Fairy Houses on Tour

The 10th annual Fairy House Tour in Portsmouth, NH, was held this past weekend with over 200 hand-crafted fairy houses on tour at Strawbery Banke, Prescott Park, Peirce Island, and the Governor John Langdon House.

Over 5,000 children and their parents attended the two-day event and more than $175,000 has been raised over the years for a variety of area non-profits.

My grandchildren have aged out of building fairy houses, but they still fascinate me.

Bree, granddaughter of my friend, Joyce, at What Happens at Grandmas just recently had a wonderful Fairy Lovely Affair birthday celebration so I felt she really needed a fairy house on this year’s tour. 🙂


  • A portable fairy house built in a wooden basket that I purchased at Goodwill for $.99
  • Lined with a coco plant liner I had on hand
  • Planted with moss and thyme from the garden and two terrarium plants I moved
  • Used a small fairy sitting on the edge of a bowl blowing flower petals, repainted it and added marigold leaves to the bowl
  • Inserted a bench for the fairies to rest
  • Painted acorns to look like bird houses and hung them front painted branches
  • Created and painted a small hobbit type house out of a small flower pot and saucer turned on end

Fairy houses are intended to be created in the woods out of available supplies. I wanted to show that whether you live on a farm, in a subdivision or an apartment, you can create a fairy house with your child or grandchild and enjoy the process together.

Every garden needs a fairy house just like they need an insect hotel so happy fairy gardening to all regardless of age. 🙂


About Judy@NewEnglandGardenAndThread

Master Gardener who enjoys gardening, quilting, photography, and traveling.
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8 Responses to Fairy Houses on Tour

  1. Midwestern Plant Girl says:

    So true. Every garden should have a fairy house!


  2. Barbara Behan says:

    Judy, Great job on the fairy house,what fun you must have had.


  3. Joyce says:

    Judy, I am just delighted with your gesture of building a fairy house in Bree’s honor for this year’s Tour! It is beautiful and I can’t wait to show it to her next time she’s here. She will love the acorn birdhouses since our yard is full of them now and she has been collecting! We’ll try to make our own for her fairy garden!
    I share with you (and the parents of 5,000 other children!) the incentive to add simple, wholesome, old fashioned fantasy to young lives in a world where fun has become far too commercial and impersonal. Your own grandchildren enjoyed their fairy house experience two years ago and they will not forget those happy times! Thank you for including us in the current fun!
    Pinned and linked to my current post!

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  4. Grandma Kc says:

    How wonderful! It is the cutest fairy house of them all! Bree is going to be thrilled, it even has her name on it! You are truly a wonderful friend and a darned good “fairy grandmother”, too!


  5. pbmgarden says:

    What a charming idea.


  6. This is just adorable!! : ) LOVE!! 🙂


  7. Oh I do love a good fairy tale! This post has such a happy ending on top of it♥


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