As you know, I’m a huge fan of completely non-functional projects where the only goal is visual delight. Sure, they don’t do anything, but if they are fun, or beautiful, or mysterious? Even in this world of infinite stuff, that’s still totally enough for me. This project falls into that category, and needless to say, I love it beyond measure. After a compelling discussion with her son, Harry, about the source of mysterious noises in their house — Harry argued that the tooth fairy, not mice, was causing the ruckus — creative blogger Kate Benbow decided to craft this ingenious little “fairy door” to surprise him one morning.
Obviously, no kid could resist this; all things miniature are deemed automatically awesome when you’re a child, or at least they were for me. But in all honesty, I doubt anyone, young or old, could deny the delight of stumbling across this tiny universe, even if he or she created it. In fact, it is not too dissimilar from the Parallel World installation that Google’s former creative director Ji Lee installed on his ceiling. I think it’s safe to say that the mere thought of miniature worlds is wonderful and amazing, and if you were to install one of these tiny doors in your home, a friend’s home or even a public space, I’d dare you not to smile every time you came across it. Just try it! — Kate
Read Kate’s story about coming up with the idea and the full how-to after the jump . . .
It was bedtime for my three-year-old son, and we were curled up reading a story when there was a scuttling and scratching noise under the floorboards. We live in a very old house; the mice regard us as interlopers and show no signs of leaving any time soon. Casually, Harry ventured: “I don’t think it is mice, Mummy; I think it might have been the tooth fairy.” We ended up having a rambling and impromptu conversation about where the tooth fairy lives, which got me thinking. Later that week, I found two inexpensive dollhouse doors and did a spot of secret crafting. Harry came down to breakfast the other morning and was astonished to discover the actual front door used by the tooth fairy, Santa’s elves and . . . well, who knows who else lives behind the door? We know for sure that someone lives there because they get mail and milk deliveries and are fond of leaving their boots outside the door when it rains. — Kate B.
- plain, non-opening dollhouse door and any dollhouse door furniture you want to use (You should be able to buy these for less than $10.)
- paint for door (Choose the same color as your woodwork for greater invisibility, or a contrasting color pop for a temporary door or one you want to be noticed quickly!)
- small sheet of lightweight cardstock
- baker’s twine (for making a bundle of mail)
1. Paint the door and leave to dry.
2. Affix any door furniture using a dab of strong glue. Once dry, attach to the skirting or woodwork in your room. Strong double-sided tape works well for this; it gives a strong enough adhesion to withstand little hands tugging on the doorknob but shouldn’t damage your woodwork too much if and when you decide to remove it, unlike glue.
3. Accessorize your entrance! I made fairy mail by cutting up tiny squares of cardstock, scribbling a tiny address and tying it together with baker’s twine (see pictures), but other ideas include tiny flowerpots, boots, milk bottles and even a holiday wreath for the door. Most miniatures stores stock these routinely for DIY dollhouse enthusiasts.