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Ikea lantern fairy house

It’s Spring y’all! It’s Spring break and Easter time and what better way to spend it than making a fairy house together with my girls! It actually is part of a fairy garden project that I will be sharing next time! But today I’ll show you our Ikea lantern fairy house !

Ikea Lantern Fairy House/kreativk.net

We all decided that it would not be a real fairy garden without a little house for them! Amelie was sure, that when the fairies come to our fairy garden to relax at night, or during the day when we’re not there, they would love to have a little spot where to sit and have a tea (or coffee) and just have a little shelter. The girl had a point! We needed a fairy house! 

I had this little Ikea “Rotera” lantern that I thought would be a great fit for a fairy hang out! 

What I did first was take out the little tea light holder from inside the lantern. Like this we would have a better surface to work with. It took some serious hammering and I had to make sure I wouldn’t break the glass windows, but it came off eventually! We cut out a little round felt rug and glued it inside.

Next, we glued on the curtains. I had some lace ribbon and washi tape and we cut it into small pieces to fit on each little window. We stuck the washi tape on the outside.

Ikea Lantern Fairy House/kreativk.net

Then the girls looked in their toy box for miniature furniture we could use for the inside. They came back with a barbie chandelier, a little cabinet, a little bench, two little strawberry shortcake chairs and a small table, two cups, lights for the wall, some logs, a hand mirror, a little mail box, a harp, a telephone not shown above and a little fence that we ended up using for the garden. I spray painted all the little pieces with white and golden paint. 

We glued on the chandelier, the wall lights and the little mailbox. And then came the best part, the decorating. I think the girls changed it around 27 times and each got a turn and it still gets changed around and redecorated, it’s so much fun for them! And for me 😉 

Ikea lantern fairy house/kreativk.net


Ikea Lantern Fairy House/kreativk.net


Ikea Lantern Fairy House/kreativk.net


Ikea lantern fairy house/kreativk.net


Ikea Lantern Fairy House/kreativk.netAmelie thought that the fairy godmother had to be right by the entrance to meet and greet all the fairies, so she placed her there and I had to include her in my post 😉 She is the fairy godmother after all!

In case this all got you so inspired, that you want to start on your own fairy home right away, I put some links of cute items for a fairy home below.  Just click on the picture and it’ll lead you right to where you can get it! {These are affiliate links, for more info, please read my full disclosureAll products listed below were chosen by me}



Thanks for stopping by the blog today! What fun stuff are you up to this week?? I’d love to hear! Also, be sure to come by next time to see the whole fairy garden project! Thanks!!!

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  • Marlene Ramos
    12/06/2017 at 02:12

    I got inspired by your project. And went to the IKEA store to buy a lantern but I can’t seem to take out the tea light holder. Any suggestions or tips? Nothing budges 🙁

    • Katrin
      13/06/2017 at 06:55

      I’m so happy you are trying out the fairy house Marlene! So sorry that the middle part is hard to take off. It came off for me after a few beats with the hammer against it and some wiggling and such, mine was not a brand new one, maybe that is the difference? I hope it works for you and sorry I couldn’t be a real help with this…

  • lynn
    02/04/2016 at 01:38

    I just adore fairy gardens and fairy houses. Yours is so creative and sweet!

    • Katrin
      02/04/2016 at 07:56

      Thank you so much Lynn!

  • Mimi
    02/04/2016 at 00:20

    Katrin, I’ve featured this darling project at Five Star Frou-Frou this week. Thanks for linking! Love, Mimi xxx

    • Katrin
      02/04/2016 at 07:51

      Thanks so much Mimi, I’m so happy 🙂

  • Diana
    30/03/2016 at 23:37

    Just darling, Katrin–such a clever idea, and SO sweet. Thanks for linking all of your projects up with Vintage Charm 🙂

    • Katrin
      31/03/2016 at 09:34

      Thanks so much Diana! I appreciate your visits always!!!

  • Lela
    30/03/2016 at 17:38

    What a fun idea! It’s so creative and perfect for a little girl to add to her special place in the garden. Thanks so much for sharing at Inspiration Thursday!

    • Katrin
      30/03/2016 at 20:23

      Yes, so true! Thank you Lela! I appreciate your visit!!

  • sheri
    30/03/2016 at 06:25

    I just love miniature things! What a fun idea to make with your kids! Thanks for linking up with Funtastic Friday!

