With all of the summer heat lately, even the fairies need a nice shady place to cool off. . .
. . . and what better place than a little wood cabin with a moss carpet. . .
. . . and a moss roof.
Add a window for a nice cross breeze. . .
. . . and you have the perfect spot to chill out.
- Wood scraps (I used inexpensive lath from the garden dept. at the hardware store for the "siding" as well as a piece of 1" x 2" stock for the corner posts)
- Handsaw and Hammer (adult supervision required)
- Irish Moss/Sagina Subulata (or your favorite green living material)
- Cloth (for curtains, optional)
Cut four pieces of the 1" x 2" wood to the height that you would like your house to be. Then cut your lath into pieces that match the width of the walls you would like. Take two of the 1" x 2" pieces and lay the lath across them perpendicularly. Hammer the lath in place like siding. Once you finish one wall do the same for the other.
*Note if you dull the point of your nails with the hammer before using them, they will be less likely to split the wood. Alternately you could pre-drill the holes if your wood is very dry and prone to crack.
To complete the structure, use additional lath to connect the two side walls making a "U" shape. Attach a cross piece to the front and hammer lath the the exposed corner pieces (see images above).
Lay wood across the top with a bit of space in between and lay the moss on top (the space in between the slats allows the moss to drain when you water it). Place moss inside of the structure and add your favorite curtains to finish everything off.
*Last time in Crafts and Activities: Backyard Sleep Away Camp