Spring is in full swing here in Ann Arbor and summer is just around the corner. To celebrate, I’ve designed a Fairy House Card. We Ann Arborites love our fairy doors and houses! Send this card to a loved one or keep it for yourself! The card folds flat so you can slip it right into a 5″ x 7″ envelope, then pops open to reveal the sweetest little fairy house! Open the little door to see inside. There’re so many details on the card—there’s even a mouse hiding somewhere. The cut files to make this card are free here on my blog, so let me show you how to assemble it.
Here’s a peek into the paper Fairy House!
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Fairy House Card Materials
- 12″ x 12″ Brown cardstock (I used a patterned brown card stock from the White Ginger Stack)
- 12″ x 12″Tan cardstock (I used a woodgrain card stock from the White Ginger Stack)
- 12″ x 12″Pink cardstock (I used a pink card stock from the DIY Project Stack Flowers)
(NOTE: These cardstocks are no longer available, but you can find excellent substitutes for all in this Country Floral Stack!)
- Spray adhesive (I used 3M Spray Mount)
- Tape (I used Scotch Magic Tape)
- Glue (I used Aleene’s Tacky Glue in a pen)
- Design #30 – Cut files (available free in my Resource Library — get the password to this free library by filling out the form at the bottom of this post)
- A way to cut out your pieces (I used a Cricut Explore Air 2, but you could also use a Silhouette Cameo or other machine that uses SVG files)
How to Assemble Your Fairy House Card
First, cut out all your pieces on the appropriate card stock. To do this, upload to your software (I am using Cricut Design Space), ungroup all layers, change the top layer of each color to Score, then select all that color’s layers (both Score and Cut), and click Attach. Here’s what that looks like:
Step 1: Upload and Ungroup (orange circle).
Step 2: Change the top layer of each color to Score.
Step 3: Select the Score and Cut layers of each color, then click Attach.
This is what you should see after you click the Make It button.
Next, watch the assembly video from start to finish to see how I put the card together. I am also providing text steps below for those who cannot (or do not want to) watch the video.
Once your pieces are cut, decorate the front of the house as you see fit. The circles go around the windows. The little accessories can go wherever they fit. Just be careful not to cover any of the score lines. I used Spray Mount to get the small pieces to adhere cleanly to the front of the house. If you plan to put anything on the walls inside the house, do that now, too.
Carefully fold the house along the score lines.
Put glue on the narrow tab that sticks off the back of the house and attach the left side of the house over it. Fold it flat and allow it to dry flattened. This ensures the card will fold flat and not buckle later.
Fold the tabs on the staircase piece, put glue on the tabs, and place in the house from the bottom. In my Fairy House, I put the staircase as far back in the house as it could go, but you can choose to put it anywhere. The important thing is to make sure the staircase is parallel to the front door and the tabs are glued on straight across from one another—this ensures the card can fold flat without a problem.
Tip: If you’re going to hide the mouse in his little hole on the back of the card, glue him to the backside of the staircase so he’s visible when looking through the mouse hole.
Glue any furniture, accessories, or notes you like to the rectangular pieces. Fold back the tabs on the rectangular pieces, then slide them into the house from the bottom as you did the staircase. I recommend you allow some space between each piece for a more three-dimensional look.
Fold the roof hinge so each tab goes in the opposite direction from the others.
Put glue on the small triangle pieces of the hinge and secure to the peaks of the house roof. The triangle pieces go on the backside of the roof peaks.
Put any flowers or decorations you like on the roof, then fold in half along the score line. Make sure the roof is very well folded—I run my fingernail along the edge to really set that crease.
Glue the two tabs on the roof hinge, then set the roof on the tabs. Fold the house flat and press the roof down onto the tabs to set it in place.
And that’s it! You now have a super-cute Fairy House Card!
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I hope you enjoy making this card! I think it’s fun and not overly difficult, despite all the details. Remember, I love to see your creations — send photos to me at [email protected] and let me know if I can share them on the blog.
Here is the first Fairy House Card made by a reader and supporter, Sue Reeve — I love how she gave the mouse a little door! He needs his privacy, too!
Another lovely Fairy House by reader and supporter Laura Robison — she added a cute cat!
Now, I wouldn’t keep this little paper house outside for much longer than it takes to snap a few photos. But if you’d love to make a fairy garden outside, check out this awesome post on How to Make a Fairy Garden with tips on layouts, plants, supplies, and materials!
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