    • Katrin
      30/03/2016 at 11:43

      It is a fun activity, they both really enjoyed it, me too! Thanks Sheri!

  • Denise/DIY Crush
    30/03/2016 at 01:18

    Soooo adorable!! Great idea too! Thanks for sharing at our party! Hope to see you again this Thursday at 7pm EST.!

    • Katrin
      30/03/2016 at 11:41

      Thank you Denise! 🙂

  • Indah
    28/03/2016 at 05:06

    oh my..super cute! My kids would love it and it’s fun to make one with the kids for sure..

    • Katrin
      28/03/2016 at 10:10

      It was so much fun Indah! Lots of happy moments to remember! Thanks for visiting!!!

  • Life Loving
    27/03/2016 at 20:35

    How adorable is this? We went to the Ideal Home Show last week and they had some real life buildings like this for your garden. I think your fairy house would look love inside on of these!

    Sally @ Life Loving

    • Katrin
      28/03/2016 at 10:04

      Oh how fun, I’d love to see that!!! Thanks for stopping by Sally!

  • Dee
    27/03/2016 at 07:07

    Super cute! My kids and I just finished a small fairy garden last week, and I think we have that same tea set. Thanks for sharing at Merry Monday! 🙂

    • Katrin
      27/03/2016 at 09:48

      That’s so funny! I bet your kids had lots of fun…mine sure did! Thanks Dee

  • Julie
    25/03/2016 at 09:47

    That is so sweet, I love all the details and well thought out ideas to make the fairies welcome.
    When my daughter was little she had a lovely little polly pocket fairy house that this reminds me of and had hours of fun with it.

    • Katrin
      25/03/2016 at 15:35

      Hi Julie, yes the girls really love this and me too! my girls love polly pockets as well! They would fit in there perfectly, lol! Thanks for the visit 😉

  • Sandra
    24/03/2016 at 13:47

    My girls would have loved this when they were little. You are very creative!

    • Katrin
      25/03/2016 at 14:51

      Thank you Sandra! Yes, girls and fairies is just something, hey??

  • Karren Haller
    23/03/2016 at 16:50

    Oh My Gosh a girl after my own fantasy of miniatures, how darling this is!!!

    • Katrin
      25/03/2016 at 15:14

      Hahaha, Thank you so much Karren! So much fun to make this!

  • Marie, The Interior Frugalista
    22/03/2016 at 18:58

    Very cute idea Katrin! I LOVE minatures.

    • Katrin
      23/03/2016 at 16:04

      Thanks so much Marie, I appreciate your visit 🙂

  • Lynn
    21/03/2016 at 16:51

    Katrin, what a great project to do with your girls…I can’t wait to see the rest of your creations. I know that they will look back fondly on the time you made these, as will you. This is one of those occasions when the memories made are even better than the actual product, which is so darned cute!
    Hope your Spring Break is off to a great start.
    Hugs, Lynn

    • Katrin
      21/03/2016 at 22:33

      Yes, absolutely Lynn! I love these moments and wish they never grow up! Amelie goes and checks in the morning on everything and is sure they were there at night cause she thinks stuff was moved around, lol, it’s amazing! Love it! Thanks so much Lynn!

  • Keri
    21/03/2016 at 16:21

    Katrin, i bet you got the coolest mom in the world award from your girls!!! You know they have to be looking at you like you’re a super hero!!! What a fun project!! The fairy house looks so awesome!! All the tiny furniture is so cute, and what a great idea to paint it to coordinate!! I’m sure Tinkerbell will be making stops at this sweet little house! 😉

    • Katrin
      21/03/2016 at 22:32

      Hahaha, you’re so so sweet for saying that Keri, thanks so much 🙂 Amelie actually goes every morning and checks and says: yep, they were there, the chair is moved! lol, i don’t ever want her to grow up!

  • Mary-the boondocks blog
    21/03/2016 at 09:24

    These are just too cute Katrin. I’m sure your girls must have had an amazing time with you. Those tiny pieces of furniture are just too cute and the chandelier takes the cake. Don’t you just love being an adult and being able to play with doll houses! I can’t wait to see the full fairy garden!

    • Katrin
      21/03/2016 at 12:14

      Thanks friend! It has been the BEST project ever, I should have done this way before! I might make more, lol!