Make a Coastal Fairy House

In a few simple steps, make an adorable coastal fairy garden, complete with walls made out of shells and a roof made out of pine cones.

Photo By: Melissa Caughey

Photo By: Melissa Caughey

Photo By: Melissa Caughey

Photo By: Melissa Caughey

Photo By: pcmc2000@msn.com

Photo By: Melissa Caughey

Photo By: Melissa Caughey

Photo By: Melissa Caughey

A Little Shelter

Nestled among the tiniest of plantings, this house fits sweetly into its surroundings.

Like a Puzzle

Fitting them together like a puzzle, glue the shell pieces to the exterior walls of the house.

Add the Roof

Deconstruct the pinecone. Use each piece as a shingle. Glue each piece into place. Start at the bottom of the roof and work your way across.

Stagger the Shingles

A staggered look is best. Shingle a few layers and allow them to dry completely before adding more layers. Work on both sides of the roof at the same time.

Disguise the Birdhouse

Glue a shell over the bird's perch.

Add Life

Tuck an air plant (Tillandsia) into the birdhouse entrance hole.

Planting Accents

Think about your plantings. This Muehlenbeckia complexa (also known as fairy, angel or maidenhair vine), is trained to grow up the shingled roof.

Shingled Windows

No detail was spared. Glue some of your smaller pieces of the pinecone shingles onto the window edges and sills. Create a mini-landscape surrounding your fairy house as a finishing touch.