Bring some magic into your life with a charming fairy door – who knows where it might lead? These popular decorations can be added to trees, walls or fences in the garden, or stuck onto a child’s bedroom skirting board to allow the fairies to come and go as they please.
Fairy doors are easy to make and kids will love decorating them with whatever craft supplies they have to hand: sequins, buttons, pom-poms, little rocks and even flowers can be added to make yours even more special.
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How to make a fairy door
Prep 1 hour, plus drying time
You will need
- 8 wooden lolly sticks
- poster or acrylic paint
- PVA glue
- 20x20cm (8x8in) piece of cardboard
- small rocks
- Paint a lolly stick with a thin layer of paint and allow to dry – a thin coating will show the woodgrain through the paint.
- Paint the back of your lolly stick with PVA glue, then stick to the centre of your cardboard. Repeat this process, placing the sticks either side of the central one so they all line up. Allow to dry.
- Apply a generous amount of PVA to the cardboard under your lolly stick and arrange your small rocks underneath – this looks best if you leave as little space between them as possible. Allow to dry completely, which may take a few hours.
- Glue a button onto the lolly stick door as a door handle and paint a little keyhole beneath it. Allow to dry.
- Cut away the excess cardboard from around your fairy door (very young kids may need help to do this). Stick in your chosen place and wait for the fairies to come knocking. Note: this fairy door isn’t waterproof, so put it in a dry area.
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