Faerie Door: One-Day-Build DIY
This is my Urban Faerie Door. (Fairy Door?) I made my first one in 2017 as part of a community art project installation. The project didn’t go quite as planned, so in the meantime, I started making doors for myself and the faeries who live in my house.
These doors are an easy project that can be completed in an afternoon. They’re lightweight, inexpensive to build, and easy to install.
Faerie Door Supplies
If you’re lucky enough to have a local hobby shop like I do, I strongly encourage you to purchase as many of your supplies there as you can. I buy all of my balsa wood from Hobby Haven in Urbandale, Iowa.
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balsa wood – 3/8 x 6 inch (Door Base) – 5/16 x 3/8 inch (Trim) – 1/4 x 1 inch (Bottom Step) – 1/4 x 1/2 inch (Top Step) – assorted pieces for the trim around and above the door
metal straight edge
OLFA Utility Knife https://amzn.to/2PdF1YB
Xacto Razor Saw Set https://amzn.to/2MXiFgg
PVA glue (white glue)
Ranger Texture Paste https://amzn.to/2PJR4y2
Layered Brick Stencil https://amzn.to/2MxECTY
Plastic Palette Knife https://amzn.to/2N8tJaA
embellishments (for door knob, knocker, kick plate, etc.)
laser cut wood shapes, craft sticks, beads, etc.
Golden Acrylic Gesso https://amzn.to/2BR4BAJ
Command Picture Hanging Strips https://amzn.to/2LBj2se
Faerie Door Instructions
Cut a length of Door Base to measure 10 inches long. Sand any uneven edge left behind.
Cut 2 lengths of Trim equal to the long edge of the Door Base. (This should be 10 inches.) Attach to the long edges of the Door Base using PVA glue. Secure with rubber bands until the glue sets.
Cut 1 length of Trim equal to the short edge of the Door Base + Trim. Attach to the short edge using PVA glue, and secure with rubber bands until the glue sets.
Cut 1 length each of Bottom Step and Top Step measuring 3 inches long. Create Steps by gluing the Top Step to the Bottom Step being sure to align the back edges of the steps flush.
From the bottom of the Door Base, measure an area 3 inches wide and 6.5 inches tall. (Or download my free Faerie Door Template for easy placement.)
Using a palette knife and the brick stencil, apply a thin layer of texture paste on the Door Base, avoiding the opening created in step 5.
Glue the Steps to the bottom of the opening.
Use assorted wood pieces to create a frame and details around the door.
One the piece has dried, coat with a layer of gesso. (Why Do I Use Gesso?)
Now paint it, seal it, and embellish your Faerie Door.