Fairies live on the edge of the forest, deep within the forest, or at the bottom of your garden in the areas that most people don’t think to look.
They live among the low growing strawberries or near the thistles where humans without gloves don’t like to weed.
Fairy houses can be found inside a hollowed-out tree trunk, a grove of shrubbery–often referred to as “The Hollow”–or between the crevices of a stack of rocks. This is why you should never just stick your hand in a hole you find in the woods! Fairies do not bite, but its said they can paint your hand with liquids that make your skin break out.
Creating Fairy Houses
To build a fairy house for the fey folk in your own backyard, use all-natural materials.
Cedar shingles are excellent, or gather up different sizes of stones and arrange them to form a cave. Hide the house well, or the fairies won’t come and occupy the little dwelling. Putting out a small bowl of sugar or juice will attract the fairies and let them know that they are welcomed and you mean them no harm. If you can hide the house back in tall overhanging grass where you would never mow, so much the better.
Fairy Garden Plants
Fairies who live at the bottom of your garden love to plant as much as you do.
Since fairy gardens are tiny, just one seed from each plant is enough for them to cultivate. One onion can last a very long time! But most of the fairy gardens are made up of fragrant flowers: Bluebells, buttercups, and dandelions are fairy favorites.
Providing miniature flowers and shrubbery near their house will give the fairies something to tend, they also like to tinker. Planting tulips and daffodils right above a smaller garden provides a place for the fairies to sit up high and watch you as you dig in the garden.
While most fairies can fly, they also like little trees to climb and stones to play hide and seek. With a little imagination, you can give your garden fairies a cool little place to call home.
Another great way to create a fairy house is to simply use a terracotta flower pot and set it upside down leaving a space for them to enter and exit. Be sure you use real terracotta and not plastic pots. To enhance the decorum use a paint made from natural dyes! For fun, check out “Fairy Houses,” by Barry Kane for a lot of creative ideas.