Faerie Doors, Stairways, and Furniture

faerie doorThis faerie door is the second one I made, around 1997.

The first one was simpler in terms of buying parts, painting them, and assembling them. It was too formal for my home, so I replaced it.

The first one is in a Florida apartment right now, where the faeries visit my daughter and her Disney World roommates.

This second door was made with basic dollhouse parts: a hinged door and frame, a sparkly doorknob set, and the sides of stairs.

To the door, frame, and stair framework, I added twigs, acorns, and dried flowers. The twigs were collected outside my front door. Most of the acorns came from Salem, Massachusetts, where they seemed to be all over the ground, everywhere I walked.

The dried flowers came from a local crafts shop, and from the crafts section of a fabric store. It’s a matter of personal taste, but I use natural flowers, not the dyed ones.

The moss will fade to a more brownish-green, after you open the package. The flowers generally retain their brilliance.I do nothing to the twigs, acorns, or flowers to preserve them. So far, there hasn’t been any problem.

However, if you live in an area where bugs or small animals are a problem, you might want to spray each item with a protective coat of a matte acrylic finish. This spray is available in the hardware section of WalMart, or in any crafts supply store.

In front of the faerie door, I have a small ceramic mouse that I bought in Ayr, Scotland.

The Door

faerie door - close-upThe door and stairway sides were painted green before I started hot-gluing twigs and flowers to them.

Some of the green shows through, and it looks entirely natural. I recommend a green that is slightly bluer than the color of your moss, if you use moss.

As I worked, I kept opening the door, to make certain that no twigs or flowers blocked the easy movement of the door. After all, we want the faeries to be able to use it.

To attach the landing and stairs, I followed the same process I used for my first “gnome door.” (See link, below.)

The doorknob hardware is golden, with a sparkly crystal for the knob itself. The contrast with the natural materials is fabulous.

After I made the door, I added a little table and chair to the setting. (You can see them in the photo at the top of this article. They’re at the lower right side of the photo, but not completely in the picture.)

The table and chair were constructed with twigs, to dollhouse scale. I hot-glued them together, added dried flowers and moss, and then set acorn caps as dishes.

For more how-to instructions, see: How to Make Faerie Doors