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Here's how to make a sweetly whimsical DIY fairy house planter from a terra cotta pot & other inexpensive items. It's really easy, so why not give it a try?

Whimsical DIY Fairy House Planter

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Here's how to make a sweetly whimsical DIY fairy house planter from a terra cotta pot & other inexpensive items. It's really easy, so why not give it a try?

Want to make your own DIY fairy house planter? Here’s how to make a sweetly whimsical one using a terra cotta pot and other inexpensive items. It’s really easy, so why not give it a try?

If you’ve been on Pinterest  or thumbed through decorating magazines lately, you know fairy houses and gardens are all the rage! They add such a fun touch to the garden, and I honestly like them better than yard gnomes. Yes, I know everyone loves gnomes, but they’ve been popular for so long that I am kind of ready to move on.  And that’s why I think I just like these houses and gardens better because you get to imagine who or what lives there! 🙂 You know?

Supplies for your DIY fairy house planter – make it YOURS.

I decided I wanted to make my fairy house to be a planter out in my front garden, so I figured the easiest way to do that was to start with a pot. Luckily, I have a large collection of different sizes of terra cotta pots scattered around my porch (because I replant things a lot).  But, if you don’t already have one lying around, they are very inexpensive to purchase. I already had Gorilla glue, which I know works really well for outdoor use. One day when I was at the dollar store, I found bags of rocks and pebbles in the floral section (where the floral foam, silk flowers, and vases are located). So I grabbed a bag of small rocks for a dollar and a bag of green moss (well, actually I got 1 bag of green reindeer moss and 1 bag of brown but only used the green…) also for a dollar!

Here's how to make a sweetly whimsical DIY fairy house planter from a terra cotta pot & other inexpensive items. It's really easy, so why not give it a try?

How I got my window for FREE! 🙂

My daughter was working on a project for school and we had to go to Joann fabric and all of their garden items were on sale, so that is where I got my resin door. It was on sale for 5.99 but I have seen really cute DIY doors made from popsicle sticks, too.  All of the fairy “supplies” were all jumbled together, and as I was looking, I noticed a perfect-sized window that had obviously fallen or was torn off one of the pre-made houses, since it still had bits of glue and paper on the back. A store employee was right there, so I asked her if I could buy the window. She laughed and said that I could just have it. Sweet! So I got my window for free!!! (By the way, I have included a complete list of the supplies I used at the bottom of this post.)

Because all the items they had were so darned cute (and on clearance!), I also bought a small metal chair and resin table (that looked like wood) to go along with my house.

How to make the fairy house.

Attach the door first.

To use Gorilla glue, one of the surfaces you are gluing needs to be dampened first. Use a spray bottle to wet the surface.

Here's how to make a sweetly whimsical DIY fairy house planter from a terra cotta pot & other inexpensive items. It's really easy, so why not give it a try?

Put the glue on the door.

Here's how to make a sweetly whimsical DIY fairy house planter from a terra cotta pot & other inexpensive items. It's really easy, so why not give it a try?

Adhere the door to the pot.

Here's how to make a sweetly whimsical DIY fairy house planter from a terra cotta pot & other inexpensive items. It's really easy, so why not give it a try?

The directions state to let the glue dry for 30 minutes. Since I wanted to make sure it had a good seal, I used scrap wood and clamps to keep it firmly pressed. This particular Gorilla glue dries white, so if you have a bunch that oozes out around the door, just trim it with a knife or scissors, but it can easily be covered up with bits of moss later, so, don’t worry, it doesn’t have to be exact.

Here's how to make a sweetly whimsical DIY fairy house planter from a terra cotta pot & other inexpensive items. It's really easy, so why not give it a try?

Attach the window.

Since the window is so light, I simply used the multi-purpose glue, and it worked great. No clamping needed!

Here's how to make a sweetly whimsical DIY fairy house planter from a terra cotta pot & other inexpensive items. It's really easy, so why not give it a try?

Put on the stones.

Here's how to make a sweetly whimsical DIY fairy house planter from a terra cotta pot & other inexpensive items. It's really easy, so why not give it a try?

Once the door is dry, begin adding the stones. Because I didn’t want to hold the stones for 30 minutes while using Gorilla glue, I opted to use another glue we had, called 527 multi-use glue. I use it for almost everything. It dries clear and peels off fingers relatively easily, unlike Gorilla glue. 😉

Here's how to make a sweetly whimsical DIY fairy house planter from a terra cotta pot & other inexpensive items. It's really easy, so why not give it a try?

Work on one side of the door at a time, otherwise the stones will slide off before they have enough time to set. Trust me, I learned this the hard way! I actually let the stones dry overnight.  I just propped the pot between a couple of heavy objects to keep it from rolling. So it took me 2 days to have all the stones in place and dry.

Here’s the left side:

Here's how to make a sweetly whimsical DIY fairy house planter from a terra cotta pot & other inexpensive items. It's really easy, so why not give it a try?

