How to Make an Elf, Fairy or Gnome House

    by Kelly Sundstrom

    About the Author

    Kelly Sundstrom is a national special needs spokesperson and writer. She writes content for major brands, magazines and newspapers, including Gather News, STACK Magazine, Colgate, Kudzu, LIVESTRONG and Lowe's Home Improvement. She currently has over 6500 digital and print articles in publication. Her awards include the 2012 Skyword High Flyer Award and the 2009 Demand Media Top Content Creator Award.


    Making an elf, fairy or gnome home for your garden turns a simple patch of flowers into a magical, enchanted world. These fantastical homes are created using natural materials that can be found around your garden. The finished homes can be placed in areas that naturally draw the eye, such as under a fern or at the base of a tree. Little children love to help create elf, fairy or gnome houses and will enjoy helping place them around the garden.

    Things You'll Need

    • Bark chips
    • Moss
    • Baby ferns
    • Soil
    • Crystals
    • Lichen
    • Small sticks
    • Hot glue gun
    • Hot glue sticks
    • 12-inch terra-cotta saucer

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    Place a 12-inch terra-cotta saucer on a flat surface and fill the bottom of it with potting soil. Pat down the potting soil with your hands. Place moss around the soil, leaving a few spaces open so that you can add in other plants and objects later. Gently pat down the moss with your hands. This will be the base for your fairy or gnome house, and will allow you to transport your creation to different locations around your garden.

    Poke your finger into one of the spaces and down into the soil. Place the roots of a live baby fern into the soil and pat down the soil surrounding it to secure it. Repeat this process if you would like more baby ferns planted in your fairy or gnome house.

    Collect small twigs and sticks. Plug in a hot glue gun and place a hot glue stick into it. Once the glue gun has warmed up, make a square of twigs by placing a dollop of hot glue onto the ends of the twigs and sticking them together. This twig square can be the base for tables, chairs, beds or other fairy furniture. After your fairy furniture is constructed, add it to your fairy or gnome house.

    Place large pieces of bark onto the moss and gently push them into the soil. Arrange the bark so that it forms the walls of the house. These bark pieces can be free-form, and will not need to be secured with glue.

    Place small crystals around the fairy, elf or gnome house. These crystals can be used as fairy food, elvish walkways or even gnome nightlights. Once finished, place your gnome house in a special location in your garden to enjoy.