DIY Craft: Fairy House Night Light

I spotted a pre-made wooden house at Michael’s Crafts the other day for $4.99. Against my better judgment, I picked it up with the intention of turning it into a fairy house/night light. The process ended up taking a lot longer, and being a lot more complicated, than I expected, but here it is:

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And here’s how I did it:

Supplies

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  • An inexpensive wooden birdhouse
  • Acrylic paint (I used several bottles I had left over from previous projects: brown, green, tan, purple, blue, and a sheer sparkle coat)
  • Painter’s tape
  • Foam brushes
  • Optional decorations: moss, miniature trees, miniature mushrooms

Steps

1. Put painter’s tape along the bottom of the house and paint the base.

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2. After letting the base dry, begin using the tape to section off other parts of the house. I next painted the body of the house a tan color. After letting it dry, here I am getting ready to paint the roof a dark brown.

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After letting the paint dry, I sectioned off the steps, windows, and doors to paint them in bright colors.

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3. Next came the touch-ups. I suggest pressing the painter’s tape down pretty hard before painting to minimize the work in this step.

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4. Next, I added a coat of glitter paint to make it a little more “magical.”

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5. Time to add outside decor – I used a hot glue gun.

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6. Now came the hardest step. I didn’t think ahead before I started painting, and I assumed I could saw or drill some sort of hole in the back of the house to slip in a set of string lights (clearly, I know little about saws or drills). After letting the to-be night light sit around the house for a week or so, I ended up sawing off the back half of the roof so you can slip in an electric candle. I then coated the inside of the house in Mod Podge and put in a piece of wax paper to cover the openings of the windows and doors. After putting in the electric candle, this gave the house a lovely, soft glow.

The final product!

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Sara Laughed

Author: Sara Laughed

I'm Sara, a blogger, programmer, and American abroad. I live in the Netherlands my boyfriend and our 11 plants, and in this space blog about my life, discoveries, and mistakes. Follow along here or on social media!

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