How to Make a Garden Fairy Door

Add a little magic to your garden by installing a Fairy Door in a tree nook.

How to Make a Fairy Door

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It’s easy to do, and really does enhance the wonders of childhood for your little ones. This particular fairy door is custom built for a unique tree nook, and requires the use of a jigsaw. If you’ve never used a jigsaw before and are willing to try, this is a simple introduction project. But, if you feel using a jigsaw might be just a bit beyond your ability, you can always add a flat door to the side of a tree. Just as magical, for sure.

Step 1

What you Need

With a wood plank and a jigsaw, you can create a fairy door to fit snuggly in a tree nook.

Step 2

Trace Nook Shape with Marker

Begin by making a template with paper and a marker. Place a piece of paper over the tree nook and trace its shape.

Step 3

Cut Template Out

Cut the shape out. Once cut, place the template inside nook and continue cutting little by little until it fits exactly in place.

Step 4

Trace onto Wood

Trace template onto wood plank with marker.

Step 5

Clamp onto Table

Clamp wood plank onto the end of a table, making sure the door outline is several inches away from table edge.

Step 6

Cut Shape with Jigsaw

Carefully cut shape out with a jigsaw fitted with a wood blade.

Step 7

Sand Door

Sand jagged edges first with a medium sandpaper, and then switch to a fine paper. Any excess marker will come off during this process.

Step 8

Stain Wood

Wipe with damp cloth to remove dust and apply a wood stain, if desired. Follow the directions on your particular stain. Allow 24 hours drying time.

Step 9

Seal with Polyurethane

Apply three coats of a polyurethane sealer, following specific directions and drying times found on the can. This will make the door weather proof.

Step 10

Attach Hardware

Once dry, make a door knob by attaching a pearl, gemstone, shell (something fairy like) with wood glue. Place in tree nook to find the exact area to place hardware. Mark and add the hinges first to the door, and then attach to the tree.

Step 11

Peeking in

If you make it, the fairies will come!

Things You Will Need

  • ΒΌ inch thick wood plank. Oak or another hardwood is recommended.
  • Paper and marker
  • Scissors
  • Clamps
  • Jigsaw
  • Medium and Fine sandpaper
  • Cherry wood stain (or desired color)
  • Polyurethane sealer
  • Wood glue
  • Small decorative door hinges

About the Author

Jessica Begum is a crafty momma of three living on the west side of Los Angeles. Her blog Hipster's Tea Party, www.hipstersteaparty.com, is mostly mom- and kid-friendly crafts, partly ideas for more ambitious projects and a sprinkle of art and recipes thrown in just for fun. As well as being crafty, she is classically trained in fine art and loves to paint with watercolors and oils.