DIY Fairy Door Using Cardboard

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Introduction: DIY Fairy Door Using Cardboard

I made a rustic fairy door lamp recycling some cardboard from a thin rectangular box, a matches box and a couple of pizza boxes. The only bought materials I used are the colors, the hot glue and a little piece of craft foam that I used for the hinges. It took me about three days to finish.

Step 1: Cutting and Gluing the Cardboard

I started by drawing the door and the wooden frame around it. Then I cut the pizza boxes in small pieces that I glued together to make the wooden frame around the door. I wanted to have some depth so the frame looks like thick wooden beams. I glued the matches box in front of the door as a step. This will be the hidden compartment where the batteries and the lights switch will be. I used pizza boxes to create the little roof with tiles and everything. I also made flooring and and door details using the same kind of cardboard. For the hinges I used a little piece of craft foam I had.

Step 2: Texture

I sanded and cut the rough edges so I end up with an old looking wooden frame and door. I made the textured wood using a ball pen and pressing the wooden pattern deep in the cardboard. It adds such a nice effect and it will help a lot in the next step when adding color and patina.

Step 3: Painting

Painting the little door was fun. Remember I told you about the texture? Here's how it works. I cover the surface in a base color first. Then I add a very bright color or even white, but only to the surface of the texture, so I get a nice contrast. On top of that bright color you can add other colors. I made the door blue and the roof red but you can play around with any color combination you like.

Step 4: Finishing Touch

I glued the little door in place and now it can be opened and closed with ease. I covered all the surface in with a water based varnish and glued the whole thing to the wall and turned on the lights from the secret compartment. Let me know what you think.

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31 Discussions

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Gadisha
Gadisha

1 year ago

Nice, you could leave this partly hidden under the trunk of a fallen down tree and Let kids wonder about it :)

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FlorinJ
FlorinJ

1 year ago

Can you maybe write a tutorial about painting? I'm pretty sure I can do the cutting and gluing, but I was never good at drawing, and it's not just plain painting what you do - plain painting, like walls or furniture, that I can do.

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FlorinJ
FlorinJ

Reply 1 year ago

I watched that one too :-) You are right, there is a tiny bit more detail on painting there. I meant more of a generic painting tutorial. But I'll see what I can do starting from there.

What kind of paint did you use? Any advice on brushes?

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Creative Mother
Creative Mother

Reply 1 year ago

I used acrylics, and cheap, medium sized brushes you find at craft store, nothing fancy.

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FlorinJ
FlorinJ

Reply 1 year ago

Thanks, that helps.

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garojebac
garojebac

Reply 1 year ago

You're welcome...

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FernMakes
FernMakes

1 year ago

I don't know how you get such character and texture out of cardboard with all your projects...fab job!

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Creative Mother
Creative Mother

Reply 1 year ago

I try my best :D thank you!

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mooster
mooster

1 year ago

Very artistic work!

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sicnarff
sicnarff

1 year ago on Step 4

I just love it and I can't wait to have a go at making one myself. Thank you for sharing your design.
Fran

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Creative Mother
Creative Mother

Reply 1 year ago

Thank you! Have fun with it!

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klschubert
klschubert

1 year ago

Really, really cute.

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TossManual
TossManual

1 year ago

Shhhh, kids. You hear those little clunks in the other room? Mommy's creating. With Fairies. ;)

Love it.