Saturday, May 28, 2016

How to Make a Solar Powered Fairy House

Have you made a fairy garden yet? You can check out the fairy garden I made last year, here. This year, I'm upping my fairy garden game and I made my own fairy house. But not just any house. This house is made from recycled materials AND it's solar powered! The solar powered roof collects sunlight during the day - and then at night, the windows will glow! Sweet!

A big thanks to SolarCity for sponsoring this post. If you want your solar capabilities to go beyond your fairy house to your people house, be sure to check them out (tell them I sent you!).


  • Tiny frames 
  • FolkArt Outdoor Paint (grey)
  • Translucent plastic bottle*
  • Scissors or craft knife
  • Mod Podge Collage Clay in Vanilla
  • Fairy door 
  • Small stones
  • Q-tips
  • Solar powered garden light*
*In order for this project to work for you, the diameter of the top part of the solar light must be 1-2 inches bigger than the diameter of the bottle you are using. Choose your light and bottle accordingly.


  1. This is so cute. Perfect for my garden. Going to copy this. Thanks!

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  2. Love this idea. Can't wait to make one myself! Thanks for sharing.

  3. I've bought all the 'ingredients' to make the fairy house but have read that the collage clay isn't suitable for outdoor use. Have you had any problems with yours or have you kept it indoors? Thanks

    1. I haven't had an issue with it so far but it also hasn't rained very much and I have it in a sheltered spot. You can clean it with a damp cloth so I think some water is ok but if it is ever in standing water, I think it will dissolve

    2. Maybe try giving it a couple of coats of a spray on varnish made for outdoor items (before attaching the solar light) for added protection.

  4. I'm going to try clear drying bathroom caulk. That should be fine for outdoors.

    1. I'd love to hear back about how that turns out!

  5. Where did you get your solar powered garden light?

    1. I ordered a box of them from Blinq - which is an inventory clearance site - but you can find similar ones at Target, Walmart, Home Depot, or on Amazon here:

      If you don't want a whole set, you can usually buy them individually for $3-$5.

  6. I wonder how it would be if sprayed with a non-yellowing clear coat a couple of times would work. I am thinking of making this little house. It looks like fun to do. I have made turtles and lighthouses out of terra cotta pots and trays. Thank you for this cute idea.

    1. It's worth trying! Or maybe do 2-3 coats of the Outdoor formula Mod Podge?


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