May 242013
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If you’ve visited Maine in the last few summers you may have heard of the Maine Fairy House Festival held at the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens in Boothbay Harbor.  I personally was never able to attend but it was quite the tradition; fairy houses have always held a special place in the hearts of kids, especially ones that grew up near forests.  I don’t recall making one as a child, but as both Bubbles and I are big Tink fans, I thought it would be something fun to introduce.

Building a DIY fairy house is not only a fun way to create a little magic in your child’s life – it’s also a free summer activity!  In the outdoors with fresh air!  So the next time you have a sunny day and the kids are saying they’re already bored, send them outside to make one.

Build a DIY Fairy House - Great Free Summer Activity

All you need for supplies is whatever you can find outside.  We didn’t have quite as much to work with here as we likely would if we were closer to a forest or stream.  But we did find some twigs and hedge trimmings that we used to create an arch over the face of a rock.  This will give our little fairy a nice, dry place to lay her head.  We lined the pathway up to the house with some bark and mulch pieces, so she’d know where to enter.  And then we made a comfy little bed from some super-soft cuttings from a bush.  I would have liked to have some pinecones to help give her some privacy.  Maybe we’ll collect some next time we’re visiting Papaw and Grammy.

Know what else a fairy house is good for?  Giving the Fairy Hobmother a place to stay when they visit!  And we were lucky enough to have a visit from the Fairy Hobmother recently.  If you’re not familiar with whom he is, he is the one that comes and sprinkles fairy dust (in the form of an Amazon gift card) on bloggers courtesy of  Very cool, right?

If you’re a blogger and you’d like the chance to receive a visit from the Fairy Hobmother, please leave a comment below – you never know, he may stop at your place next!

Have you ever built a fairy house?

I received a gift card in exchange for sharing about the Fairy Hobmother.  No additional compensation was received and all opinions are 100% that of myself and my family.

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About Liza

Liza is a mom (5-year-old daughter, 20-year-old stepson, and 24-year-old stepdaughter) and wife living in Louisville. She loves spending time with her family, visiting the local zoo and parks, as well as planning travel adventures. Cooking and baking, DIY projects and crafts, and coffee - lots and lots of coffee - round out some of her other hobbies.

  11 Responses to “Free Summer Activity: Build a DIY Outdoor Fairy House (Perfect for the Fairy Hobmother!)”

  1. What a fun project for kids! I love the idea of a secret fairy house.

  2. I’ve never built a fairy house, but my daughter really wants to!

  3. How fun :) I’ve never built a fairy house but we’ve built our share of forts around our parts! Yay for the Fairy Hobmother visit! Would love a visit over at Divas With A Purpose

  4. Amazing fun for the little ones, nothing like using your imagination. Also congratulations on your Fairy Hobmother visit. He recently stopped by my blog as well!

  5. How fun! That is a very cute and camouflaged fairy house. I think any fairy would love to live there. 😉

  6. My kids would absolutely LOVE this!!! They made their version of a bird’s nest (in the middle of the sidewalk, mind you) a few weeks ago. We have tons of pine cones in the Chicago area We live right by a Forest Preserve too. Thanks for sharing this fun, free activity!
    Congrats on your Fairy Hobmother visit. Patiently waiting for him to stop by my blog. Hopefully soon. 😉

  7. I used to build these little fairy houses out of twigs all the time!

  8. The fairy hobmother strikes again! I can’t wait for him to visit me 😀

  9. Perfect thing to do tomorrow on this lazy Memorial Saturday! My daughter will love it!

  10. I used to build fairy houses all around my Dad’s cabin but we don’t have many materials to choose from here in the city. I’d love to have a collection of some purchased fairy houses though… there’s some really cute ones on Amazon :)

  11. What a fun house to build! We haven’t seen any fairies around our parts lately, but we all have our fingers crossed that we get a glimpse of one real soon. I just love those fluttering fairy wings!

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