Silly Mummy Makes (Wrecks, Semantics) a Fairy House and Fairy

fairy2Today I am branching out slightly with a craft post (non-toddler related). I am toying with the idea of creating a new category for this type of post, probably called: ‘What Is Silly Mummy Doing? Who Cares?’

So what did Silly Mummy do last weekend, I hear no one ask. Well, in preparation for The Toddler’s birthday, I made a fairy from some wire and a wooden bauble. Because I am Blue Peter now. And a little wooden fairy house. I didn’t make the actual house. I am Blue Peter, I am not Tim Allen (Home Improvement or The Santa Clause – either is applicable to the production of a small wooden house for a child). You can tell the house was not made by me, because it is not made of a fairy liquid bottle & some double-sided tape.

Actually, there is double-sided tape involved. I love double-sided tape. I firmly believe it is stronger than superglue. Or at least quicker. Superglue is strong, in all fairness. After being held in place for about 30 minutes. Up to 29 minutes, superglue is about as sticky as milk. At 29 minutes 30 seconds superglue is strong enough to effectively bind your fingers to your project, but not the project to itself. At 30 minutes, the project is permanently bonded, and will look lovely as soon as you have it medically removed from your hand.

Superglue was involved in the making of the fairy. She looks better now she doesn’t have fingers attached to her hair. I make no comment as to whether there is still fairy hair attached to my fingers. Superglue, incidentally, will evidently not bind a wooden bauble to a piece of wire. Nor will double-sided tape. I really don’t know if the fairy’s head is actually attached. The fairy could meet a distressing end. Still, The Toddler does like to shout, ‘Off with her head!’ It’s not usually literal, but things change.


So, yes, back to the double-sided tape…the house decorations are attached with double-sided tape. Seems to work. Double-sided tape should be utilised more frequently in architecture, in my view (actually, I think there is a good chance it is in current new builds, but I digress). The house has also been painted (by me – go me) in stains for garden fences. I don’t think that was quite what I meant to use. I think I meant to use those paints people who upcycle use to stain furniture. Couldn’t find those. Found fence paint. Did I mention I’m excellent at crafts? At least I didn’t Ronseal it. The doors were only briefly stuck together from painting them. They open again now.


There you have it: an entirely pointless post, a craft idea to avoid, valuable bonding products advice, and a (*ahem*) lovely homemade/decorated fairy and fairy house for my daughter. It’s the thought that counts, right?


(Please Note: This is not a review, a fact I imagine everyone responsible for the products I mutilated/used is grateful for. I have not been sponsored by double-sided tape. Covered in it, yes; sponsored by it, no.)


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  1. Oh please make this a regular feature; Crafting: The hidden truths… I’d read it!!! I love your honesty and what is it with superglue? I’m with you and Blue Peter double sided sticky tape is the way forward! TY for linking up with #FamilyFun ?

  2. Talya says:

    LOL I love this gorgeous fairy house and the fact you managed to incorporate your trademark humour in this post! Thanks for linking up to #coolmumclub lovely x

  3. Kimmie says:

    The house is adorable. I recently saw a bird house transformed into a fairy house, and plan to have a go myself when I get around to building a fairy garden for Littlie.

    Lovely post!

  4. Abiola says:

    I love…more, pleaaaase.

    Sometimes, we just ‘want’ to make, with or without the kids and it is perfectly okay. Maybe we can all get in on the ‘make or break’ train. SO, yes I’ll love to see more ‘silly mummy crafts’


  5. Skipah says:

    Pictures of you covered in double sided tape or it didn’t happen! You are a hot mess LOL, this sounds like me trying to do something “crafty!”

  6. Love this! Really made me giggle. I am so bad at crafts. Nothing ever looks like it does in my head. Or the pintrest image I saw. Nothing good ever came from a sentence that started with “I saw this on pintrest”. Not by my hands anyway. Thanks for linking up to #FridayFrolics
    P>S I keep thinking of you whenever I pass the pharmacy. Not because of drugs or anything! But Lloyds are using your blog font!

  7. Min says:

    Ah, you are too self-deprecating! These actually look great! I would never think of making a fairy out of a (actually, not sure what it was, but it does look convincingly like a fairy now). Hang on-that’s wire and a wooden bauble?! It looks like a fairy. Job done! I think you may have discovered a new talent. #FridayFrolics

  8. I’m a believer in double sided tape too. And I’ve managed to find a glue that dries in seconds and holds. Not sure of the name, but it was off amazon. And I fixed a giant German bear mug with it, don’t ask. I really like the look of the fairy house, ace work on the paint job! #KCACOLS

  9. Ellen says:

    I’m actually quite impressed by this!! Definitely better than anything I could do. Your comments about superglue are spot on ? Hilarious as always. #KCACOLS

  10. Oh you absolutely gorgeous mummy – my girls would have loved me to make something like that but being the girl that pritsticked lace to the hankie she made in sewing classes I am not very crafty! Total craft envy going on over here at justsayingmum! #KCACOL

  11. Davina says:

    It genuinely is lovely! The fairy is fab, and the house looks gorgeous. Whether or not there are skin grafts attached to any of it is irrelevant. Does your daughter love it? #KCACOLS

  12. Saffy says:

    I once stuck myself to my jeans with superglue, then was too embarassed to tell the people I was with (they were cool, I am a person who superglues herself to herself) and had to walk home looking like I was fondling my own leg, and I had to soak my hand and cut off trousers in nail varnish remover. I still miss those jeans, #KCACOLS

  13. This made me laugh until actual tears came out of my eyes! Your episode with the superglue and the fairy really tickled me. The house by the way is pretty darn special and I am not falling for your pretending that you cannot do crafts! You are clearly a craftician!

    Thanks for linking up with #FartGlitter x

  14. Jenny says:

    what a gorgeous little fairy and I say go for it for a new category of what you are doing or making that’s great news. I love the TIm Allen reference having watched all the Home Improvement episodes growing up. lol Thanks for sharing your fairy on #ShareWitHme

  15. The Pramshed says:

    I literally giggled all the way through this post….especially the bit about the fairy’s head! I hope the head does stay on for you, and doesn’t fall off and get lost somewhere. Also I hope you manage to get the fairy’s hair off your fingers. I’ve not used double sided sticky tape for a long time, but now that you mention it I can see a number of uses for it around the house, and for craft activities in years to come. The fairy house looks fab by the way. Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next Sunday. Claire x

  16. Debs says:

    He he! I love your fairy house and your post! Oh and your fairy is very lovely. Does she like her house? It makes me want to make one – I had flower fairies when I was a child, and still now I’m all grown up. Maybe now you can make some furniture for her little house. And of course find more uses for double sided tape 🙂

  17. OMG you’re a craft genius and I love it. All thing being equal in the fairy world I would sponsor you to make dozens of fairy houses with sticky doors and pieces of double sided tape that were well hidden in plain sight:)

    mainy – myrealfairy


  18. Alice says:

    That is really lovely, and good fairy-work, btw. It is funny how you have been making a fairy house for your daughter and I have making a dinosaur garden for my son! (And Stella, if she is allowed to get a look in!) No gender stereotyping is going on here for either of us. No siree.
    I hope you have now removed all of the fairy hair from your fingers, as it is notoriously pernicious.
    I bet she will LOVE it!
    x Alice

  19. Debbie says:

    Great craft work and you gave me a laugh at the same time – win/win in my book. Happy birthday I’m sure she loved it all. And you’re right it is the thought that counts.

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