DIY Mermaid Fairy House

This Mermaid Fairy House is the perfect ocean inspired addition to your fairy garden! Inexpensive and easy to make, it will make the mermaids feel right at home.

I have been obsessed with all the fun fairy gardens I’ve seen posted on Instagram and Facebook lately. Tutorials have been filling up my feed for a while, but lately places like Michaels have added sections full of tiny mail boxes and trees to add to your fairy garden. When I saw the Santa Barbara History Museum was having a special fairy village exhibit, I knew we had to make our own fairy house to join in on the fun!


  • Wooden bird house
  • Hot glue gun
  • Shells
  • Paint
  • Sealant
  • Paint brushes
  • Xacto knife

I grabbed a basic bird house from Michaels using a 50% coupon so it was only around $2.50. On our last visit I noticed they had more intricate houses with doors and windows so we will definitely be trying one of those for our next house!

Painting Your Mermaid Fairy House

We used acrylic paint, I had her pick out different shades of blue and turquoise. I love the way the colors looked together!

Once her mermaid fairy house was painted, she used gold paint to paint 4 sand dollars that we used for the doors and steps. We let this dry over night and then added an acrylic sealant. You can find this in the craft paint aisle. It helps to give your paint a little bit of protection against water!

Gluing on Your Shells

Before starting, because our mermaid fairy house was meant to be a bird house, I cut the little ledge pole? Bird stair? Whatever it is you call it off with an exacto knife.

This was Aaliyah’s first time using the hot glue gun and she LOVED it. Of course this material should only be used under parental supervision and only if you think your child is capable. She is 3, but before using the glue I sat with her and talked about the rules. With the glue gun unplugged I showed her how to squeeze the handle, pointed out where the glue came out and how hot it would be, and showed her how to set the gun down each time so she wouldn’t burn herself. She did amazing, and was careful and deliberate in her actions. It’s amazing what they can accomplish with the right tools and belief in themselves!

Because she was taking over the gluing, we worked randomly around the roof. You do want to make sure to squeeze out a good amount of glue for each shell. I noticed if it didn’t come up to the sides of the shell, then the shell would pop off after the glue dried. We worked together, she would squeeze and then we would both stick the shells, until the entire roof was covered. I LOVED how it looked!

I then glued her sand dollar door, and a tiny rock for a knob to cover the circle of the bird house. We added some stairs with the other sand dollars by squeezing out lots of glue and holding the sand dollar in place until it dried. Using these gumboot chiton bones – I found these for the first time a year ago and was amazed at how much they look like butterflies! We actually were able to see chitons in the sea exhibit at the museum!– I painted “window panes” and we glued them in place.

Our house was complete and ready to take in to the fairy village! Read all about our visit to the Santa Barbara Natural History Museum here!

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  1. Oh my, two of my daughter’s favorite things collide! I love this idea.

  2. Margaret says:

    What a cool idea – in the same vein as fairy houses in gardens. This would be a great decoration by a lakeside cottage or by the ocean. Or beside a water feature!

  3. This is such a cute little project! My stepdaughter is all about mermaids! 🧜🏻‍♀️

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