Miniature Houses To Light Up

This latest creation was inspired by Miss Three’s love of playing with fairies. Miss Three wanted to”make a special fairy house” so I created a canvas, in the form of a miniature house for each of my children to paint, decorate and then transform into whatever they liked. The special touch was the beaded doors that look stunning when a torch is placed behind them.

Picture 251 miniature houses with beads in glue for door with STARS

The miniature houses minus the lit up doors (shown below). Miss Seven created the house with the yellow roof, Master Five made the house in the middle and Miss Three created the house on the right):

Picture 14 miniature houses - painted and decorated

To create these houses you will need:

- Paper cups

- Kebab sticks

- Pipe cleaners

- Paper

- Tin foil

- Paint

- Embellishments

- Beads

- Cling Wrap

- Glue


To create the canvas I carefully secured two kebab sticks through the base of each paper cup in an “X” shape (as shown below). I then used this to position the pipe cleaners to form a roof like shape. I covered the pipe cleaners with tin foil and then stuck (with masking tape) some paper over this to build up the roof.

Picture 83 canvas for miniature houses

I cut some door shapes out of each house and then it was time to paint.

Picture 99 miniature house canvas

My children each chose  some paint colours for their houses – they each stuck to a colour for their roof and a separate colour for the base of the house.

Picture 115 painting miniature houses

Three painted miniature houses:

Picture 134 miniature houses

While the houses were drying we started creating the doors. We have used this technique before to create lit up Christmas houses (you can see our Christmas lit up houses here).

To create the doors for the houses, place some glue onto cling wrap or grease proof baking paper ( you need to use any surface that will enable the beads to be peeled off once the glue is dry). My children then placed the beads onto the glue that was on a piece of cling wrap.

Picture 103 beads in glue

Picture 110 beads in glue

Once the glue is dry, the beads should easily peel off the cling wrap. I then secured these inside each miniature house to create the door.

Picture 75 beads in glue

Once the paint is dry on the houses it’s time to decorate them and give them some character.

Last but not least, let the creative play begin! These miniature houses make a perfect addition to story telling and small world play scenes.

Picture 267 miniature houses - painted and  decorated


    • Scribble, Doodle and Draw, I hope your children enjoy creating miniature houses. I would love to hear about your creations :)

  1. These are totally stunning, my little girl is gonna LOVE these, thanks for sharing xxx

    • Hello Boogiebabys Cake Toppers! Thank you so much for your kind words. Not only were these miniature houses fun to create, they are also inspiring lots of creative play too. My girls have been setting up fairy lands and have been creating all sorts of adventures for the fairies. I hope your daughter has a ball creating her very own special miniature house and has hours of fun playing with it.

  2. I am so looking forward to making these with my 4yr old, it’s all fairy doors and glitter here ,so these will be perfect!
    Thank you for the instructions x

    • Your four year old sounds a lot like my 4 year old at the moment! All things fairy and glitter is a magical combination :)

  3. Hi talented designer

    This is my first ever download of a craft page。

    These look fabulous and I will assemble all items to take over to our grandchildren in WA (Western Australia not Washington) to have a fun craft morning this weekend.

    I’m sure the girls will be delighted (aged 9 and 5). The boy (7) will probably join in if I suggest he turns his “house” into a troll’s castle!


    Geriatricchris, alias Granny alias Chris

    PS my first comment response ever too!

  4. Oh my these are gorrgeous! I shared this a long time ago on GooglePlus, and am just getting 6 yr old convinced to try to make one, because she loves lite up playhouses! Perfect!

    • Jeanine, thank you so much for your kind words and sharing this idea on GooglePlus. Light up houses are so much fun to make and play with! They make for a memorable experience :)

  5. Love this craft, too cute. Also love that I don’t have to go find anything special to make. That’s my kinda craft. :) Thank you!!

    • Meg, these light up miniature houses were (and still are) a big hit with my children. We always love an art experience where it is fun to make the piece and then the best part – you get to play with it! I agree, using resources you already have on hand definitely makes any art or craft idea that much easier. Thank you for stopping by and taking the time to leave a comment.

  6. This is beautiful, what an excellent idea. You so creative, will try it out with my daughter, always loved your post. Thanks for sharing this with us. Thanks


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