sure, they are similar in size, but that's it. Never think you are doing a fairy a favor by cleaning out the house to ready it for the next season. Fairies are extremely private creatures and would consider this act an insult.
  2. Fairy Mischief You already know that fairies enjoy spending much of their day working, but did you know that part of the fairy code includes having fun and laughing each day? Many fairies have taken that rule quite seriously, the Fall Fairies, in particular. Have you ever been plunked on the head by a free-falling nut, pine cone or seedpod? That, my friend was a Fall Fairy making sport of you. Pay attention next time that happens, maybe you'll catch them in action.
  3. Sneezing Another way the fairies entertain themselves is by interacting with humans. Once in a while they will inadvertently, (and sometimes not so accidentally) cause a human to sneeze when the human comes in contact with their fairy dust. The next time you have a sneezing fit for no particular reason, try to keep your eyes wide open while sneezing. This feat may be difficult, but it is rewarding! You just might catch the fairies in action. Good luck. (This does take practice)
  4. Fairy Names Fairies are famous for their love of fun and high jinks. Did you know that the terms high jinks, punk, and shenanigans all derived from common fairy names?

Helpful Items for Building a Fairy Home

How to Find Flower Fairies
How to Find Flower Fairies

This is the pop-up book you saw in the short video How to Find Flower Fairies. Lovely book and makes a great gift for any little person.

 

If You Build It, They Will Come - So what are you waiting for?

White Bryony Fairy

Now you know - it's not difficult to make a fairy house, just come up with a fairy home idea and create it! After you make yours, just sit back and wait. And wait. It takes time for the fairies to make up their minds about neighborhoods and living conditions. Choosing a home is big decision, and does not come easily for fairies. Don't hover around your newly made home (big fairy turn-off). Give them lots of room! Good luck bringing backyard fairies to your home. Would love to hear from you if you're successful!

Thanks so much for stopping by and making it all the way down to the very bottom of this site.

Do You Believe? - Have any comments?

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      atiti 11 months ago

      ive seen a dozen of dem dey are realy friendly btwn ur advise does work thnx

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      amosvee 4 years ago

      Utterly charming lens. I'm inspired.

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      L. Olson 4 years ago from Northern Arizona

      I love this! Great ideas too..thanks!

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      Elyn MacInnis 4 years ago from Shanghai, China

      How lovely. I think fairy houses are wonderful. I have to say it is the gnomes that set up shop in my back yard. If you look for "carve a vegetable for your gnome or fairy" in the search box you will find my lens on making fairy/gnome houses from veggies. I just may try clay next time!

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      justramblin 4 years ago

      @magicalfuture: I hope you'll try one. Let me know if your daughter makes a rock fairy home.

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      Laura Hofman 4 years ago from Naperville, IL

      What a delightful and magical lens! Thanks for inspiring me.

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      magicalfuture 4 years ago

      Oh my gosh! My daughter got to see this lens! You've got great ideas for the garden and I think my daughter will be inspired. She loves fairies and they look so cute those tiny rock houses!

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      justramblin 4 years ago

      @best dog shop: I'm glad. :)

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      best dog shop 4 years ago

      Ofc I believe :)

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      Stuwaha 4 years ago

      This looks like such a fun project... I will need to give some thought to how I can implement a fairy house in my garden!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      wow.. I do wish fairies would visit my home. But I have a child and don't fancy a changeling so I'm not doing it now.

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      justramblin 4 years ago

      @ElBat: The Cottingley Fairies certainly is an interesting story either way. Thanks for coming by.

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      LiliLove 4 years ago

      Wonderful lens! I believe in Fairies and I really enjoy my visit :). Thank you! * Blessed *

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      Eleni Bat 4 years ago from Greece

      What abeautiful lens! I was enchanted by the Case of the Cottingley Fairies. They may say it was fake, but I choose not to believe that.

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      justramblin 4 years ago

      @LiliLove: Thanks for the dusting, LiliLove.

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      justramblin 4 years ago

      @anonymous: You're so smart.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Love the fairy house and I always clap my hands because I believe.

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      justramblin 4 years ago

      @WriterJanis2: Thanks for paying a visit and leaving a dusting.

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      Such an adorable lens. I do believe. Fairies are so magical. Blessed by a Squid Angel.

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      justramblin 4 years ago

      @lionmom100: I hope you'll try it, you must like them or it that wouldn't be your favorite mug. thanks for stopping by.

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      lionmom100 4 years ago

      I love this idea. I might just try inviting a few fairies to my garden. My favorite coffee mug has a fairy on it.

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      justramblin 4 years ago

      @John_I: Oh you should. Build it and they will come. Speaking of which, thanks for coming by,

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      John_I 4 years ago

      My daughter is into ferries right now. Maybe I should build one...

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      pumpum 4 years ago

      This is sooooooooooooo cute! Wonderful.

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      GetAcneFree 4 years ago

      This is an adorable idea!

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      justramblin 4 years ago

      @Thamisgith: Much appreciate your visit. And the special dusting is terrific.

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      Thamisgith 4 years ago

      GReat lens. Made me smile :0). Thanks for that and blessed.

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      justramblin 4 years ago

      @CoolFool83: thanks for visiting!

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      justramblin 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Oh, that's too bad you had to leave it. Hope you'll try one again.

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      CoolFool83 4 years ago

      This is an awesome idea. Great lense.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I do believe. In fact I made a fairy garden once but it was nowhere near as good as yours. I have since moved and was unable to take it with me much to my chagrin.

