See Js Fairy Doors
Steps to make a fairy door:
Go for a nature walk and pick bark that speaks to you. Look at the size, shape and look for knots and hole in the bark that could be used as a porthole. I especially love gnarled and knotted bark. Wash all bark and set in the sun to dry.
Use liquid Sculpey polymer clay and silicone molds to make hinges, keyholes and medieval door rivets. Bake clay in a dedicated oven outside for 8-10 minutes at 275 degrees. Try not to let them come to smoke point, and be careful not to breathe the smoke if it does. Or you can buy them. I do a little of both.
Glue the hinges, keyhole and rivets to your fairy door with Beacon Power –Tac glue. I love the stuff, low odor, and a strong hold. Let dry.
For the door knob I use a fancy thumbtack. I have a couple of different patterns and lengths that I use. Use some muscle and twist or push the thumbtack where a door knob should be on your fairy door.
Coat the entire door with a mixture of Titebond III Ultimate Wood Glue and water. You want it thick but spreadable and thin enough to easily paint it with a paint brush over all hinges, keyholes, rivets and door knobs. Do not let the glue pool in areas. Take a dry bush and go over the areas where the glue is too thick. Sometimes at the drying stage I spray areas with a fine mist of water and go back over it with a dry brush to avoid pooling of the glue. Let dry.
Paint your fairy door. I love Recollections paint; I use the orange and olive colors all the time.
Highlight areas with Ranger/Tim Holtz Distress Paint. I use Transited Brass and Antique Bronze a lot.
Brush a little Art alchemy Metallique wax in Rich Copper and then Aged Brass on the hinges, keyhole, door knob and rivets.
Varnish your fairy door outside. I have been using Winsor Artists’ Gloss Varnish lately. I can’t say I love the smell, so do use it outside.
Use a saw tooth picture hanger and glue it on the back of your fairy door. Let dry.
Enjoy your new fairy door directly on a tree, wall or fairy house. You can also go to the next project and make a door frame from paper Mache or a cardboard egg carton.
I do all my mixed media projects basically the same way. Check out some of my other mixed media projects: