Easy DIY Stone Veneer for Fairy Garden Houses

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Stone House Bothwell, Ontario

I’ve always been fascinated and drawn to those beautiful field stone homes that look so cozy and inviting. Like real life fairy houses. Stone houses, bridges, and pathways find a perfect home in a fairy garden. Good news. After many experiments I stumbled on a quick and easy way to get that tiny stone house look using DIY veneer. Here’s how.

What You’ll Need

  • Wood glue
  • Ziplock bag
  • A form – bird house, old margarine container, gourd or other item
  • Some small stones
  • Tweezers
  • Shellac or urethane

Optional – Laundry Bad/ Plastic berry box

Materials

Materials

Getting Ready

I live near a lake so I just gather handfuls (and buckets full) of beach pebbles. I’ve also used crushed stone that’s commonly used on gravel roads and driveways. This can be purchased in large bags at places like Lowe’s and Home Depot. Smaller packs of stones can sometimes be found at craft and dollar stores. Any stone will work that is small and has some flat-ish surfaces.I’ve applied stone this way to gourds, wood, and even glass. This time I am experimenting with a plastic juice bottle and a plastic salad bowl.

EasyStoneWork2The plastic berry box comes in handy to sift out  the tiniest of stones and some of the sand. Remove any stones that are larger than a 1/4″ and set them aside. I now have some fairly uniform sized pebbles. Next,  put them in a mesh laundry bag and give them a good shaking around out doors. This gets rid of most of the sand and the rest disappears when I give the stones a rinse while still in the bag.

What to Do

First squeeze some wood glue onto the Ziploc baggie and spread it around making  several small square areas up to 4 inches square. Then take some stones and arrange them on the glue. I like working with beach pebble. You can more or less just dump them on the glue, pat them down and do just a little adjusting to get them into a nice little square. The crushed stone takes a little more fussing, so just start with one or two glue squares. The tweezers come in handy for adding the tiniest of stones to fill in any spaces.

Wait about half an hour and check your squares. Try lifting the stone from the corner. When its ready you will be able to lift the square of stone without the stones separating. EastStineWork4The trick is, you need to lift the square while the glue is still tacky on the under side and the square is still flexible.  This allows you to apply it on rounded areas. If it dries out completely, no worries. You will still be able to lift it from the plastic and you can add some glue to the back.

Next

Now you can apply the stone to whatever form you have chosen for your project. Cut out any windows or doors you want before applying the stone. You should still be able to pull individual stones away from the veneer if your square overlaps any cut out areas.  Wood glue works well for gluing stone to stone as well. Using the same methods you can make small rectangles or lines of layered stones and apply them around doors and windows or corners. Or, make stone garden walls. To finish off add dots of glue and use the tweezers to add little stones into any areas that need it. Two or three coats of shellac or urethane will help keep the glue from degrading in the outdoors. How easy is that?

EasyStoneWorkDoneHave a very fairy good time!

 

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How to Make a Fairy House

Fairy Gardens are all the rage right now and what’s a fairy garden without a fairy house?  Of course you can buy fairy houses, and there are some very unique and whimsical ones available at my store located on www.fairygarden.ca (Gotta plug me right?). However………fairy gardening is a DIY activity and so – no surprise – fairy gardeners want to know – How do I make my own fairy houses?

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There are as many ways to make fairy houses as there are people who want to make them! Imagination is key. Here are some ideas to get you inspired and start your creative juices flowing.

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Gourd Fairy House

Making a Gourd Fairy House

This is the perfect time of year to start this project. You will need a dried gourd. There may be garden markets, farms or friends that have some left from the fall season. Gourds take about 2 to 3 months to dry. Remove any dirt or debris and hang them in a dark dry area for drying. When they are properly dried they will sound hollow when you tap on them and you may hear dried seeds and such rattling about when you shake them. Clean the dried gourd with a stiff brush and some mild soap. (Use a little bleach if your gourd shows signs of mold). Now you can leave it as is and paint it and glue or mold things to it. You can also cut out doorways and windows. To cut into the gourd mark the area you want to cut out and use a utility knife to make an incision. A scroll saw works very well to do the rest of the cutting. Clean the seeds and pulp out of the gourd with a spoon, melon baller or what ever comes to hand. Decorate and finish off by sealing the project with white shellac or varnish.

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Flower Pot fairy Houses

More Fairy House Ideas

Decorating flower pots, ready made bird houses or rocks are all great ways to create your one of a kind fairy house. You can also experiment with hypertufa and other building materials.There is no wrong way to make a fairy house. Let your imagination go wild!

Living Roof Bird House

Living Roof Bird House

 

Suggestions

Some inexpensive materials you can use for modeling or decorating are mortar, drywall compound or stipple, wood fill, plaster of paris, pebbles and stones, twigs, miniatures and of course, paint. TIP: A cake decorating kit can be used with soft modeling materials to fashion creative details.

Painted Rock fairy House

Painted Rock Fairy House

A cost effective way to build a terrarium for a fairy garden or a frame for your fairy house is to use inexpensive picture frames for construction. They can be glued or tacked together at the edges and hinged to each other.

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Picture Frame Terrarium

Hypertufa is a material made of cement, sand and peat moss or perlite. Using boxes, sand, plastic and other containers any number of shapes and items can be molded. You can find many websites dedicated to this subject. You can find a quick video here to get get started.

However you go about it, building your own fairy house is a fun and creative DIY project.

Hypertufa Fairy Houses

Hypertufa Fairy Houses

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