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      justramblin 4 years ago

      @MBurgess: Hope you can entice them to your garden. they're fun to watch

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      Maria Burgess 4 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      I would love this idea in my garden. I am going to have to figure out how to invite fairies to come visit my container garden! =) Nice lens! Thanks for the instructions!

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      justramblin 4 years ago

      @anonymous: awesome. take some photos!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      This is a great idea! I have a load of polymer clay here .. I might just give it a go :)

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      justramblin 4 years ago

      @ismeedee: thanks so much for visiting!

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      ismeedee 4 years ago

      Lovely lens... I love anything fairies so building a fairy house is a wonderful idea!!

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      rawwwwwws lm 4 years ago

      Thanks for sharing, enjoyed my time passing by!

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      WebWriteGirl LM 4 years ago

      I LOVE the fairy condo! This is such a fun lens!

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      justramblin 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Sounds like a magical photo!

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      justramblin 4 years ago

      @captainj88: thank you very much for visiting!

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      justramblin 4 years ago

      @ChimpWithKeyboard: well it's no wonder your pup snacked on those, they're irresistible! You've attracted many more magical creatures to your garden than I have. You must be a pro,.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      yes, this lens is very cute...I have a picture of my son taken years ago, sitting in a fairy circle.

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      Leah J. Hileman 4 years ago from East Berlin, PA, USA

      Cute lens subject!

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      ChimpWithKeyboard 4 years ago from East coast of England in the county of Suffolk

      No fairies at the bottom of my garden, but I did have some Pikmin until my dog ate them. Strangely he never bothers the Borrowers or the Minish.

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      justramblin 4 years ago

      @James M Becher: Hello, thanks for checking out my lens. Fairies like to be considered as tiny magical and mischievous creatures or so I"ve been told.

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      James M Becher 4 years ago from South Florida

      Quite clever -- a very creative lens -- but, sorry, I'm still not convinced. If they do exist, what sort of creatures are they? Are they part human? OR perhaps they're angelic? Anyway it's food for thought.

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      justramblin 4 years ago

      @delia-delia: Must have been those sneaky Alpine fairies. They're hard to find. Thanks for stopping by.

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      justramblin 4 years ago

      @artmarks: Thanks for visiting.

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      Delia 4 years ago

      How cute! I will have to make a Fairy house...when I was a little girl and we lived in the Alps, I remember thinking I saw Fairy's in the forest...I think they were firebugs, but was convinced they were fairy's.

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      artmarks 4 years ago

      WOW that fairy home looks fantastic. Great lens.

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      justramblin 4 years ago

      @VictoriaKelley: I'd love to see your stories. I'll have to check out that fairy artist. Thanks for stopping by.

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      VictoriaKelley 4 years ago

      Absolutely I believe. I remember seeing them when I was a little girl. Now as an adult I write stories for 4 to 10 year old about fairies. Linda Ravenscroft is my favorite fairy artist. I think there is a lot of fairy in me.

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      justramblin 5 years ago

      @Dressage Husband: And they're hanging out on your horse farm, too.

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      Stephen J Parkin 5 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

      Of course how can you not believe in the little people?

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      sheriangell 5 years ago

      The flower fairies and their home are enchanting! Angel blessed today!

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      justramblin 5 years ago

      @daniela-lofiego: Thanks for visiting, Daniela.

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      daniela-lofiego 5 years ago

      Wow, I didn't know about Fairy Rings... I'll look more on that later, nice lens!

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      artdivision1 lm 5 years ago

      So happy to see those flower fairy posters. I loved those books when I was a child

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      Lyra Kua 5 years ago

      I enjoyed reading your lens. I love fairies!

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      Indigo Janson 5 years ago from UK

      Thanks for bringing a little magic into your days. Making a fairy house is so much fun for youngsters and the young at heart.

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      merleannw 5 years ago

      I really enjoyed your lens. It took me back to my childhood. Thank lyou

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      Beverly Rodriguez 5 years ago from Albany New York

      I believe....love your Fairy House. My Granddaughter has build three of them in her back yard.

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      olmpal 5 years ago

      What a cute lens! Love your approach to Fairy theme.

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      justramblin 5 years ago

      @tfsherman lm: Play more, you are so right. Thanks for reading my story.

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      siobhanryan 5 years ago

      I believe-Blessed

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      MillBucks 5 years ago

      Love your presentation through this unique lens, great job!

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      tfsherman lm 5 years ago

      I love your idea of creating such an imaginative and happy little event of the mind in such a tiny space. Too bad we big people don't play more.

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      iijuan12 5 years ago from Florida

      Cute lens! I love the charming photos! I'm looking forward to reading more lenses from you as you create them!

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      poppy mercer 5 years ago from London

      Love it!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      nice lens

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      CoeGurl 5 years ago from USA

      Absolutely charming lens and I love your fairy condo!

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      justramblin 5 years ago

      @jackhop: thanks, jackhop

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      justramblin 5 years ago

      @Charmcrazey: Yes, fairies are often frightened by dogs, it's the bark they fear, I've been told,. not the size. Good for you he protects from squirrel attacks, they can be the worst.

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      justramblin 5 years ago

      @Faye Rutledge: Thanks for buzzing by, Partybuzz.

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      Faye Rutledge 5 years ago from Concord VA

      I love it, I love it, I love it!! :)

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      Wanda Fitzgerald 5 years ago from Central Florida

      Your fairy condo is darling. My big dogs frighten away the fairies in my neighborhood, along with any other visitors from nature. We haven't had a squirrel attack in years!

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      jackhop 5 years ago

      Cool lens, I like the idea, even if you don't believe in mythical creatures it's still great for people to look at and gives people hope (which is surely lacking these days).