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The realm of fairies
Has emissaries
Permeating the
World Wide Web

Everywhere they dwell,
They're weaving a spell.
You feel their magic,
Swell and ebb.

I am constantly amazed and delighted at the number of attuned, creative "fairy emissaries" to be found on the Internet.  Think of any facet of "fairydom," do a search, and you will find countless captivated souls pursuing that aspect.

Fairy houses are certainly no exception.  There are endless examples of charming abodes that bespeak the whimsy and enchanted imaginings of fairy believers everywhere - even in cyberspace.
 
Check them out and then come back for even more ideas here!
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Fairy Houses of all shapes and sizes.
Just in time for the wee folk to set up housekeeping!

Come back to see more creations and get ready to make your own.
Here is the charming fairy house featured in Beyond Betwixt BetweenThis is the home Pitter and Alaina built after they were married and where their baby was born one harrowing night as Pitter and Justin raced against all odds to rescue the fairy clan from a raging flood.
Excerpt:
Fairy Crafts, Gardens & Teas
By Carla J. Nelson


Constructing Fairy Houses

The quaint practice of erecting fairy houses in woodlands and gardens is a springtime activity appropriate to any age.  The very act of walking through
 nature searching for the perfect spot is a stress reliever, besides being
invigorating exercise.  It hones the powers of observation, titillates the senses, soothes the psyche and rekindles the imagination.

Preferred locations include secluded spots shaded by trees, shrubs or tall
plants - preferably fragrant ones.  Fairies love patches of soft, green moss
and cool grass, but they're also fond of the earthy, pungent smell and
squishy feel of leaf mold and decaying vegetation found in deep forests.

"Experts" advise that one should look for areas with small earth mounds
or hollows, tree trunks with splits or "doors" at their base, caves,
natural springs and other such features that might indicate an
opening into the Faerie Realm.  A fairy house placed in the vicinity
of any of these is more likely to be found and accepted.  And, of course,
any garden (even container gardens) filled with flowers or herbs
are perfect locations for fairy houses.

As fairies have a decided preference for all things natural, any home for
wee folk should be constructed of materials provided by Mother Nature.
Oftentimes, everything you'll need can be found right on site.  Construction
can be as simple as pushing two pieces of bark into the ground at the
base of a tree six to ten inches apart.  Press the dirt around the bottom
of each piece for stability.  Lay another, slightly larger piece of bark across
the top of the upright pieces to form a roof.  Ideally, there should
be a bit of an overhang around the sides and front of the roof for
added protection from the rain.  While this little structure is quite
primitive, it's just the type of unassuming shelter fairies are drawn to.

Of course fairies are certainly not opposed to residing temporarily in
something a bit more elaborate - as long as it's natural, unpretentious,
and melds into the environment.  They have a distinct affinity for
anything made of bark, sticks, wood, vines, gourds, rocks, shells,
large leaves, clay, toadstools, etc.

Of course, the reality is that fairies don't need humans to provide shelters
for them.  They're quite capable of finding their own.  But they are
deeply touched by humans who display this kind of caring and
imagination.  Like humans, they tend to linger where
they feel invited and welcomed.

Wait until you see how this warty, unattractive gourd is transformed
into a proper fairy shelter.  I know
a fairy who has first dibs!
I call this the "tile house" for obvious reasons.  It very simply consists of a broken field tile turned on end.  A flat rock forms the floor, twisted bittersweet vine adds a little interest and protection around the door and reclaimed moss-covered shingles made the roof a snap.  All items dear to a fairy's heart - and mine as well!
It seemed a waste to throw away this old hypertufa pot that had begun to crumble.  Placed atop a birdbath base, it makes a perfect "high rise" abode for a fairy couple. And you wouldn't believe what they've done with the downstairs!
Gourds and bark can both be used to make quaint fairy houses.  In this case, they're combined - and what a charming little abode this is.  A pixie has taken up residence here.  If you listen closely, you can here wisps of music from his flute.
While fairies generally prefer simple abodes made from natural materials, they can't help but be drawn to fancy cottages people
make for them.  They appreciate the thought behind it and often show their gratitude by taking up residence there for
a while.  This little fairy loved the look of this one.  She and her goose friend are enjoying the bed of blooming wild strawberries that surrounds it.

