Right now my son is really into knock knock jokes. Actually, that’s not entirely true. He only knows one and he tells it over and over and over….
Car go BEEP BEEP!
I know, I know. But, it’s cute and funny. He tells it to every one he sees. He goes around the house knocking on doors, telling the joke to me, his sister, his daddy and the cat. Watching him knocking on the doors made me think back to a website I came across a few years ago called Urban Fairies Operation.
Mr. Wright is the man behind ufo and he has designed and built amazing fairy doors in his home. He also follows and documents the locations of Fairy Doors in Ann Arbor Michigan. I remember thinking that when I had children I would make them their own little fairy door. The other night, the kids went to sleep a little early, so I got to work on a Fairy Door of our own.
MAKE YOUR VERY OWN FAIRY DOOR
- wood pieces
- acrylic paint
- decorations, if desired
- a good hiding spot!
Step 1: Find some wood. We had some cedar shake shingle scraps in the garage so I pulled one out and cut it down to size. I then did a rough sketch of what I thought the door might look like.
Step 2: Paint your door. I used acrylic paints for the Fairy Door. You can make your door as simple or as ornate as you like. I painted a very basic door and used a push pin painted black for the door knob
Step 3: Find a location. Depending on whether you decide to “weather proof” your door, you can choose to have it indoors or outside. I knew I wanted to put mine by the big tree in our backyard, so I will have to varnish the door before it can be left outside.
Step 4: Wait for the Reaction! I had the door set up before the kids went in the backyard. At first they ran right past it, but then our daughter spotted it. She was really excited and called her brother over and they immediately started knocking on it. As soon as the knocking started, the knock knock jokes began. Well, “the” knock knock joke.
I have to admit, I was pretty surprised that they thought it was completely normal to have a little door appear at the base of the tree. They never even asked how it got there!