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Attract Fairies To Your Home & Garden With Fairy Offerings

Fairies are nature spirits and reside in natural places like rivers, mountains, forests, and fields. There are ways to attract fairies to your home and garden. Fairies appreciate people who protect nature, and who are spiritually in tune with the earth. The fairies are finicky and mischievous, so you have to be careful what kind you are inviting to your home. If you want a fairy that helps with housework or helps your garden grow, read on to learn how to attract fairies using fairy offerings and more.

Attract Fairies of the Nice Kind

Not every fairy is safe to invite to your home or garden, so be cautious. There are benevolent fairies, and there are malevolent fairies. Our Celtic ancestors knew the bad ones which included: bogles, hobgoblins, spriggans, kelpies, giants, nixies, and trolls. In addition, there were also fairies who enjoyed eating humans, like the trolls, Jenny Greenteeth, and giants. Check out Edain McCoy’s book, A Witch’s Guide to the Faery Folk to learn more about the temperament of fairies.

Beneficial, good fairies include brownies, gnomes, pixies, dryads, leprechauns, clurichauns, the monaciello, and bwbachs. Flower and earth fairies like pixies and gnomes are best for the garden; they protect the trees and plants and help them grow. House fairies like the brownie and bwbach are great to invite into your home. They will help keep it clean, prosperous, and safe.

Attract Fairies With Fairy Offerings

From Edain McCoy’s Guide to the Faery Folk, “Most faeries hate profuse displays of thanks from humans whom they have helped. It is best not to utter thanks at all, but to leave out extra portions of milk, butter, or bread for them by way of showing your appreciation. These offerings are called libations…”

Milk Offerings for the Fay

The custom of leaving libations for fairies dates back centuriesMilk farmers in Ireland would leave out a libation after every milking to keep the faeries happy. A happy fairy was less likely to cause trouble on the farm. Libations of mead or bowls of barley were also common fairy offerings. For house fairies, leave a portion of your dinner on the dinner table at night. Fairies are finicky and mostly don’t like to be thanked or doted over, so quietly leave your fairy offerings in your house or garden. This is a key step to attract fairies to your garden and home.

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Fairy Food and Libations:

Traditionally, fairies loved sweets so anything you’ve baked at home is a perfect fairy offering. If you offer fruit, make sure it is organic. If the birds and ants won’t eat the fruit, neither will the fairies. They also love traditional offerings like milk, wine, ale, and mead.

  • milk
  • honey
  • mead
  • wine
  • ale
  • bread
  • cakes
  • fruit
  • cookies
  • candy

Other Offerings

In addition to food offerings, the fairies are appreciative of shiny things. Ever had a necklace go missing then turn up somewhere completely obvious? This was probably a mischievous fairy! Sparkly offerings like jewelry, crystals, stones, and glass are appropriate. I’ve also cast a knot spell using purple cord, seashells, bells and feathers to attract fairies. You can read my entire fairy knot spell here. Fairies like Celtic flute music, tinkly windchimes, and people who care for the earth and wildlife. So make your gardening ventures an offering to the fay.

Fairy offerings include sweets and fruit.

Feed the fairies what you would eat!

Where to Place the Fairy Offerings

If you are trying to attract a garden fairy, place the fairy offering at your garden gate or just inside the gate. Leave it on a stump, rock, or shell (something natural). Leave it out overnight and especially on one of the high holy Celtic days like Beltane or Midsummer. If you’re trying to invite a house fairy into your home, you’ll want to start by leaving fairy offerings on your front or back doorstep. After a few times you can leave them inside your door. Then in your kitchen or close to wherever you’d like the fairy to reside (kitchen, hallway, guest room, attic, etc). Don’t be disheartened if the food or drink doesn’t “disappear”. That doesn’t mean the fairy offering wasn’t accepted.

The Proper Place to Attract Fairies

In the Garden

Fairies are picky about where they live. They mostly live in unspoiled parts of nature. If you have a gardener or lawn service, take over the duty yourself. Fairies don’t like to be disturbed by people other than the ones they know. Add a small fountain or waterfall to your garden if budget allows. If you happen to have a stump of an old tree, this can become the fairies’ residence. Or arrange a circle of stones. Circles are a favorite hang-out spot for fairies. Create fairy houses out of bird houses and other natural materials and place them in a safe spot in the garden. Leave offerings there for the garden fairies. Make sure no one, including pets, disturbs this area.

