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.
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 http://www.appliancesonline.co.uk/. 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.