Scarydad Project: Fairy Door

IMG_3458 Hello there my friends. The other day I was thinking and it occurred to me that it’s been too long since I’ve created a portal to another dimension and it was about that time. So, I created a fairy door.

What is a fairy door, you ask?


A fairy door is what the Little Folk use to get back and forth between our world and the Land of Fairie. They are magical little passageways. And if one is smart about it, he or she may even earn a boon from the Ones who use the door.

They sell Fairy doors at Renfair but I’m not so sure they are authentic. Mine is most certainly real, I know this because when you peer into it you can see a blurry, not-quite-right reflection of our own world; which is exactically what Fairie happens to be. 
Fairy Door We begin with a board. In this case a piece of 1/2″ plywood leftover from the Giving Tree project. Cut out the frame then cut the door from the frame. Be careful- these are your main two parts and they need to fit together well. Take it slow and avoid any mistakes in your cuts.Fairy Door You will also need a back piece. This is a piece of 1/4″ hobby board. ONLY cut the outside, not the inside lines. Pencil lines are for reference in the gluing steps. Fairy DoorRound the edges on your door piece and then cut off one side. This will be the piece that mounts to the frame and to which you hinge the door.

Fairy DoorUse your Dremel to cut the lines into the door to resemble timbers. This is another precision step. In fact, just slow down and try really hard to do it all right. Each piece depends on the others to fit correctly so there is not a really big margin for error.
Fairy DoorSome of my pictures were too dark so I didn’t include them but here are the next steps- Glue your door frame to the 1/8″ backer. Sand the sides smooth until it feels like one piece. Sand everything smooth, then pre-drill your holes for hinges and doorknob. Hit all parts with a rag soaked in mineral spirits to clean off any excess sawdust or glue.
Fairy Door Choose your paint colors and paint all the parts. When the paint is dry, attach the door jamb to the frame using wood glue. Then install your doorknob and attach the rest of the door to the jamb with the hinges. Fairy DoorAnd if you did it right, you should open the door and be able to see into the twilight lands beyond. If you don’t believe in fairies and you just want something cute, I guess you can use some reflective scrap booking paper or something.

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5 thoughts on “Scarydad Project: Fairy Door

  1. Hi there,

    I was wondering what you would coat the fairy door with if you were to place it outside? Also, what did you use for the door knob?

    Thank you.

    • Hi Mandy,

      If it was going outside I would put on a coat of primer before painting, then a coat of polyurethane afterwards. The primer seals the wood, and the urethane protects the paint from the elements.

      The doorknob is a simple furniture button. They are normally used to hide/decorate over the screw holes in furniture. Hobby Lobby sells them in a couple different sizes in the same section as wheels and other wood projects.

      *Edit: I attached the doorknob with a screw drilled from the inside of the door. You could attach it with glue, but I made mine for a very small girl and wanted to make sure it didn’t come off. If it’s going outside I suggest you do the same.

      Good luck!

  2. wait…what did you use for the reflective surface on the inside, either i missed something or you are “magic” or i am losing my little wee mind.

    I’m working on a couple of ideas for projects and just came across this.


    • Sorry it took so long to respond. Your comment got eaten by my spam filter. :/

      It’s just reflective poster board you can get at Hobby Lobby or Michael’s.

  3. Finally I found an easy to make diy opening fairy door! I need good instructions to show my landlord/friend whose wood, saws, etc. I am going to use. Great idea to make inside reflective! Love it! Thanks 🙂

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