In the Home

Fairy offerings, as detailed above, are necessary to attract a brownie or house fairy. Make sure there are no bells, high chimes, or anything with a sharp noise. No iron horseshoes should hang above the doors (fairies have an aversion to iron). There shouldn’t be any mirrors in the kitchen or low to the ground. Make a special place for the brownie or house fairy to reside – an empty cabinet, pantry, closet, or shelf will do. Set up this space comfortably, like you plan to sleep there. Small pillows, blankets, and natural decor is perfect for a brownie’s space.

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  2. Anonymous

    January 27, 2021 at 1:16 am

    I live in the U.S and left honey and milk aswell as some coins im all new to this. I also have 2 cat will they still come?

  3. Kathy

    October 12, 2020 at 2:20 am

    I have a small dog but she is very quiet. Mainly just sleeps and stays near me. I have been seeing signs of fairy folk inside my apartment. And I had this in another home I was in, can fae folk follow you? Also, now that I know they are here how can I make sure they are always welcomed?

    1. Madeline

      October 17, 2020 at 5:32 pm

      They often follow people they take a liking to. Leave out milk and strawberries, in a small dish. Always keep your house tidy and dont invade their space . Give them names if you like and like the article said make them their own little bed room space on a shelf or even better near the fire place. NEVER give them clothes EVER if you want them to stay. I wish you a wonderfully magical expierience with your little houseguests. With Love,
      Madeline

  4. kayla

    September 25, 2020 at 6:46 pm

    this is so cool one day i’m going to try this i love fairies i’v always wanted to meet one in real life.

  5. Kemikmorrison

    May 23, 2020 at 5:30 am

    I recently got a black cat and I spilled milk last night . The dish seemed to fly out of my hands I’m an avid believer , but do black cats attract or scare fairies. Sometimes I think I see fairies fly away mad When my cat jumps into a box. I’m part Irish and English.

    1. Aza

      September 20, 2020 at 6:09 pm

      they don’t like when u have pets especially cats keep he/she away especially because the cat is new and u didn’t tell them.

    2. Aza

      September 22, 2020 at 2:37 pm

      they don’t like cats remove him from the faeries area and let them know of the changes

  6. Hope

    May 13, 2020 at 3:51 am

    Are fairies ever seen by humans or is it just the evidence of their visits? I am writing a novel and wanted to know. Thanks.

    1. admin

      May 14, 2020 at 11:34 am

      Yes they are frequently seen in Ireland and elsewhere. Look up fairy sightings on YouTube.

    2. Anonymous

      February 1, 2021 at 9:49 pm

      Yes, i often see fairies in and around my home. Now, from what i’ve experienced, only people who actually believe in them will see them. That’s why adults usually don’t and children do.

    3. Mimi2222

      August 12, 2021 at 3:23 am

      I have several videos that look pretty fairy like I was never a big believer in this but when presented with such evidence it is pretty cool and I feel grateful to see such mesmerizing beings

  7. Sabina

    April 22, 2020 at 7:27 pm

    This is perfect! I have a hibiscus flower, will fairies come if i cut it up a little for my offering??

    1. Anonymous

      May 19, 2020 at 7:48 pm

      Does it disappear? How do you know they’ve accepted it?

      1. admin

        May 20, 2020 at 5:40 pm

        It doesn’t always disappear. Just leave it out for a day or so and then if it’s still there bury it.

        1. Willow

          September 4, 2020 at 6:30 pm

          I love the faes n gnomes they do make themselfs visible to me now n them I invited them to my garden n they take very well care of it

  8. Abby

    April 21, 2020 at 4:02 pm

    I live on a ranch, so I think fairies will want to stay at my house, I put out some pennies in the forest as an attractant, and one of three were taken. Do you think it was a fairy, and if so will they return???
    (By the way, great article 😁)

  9. mlpsharks21

    April 15, 2020 at 3:36 am

    IF I have sprayed for spiders awhile ago would that affect anything?

    1. admin

      April 18, 2020 at 2:48 pm

      Depends on how long ago. But if it’s been awhile, I don’t think so. I would recommend stop using pesticides that are chemical and use organic pest repellents.

    2. isabella andrews

      May 13, 2020 at 3:47 am

      no spiders are enemies so the faeries would appreciate and love you for that but they will only come until any toxic fumes leave the home cause it could damage their tiny wings and faeries prize their wings more than their own vainity and magic

  10. claire ward

    April 11, 2020 at 5:16 pm

    for a spot In my home, do you think they would live in a dollhouse?

