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Golden Horseshoe Fairy Door

With a little bit of imagination and a few steps, make this Horseshoe Fairy Door to add that little bit of whimsy to your yard or garden.
 
DIY Fairy Door
 
For the last year or so, I have been staring at a small stump in the backyard imagining how to turn it into a little fairy house.  I have all sorts of ideas (my mother would call them “brainstorms”) of how to make the perfect little magical garden around the stump.  But we have been so busy building a barn, repairing fences and all the other little (Not so little) chores around the ranch, I haven’t had time to start on my sweet little fairy stump.
 
As I was unpacking our St Patrick’s decor, I came across the horseshoes I had painted gold last year and thought how they would make a perfect fairy doorway.  All the magic of gold and all the luck that a horseshoe represents would be a perfect frame for a magical entrance for my fairies!
 

And of course, my hubby was drawn into this project, he was sweet and stopped working with big ol’ manly tools to help with this little door!   We went ahead and made two and will be sending one to our granddaughters so they can have a perfect residence for their little fairies.

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How to Make a Horseshoe Fairy Door:

 
Materials Needed:
 
  • 2-   5/8 X 1 7/8 Decorative Hasps (see pictured below)
  • 4-   small head screws (3/4 inch)
  •       Gold painted horseshoe
  •       1/2 inch plywood
  •       Wood stain of choice
  •       Spray water seal such as “Thompson’s”
 
 
      We purchased these at Lowes but I’m sure you can find them at most large hardware stores
 
 
Lay the horseshoe on the 1/2 inch plywood and trace with a pencil. Using a straight edge draw a straight line closing the open end of the the horseshoe.
 
 
Use a jigsaw is to cut out your door shape.   Sand the edges and the surface of the door for a smoother finish.

 

 

Apply your choice of stain and wipe off.   Apply a spray-on or a brush-on, water seal such as “Thompson” water seal to protect the finish of this door from the weather.

 

 

Each package of these hinges contains a hinge, a metal loop, and several small nails.
 
 
Place both hinges on the left side of the door adjusting the distance between them.  The large half (Fleur-de-lis)  of the hinge will be on the front of the door and the smaller half on the side

 

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Screw the horseshoe on top of the hinges with small headed screws in the slots shown above.    Drill these screw holes first to prevent the wood door from cracking.

 

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Fold the smaller part of the hinge to the side and nail.  Repeat with the second hinge.

 

 
Our door handle is made from the “metal loop” of the hasp which is included in the package.  It is perfectly shaped for a door handle.   (One metal loop  will be left over since two hinges are needed but only one door handle)

 

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Mark your door handle location and hammer in with the nails that are included in each package.

 

Horseshoe Fairy Door
Now you are ready to find the perfect tree, stump or even wood fence to mount your fairy door.   You can use your imagination to create the perfect little Fairy Habitat surrounding the door.
 
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Fairies need to feel welcome and have the perfect little picnic area.   Our Granddaughter’s told us that when fairies have moved in glitter will appear.
 

Click HERE to save this DIY Fairy Door instructions to Pinterest

 

Horseshoe Fairy Door

With a little bit of imagination and a few steps, make this Horseshoe Fairy Door to add that little bit of whimsy to your yard or garden.
Prep Time1 hr
Cook Time1 hr
paint and sealer drying time1 d
Total Time1 d 2 hrs
Cost: $10

Equipment

  • jig saw
  • small hammer

Ingredients

  • 2 5/8 X 1 7/8 Decorative Hasps see pictured below
  • 4 small head screws 3/4 inch
  • 1 Gold painted horseshoe
  • 1/2 inch plywood
  • Wood stain
  • Spray water seal such as “Thompson’s”

Instructions

  • Lay the horseshoe on the 1/2 inch plywood and trace with a pencil. Using a straight edge draw a straight line closing the open end of the the horseshoe. (pictures above)
  • Use a jigsaw is to cut out your door shape. Sand the edges and the surface of the door for a smoother finish.
  • Apply your choice of stain and wipe off. Apply a spray-on or a brush-on, water seal such as “Thompson” water seal to protect the finish of this door from the weather.
  • Each package of these hinges contains a hinge, a metal loop, and several small nails.
  • Place both hinges on the left side of the door adjusting the distance between them. The large half (Fleur-de-lis) of the hinge will be on the front of the door and the smaller half on the side
  • Screw the horseshoe on top of the hinges with small headed screws in the slots shown above. Drill these screw holes first to prevent the wood door from cracking.
  • Fold the smaller part of the hinge to the side and nail. Repeat with the second hinge.
  • Our door handle is made from the “metal loop” of the hasp which is included in the package. It is perfectly shaped for a door handle. (One metal loop will be left over since two hinges are needed but only one door handle)
  • Mark your door handle location and hammer in with the nails that are included in each package.
  • Now you are ready to find the perfect tree, stump or even wood fence to mount your fairy door. You can use your imagination to create the perfect little Fairy Habitat surrounding the door.

 

 

Recipe Rating




Doris

Wednesday 21st of March 2018

I love this and will be making this adorable horseshoe door. How did you attach it to the tree! Thank you

Evelyn

Wednesday 21st of March 2018

We used a controversial method, nails. We haven't had any issues using nails but you might wish to contact your local nursery and follow their advice on using nails or not.

Cindy J.G

Saturday 19th of March 2016

I really love this idea, I have a stump near my pond, this would look perfect on. Thankyou

Jan Willard

Saturday 19th of March 2016

Wonderful idea for my grandson

Jamie Sherman

Friday 18th of March 2016

This is soooo cute!! My kiddos would love to make something like this!

Wanda Ann Olsen

Thursday 17th of March 2016

Evelyn, what an perfect little fairy home. I've been working on my yard this week and have fairies too. We are so alike! I bet your sweet little granddaughters will love this place. Hugs, Wanda Ann