Make a fairy house and find out if fairies really do exist. Build them a cute little home they just can't resist. If you build it, they will come.
Always great fun for kids and adults.
This tiny little abode was made by eight year old Kayla.
Age: 6 - Adult
Time Scale: 2 or more (This will depend on how fancy you want to get)
To make a fairy house like this you will need red, white, gold, green, purple, yellow.
A special note on why I chose white original sculpey. It is not my first choice for most polymer clay projects. There are pros and cons to using this versus other clay.
The pros: I did not have a pasta machine available and this clay is much softer and easier to roll.
Cons: More finishing time required because it needs to be painted.
Not quite as durable as Premo Sculpey.
The secret ingredient that makes this craft project easier is a soup can, minus the soup. Make sure it doesn't have any sharp edges from where the lid was removed. If there are, cover with masking tape. This will prevent injuries that could result in screeching, bawling and bleeding. All of which you wish to avoid, especially when kids are involved. Especially other people's kids.
Fold a one foot length of tin foil into a rectangle shape the length of the soup can and about 1/4 inch thick.
Tape to one side of the can using masking tape.
Put the can on it's side so the tin foil now becomes the bottom. Push down so the tin foil is shaped, so it stops the can from rolling around.
Start by conditioning about half the large package of white clay.
Flatten with a roller or run through a pasta machine on the thickest setting.
Now cover the tin can. Fold the front edge to the inside, by about one inch. This can be a wavy, jagged edge. Fairies like that.
Flatten more pieces of clay until you have covered the whole tin can, including the bottom. (Which will actually be the end when the can is on it's side.)
Smooth all seams together.
Crumple a small piece of tinfoil to make a step or little deck at the front door. Cover with a thin piece of clay that extends on to the can. This will hold it in place, so the doorstep doesn't fall off. You don't want a mad little fairy... Fairies don't like renovating!
Roll shapes from pea size to about marble size, so they look like little rocks. Stack the rocks around the front and shape the opening so it is an oval shape at the top.
The front porch was made using a small amount of blue mixed with the white clay. The swirly pattern is pretty, isn't it? Kayla had lots of good ideas, when it came to decorating!
Make more little rocks, for a chimney. Stack in a rectangle shape about 1 x 1.5 inch wide at the bottom. Place off to the side and near the back of the can. Keep stacking making the rectangle smaller as you work your way up. Stack about 2 inches high. Leave a small opening at the top.
This would be really whimsical with a big swirly chimney, BUT don't get too carried away or it isn't going to fit in the toaster oven.
If you want to make a fairy house with a design on it, use a rubber stamp. Push the stamp on to the sides and top to make an imprint.
Roll green clay into skinny little snakes to add vines.
Make flowers with a stamp or by hand. Flowers can be made with a tiny round ball squished down for the center. Small snake pieces can be placed all around the center piece to form the petals. Usually petals in groups of 5 or 7 look best. Build the flower directly on to the house. It's easier that way.
Make a fairy house just the way you think the fairies will like it. Sometimes what exactly they like may depend on the area you live in. You might have to do some research to find that out. Did you know....Canadian fairies like homes that are well insulated and filled with warm fluffy blankets, so they can survive the cold winters. American fairies, especially the ones in Arizona are happy to flit around collecting flower petals to use.
Now bake in the toaster oven. Follow the instructions on the package of clay. It will depend how thick you made it, how long it will have to bake. This was cooked for about 50 minutes, covered with a piece of tinfoil to prevent scorching.
After baking and cooling, it's time to paint.
Kayla wanted to make a fairy house that was rainbow colored.
The rocks around the entryway and the chimney were painted grey.
The butterflies that were glued on are from an Easter garland.
She did a great job. I'm sure any fairy would be delighted to live here! I will have to ask her if she has had any move in yet.
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