build an enchanted home
Fairy houses are small structures for fairies and nature’s friends to visit. Fairy houses are made out of natural materials such as sticks, bark, dry grasses, pebbles, shells, feathers, seaweed, pine cones and nuts. Ranging from rustic to intricate, these whimsical habitats are built by children, families, gardeners and nature lovers reflecting their creativity, joy and pride.
Originally started on islands off the coast of New England, fairy house building has spread throughout the country thanks to Tracy Kane—Lee, New Hampshire resident and author of The Fairy Houses Series® of books.
But these enchanted homes don't build themselves--we need your creativity and inspiration to create the Fairy House Tour!
Fairy House Builders are entitled to two complimentary tickets in exchange for their efforts.
Please note: House submissions must be dropped off on Friday, September 20 between 11am-4pm and picked up on Sunday, September 22 from 3-5pm.
Interested in Building a Fairy House? Please read the guidelines below.
GUIDELINES FOR BUILDING FAIRY HOUSES
AGES: We encourage adults and children under 12 to work together on a fairy house submission. Children over 12 are invited to submit a fairy house on their own.
MATERIALS: Use natural materials – dry grasses, leaves, sticks, pebbles, shells, bark from a fallen tree, milkweed pods, acorns, berries, gourds, miniature pumpkins, pinecones – are a few examples.
All fairy houses must appear to be made entirely of natural components. Hot glue, acrylic spray, natural twine and other man-made items can be used but must be completely concealed by natural elements. No artificial flowers, glass beads or plastic elements can be used.
BASES: Platforms or man-made support materials can be used for easier delivery and transport, but must be concealed with natural materials when installed on-site.
SIZE: Houses may be any size and the theme of the house may be anything you wish. Please do not use any items of value in the houses.
THEMES: No houses displaying political commentary or themes not appropriate to a young audience will be accepted.
Ready to build? Check after January 1 when registration goes live!