Fairy House FAQs

What is the fairy house made out of?

The main structure is made from mostly repurposed douglas fir. The tinkers like using found materials. The siding is two layers of inch and a half thick, live edge repurpose cedar and the roof is made from individually carved cedar.

How are the mushrooms made?

The small ones are roughed out from cedar and then a layer of sculpting epoxy is applied. This is followed by the fun work of giving the detail to each one by hand using some very interesting sculpting tools. If you’re curious about what tools, refer to the page with the videos and watch the about sculpting mushrooms. The large mushrooms are roughed out using a chainsaw and then a makita grinder with a special disc is used to create the texture. There again, by going to the video page, you can see this process. It is the very first video on that page.

Oh the beautiful calla lily, how did you create that?

First, the head tinker roughed it out of cedar, then he made a metal armature, bored some holes in the top to secure the armature, and then applied some diamond mesh wire. Now, time to apply the sculpting epoxy and have some fun. After that was complete, it was a matter of spraying some primer with a touch up gun and using an airbrush to do the color work.

How did you make the ivy leaves?

The ivy leaves themselves are made out of cedar. There’s a ‘how to’ video on the video page which shows how the tinker created the veins on the back side of the leaves.

Creating the vines?

The vines were first formed out of 3/8″ rebar. Then pencil rod steel was welded on to attach the ivy leaves themselves. After all the welding and bending was done, the metal was incased in sculpting epoxy. Now again comes the fun of giving the sculpture that faux vine look. It’s a matter of doing some faux painting and you have your sculptured metal, wood art ready for installation.

What kind of paints are used?

All paints are exterior paints that the tinker has used for years and trusts the integrity of these products.

Was varnish used on the exterior?

No, varnish tends to turn items yellowish when cured which takes away from the beauty of the vibrant colors. Fairies love vibrant colors. The main product for adding a clear UV protection on the outside is made by General Finishes is designed for exterior use.

How do you suggest to take care of it?

If you leave it outdoors exposed to the elements the tiny house will require maintenance. Like your house for instance, what would happen if you didn’t do anything to maintain your home? It would start getting a weathered, run down look. ‘Mother Nature’ can do some interesting, positive things if allowed to work her magic. So it really depends on what you like, weathered aged look or more of a shiny pristine right out of the package look.

Is the fairy house available for purchase?

Yes indeed, check out the ‘fairy house purchase’ page.

Can I have one built the way I you want?

If you want a fairy house, you need to purchase this one while it is available.  At the present time, all time, material and labor is being devoted totally to the completion of this one of a kind piece of paradise. This is a magical place to let your mind and body relax. Just being around this marvel will put a smile on your face and get your imagination flowing once again.

Could it be a tree house?

Yes, indeed! Simple matter of the right tree, a platform to attach the house to, having a forklift available to pick up the fairy house and set it on the platform, and bolting it down.  Then you’ll have your fantasy tiny tree house!

I hope this has been helpful for you. If you have questions I didn’t cover, please go to the contact page, fill it out, add your question in the comment box and submit it. I do read each one and respond back quickly.

Thank you for taking the time to read these FAQs, Billy Dillard.