In the Fairy Secret Rosie makes a fairy house out of cardboard. As I read the story to my daughter she wanted to see how easy it would be.
Challenge accepted we hunted down some cardboard and anything else we could find to jazz it up a little. We had so much fun that it seems rude not to show our efforts with you too. I’ve listed what we used and here are the pictures as we went along. You can actually use whatever you choose. It would be so much fun if you shared your pictures with us.
To make our fairy house structure we used:
• A small cardboard box
• 2 x cardboard rolls from kitchen towel
• Masking tape, pencil, ruler and scissors
To decorate the fairy house we used:
• School glue, pot and paintbrush
• Glitter, colouring pens and heaps of imagination
This is how we built it bit by bit and you can too…
1. Tape down the bottom/inside of the box with masking tape
2. Cut off the long sides of the box to use later.
3. Cut out a small window in the side of the box
4. Use the cut off long sides of the box to make a folding door and tape on with masking tape.
5. Measure front back and sides and cut out white copy paper to cover the box until you have enough to cover all the box. We covered it in white paper to decorate later, but you could leave this step out if you like.
6. Glue and cover all the box. Use little strips of white paper to cover any unruly gaps. Put to one side to dry.
7. Now to make some furniture for your fairy. This step can be completely missed if you have dolls house furniture
I. Cut a strip of cardboard for the bed base.
II. Measure and cut two strips of your cardboard tube for legs. I used a kitchen paper towel tube.
III. Now for the chair. Cut two strips of carboard tube and one square for the seat. Cut one of the strips of tube to make a backrest. Like this:
IV. For a Table cut one more piece of cardboard tube and another square for the table top. Make it higher than the chair.
V. Add a couple of side bits of cardboard to the bed to make a footrest and headboard.
VI. Glue it all together and you have some cute little bits of fairy furniture
8. The cardboard box /fairy house should now be dry enough to start decorating. Plain old colouring pens and a heap of imagination. My daughter went to town on this part. Drawing plants, ivy and flower pots.
9. If you made furniture now is the time to paint/colour the cardboard and cut out some strips of fabric for the seat, table cloth and bed spread. We also cut out a strip of fabric, rolled it up and glued it for the pillow.
Cut out a larger strip of fabric for the carpet if no-one is feeling much like colouring in a floor.
10. This is the final part and the part I love the least (tidy, tidy are the two words that start screaming in my head) Still … I took a deep breath and my daughter set forth with glue and glitter, some old plastic flowers and a lollipop stick and cardboard the sign. This is the finished house worthy of any fairy ….
We loved this little project . Don’t forget to share your fairy houses with us too . Have fun!.