I started making 1/144 scale fairy houses several years ago, but this is the very first one that I’ve made for a friend, so it’s a special one.
The underlying structure is a 1/144 scale gazebo kit from Northeastern Scale Models that, if built normally, would look something like the one pictured here.
But as a fairy house, it looks like this:
Most of the furniture is crafted from bits of scrap wood, though the bed posts are made from tooled toothpicks. And the “papasan-ish” chair is made from the smallest acorn cap I could find. The bed linens and table cover are made from dyed flower petals (snagged from a mix of dyed bits designed as inclusions in homemade paper). Here’s a look at the furniture before all the decorations go on (includes a dime for size comparison):
Another close-up of the bed and bedside table with flower petal lamp.
The landscaping is made from natural bits of dried plants, miniature landscaping materials (as used with dollhouses and toy trains), metal, no hole beads, and minerals (this piece has natural quartz crystals and slivers of kyanite (the blue glassy looking pieces)).
And that’s my fairy house for a very special friend (who really truly believes in fairies!).
I purchased one of NESM’s gazebos… I didn’t have a matching house for the gazebo and I wasn’t sure what I would do with it… and just building it seemed a bit boring, but I had no real ideas.
Then it struck me — a wee little fairy house! I did some research on fairies and what type of structures they are likely to be attracted to and went to work.
Even with the largish cache of landscaping materials I keep on hand, I realized I didn’t have enough “interesting” materials. Inspired by mention I’d seen on a “Miniaturist List” I read, I headed of to the local craft store — not for Woodland Scenics, but potpourri! I purchased two different types and a small bag of dried flowers/flower parts that was meant for a “make your own paper” project.
I also snatched the small bowl of natural crystals (quartz, kyanite, amber) that sits on a side table in my living room. Use of these would require a bit of smashing with a hammer, but we all know that EVERYTHING is fair game when we need it for a MINI.
I made a cozy little bed with a flower petal comforter, a tiny grapevine headboard (decorated with more flowers) and a breezy canopy of greenery. I also added a natural wood side table with a “tulip” lamp. I surrounded it all with flowers, strange plants, and crystals.
After that the gazebo walls went up, and I realized I had a lot more room for gardening and surrounded the gazebo with a garden of fantasy plants, vines, and crystals.
All that’s needed now is the fairy who will call it home.
This miniature fairy house is now in a private collection.