I found this log at a place selling firewood in Plant City, Florida. The rotted knot makes a perfect entrance to a “fairy house” leading into a hollow cavity. It took about three weeks to construct this little work of art. It’s heavier than most that I’ve built because of the solid wood and piles of rocks. (But not quite to Dade County hurricane standards).
A little crooked, that’s o.k.
Recycled oak from a pallet.
Brass knob to match the hinges.
Bamboo nailed down with fence staples for the rafters.
More bamboo with raffia hot-glued.
Melaleuca bark attached…but it looks too much like a teepee, so I tore it off and started over.
Oak branches glued into 3/8″ holes.
Melaleuca bark glued onto a lampshade.
Carved holes for the windows to allow light to shine through the stained glass windows.
Window frames scroll-sawed out of another oak board.
Cardboard templates on the right, finished frames on the left.
“Plaid Gallery Glass” allowed for great flexibility. I made a leaf-pattern to stick with the botanical theme.
Cardboard cut out for the sidewalls, covered with Melaleuca bark.
I capped the roof with a slab of oak bark creating a stained-glass peep.
Aluminum foil is an easy to mold base.
Concrete seal acts as a natural looking, permanent grout with these rocks. I used bark strips to conceal the plywood face.
A few lights downstairs but most upstairs.
Done. I used pinecone segments as trim.
The ivy vine starts at the ground and wanders up.