We always like to make sure there's room in the garden for building fairy houses so I don't over-plant or get too attached to the 'landscaping.' We come home from walks with baskets of building materials.
We did this as an event at my daughter's school's harvest festival as one of the activities offered. It was a fundraiser so it costs one 'ticket' to build something that that would be left behind.
Some parents were very concerned about this aspect of charging for something that they couldn't take home. I had a strong hunch that the kids would not care and would be unattached to their creations. It turned out to be the case- not one kid complained that they couldn't take it home. But there were a lot of plan making about coming back to visit the houses again to see how they were doing or if there had been any visitos. It was a huge hit- the kids really got into it.
We had certain classes collecting items and dropping them off. Unfortunately our area does not have the kind of big acorn caps seen in these baskets. I spoke to the mom about where she found these and she very excitedly replied, Ebay! haha. gotta love The OC!
If you haven't seen Kristin's fairy houses- the movie it is a must for fairy lovers! It is perfect for Friday or Saturday movie night. Kristin and her aunt travel to a small island known for fairy houses. It's very sweet and charming. There are lots of great pictures on the site for inspiration.