Picture of Fairy Door
Make a Fairy Door to let the Little People in and out! 

My daughter loves this. One day we were at the Renaissance Festival and saw these for sale. Of course, I said, "I can do that!


1/2" Plywood
1/8" Plywood
Wooden furniture button
Reflective scrapbook paper or foil
Wood glue
Mineral Spirits

Scroll Saw

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Step 1: Door & Frame

Picture of Door & Frame
First, draw your door and frame on the 1/2" plywood and cut out both. Use the router to round off the edges. 

Note: If your door cuts are too tight, i.e. your blade is too thin, it will cause the door to stick later. Make sure there's clearance.

Once the edges are rounded, cut your door from the jamb. Be careful and make a very straight cut.

Step 2: Back

Picture of Back
Draw your door frame onto the 1/8" plywood and cut it out. Be sure you only cut the outer lines!

Step 3: Assembling the door, adding decoration

Picture of Assembling the door, adding decoration
Align the frame to the back and glue it down. Then put the entire door together and pre-drill the holes for the hinges. 

Using the Dremel, cut vertical lines down the front of the door to simulate timbers. 

When the frame/backing/jamb are dry, sand everything smooth until it looks like all one piece. Then clean everything off with mineral spirits. Add your doorknob by attaching the furniture button to the front with a screw.

Paint each part. On this one, a base coat was used, then a watered down wash applied afterward to give it a weathered/woodsy look. 

Step 4: Add the Fairie Lands Beyond...

Picture of Add the Fairie Lands Beyond...
I found this really cool reflective scrapbooking paper at Hobby Lobby. It's just the right kind of reflective and blurry I needed to simulate the lands of eternal twilight beyond the door. 

Cut out your mirror paper and glue it to the back and you're done!!!
kgirl55231 year ago
Kiteman1 year ago
That's a really nice project, but I'm afraid I had to chuckle at this bit:

"Fairy Door by Scarydad"

Fairies aren't supposed to be scary, are they?
Scarydad (author)  Kiteman1 year ago
When I know a project isn't technically scary, I'll sometimes sneak up behind my wife and pop a paper bag to make up for it. ;)