This cute little couple was just thrilled to find this unusual abode.  Blooming hyacinths once occupied it.  But I turned the container upside down and added shingles for miniature doll houses (available at craft stores).  I used a low-temp glue gun to apply them.  The door was shaped out of Sculpey clay, baked and stained.  The tiny wreath was formed out of dried corn silk and glue.  Placed in a lovely natural setting, it was a given that wee folk would find
it and make it a home.

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This charming little fairy brother and sister are wondering, "Is there any way we could turn this weathered old log into something habitable?"  Maybe!!
Here a fairy has already taken up residence and sits daydreaming just inside the door.  For this little abode we placed a hollow stump on top of a flat rock, added a slab of wood cut from a log with bark still attached for the roof,  topped it off with moss (a fairy favorite always) and Voila!  It was no time before prospective "renters" arrived.
Something as simple as two pieces of bark propped against the base of a tree, have been known to entice fairy folk to linger.  I placed this one and lined the floor with dried pine needles.  Later, I discovered a small bench had been placed outside.  It was formed by putting a piece of bark across two pine cones.  I'm still puzzled about where it came from!
Leave an empty flower pot unattended and it's sure to attract a fairy looking for a shady spot to rest.  This one just happened to be taking care of a carpet of ajuga plants when she decided a break out of the sun was in order.  You would be wise to "forget" a few pots here and there.
I saw this marvelous mushroom at an antique shop recently and took this picture.  I'm not sure what it was made of, but it was very fragile to the touch and the base was hollow.  I could just envision a fairy making a home out of this.  I decided to think about purchasing it and meandered on looking at other things.  When I finally decided I truly did want it, I returned to find it gone!  The quote, "he who hesitates is lost" went through my mind.  In this case, she who hesitated lost!
A lesson to be learned!
Get it while the getting
is good, or chances are
it won't be there later.
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The side view of the fairy garden/house scene below. 
It's so easy to transform a store bought fairy house into a magical scene. And you won't believe the delight it will create in others.
Auction Find Finds Fame As Functional Fairy Family Abode
I love household and farm auctions!  You never know what unexpected treasure lurks in a "boxed lot" or tucked away in a pile of what others view as junk.  The charming fairy house above began life as a rustic "log cabin" bird feeder.  Some auction-goers looked at it and saw only that.  I looked at it and saw it transformed into a fairy house.  I'm obsessed that way!  I paid $1.00 for it and carried it home with a gleeful heart.  I had plans!

I removed the sides that kept the birdseed corralled on the floor, covered the roof with moss and Voila!!!  There is not a fairy flitting about the garden or woodland who wouldn't be captivated by this charming little haven.  As you can see, it didn't take long for one to find it and lay claim to it for the summerYou can do something like this too!  You only have to free your imagination!
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As I've often said, you can readily buy a fairy house - you can find them in garden centers, gift shops, craft stores, online and lots of other places.  But it's so much fun and extremely satisfying to create your own.  Don't want to or know how to start from scratch?  Do what I did here.  I bought an unfinished, mini decorative birdhouse from a craft store and transformed it.  The two windows and the little door were formed out of Sculpey brand craft clay and baked.  Then I glued the two windows over the two round holes in the birdhouse and added the door.  Working with one side at a time, I brushed on a heavy coating of glue that dries clear and sprinkled the decorative rocks on top, pressing them in.  After an hour of drying time, they were secure and I was able to turn the house to another side and do the same to it. 

After the sides were done, I cut dried twigs and bark to length and glued them to the roof.  To finish off my charming little creation, I painted the trim and any exposed wood with brown paint.  As you can see, the end result would make any respectable fairy nod in approval and move you to the top of their list of Fave Humans!

I set this rustic abode in a container of succulents and trimmed it out.  Even if you aren't moved to make this yourself, I hope just seeing it here lightens and brightens your day.  To see a broader picture of the fairy garden this little house sits in, just click on the fairy gardens link above.
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