Fairy House Craft for Kids Using Nature

You guys are gonna love this week’s craft from Amanda at Playful Kale. She walks you through how to make your own fairy house with your kids, and it couldn’t be any cuter! The best part is it incorporates nature AND recycling.

Using nature for crafts is an amazing way to inspire creativity in kids– and in us! Bonus: between using what you find outside and using what you find in your recycling bin, this craft requires basically zero money or prep! Check out how Amanda and her daughter made their fairy houses.

Summer is finally here and that means it’s time to soak up some sun and enjoy the outdoors! My family loves to go for hikes in nature and my daughter is a fan of collecting random things along the way. So instead of just having pine cones and rocks sitting on my daughter’s dresser we decided to make a nature inspired craft with them.

These fairy houses are super cute and so much fun to make. They can turn out so unique and different depending on where you gather your items from and what’s available for the season. Not only are they fun to do but they are a great way to make recycled crafts with kids.

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In our house we try to recycle as much as we can and making crafts is an easy way to do so. They barely cost anything, but they can be good for the environment since you are re-using materials that would normally be thrown out. Recycled crafts are also a great way to introduce the concept of recycling to young children and let them get involved at an early age.

Take a little walk outside and collect materials you can use for your fairy house. You don’t even have to go on some extravagant nature hike, even a stroll through the suburbs should give you plenty to work with.

My daughter already loves going for walks but adding a little nature scavenger hunt to collect craft pieces really had her excited. We didn’t end up using everything but by the end of our simple suburban walk we filled a small box!

If you don’t have any idea what to use, here are a few things to look for:

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  • Pine cones
  • Big, full leaves
  • Dandelions
  • Seeds
  • Small twigs
  • Tree bark
  • Small rocks
  • Sea shells if you’re by a beach
  • Flowers (you can dry and press them to use for this craft)

Step 1:

Once you have all of your materials then it’s time to prep the house itself. Take an empty milk or juice carton and thoroughly clean it out. Then plan out how you want your house to look.

Step 2:

Sit down with your child and draw lines where you want the door and windows to go. After you have your layout use a knife, scissors or box-cutter to cut out the door and windows.

Step 3:

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Now it’s time to get messy! For this project we used basic acrylic craft paint and had fun mixing the colors a little bit. You can use a paper plate for the paint and let your little one have some fun. You may need to do several coats of the paint to fully cover up any text on the carton (we needed to do 2 coats).

Step 4:

After the carton is fully dry then you can begin decorating your fairy house. We found a few chunks of tree bark and a lot of small twigs that we decided to use for the roof.

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Use a hot glue gun to secure whatever pieces you have for the roof and larger materials. Then your little one can use normal glue or even a glue stick to secure any smaller decorations. Let everything dry for a little and then it’s play time!

My daughter is almost five years old and she loves playing with these. She likes to create a little fairy village and play with these outside. It’s great imaginative fun and a great way to help your children learn about recycling.

What nature materials were you able to collect around your neighborhood?

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Amanda Marie (Playful Kale) is a mom blogger from Michigan. Her site has plenty of healthy and easy recipes that really focus on simplicity and using wholesome ingredients. Many of the foods are also great for kids and picky eaters! Food is not her only focus though; she is also passionate about her children and loves to come up with simple activities that are basic and affordable to put together. She mainly likes to write about recycled crafts and using repurposed materials. 

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8 thoughts on “Fairy House Craft for Kids Using Nature

  1. How cute! We love fairy houses and little gardens. My son says they are for girls but I am sure he would like to build this more rustic version.

  2. Thank you so much for featuring me this week! I love making recycled crafts and this one was definitely a lot of fun putting together with my daughter šŸ™‚

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