DIY Broken Pot Faerie Homes

In the 15+ years since I first wrote articles about making faerie doors, a lot of people have copied, embellished, and improved on my ideas. I like that!

(My how-to ideas were inspired by the very first place I saw faerie doors, at Laurie Cabot’s shop in Salem, Massachusetts.)

Recently, I’ve seen some of the most original variations on the “faerie homes” idea, using broken ceramic pots.

Faerie home in a broken clay pot
photo courtesy Pottery Green, at Etsy

You can find ready-made ones at sites like Etsy.

One seller, Pottery Green, offers some sweet designs. (Sample is shown at right.)

You’ll find more at Etsy’s MerryElfmas, and karibeads makes some that glow in the dark.

I’m sure many others are creating similar, delightful designs, as well.

If you’d like to make your own, the following article offers some how-to tips, with lots of different (and fun) ideas.

Link: Whimsical DIY Project Transforms Broken Pots into Fairy Gardens

Faerie Doors, Everywhere!

Faerie doors are turning up everywhere. Here’s a wonderful video about a town that has many of them.

(You can also see still photos at this article: If you walk around this town, you’ll see these tiny “fairy doors…”)

I’ve been making faerie doors since the late 1990s. They’re so much fun, and easy for you to make, as well.

However, if you decide to make (or buy) one, be careful where you place it. If you put it against a basement wall — beneath ground level — you might attract dark and mischievous faeries. Some of them can be unpleasant.

Here are some instructions, if you’d like to make your own faerie doors. You’ll also see photos of (easier) faerie windows: How to Make Faerie Doors


Offbeat Wedding Features Faerie Theme

If you’ve though about having a faerie-themed wedding, take a look at the photos in the article linked below.

(If it’s no longer online, search for alternate articles about this wedding. The photos were wonderful.)

No matter how you feel about same-sex weddings, the pictures are going to give you fun faerie ideas for parties and weddings.

Rainbows and sparkly fairies at a newly-legal lesbian wedding in


These lovely lasses celebrated the ability to have a legal wedding in New York with sparkles, fairy wings, and all things rainbow (in honor of the pride flag, of course!).

Last week, I attended another faerie themed wedding.  It was a traditional wedding, but the lovely bride wore custom made faerie wings, and many of the bridal party’s accessories — including her bouquet and the groom’s bouttoniere — were faerie- or fantasy-themed and handmade.

That made the wedding unique, original, delightful… and more affordable.

The world is changing.  Outmoded beliefs and constraints are falling away, and originality is emerging.  It’s a change for the better!

You don’t have to wait for a wedding to have a faerie-themed party.  You could even schedule an informal “tea party” (like little girls have) with a faerie theme, and invite your friends.

Though it’s true that faeries generally aren’t like Tinkerbell, and some faeries can be downright scary, there’s still plenty of room for fantasy fun if you’re a fan of faeries.

How to Make Faerie Doors (and Windows)

The following are my notes from my first “gnome door,” created around 1996. 

I’m looking for my photos, but — meanwhile — I’ve included some pictures by an artist who’s made similar doors in the past. Hers didn’t include staircases, but she did make some “faerie windows.”

The “door” that I made is actually a door and a staircase. Here’s exactly what I did…

Faerie door by Aisling
Faerie door, courtesy of Aisling D’Art.

I went to a dollhouse store and bought the parts: A nice little door that swings in its frame, and it has an brass doorknob with key, that I purchased separately.

I also bought a staircase (with banister), and a piece of wood to use as a landing, so the stairs don’t butt right up against the door.

I painted the door a nice cobalt blue, and most of the woodwork for the stairs is white, as is the door frame. The tops (tread areas) of the stairs and the handrail itself are all Hookers Green (a nice forest green).

The most difficult part was putting it all together. Nails don’t work well on these little parts, and the wood they use is really hard.

So, I used wood glue (white glue doesn’t do it, even “tacky” glue). Then, I held the pieces where I wanted them, until the glue set. (This involved sitting in front of the television set, holding pieces together, for nearly an hour.)

Next, I reinforced the glued-together areas with hot glue, in places where it won’t show.

After that, I used a carpenter’s level (a little plastic one I bought for about a dollar at a Home Depot) to get it straight, and propped the whole thing against an outside wall, inside my living room, right where I wanted it.

I marked beneath it with pencil, where it touched the wall, and put two finish nails there, for the landing (and door) part to rest on.

(We’re in an apartment, so this is a temporary arrangement. When I have a house, I’ll probably do something more permanent.)

I also bought a cute little mailbox at the dollhouse store, and that’s resting on one of the stairs right now.

Also, I found some tiny little nails (and had to use my smallest jeweler’s pliers to hold one while I nailed it into the door); that will hold the little Christmas/Yule wreath I bought for the door, too.

Next to this whole display, I have a nice big grey rock that I picked up when I was last at my favorite beach in Maine.

At the back of it, I hot glued a few twigs that are the right size to look like trees. And I have some miniature gold & silver stars that I bought at the fabric shop, to hang on the “tree” branches at Yule.

Faerie windows, in progress
Faerie windows, before assembly. (Photo courtesy Aisling D’Art.)

Finally, I picked up a miniature rose bush (in bloom!) at the grocery store for about $4. I’ll re-pot it in something more proportionately correct. But, for now, it’s next to the staircase and it’s pretty.

After that, I rested the two keys to the door on the top step (the doorknob & lock are just “pretend,” but the keys came with it anyway), in case my little visitors decide they’d like keys available.

faerie window
Another faerie window (Photo courtesy Aisling D’Art)

The whole project took about three days of my spare time, far more than I expected. But I just love the effect!

The results were immediate. We’ve seen and heard fae folk in the apartment, ever since the door was rested against the wall.

For more ideas, see my article, Faerie furniture.

(Note: The faerie photos on this page are from my cousin, Aisling D’Art. She isn’t making these right now, but — until I find my own faerie furniture photos — agreed to let me use some of hers as illustrations.)