How To Make A Polymer Clay Fairy Cottage Gift

Adorable Polymer Clay Fairy Homes and Cottages make perfect gifts for enchanting young children or for adults who still believe in magic!
DIY Fairy Cottage Gift polymer Clay
I believe in magic and as a fan of all things Polymer Clay I am beside myself over these wonderful Polymer Clay Fairy Cottages which fellow crafty people have made (see pinterest for more). I’ve had a go at making fairy doors from polymer clay and this is my next project!! Let’s do it together.

fairy door fairy home polymer clay mould setI have seen fairy cottage moulds for creating these (see left) but another way of making them is to mould the polymer clay around an oven proof jar. The glass jar holds the shape and creates a great base and perfect round cottage shape. It also lends itself well to being adapted with LED fairy lights (inside) or a tea light. These make great lanterns.

Youtube tutorial re how to make a fairy home using a jar!

If you want a more structured way of crafting your fairy home, you there are many wonderful fairy home craft kits available from Amazon, including DIY fairy garden kits.


fairy door cottage cobblestones wall cladding mouldsEnough talk, let’s get started!! I’m going to try out the jar method myself. I do have a fairy door mould which I shall use in conjunction with the jar. I will post pics when I’m done 🙂 I hope you do too via comments below. You can also email them to be via creativeblogger@aol.com.

What do we need?

There are two approaches regarding the Polymer clay colors. You can buy individually colored clays and combine as required or use a single block of white polymer clay for the entire project and then paint it and varnish afterwards to add the color.

how to make fairy door polymer clay
My fairy door!

Featured below are both options along with Polymer Clay tools which make life a LOT easier. I have all of these things from previous polymer clay projects.

Get yourself a nice storage container (I use a tin garden tools box) to keep everything tidy and accessible.






Super cute ready made minitaure polymer clay beads that you can use to decorate your fairy home. Imagine a fairy home covered in sweets!!

How to Make Fairy Doors for gifts from Polymer Clay

how to make fairy door polymer clayAs followers of this blog may already know, I have recently taken up learning the art of Polymer Clay sculpting.

It’s harder than it looks 🙂 .You need patience, a keen eye for detail and clean,steady hands. I myself have none of these things, but I have the ‘desire’ to sculpt and so I am plodding on in the hope that with practice comes skill. And to be fair I am getting better. It’s like all things, you get out of it what you put in.

 

What do I need?

To get started you need a Fairy Door Mould (or you can sculpt freehand if you have the skills) Polymer Clay and a Basic sculpting tool set. I have found some Best Selling basics from Amazon to get you started. If you’re on a tight budget meanwhile, there are recipes online for making your own Polymer Clay and even for making your own silicone moulds! If you’ve ever made your own clay or moulds, please do tell us about it comments.


Let’s get started!

fairy doorsThis is my fairy door 🙂

The first thing I do when learning something new is see what everyone else is doing. I as such have looked at images of fairy doors, checked some out on Amazon, eBay and Etsy and seen many fab ones on image sites such as Deviant art and Pinterest. After having a good browse I opted for buying a basic fairy door silicone mould like the one shown below.

fairy door mouldMy aim re using this mould is to use it as a basic template and then sculpt my own embellishments and add my own unique twist. . I don’t want my fairy doors to mimic existing fairy doors, so I will be doing my own thing. Use the mould as per instructions! My first attempt re the fairy door mould was ambitious. I attempted to add all the detail in different coloured Polymer Clay. This is VERY fiddly, but I found with practice it gets easier.

Meanwhile using a small round tipped tool to poke the finer details into place helps a lot. When the clay was popped out of the mould, it wasn’t too bad. There was some ‘bleeding’ re colors beyond their intended fill area however. So my intention for Fairy Door two will be to create it in one color and then use acrylic paint and a tiny fine tipped brush to paint on the detail. This means my ‘sausage fingers’ won’t have to work so hard!!

You will also find a method that suits you with some trial and error.  

Adding embellishments

I sculpted some stone walling to surround my fairy door and added a creeping vine to one side with polymer clay. I also hand painted various elements to give a more authentic appearance.

For example: I dusted the black fairy door hinges with silver metallic paint. I also added a few silver beads to act as ‘studs’ which you may find on an old wooden door. Unlike other fairy doors I have seen, I also aim to add an actual fairy.

I may be breaking the fairy door mould in doing so! (Pun intended 🙂 ) re Paint – I am using acrylics (without mixing with water) straight onto the hardened clay.

polymer sculpey clayI am using Sculpey modelling clay in the various forms it comes in. This is one of the more expensive Polymer Clays and I use it as I find it softer than others, doesn’t seem to dry out and is easy to work with. I bought all the items shown here via eBay.

I bought a large block of white Polymer clay to mix with primary coloured clays to give softer shades. I calculated this was cheaper than buying many different shades. I love the ‘super sculpey’ it’s great for doll modeling. I use tiny blades (with safety side) to ‘saw’ off excess clay when I’ve popped it into the mould. These little blades are quite invaluable!

I also bought some varnish to add an extra shine to certain finished elements of my creation. Bases My fairy door has a solid base so it can be freestanding. This means it’s not exclusively for attaching to skirting boards but can be an ornament also. I am using real stone tiles I already have about the house. I have sculpted a little magical mushroom – or fairy seat to decorate.

MY WISH LIST 

One of the most painstaking things about polymer clay sculpting is all the squishing and kneading of the clay itself to make it manageable. I broke my left wrist a yr ago and I find all the kneading a little hard on my wrist which is still in recovery. So ….. I want one  of those polymer clay squishing machines 🙂 There are a few here available from Amazon. I’m going to check out the reviews and get back to you re this!