How to Make a Wooden Bench for a Fairy House

Updated on July 2, 2020
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L.M. Reid is an Irish writer who has published many articles. She has a keen interest in creating crafts.

How to make a fairy bench from wood
How to make a fairy bench from wood | Source

How to Make a Wooden Fairy Bench

I make a lot of fairy tree houses that sell very well at craft shows and fairs. I furnish them with miniature tables, chairs and garden benches.

These small wooden benches and chairs are easy to make from garden sticks. I'll show you how with step-by-step instructions and my own photos.

Equipment Needed to Make the Bench

  • Garden sticks
  • Secateurs
  • Wood file
  • Glue gun
  • Glue sticks
  • Hole maker (or very small screwdriver)
  • Acrylic paint
  • Acrylic gloss

How to Make Fairy Benches
How to Make Fairy Benches | Source

Step 1: Making the Bench

  1. Decide on the size of the bench you are making. This will depend on where you are putting it.
  2. Measure out the first stick to the length of the bench and cut with the secateurs.
  3. Take the piece of wood you have just cut and use as a marker along the long piece of stick.
  4. Mark three with a pencil for each bench you plan to assemble.
  5. Cut to size with the secateurs.
  6. Level off the edges with the wood file
  7. If one of the sticks is larger you can shave it down to size by using this method. They need to be exact otherwise the seat will not look good.
  8. Cut a small piece of wood that is to go on top of this seat to seal it together. It will be the length of the 3 pieces of wood going the opposite way. Look at the photo below to see what I mean.
  9. Now take it and cut it in half with the secateurs . Place these on top of the seat to see if they cover all three sticks of the seat. I prefer to place them diagonally because it gives a better hold.

Making a Fairy Bench
Making a Fairy Bench | Source

Step 2: How to Glue the Sticks Safely

  1. Have your screwdriver or hole maker ready.
  2. Add a little glue to the sticks in the correct position.
  3. Quickly place the piece of wood on top of the glue.
  4. Use the screwdriver to press down on the piece of wood and hold for about 10 seconds.
  5. Do the same for the other piece.
  6. Do not be tempted to put the glue onto the small piece of wood.
  7. You have to pick this up and you are bound to get some of the hot glue on your fingers. This is how I got my worst burn. The glue stuck to my finger and burnt right through my skin. So please be careful.
  8. Add a little glue in between the first two sticks.
  9. Hold them together for fifteen seconds
  10. I find it is safer to do this with a screwdriver and hole maker.
  11. Do the same for the third piece.
  12. Now glue a smaller piece on the bottom of the seat to secure the three sticks even more.

I use the glue gun carefully and it is great for anyone who makes a lot of crafts. It must be used properly otherwise it can be very dangerous. I burnt myself very badly once. I am now very careful and include my tips for using the glue gun safely here.

Glue the seat of the bench securely
Glue the seat of the bench securely | Source

Step 3: Creating the Front Legs of the Bench

  1. Cut two pieces of the sticks the exact same size. The ones for the 2 inch bench are about ¾ of an inch.
  2. Add the glue to the far right hand corner of the seat and then place the leg on top.
  3. Hold for ten seconds.
  4. Do the same for the other leg on the left.

Glue the parts together
Glue the parts together | Source

Step 4: Making the Back Legs and Back of the Bench

  1. Place your two largest sticks apart on your work top.
  2. Put the glue on the edge of the smaller stick.
  3. Place on the very top of the first larger stick
  4. Hold for ten seconds
  5. Take the second smaller stick and glue to the larger one. Leave a gap between them.
  6. Glue the two edges of the smallest sticks and press the larger stick to the glue.
  7. Hold for ten seconds.

How to make a miniature bench for a fairy garden
How to make a miniature bench for a fairy garden | Source

Step 5: Attaching the Back of the Bench to the Seat

  1. Place the glue on the seat where it will attach to the back.
  2. This needs to be put in position very carefully. You must make sure that the ends of the sticks which are in fact the two back legs are at the same size of the two front legs.
  3. Hold together for ten seconds

Wooden benches for Fairy Houses
Wooden benches for Fairy Houses | Source

Step 6: Making the Arm Rests

  1. Take one of the smallest sticks and glue to the front right of the seat.
  2. Hold for ten seconds
  3. Do the same on the left of the seat
  4. Measure a stick from the back of the back rest to the small support stick.
  5. Cut this stick in half length wide. This will give you a flat surface on each stick.
  6. Place the glue on top of the support stick and on the edge nearest to the back of the flat stick.
  7. Put in position carefully and hold for ten seconds

Step 7: Painting the Bench

  1. I like to paint the benches with acrylic paint. It is easier to start the painting at the back and under side of the bench. Take care with the legs as it is too easy to miss some of the sides.
  2. Paint in whatever colour you want.
  3. Leave to dry completely.
  4. Paint with a second coat.
  5. Leave to dry completely.
  6. Paint with acrylic gloss to finish off.
  7. This makes the bench look better and also protects the bench if you are planning to add it outside to Fairy Gardens.

A wooden bench in my Fairy garden
A wooden bench in my Fairy garden | Source

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      Lynsey Hart 

      6 weeks ago from Lanarkshire

      OMG!! This is too adorable! I love fairy gardens and have a large one of my own. I will definitely be considering making my own tiny accessories with the help of your hubs! Thank you for sharing.

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