See exactly how to make an adorable fairy house that looks like a tree stump … just from PAPER! This step-by-step tutorial shows you everything you need to recreate this perfect little house of happiness.
As many of you know, I have popular course called CUT ABOVE SVG Design in which I teach my fellow crafters how to do what I do — namely, how to create, design, and share SVG cut files for projects! One of my star students, Lucy Foxworth, is doing just that, creating amazing creations and sharing the SVG cut files freely with others. I asked her recently if she’d make US a paper fairy house, and I’m so pleased to be able to showcase one of her very special creations — her amazing and adorable DIY Fairy House — on the blog today! Take it away, Lucy!
Hello, my name is Lucy and I blog at paperglitterglue.com. I blog about paper crafts because I have always loved to make things out of paper. And what is my favorite thing to make? Little paper houses. So when Jennifer asked me to write a guest post and make a DIY Fairy House I was so excited because I knew it was something I could do. So I made two Fairy Houses, in fact. One has a leafy roof canopy and the other has delicate pink crepe paper petals for the Fairy House roof.
At first glance, it may look like I’ve put real tree bark on the house … but it’s really just paper! To make the tree bark and roots on the miniature tree stump houses, I often use twisted paper. But for this DIY fairy house, I found an easier way to simulate that texture — irregular-shaped paper embossed with wood grain. And the good news is that you can make it easily with your Cricut or cutting machine.
Look at this adorable DIY Fairy House! Don’t you just want to make one, too? Imagine how much fun it’s going to be to decorate it!
So now I want to share with you the two variations for the Fairy Houses made exclusively for JenniferMaker. Oh, and one other fun detail. The roof comes off so you can add a light!
And if you glue a flat base on the bottom, you can even use it as a treat box.
You can make your own DIY Fairy House! Here is how to make it. This post contains some affiliate links for your convenience (which means if you make a purchase after clicking a link I will earn a small commission but it won’t cost you a penny more)! Read my full disclosure policy.
Materials for the Miniature Fairy Paper Houses
- 140 lb. watercolor paper 9″ x 12″ or 110 lb. colored cardstock
- 98 lb. watercolor paper for the oak leaves or 65 lb. colored cardstock
- Tacky glue
- Mod Podge
- Heavy crepe paper – pink and green
- (Optional) Cardboard for a base for the miniature DIY Fairy House
- (Optional) Acrylic paint (I used this exact brand)
- (Optional) Archival distress oxide ink – pink for the flowers and green for the leaves
- (Optional) Wood grain embossing folder (I used this exact one)
- (Optional) Stamp or stencil if decorating the inside of the house
- (Optional) Floral wire
- A way to cut your paper (I used the amazing Cricut, but you can use another cutting machine or even scissors)
- The free DIY fairy house templates (available in Lucy’s free resource library — get the password toward the bottom of this post)
A note about choosing the type of paper for the DIY Fairy House – I chose 140 lb. watercolor paper because it is sturdy enough to hold up to paints and stains and makes a solid house, but other papers will work as well.
Here are other suggestions if you are going to use cardstock or scrapbook paper:
- Bark or Tree stump body of the house – 65 lb. or 110 lb. brown cardstock or woodgrain scrapbook paper
- Roof cone – 65 lb. or 110 lb. green cardstock for the leafy canopy roof or matching flower color for the flower canopy roof. The lighter paper is easier to curve for the roof.
- Leaves – 98 lb. watercolor paper worked best for me. Green cardstock would work great too.
- Flowers – 65 lb. colored cardstock works nicely to curl the edges of your flower
How to Make Your DIY Fairy House
1. First Cut the Pattern for the Fairy House
If you’d like to use my free DIY Fairy House templates, you can get them in MY (PaperGlitterGlue.com) free resource library (get the password for it toward the bottom of this page). Don’t forget to unzip it.
Here are what the DIY fairy house files look like uploaded to Cricut Design Space.
You can also cut the DIY Fairy House pieces out with scissors using my PDF template, also in my resource library.
Note: You’ll want to choose either the oak leaf roof top house which is a little larger or the flower roof. There are three different files for each DIY Fairy House:
- the house itself with the roof, windows, and door
- a pattern page of bark to cover the outside of the house
- roofing materials – either oak leaves or petals
Here’s what the Flower Roof Fairy House paper components look like after cutting them out:
Here are the components of each house cut out, distressed and painted ready for assembly. Everything you see here is paper of one form or other! This is the flower roof paper fairy house:
And these are the components for the oak leaf paper fairy house:
If you want to make the petals with crepe paper you either have to have a Cricut Maker to cut it by machine or just cut by hand. I tried and tried to figure out a way to make the Cricut Explore Air 2 cut crepe paper, but all my efforts failed. You can cut the petals by hand easily though.
2. Color Your Cut Out DIY Fairy House Pieces
Coloring is one of my favorite parts of making a little house. I love to work with paint and distressing materials! If you want to simplify making either house, cut the pattern pieces out of colored cardstock or patterned scrapbook paper instead.
Paint the DIY Fairy House Tree Stump
If you want to decorate the inside of the house, stamp or stencil a pattern before you paint the outside. Then cover it with a good layer of Mod Podge. That layer prevents the dark paint on the outside from sticking to your pretty pattern inside the house – mostly. I’m pretending the inside is just a little stained from being in the woods.
