This DIY outdoor fairy garden door is a simple project that adds whimsy and joy to a garden or tree!
DIY Outdoor Fairy Garden Door
Making a fairy door has been on my list of things to do for the past couple of years. There are some really amazing fairy garden ideas and fairy door ideas floating around out there on the internet. While there were a lot of options to love, I was looking for something super simple and sturdy for our kids to play with.
I knew I wanted a basic wood hobbity feeling door that could be opened up to reveal a fairy scene. Ultimately, I wanted to create something simple but magical, something that could inspire endless hours of imaginative play outside. Read on to see how to make your own version!
How To Make A Fairy Door For A Tree
Turns out you can find wood hobbit/fairy doors at just about any craft store. I got mine in a clearance bin at our local craft store for .50 cents! It was an unfinished wood door, which was fine with me because I kew I wanted to paint it something colorful and fairy inspired. If you don’t want to makeover your own door, there are a lot of cute ready-made options linked in the post sources below.
What you need:
- Fairy Door
- A piece of wood or other weatherproof backing
- A fairy scene. I printed mine out from here.
Once the door was painted, we cut out a piece of thin wood to match the silhouette of the door. The whole purpose of this piece of wood was to give us something to attach the fairy scene to and attach the door to a tree. This way the door could still open and close and essentially function like a real door.
Once the silhouette was done, I used it to trace a cut-out of the fairy scene I was going to attach inside. I then cut out the fairy scene and laminated it.
We then attached the door to the silhouette with a set of small hinges. Then screwed the wood silhouette part of the door into the base of a tree in our backyard.
After the door was attached to the tree I used double sided tape to attach the fairy scene, which also covered up any screw holes!
How To Weatherproof A Fairy Door
I spray painted the door with some outdoor spray paint even though it’s our intention to take it down when winter rolls around (sitting in three feet of snow probably wouldn’t do it any good). Depending on what type of climate you live in will determine what kind of weatherproofing you need to do. No matter what, I would definitely recommend laminating the fairy scene part since even a little bit of moisture will ruin paper.
If you get a lot of snow or rain during a certain season, I think it would be worth it to just unscrew the door and take it down for that season.
Where To Add A Fairy Garden
The beauty of fairy doors or fairy gardens is that they are so small they can go just about anywhere! From small apartment balconies to outdoor backyards, there really isn’t a place that a fairy garden wouldn’t work.
The other thing I love about fairy gardens is that they can be as elaborate or as simple as you want them to be. Since ours is going to be played with by small children, I chose the more simple route (less to break 🙂 ). If you are making a fairy garden for older kids, or for decoration, creating a a more elaborate garden might be fun. Your imagination is the limit!
Outdoor Fairy Garden Accessories
Since ours is a pretty simple door meant to be played with, I kept the accessories to a minimum and used ones that don’t easily break. The red mushroom is made out of resin and is pretty darn sturdy. It just pokes into the ground with a piece of wire and can be easily removed if needed.
If you’re looking for more detailed accessories think about adding little lamp posts, rock pathways, moss, or even miniature furniture! There are so many options out there when it comes to fairy garden accessories.
This cute little fairy door turned out even better in person than I imagined. Don’t you love it when that happens?! And it has already inspired countless hours of pretend play this past summer and fall, which is a huge win in my book. 🙂
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