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Milk Cartons to Fairy Houses

Who loves fairies and gnomes? There’s a group of youngsters in Annan who love them and made them new homes.

Last Saturday, 19th Jan, we got really creative and made fairy houses from milk cartons. Yup, those plastic bottles that we throw away or recycle every few days or so. It was fairly straight forward too.
Materials: 4 pint milk carton (cleaned and de-labelled), marker pens, craft knife/sharp scissors (and an adult to help), foam, felt, artificial flowers, artificial leaves, stickers, double sided tape/hot glue gun.
How to:
1. Choose your milk carton of choice. We used the 4 pint plastic ones with screw on lids. A lid isn’t totally necessary, but can add more detail to the roof if you don’t have a hole in it!
2. Use a permanent marker to draw on the roof, doors and windows. Better to use a dark colour to show up, but be careful as if the pen is too thickly applied, you’ll dye your fingers whenever you touch it.
3. An adult will need to use a craft knife or very sharp scissors to cut round the windows and doors. Some of our youngsters wanted the full door cut out, whilst others preferred them to be ‘hinged’.
4. Use any foam, felt, flowers, leaves etc lying around to decorate the outside of your house using double sided tape or a hot glue gun. Fitting curtains can be very fiddly, but can be done as some of the pictures show – although definitely easier to fit on the outside of the windows.
5. You can now add inside details such as felt beds, lids as tables, and much more. Some of our fairy houses had TVs on the wall and supposedly also had WiFi. Some high tech fairies in Annan!

Have a go of your own and let us know how you get on by emailing your pictures to or sending us them through Facebook.

Or if you’re near by, why not sign up for one of next classes.

1 thought on “Milk Cartons to Fairy Houses

  1. Cute idea, I’ve been cutting mine in half this summer and growing strawberries in them 🙂

    They can also be used as cloches (mini greenhouses) to cover up young seedlings in the spring and keep them safe from frosts and cold snaps.

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