Make a Coastal Fairy House

Inspired by the coastal pine forest, sand and sea, a fairy house is crafted for the tiniest of folk.

This easy to make fairy house is crafted from seashells and pinecones.

These days, miniature gardening seems to be hitting an all time high. These gardens are easy to maintain, take up little space and can be brought indoors during the off-season. I love combining one-of-a-kind handcrafted items with store bought accessories for the garden. A great place to start when crafting your very own miniature garden is with the house. I was inspired by the sea. So with that in mind, I converted a basic bird house found at the craft store into this sweet little cottage.


  • One pre-made wooden birdhouse
  • Decorative shell pieces found in the silk floral section of the craft store
  • One small shell
  • Weatherproof glue
  • Pinecones
  • An air plant

Follow the directions in the photo gallery below to get inspired and craft your own miniature house.  

Fairy House How-To

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A Little Shelter

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

Photo By: Melissa Caughey

Like a Puzzle

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

Photo By: Melissa Caughey

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.

Photo By: Melissa Caughey

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.

Photo By: Melissa Caughey

Disguise the Birdhouse

Glue a shell over the bird's perch.

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Add Life

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

Photo By: Melissa Caughey

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.

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