Friday, 20 April 2018

Create Your Own Magical Fairy Door



Whether you want to create a fairy door to add a little extra magic to your garden, or to give your potted plants more pizzazz,  it is an easy and fun project that you can do in a single afternoon! All you need to do is read the guide below to see what material you will need and how to get started.


To cut, buy, or craft.

First things first, you need to decide whether you will cut your fairy door from wood, buy a premade door, or craft it yourself with lollipop sticks. If you cut one from wood, you will need your own woodworking equipment, but you can make it much more customised to your own vision.

However, if time is of the essence, or you don't fancy getting handy with some power tools don't panic. Why not pay just £2 for this hinged and moving fairy door blank that you can paint and decorate yourself?

Of course, there is one final option to choose from and its to create a door structure from lollipop sticks. It's pretty easy to do too, and all you need to do is hot glue the sticks together side by side length ways. Then add two sticks horizontally for support, let it dry, and you will be ready to move onto the next stage.


Paint and age

The next your task is to paint the door. You have several options to choose from here, and it all depends on the final look that you are going for. If you want something bright and colourful, go for primary acrylic paints like red, blue and yellow, or use pinks and lavender if you are going for a more pastel look.  

However, if you are looking for something that seems a little more aged like it's been out in the elements for a while and is a natural part of the garden it can help to use more muted tones. Also, to make your fairy door look super old, you can use painting techniques to age it.

Ageing your door is a pretty easy process where you paint a light colour on at the base, let that dry and then wash a darker colour over the top. To do this effectively use a tone like burnt amber and water it down a lot before applying because you only want it to stick in certain places. Then use a sponge or paper towel to rub the wash off, and you will get a nice aged effect.


Adding details

The next stage is when you can truly let loose and have some fun. After all, this is your fairy door, and that means you can add decorations in whatever form appeals to you.

Glitter is a great way to add magic to your fairy door.

Some crafters choose to go with a magical fairy theme adding sparkle and glitter like the stuff I used on this project here. Alternatively, you can go for stick-on rhinestones and gems as well which will scintillate in the light and draw your eye to the door among the foliage you place it in.

Alternatively, why not add decoration to your fairy door that helps it look more organic and natural as if it is part of the forest? Dried moss is a great way of doing this, and all you need to do is use one of the many hot melt glue guns on the market to sparingly dot glue on the back of the moss before you position it. Remember this can work extremely well in softening straight lines and hard edges and can make your door seem a lot more authentic like it has been built by the fairies themselves!

Another option is to decorate the outside of the door with bark or small stones to create the illusion that it is part of the trees or rock that it is placed against. Again this is pretty simple to do, although you do need to remember that the heavier the details you are adding, the more glue you will need to hold them firmly in place.


Varnish

Lastly, whether you plan on placing your door outside or inside if it's near you plant collection then it will be coming in contact with moisture. With that in mind, it's vital that you varnish it to provide a watertight coat once the original paint has dried.

To do this use a clear wood varnish, and allow it to dry thoroughly before positioning your plants out in the elements.



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