My daughter is growing up fast, but her fascination with fairies hasn’t gone anywhere. Her room is still pink, sparkly, and filled with Tinkerbell. I guess I can’t complain—it makes shopping for her easy.
There are also a lot of really fun fairy crafts out there! I’ve made her quite a few fairy gifts, and we’ve done a lot of projects together too. We loved making these fairy houses from empty toilet paper rolls. This fairy lantern project was more challenging, but we had a blast working on it.
I just found the most exciting fairy art project yet, and it looks surprisingly easy!
Watch this video and you’ll see the amazing process as an ordinary glass jar is magically transformed into a mushroom fairy house!
There is a full set of instructions here. Here is a short version of the steps:
1. Gather your materials: tinfoil, an empty jar, a hot glue gun, and some white air-dry clay. You will also need some watercolors (or any other type of paint that you like to use).
2. Shape a mushroom cap out of tinfoil to fit on top of the glass jar. Hot glue it to the top.
3. Apply the air-dry clay to the sides and the top. This is the step where your artistry and imagination come into play. You will need to shape any doors or windows and add in the textures you want. Watching the video is really helpful for understanding this step. Wait for the clay to dry before you proceed to the next step.
4. Paint the fairy house!
This is another step where you can turn to the video for inspiration. Make sure you apply a coat of varnish to seal in the paint when you’re done.
This is a fun, easy project you can customize to your heart’s content. The finished fairy houses couldn’t be more adorable!
Can you still put stuff in the jar?
These are so cute! I started working on one for my niece and have only done the mushroom top so far, but after letting it dry overnight the clay has cracked in several places. Any tips for how to avoid this or how to fix it? What type of air-dry clay are you using? Thanks!
Had the same problem so switched to Crayola White Air Dry Clay. It can be found and Wal-Mart, Staples, art stores... I then put mine in the basement to dry and no more cracks. Hope this helps.
I used air dry clay and mine also cracked and fell off the jar WHY what special clay are you using??
I’ve heard that air dry clay isn’t for projects like that . The items I’ve done & put urethane on after there completely dry . With in a yr. they’ve crumbled. So now I just use regular clay . I don’t think it will break the glass because you cook it on a very low temperature. I hope that helped you.
Mine also cracked and I'm very disappointed in this video
We're gonna post the clay recipe https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Ef-U6aZEoI use this for non cracking clay!
Do you think this clay would last well outside?
Use polymer clay and bake it in the oven. If done correctly, it shouldn’t crack and if you seal it, you should be able to leave it outside. Since it is baked at 275 degrees F, it won’t hurt the glass jar or the alumininum foil.
Can the jar still be opened? Thank you!!
No because the top is hot glued.