Learn how to make a fairy house using air dry clay and encourage hours of imaginative play. Project and post by Danielle Falk of Little Ginger Studio.
Everyone loves to make fairy houses!
The details are just adorable: tiny little doors and windows, pitched roofs with miniature chimneys, little gardens for the make-believe inhabitants.
It’s the kind of craft activity guaranteed to encourage hours of imaginative play. And it is an achievable clay project to try at home–even if you’re new to ceramics.
As there are lots of materials pressed into the clay, these pieces can’t be fired so we’ll use air drying clay or paperclay for this project.
Pro tip: Do some Googling beforehand as there are lots of inspiring fairy houses out there!
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This project is another very fun activity to complete together with your child. Younger children especially, will need assistance with the rolling of slabs and joining clay pieces.
How to Make A Fairy House
- paper clay or air-drying clay
- clay modeling tools
- wooden skewer
- a very small amount of water in a bowl
- wire for cutting clay
- wooden rolling pin
- wooden board or cloth (porous surface to work on)
- paper plate
- dried beans, split peas, & shell pasta
- small pebbles
- dried leaves & flowers
- natural colored feathers
- sticks, matchsticks & popsicle sticks
- rectangular paper stencil about 7.75 inches by 2.75 inches (for wall)
- semi-circle shaped paper stencil (for roof)
- glitter (optional)
- Create the base
Start with an adult palm-sized piece of clay and press it into your paper plate to create a thick base, adding more clay as you go.
Encourage the kids to create lots of texture with their fingers or clay tools to make an interesting surface for the fairy garden.
- Make the fairy house walls
Roll out a flat slab of clay about 1/2″ thick (also known as “pancakes”). Place the paper stencil on top and lightly trace around with the wooden skewer.
Now remove the stencil, cut the clay and remove any of the excess clay.
Pro tip: Be sure to ball up the leftover clay immediately to prevent it from drying out too much.
Leftover clay can be used to add details later on.
Pick up the rectangle of clay and carefully curl it inwards into a circle and place it on the base slab standing it upright to form the walls.
- Join the walls to the base of the fairy house
In order to join the walls firmly to the base, first score (scratch) both surfaces to be joined, add a little water (slip) with your finger to both surfaces, and press together.
Do this for the vertical join in the wall as well.
Then smooth all around the bottom of the wall and vertical join.
Finally, add a thin coil (clay sausage) to the bottom of the walls inside the house and smooth to strengthen.
- Cut out a door and the windows of the fairy house
Use the wooden skewer to carefully draw and cut out a door and windows.
Pro tip: Be sure to keep the windows SMALL or else your walls might collapse under the weight of the roof!
- Make the fairy house roof
Use a semi-circle-shaped paper stencil to create an upside down, cone-shaped roof from a clay slab (in the same way we created the walls).
You will have to experiment with the size of the paper cone until it fits.
You’ll need to roll up the cone roof and join it together before placing it on the walls.
There’s no real need to attach it to the walls but you could try to add a coil inside and smooth the walls and roof together. This is a fiddly job however!
- The fun bit––decorate your fairy house & garden!
Go nuts and decorate your fairy house and garden with the natural materials you have on hand. Here are some ideas:
– Make a little pebble garden path, use leaves for trees and matchsticks for a tiny picket fence.
– Press beans or shell pasta into the roof for tiles and add little sticks to the door so that it looks like real wood.
– We fixed tiny little twigs into the window cavities to mimic window panes and used dried real flowers in the garden.
As a finishing touch, you might wish to add some magic sparkle all over by adding GLITTER!
I hope you have fun making a fairy house out of clay!
If you enjoyed this project, then be sure to try these other clay art projects for kids!
4 More Clay Art Projects for Kids
- Colorful Clay Relief Tiles for Kids
- Clay Coil Hearts
- Clay Leaf Prints & Pendants
- Make a Nature Mobile with Found Materials & Air Dry Clay
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