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My First Fairy Garden Doors

February 24th, 2013 by Trisha

I was so impressed with how great popsicle stick fairy doors look, I had to try it myself. What I didn’t know is that they’re quick easy projects you can do with your kids. Fairy Garden doors are very satisfying without much time or effort at all. and theyre so much fun! You can get really creative with this.

fairy garden doors: tools
I gathered stuff from around the house… found the old popsicle sticks, raided the sewing tins and junk drawers for buttons, thumbtacks, jewelry. After my first two, a ‘fairy door shoebox’ filled with tools and goodies, was a necessity.

I started with Gorilla Wood glue, with hopes that they will hold up to water outdoors and in fairy garden containers. Its rated indoor/outdoor use with Type2 water resistance, but what I like about this glue is that it sets quickly and there’s no foam like with regular gorilla glue.

UPDATE: Gorilla wood glue is the perfect glue for wood projects to be kept outdoors. I left them out all winter to be sure they would survive the elements. And they DID! Now i don’t recommend leaving them outside all winter, because they get quite dirty. I wanted to test the extremes and this glue won.

Fairy Garden Doors: Construction

It’s a rather straightforward process. Lay popsicle sticks out to create the design you want. Cut two cross pieces to hold it all together and glue. I used a box cutter to cut the pieces. You probably can get away with a good pair of scissors.

Pick out cool buttons, charms from old jewelry, fake moss from the dollar store, and glue it on. I used wood stain on some, paint on others and left some bare wood.

Here are the first two. To get the button to lay flat, I cut a small hole in the stick with an exacto knife and glued the button in.
fairy garden doors

Add some color! I have a thing for red doors. After posting this picture on facebook, I learned some fascinating things about red doors. “Feng shui says that they are good luck.” “In China, it’s tradition to paint the front door red before the new year, to invite good luck and happiness.” “In Catholicism, the red door on a chapel symbolized the blood of christ to signify that the ground inside the church was holy, and a sanctuary from physical and spiritual evils.” “In Ireland, front doors are painted red to ward-off ghosts and evil spirits.”  I had no idea!
red fairy garden doors

So I kept going, loving every minute of it. Honestly, they go so quick you can do a half dozen of them in no time. Its fun to see projects come to fruition in so little time, and turn out super cute even for a beginner!
fairy garden doors: construction

At this point, I had a question. How do you get these things to stand up? Most fairy doors I’d seen were attached to a tree, but I wanted to put them in containers. So I did some searching and I found the most impressive fairy door Ive ever seen. It’s elaborate and breathtaking with a ton of little details to look at.
fairy garden doors: inspiration

I was inspired to say the least! Since I had my hole boring drill bit out to build our hoop house cold frame (and i didn’t have to go outside in 20 degree weather to get it) I wanted to attach the doors to branches. So I drilled holes in a base and voila!

This is what I came up with. I poured a little glue into the holes to keep them in place.
finished fairy garden doors

three finished fairy garden doors

Don’t want to make them yourself?
Here are some great ones you can buy from amazon.

10 Responses to “My First Fairy Garden Doors”

  1. […] door – this was one of the first things that I made for the shoot. I saw these fairy doors on Roots Nursery and knew they would look great amongst the ivy at the base of one of the tree stumps in the garden […]

    • Edie says:

      I make working doors on my Fairy Houses buy inserting a paper clip which I have straightened into a cocktail straw, bend the extra length of the paper clip into a 90 degree bend. Then you attach the straw to the side of any door with super glue, or polymer clay, or you could even sew it in place. The extra wire is attached to the inside of the wall with Epoxy Clay. I have pictures if you are interested.
      Edie Simons

  2. joann Jarvis says:

    I love your doors, inspired e. Hanks

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