Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Holiday Home for Faries

I've been meaning to share this for a while but the mushroom disappeared before I could take photos. Rainbow Girl explained "The fairies have gone on holiday."

Remember in this post that I told you about Trixi's adorable little travelling doll's house at http://www.colouredbuttons.com/2009/05/matchbox-monday-3-tiny-travelling-dolls.html
Inspired by Trixi's design here is the fairy version - a little portable mushroom.

Here's a few hints.
1. Print out template and glue to thin card. I used a cereal box. My cereal box often has big holes in it.
2. Use PVA glue to stick the felt to the card as it gives a smoother finish. The front and back may be covered in felt before you start but add the edge felt last.
3. Use hot glue gun to join card to card for it's strength. Glue the edge piece in segments as the glue dries quickly.
4. Use a stanley night to make holes for ribbon.
5. Mine's very plain - make your your own - maybe embroider or sew on sequins, beads, buttons, ribbons...
As always I'd love to see if anyone wants to try it out.


  1. I love the way you developed the matchbox house into a mushroom holiday home for the fairies! Hmmm... actually I think we all could do with a mushroom holiday home.
    Is that felt you used to make your fairies with? It's so much fuzzier than the one I use.

  2. What a great idea! Like a campervan for fairies.

  3. Hi Trixi,
    It is felt. From memory all of the fairies (except the orange one) are made from the squares of felt that you buy at haberdashery stores. The orange felt and the pieces used for the pages of the quiet book are of brought off the roll and I think are all an acrylic / wool blend. These ones feel quite thick and soft and are more expensive. The squares seem to have quite different textures and I wonder if this is a result of what they're made of. The spotty one used for the mushroom is quite dense and firm. I've heard wool felt is very nice to work with but haven't come across it and probably would break my budget.