You will love these fairy house crafts and so will your kids and grandkids

Boy they got the subtitle right for Liza Gardner Walsh’s wonderful book Fairy House Crafts: “Wonderful, whimsical projects for you and your fairy house.” This book, published by Down East Books, is all of that and lots more.

Liza includes a whole section on homemade craft supplies from simple milk paint to homemade seed paper. I appreciated her message on the 3 R’s, reduce, reusing, and recycling. Her list of things to save for recycled fairy House crafts is great, including toothpaste caps, lollipop sticks, and old handkerchiefs and pieces of fabric.

And then there are sections on fairy house crafts, natural fairy dolls, a recycled fairy house (I really liked the “tiny books for the fairies”), and a very entertaining section on fairy costumes.

There is a section on your fairy room (loved the fairy sleepover bag in the indoor fairy mailbox), and I really enjoyed the last two sections on fairy gifts inspired by nature (birch bark pins was my favorite) and crafts for the birds and butterflies.

Photographer Andy Dumas’s photos are beautiful. Liza has written some of my favorite children’s books. She is a school librarian and lives with her family in Camden.

I’m going to get to work with my four-year-old granddaughter Ada on those birds and butterflies pieces. Ada loves birds and she is going to go crazy over the fairy house birdhouse!


George Smith

About George Smith

George stepped down at the end of 2010 after 18 years as the executive director of the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine to write full time. He writes a weekly editorial page column in the Kennebec Journal and Waterville Morning Sentinel, a weekly travel column in those same newspapers (with his wife Linda), monthly columns in The Maine Sportsman magazine, two outdoor news blogs (one on his website,, and one on the website of the Bangor Daily News), and special columns for many publications and newsletters. Islandport Press published a book of George's favorite columns, "A Life Lived Outdoors" in 2014. In 2014, George also won a Maine Press Association award for writing the state's bet sports blog. In 2016, Down East Books published George's book, Maine Sporting Camps, and Islandport Press published George and his wife Linda's travel book, Take It From ME, about their favorite Maine inns and restaurants.