And here’s the right side:

Here's how to make a sweetly whimsical DIY fairy house planter from a terra cotta pot & other inexpensive items. It's really easy, so why not give it a try?

Next, fill in the cracks with moss.

I squirted some glue in the larger gaps between the rocks and added small pieces of moss.

Here's how to make a sweetly whimsical DIY fairy house planter from a terra cotta pot & other inexpensive items. It's really easy, so why not give it a try?

I would tear off a chunk and stuff it in, using a toothpick to make sure the moss got down into the crevices.

Here's how to make a sweetly whimsical DIY fairy house planter from a terra cotta pot & other inexpensive items. It's really easy, so why not give it a try?

If you have moss growing near you, go ahead and use it.  I don’t, and so ended up buying a bag.  However, I really only used a tiny bit, so I have a lot left over to do another project! Yay!

See how nicely it filled in the gaps?

Here's how to make a sweetly whimsical DIY fairy house planter from a terra cotta pot & other inexpensive items. It's really easy, so why not give it a try?

Fairy house done, but plant-less.

Here’s what the house looked like after I put on all of the moss and everything is dry.

Here's how to make a sweetly whimsical DIY fairy house planter from a terra cotta pot & other inexpensive items. It's really easy, so why not give it a try?

Add a plant and set your DIY fairy house out in the garden, so it’s ready for the fairies.

I tucked my fairy house into my front garden and planted a Bulbine inside the pot.  I love the bright yellow flowers and long, thin leaves. Then, I added the outdoor seating and a large snail shell from my pond to complete the landscape.

Here's how to make a sweetly whimsical DIY fairy house planter from a terra cotta pot & other inexpensive items. It's really easy, so why not give it a try?

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List of supplies for my DIY fairy house.

Terra cotta pot

Gorilla glue

527 multi-purpose glue

decorative stones

Reindeer moss

Resin door

fairy outdoor seating

Here's how to make a sweetly whimsical DIY fairy house planter from a terra cotta pot & other inexpensive items. It's really easy, so why not give it a try?

I love the look of my little fairy house in my garden, and it was very simple and definitely inexpensive to make. So give it a try. It really is fun to do!

And when you do, leave me a comment and let me know how it goes!

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Happy house-making!

~ Pam

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21 Comments

  1. Precious! How kind of you to share details and beautiful photos! I have several fairy gardens and would love to create some of these to further enchant. These would absolutely be great gifts! What caring soul would not be delighted with this whimsical and creative gift made from the heart! Thank you once again!

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  3. I really love what you’ve done and plan on getting all the supplies today! My question is does the glue loosen up due to moisture from watering the potted plant and/or the rain? I had been told I needed to seal the inside of any pot that I planned to do anything with on the outside (such as painting, etc). Thanks!

    • Hello Kathryn, thanks for the kind words! 🙂 So far I haven’t had any problems with the glues. Both glues I used dry quite hard. The Gorilla glue states on the label that it is waterproof. And I have used the 527 multipurpose glue on other projects that ended up outside and they have held up well. You could always put a plant still in its nursery pot in the planter, too, which would also cut down on moisture… When you make yours, let me know what you decide. I would like to know 🙂

  4. Love this project. Going to do it with my granddaughter. What size pot did you use. What is the height of the pot

    • Glad you like it, Caryl! I used a 4.25″ pot. I purchased the door at Joann Fabric and then brought it home and dug around in my collection of pots to see if I had any that would work with it. This one seemed to be the right height. 🙂

  5. Where do you get the fairy door?

  6. Hi! Just curious to whether you think the rocks have to sit for so long…I’d like to try to do this for a library DIY program but our max time is 2 hrs.

    • I’m a librarian, too (used to be a children’s librarian so I know all about those time limits!!! 😉 )and unfortunately it does take a LONG time for the rocks to dry with the glue. However, I would experiment with maybe hot glue, which would, of course, dry much faster. Please let me know if it does! I live in Florida and it’s very hot all summer and we have a lot of rain, soI wanted to make sure the rocks would stick while being outside all the time 🙂

  7. Love your fairy pot, I am going to give it a try, Thanks you for sharing

  8. Love it! Any reason hot glue wouldn’t work?

    • I live in Florida and it rains A LOT here. I didn’t think hot glue would hold up as well with our high heat and rain, but give it a try – it might work fine 🙂

  9. You’ve inspired me! I’m definitely going to do this tomorrow with a little fairy door I already made with polymer clay. Thanks so much for your instructions and great photos!

  10. This is adorable, I think I’ll be giving it a try. I have a ton of Fairy stuff, I live in a Sr. Bldg, so only have a small area in front of my apt. for gardening. I do the decorating in pots, that are all Fairy gardens, I do have some some directly on the ground peeking out from under plants. This cute planter will be a great addition. Only one thing I’d change, I’d spray paint the table & chairs to a color that could be seen better. The bronzy color that is here doesn’t really show up unless you are really looking at the details closely. Nice job & idea.

  11. This is adorable and will go great with my other flower pot Fairy Garden. Thank you!

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