From Fence Slat To Fairy House

Dealings With Fairies by Joy T.

Tending her fairy house
Almost every day, Little Sister asks me why we can’t move back to Florida so she can be with her best friends again.  It has been 3 months since we moved to the Pacific Northwest, and while the rest of the family has adjusted wonderfully well (and I am almost giddy with the thrill of being surrounded by woods and water again), a preschool-classful of new friends here do not make up for the ache of missing her dear ones left behind.  And talk of dad’s job satisfaction or the proximity of extended family is no match for a 5-year-old ego.
But when I ask her whether there isn’t one thing, just one single thing that she likes more about living here than back in her old home, she does admit that here, we live in a house with a real live fairy (named Primrose) in the backyard.  And that would be hard to give up.  And while she hasn’t yet seen Primrose, she does see her hummingbird friend, Calliope, at the feeder all the time, so you never know, she might yet catch a glimpse of the fairy that replies to Little Sister’s notes and flowers with teeny tiny letters of her own, and gifts of ripe berries and sea glass.
So today I am grateful for the fairy folk that make this island their home, and want to share with you an easy way to make your own fairy house so you can invite some more magic into your yard.

From fence slat…

… to fairy hut.

Much of the cedar fence surrounding the back yard is old and rotten and in need of replacing if it is to have any hope of standing up to a 75 lb dog with a curious nose.  After attending to the worst sections we had a dozen old fence slats that were just soft enough for a 7-year-old with a coping saw and a penchant for building to cut through.  Our first house was held together with hot glue, hope, and a haphazard nail or two, and while beautifully irregular and charming, it didn’t stand a chance against that same dog in chase of a squirrel.
So we came up with a way to put together somewhat more regular houses, held together with a few more nails, that are hung up on trees and thus a little less likely to get trampled, with rope ladders for those rainy or windy days when a fairy might not want to fly.  And because rope ladders are just plain fun.

(To read the rest of Joy’s beautiful post and learn how to make a lovely fairy house of your own, please visit her blog, Songs From The Hearth)

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3 Comments on “From Fence Slat To Fairy House”

  1. Emma
    December 19, 2013 at 1:21 pm #

    This is a beautiful idea!! I have some old chain link privacy slats, made of vinyl, and would love to re-purpose them in some fun way like this. They are slated, and wavy, and look like this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=km0KiIMOp7s – too bad they aren’t as elegant as your wood slats!

  2. timelesslady
    January 13, 2014 at 11:29 am #

    Terrific idea to use fence slats. I also love the flag banner. Very sweet.

  3. July 1, 2014 at 5:58 pm #

    So cute!

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