Get Inspired! The Fairy Houses of Maine
Are fairies real? Most of us would say “No.” After all, isn’t that like asking about the existence of leprechauns or werewolves?
Still, they’re persistent little creatures. Just ask John Hyatt, the British photographer and art professor who published a series of photos two years ago of some tiny creatures he said looked like fairies. People went out of their way to debunk the pictures, but the fact that they went viral shows there’s part of us that want fairies to be real.
But do we want them to be real so much that we’ll build homes for them? In some places, yes.
About 12 miles off the coast of Maine sits Mohegan Island. Fewer than 100 people live there. It’s accessible only by ferry – not fairy – boat.
Hidden in the woods around the Mohegan you’ll find fairy houses. Residents and visitors have spent the last 60 years building these tiny structures using twigs, bark, rocks, shells and other materials found on the island.
At least, that’s how they should be built. Residents of the island say some of the houses have gotten too elaborate, with builders disturbing the 380 acres of wild lands on the island. The goal of Fairy Houses, after all is “It teaches kids to be creative in the summer…” Lisa Brackett told the Portland Press-Herald in 2014. “They’re fun…You should have to look for them, that’s what makes them fun. They shouldn’t jump out at you.”
And perhaps that was what the nearby island of Mackworth had in mind when its community park created its own fairy village.
Visitors there are greeted by a sign:
“You may build houses small and hidden for the fairies, but please do not use living or artificial materials. The best materials are found in the landscape of the village itself, but if you choose to bring in natural materials, please return with those you didn’t use. Thank you for treating the island with care and respect. This helps keep the fairies coming back.”
If you visit Maine to build your own fairy house, remember to go eco-friendly. Don’t destory living things in the process of building like moss or flowers. Don’t dig up the earth, and build in a quiet place. If you see someone else’s house, don’t add to it.
And if you’re not headed to Maine, and you don’t have time to build your own fairy house, you can still attract fairies to your garden with the help of Piper Classics.
We have 11 different varieties of fairies in our collection: racing snails, going fishing, taking flight, or deep in thought.
You won’t need to build a home, but we suggest setting up a habitat.
Start by choosing a container. It can be a flower pot, an old wagon, carved out stump, a wooden crate. It just needs to be a container.
Put the container on your patio, under a large leafy plant, next to the base of a tree, or in a nook in your garden. Then choose your plants, whether it’s herbs, moss or miniature foliage.
Finally, add some accessories: a cottage where the fairies gather, a bench where your fairies can relax, a garden path to wander or a few animals to round out the scene.
Have fun with your fairy garden. We did with ours. Your imagination is your only limit, and by treating your garden well, you’ll keep the fairies coming back.