Crafts & DIY
Woman creatively upcycles empty bottles into elaborate fairy houses
I can't believe how amazing this looked after the clay and the paint. It looks like it came right out of some boutique garden center.
Cherie Gozon
09.28.21

Here’s a fun way to recycle all your empty bottles and jars.

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You can create lots of craft projects that allow you to recycle bottles and cardboard. But this one can be a fun project that you can do with your kids, and you can also place it in their bedroom.

You can make this DIY fairy house as a craft project with your kids.

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All you need are some old bottles, jars, cardboard, and some paper clay.

The bottles and jars can be in different shapes and sizes to add variety and whimsy to your project. You will also need a glue gun or hot glue, super glue, and acrylic paint.

First, glue the glass bottles together.

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Make sure all the bottles are clean and dry. Remove any labels stuck on to it. Glue them together the way you want your fairy house to look. Mix and match different shapes and sizes.

Next, glue some empty jars on top of the bottles.

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Imagine this as a balcony or an overlooking tower. You can keep the jar lids on (you’ll know why later). Again, use your creativity in where to position them, and feel free to add more if you want a bigger or taller fairy house.

Make a roof out of cardboard.

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You can cut out the exact shape of the roof and the areas that will touch the bottle’s surface.

If you observe what they made in the video, they followed the bottle’s curves so the cardboard could be glued there. It is also advised to glue the cardboard on the glass.

You can also use cardboard to add some accents to your house.

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Shape the cardboard into a cone for a conical roof or create a sort of shade, especially one where you’ll place the door.

You can cut out some parts of the cardboard and cover it with acetate sheets to make it look like a window.

Get your paper clay and cover your entire structure with it.

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You can create your own paper clay or buy it from the store. Add texture and shape to the paper clay with the use of sticks or molding tools.

You can also use the clay to add other accents, like making it look like bricks or stones or adding pipes and vines to the walls.

Color the clay with acrylic paint.

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You can color it whatever you want. It’d be nice to let your kids do the painting to encourage creativity and imagination. Their contribution to this project is something they will be proud of.

So, remember the jar lids? Here’s an excellent tip for this project.

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Make sure that the lid is still accessible; meaning, you can still open and close the cap even if you already attached something to it (like roofing, etc.). You can place loose change in it or candies and prizes for your kids for any chores they do at home.

Lastly, you can grab a flashlight and place it in between the entire structure.

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You can leave it on for a lovely accent or level it up by creating a lamp for it. Just make sure it is safe to use and won’t warm up quickly.

Get the full, step-by-step tutorial in the video below!

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By Cherie Gozon
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Cherie Gozon is a contributor at SBLY Media.
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