    1. Abby

      April 21, 2020 at 4:05 pm

      Probably, yes!

  11. Storm

    April 9, 2020 at 2:40 pm

    What about the iron and stainless steel in my house? Will that effect the fairies at all?

    1. admin

      April 10, 2020 at 11:49 am

      Some people say it does. I never noticed a difference.

    2. isabella andrews

      May 13, 2020 at 3:43 am

      faeries are allergic to iron it kills faeries in high ammounts and they wont go into a house with iron or steel because it drains their magic killing them all metal is toxic except for pure gold pure sterling silver they also like shiny things like crystals and jewlery and when you leave flowers in the house and read stories aload about them because faeries are a little vain they hate gifts except food and milk dairy offerings i know tons because as a child i was neglected and suffered and bullied and i was given two fairy godparents who i played with every day till i grew up i saw them less but still spoke to them.

  12. Toni

    March 31, 2020 at 6:50 pm

    What if ants or some type of bug eats the offering? I know I shouldn’t use any type of bug spray but I’m just wondering.

    1. admin

      April 1, 2020 at 11:53 am

      The bugs or ants may be the fairies in shifted form! Let it happen. 🙂

  13. Lily

    March 14, 2020 at 11:00 pm

    If you have a pet cat would a fairy be frightened away?

    1. admin

      March 15, 2020 at 2:54 pm

      I don’t think so. I think it depends largely on your entire home environment.

    2. isabella andrews

      May 13, 2020 at 3:45 am

      of course it would cats dogs but especially cats faeries are terrified of cats especially dogs they can avoid and reason with but cats are preditors of faeries and faeries will not come inside your house unless the cat is ouside and sleeps outside meaning a cat free zone home

  14. Alexandra Ambrose

    December 14, 2019 at 9:17 pm

    What do you do if you are moving? I don’t want to leave the faeries, but I’m afraid I might have to. Should I just give them a goodbye present and try to get used to the faeries at my new place?

    1. admin

      December 16, 2019 at 6:20 pm

      Yes, Alexandra. That sounds like a good idea!

  15. Ellie

    November 26, 2019 at 10:01 pm

    Can someone please respond! I have 2 dogs and no doubt they will eat the offerings if i leave them on the floor, do fairies appreciate tree houses? We have some lovely fruit trees they could live in…

    1. Brit

      December 4, 2019 at 3:40 pm

      I think for your situation you should consider doing a fairy house / birdhouse situation if indeed the animals and pets that you have at home will take the offerings.

    2. isabella andrews

      May 13, 2020 at 3:50 am

      yes faeries love tree houses , you could leave the offerings on a window seel as long as theirs no metal hindges or on the kitchen bench that would be a smart idea faeries love houses but avoid all metal such as irion and steel and copper risin is also a no for it makes faeries very sick in high ammounts

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    September 9, 2018 at 12:27 pm

    This amazing my little sister loves fairies so this is really good xxxx

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    July 12, 2018 at 2:40 pm

    I like to leave cookies for them u really have to be cruel free to attract them. They do know your intentions

    1. admin

      July 12, 2018 at 6:46 pm

      You are absolutely right! They don’t like anything that’s processed, I’ve found.

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    2. Bethany

      July 16, 2020 at 8:55 pm

      Do fairies 🧚🏽‍♀️ only help those of Irish / Celtic descendant? I am of African descent and live in America not Europe.

      1. admin

        July 16, 2020 at 11:22 pm

        Hi Bethany – I believe they’ll help anyone who is pure of heart and loves nature, protects wildlife, etc. That being said, it might be easier for you to reach nature spirits of your heritage. I know mermaids are part of various African mythologies. I suggest looking up nature spirits / fairies from African mythologies. Otherwise, the nature spirits here in the U.S. are a mix of native and fairies brought here from other countries. I don’t doubt African spirits were brought here too. Hope this helps.

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    1. isabella andrews

      May 13, 2020 at 3:53 am

      i heard about that faeries hate witches though sometimes they visit good witches on very rare occastions it is because so many witches in faeries past and lore captured faeries to kill and steal their magic for their own personal gain now days faeries avoid witches altogether my fairy godparents and my mother queen titania of faeries told me that yes shes my biological mother by blood but she used to be human the first eve pandora to walk Greece before she became faerie queen.

      1. Margaret

        August 6, 2021 at 3:44 pm

        That is very incorrect. Varies in particular love witches, so go take that elsewhere. That is a flat out lie. Witches never captured varies for evil purposes. They were instead kind to them.

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