Next paint the body of the house dark brown as the background for the bark to hide any gaps when the bark is applied. You don’t have to be neat here.
Paint the windows, the door and the door frame a contrasting color.
Make the Bark on the DIY Fairy House Tree Stump
Run the bark pieces through a wood grain embossing folder. I used the Sizzix 3-D Texture Fades Embossing “Lumber” Folder because it has a great wood grain depth.
Paint the bark with a light color brown as the base layer, then paint with a darker layer. That also gives extra dimension.
Tip: If you don’t have a wood grain folder, other options for the bark are tearing brown or woodgrain cardstock and inking the edges a darker brown. You can even wrinkle the paper to give more dimension.
Make the Oak Leaves for the Leafy Rooftop
I traced real baby oak leaves to make the patterns for the Leafy roof.
Paint or stain the leaves green. Then distress the edges to add some shading so the color won’t be so one dimensional. Here you can always use green cardstock and then ink the edges a bit.
Make your Petals for the Flowery Roof House
Cut out your petals for your DIY Fairy House from pink crepe paper. I had to cut by hand because the Cricut Explore Air 2 can’t cut crepe paper, but the Cricut Maker certainly can.
Ink the edges of the petals to make them stand out better. I used Ranger’s Archival ink called Picked Raspberry.
Paint the cone for the roof
For the leafy roof, I painted the cone a slightly darker color to show as the shadow between the leaves. And for the crepe paper flower roof, I painted the supporting roof cone the same color as the pink crepe paper.
3. Assemble the Tree Stump Base of the DIY Fairy House
After you have painted the little DIY Fairy House, gently curve the paper so it will roll into a circle easily by holding in both hands between your fingers and thumb to curve the paper. The photo below shows how to hold it only I had to use one hand to take the photo. Also I took the photo before I painted the paper.
To glue the tree stump together, curl it so that the longer edge meets the window on the other side and apply glue there.
You can see how the glue seam abuts the window opening on the tree stump.
Assemble the roof canopy
Just like you curved the tree stump paper, do the same to the roof semi-circle. It’s a little trickier to curve the paper into a cone shape, but even if you don’t get it perfect you are going to cover it up with either leaves or petals. Overlap the bottom edges of the semi-circle enough to get a good grip on it, then glue the edges together.
Once the glue is dry, add the floral wire stem. I folded a piece in half and twisted it to make a strong stem for the little conical roof. Then flare the ends of the wire and poke it through the top of the roof cone. Curve the wire slightly to look like a stem. Then squirt a blob of glue in the inside tip of the hat to hold the stem in place.
Next Decorate the DIY Fairy House
More fun stuff – decorating! First we’ll do the bark siding of the fairy house, then go over decorating the roof designs.
Apply the bark siding
Just like you curved the house and the roof pieces, gently curve the bark so it will adhere better to the round house structure of your fairy house.
Hold the doorway frame over the circular opening in the house. Draw a line around where the frame goes. Since the doorway doesn’t need bark, just glue pieces around the frame. It’s ok if they extend into the frame a little. You don’t have to be precise here.
Next apply the smaller pieces around the windows. You will have to trim them so they don’t stick through the window frames.
Then use the larger pieces of bark siding in the spaces between the windows. The pieces are long so you can flare them at the bottom to make the base of the tree stump. Also overlap the edges from one piece to the next so it makes a rough edge like real tree bark.
Add the window frames and door frame
Curve the window frames and door frame to fit the curve of the house. Glue in place.
The windows and door for the flower fairy house are slightly smaller than on the leafy top house. Doesn’t it look like real bark?
Now Apply the Leaves to the Roof
There are a few smaller leaves which are for the top of the roof or to fill in spaces.
Perch the roof on the tree stump to hold it while you apply the leaves.
Smear glue along the bottom edge of the roof.
Just like you apply shingles on a real house, apply the paper leaves starting at the bottom of the roof of your DIY fairy house. Let the tips of the leaves extend over the edge a little. Glue the leaves along the bottom overlapping the sides as much as you want.
Start on the next layer overlapping the leaves. Continue this way adding more glue and paper leaves until you get to the top. The top leaves need to be curled around the top of the cone.
Go back over it and if you have some gaps, stick a few more paper leaves in.
And that’s it for the roof of your fairy house!
And for the flower fairy house apply glue for the petals
The pattern has several extra petals so you can overlap them more than I did. I think I used 9 petals.
Apply glue all over the roof cone. I didn’t do that at first and had to go back later to glue the ends of the petals down better.
Then apply each petal and smooth it down in the glue.
Flare the ends of the petals to stick out better.
Next glue the green sepals to the very top of the flower roof. I think I used 3 pieces for Flower roof.
And that is how you make the Miniature DIY Fairy House from paper!
If you want to make a base for the little house, just cut a cardboard piece larger than the house, paint it, and glue the bottom of the house to the cardboard.
Now you can add even more decorations to the house such as the roses on Jennifer’s Paper Rose Arbor Luminary or the Cherry Blossom Flowers for Spring. Or you could even make one of my Cherry Blossom Flowering Trees.
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