Fairies Home & Hearth

How to Find a Fairy In Your House

First and foremost, if you want to find a fairy in your house, believe in them. Fairies only show themselves to people who believe OR people who need to learn a lesson. You want to be the believer, not the fairy’s student.

Signs There Are Fairies In Your House

If you’re a friend of the fairies, it’s possible you already have a fairy living in your house. There are usually a few tell-tale signs when a fairy is in your house:

  • the cat or dog acts strangely, plays with someone/something invisible or stares up at the ceiling
  • food goes missing without explanation, particularly sweets and milk
  • strange noises at night: furniture being jumped on, light footsteps on stairs or in hallways, tapping noises in closets and on walls
  • doors opening and closing
  • chores in your home get done without anyone’s knowledge (shouldn’t we all be so lucky!)
  • jewelry and sparkly items go missing and turn up in odd or obvious places
  • milk or beer goes bad before expiration dates with no explanation
  • seemingly poltergeist-like activity (again this depends on the type of fairy in your home)
  • new types of plants and vines growing around the outside of your home
  • household members’ hair is braided or knotted at night in small tight knots (fairy-knots) with no explanation
  • finding small objects like dollhouse furniture, doll clothes, etc. around the home or property

Ancestral Heritage & Fairies

In fairy folklore, the oldest families in Scotland, Ireland, Germany and England have fairies attached to them. Either the fairies guard the property these families own OR the fairies guard the families directly. In Irish folklore, the bean-sidhe (banshee) or washer-woman, has shown herself to certain ancient Irish families to warn them of oncoming death. The O’Briens, O’Neills, O’Connors, O’Grady’s, and Kavanaghs have been haunted by the banshee for centuries. There are similar stories with the Scottish brownie, fairy queens and other fairies.

How to find a fairy in your house

You know there’s a fairy in your home but you can’t find it? Fairies are finicky and they follow their own rules. The best thing to do is wait until the fairy is ready and willing to show itself. Most fairies will not come out of hiding – they don’t trust human beings. This is from many years of our disbelief, and years of our Christian ancestors calling them evil. Also think of the damage we’re doing to the Earth, their sacred place.

Fairy Offerings

Here’s the thing. You won’t be able to find a fairy in your home, because the fairies will only be found if they want to be. Next you can try to coax the fairy out of hiding. Leave a sweet treat as an offering to the fairy on one of the Celtic holy days (fairies are active on May Day, Summer Solstice, and Halloween). Fairy bread, cakes, cupcakes, brownies, and other sweets are favorite fairy foods. Mead, ale, milk, and sweetcream are the fairies’ favorite things to drinks.

It takes time.

If you leave offering after offering and nothing happens, it’s possible you may never actually see the fairy. Just give him or her time. It’s also possible he or she is scared of a person or animal in your home. Wait until you’re by yourself and try talking to the fairy. Give them a hello, let them know you’re a friend, and invite them to show themselves when ready. Set up a special place for the fairy, like a shelf in the pantry or linen closet. Or a fairy garden outside.

How to Find a Fairy: Brownies are Scottish house fairies one of the fairies you can find in your house (if you're lucky enough!)
Old drawing of Scottish Brownies

Things Fairies Dislike

Maybe you’ve tried everything but still haven’t found a fairy in your house. There may be no fairy in your home. There’s a number of things fairies dislike which would prevent them from living in your home.

  • Loud, deep-sounding windchimes or bells
  • Loud, disobedient children
  • Christian/Catholic paraphernalia (crosses, Bibles, etc)
  • Laziness
  • Clergymen
  • Iron horseshoes, iron skillets, iron tools, etc. (iron traditionally wards off the fae)
  • Bowls of salt
  • Noise and commotion
  • Lots of clutter
  • Stale air
  • A home with no whimsy or joy
  • People who have no respect for nature

Rid your home of these things – most fairies won’t come around for these reasons.

Things Fairies Like in a Home:

  • houseplants, trees, and flowers
  • shrines and altars to the old gods
  • wine cellars and clean, stocked pantries
  • herb and flower gardens
  • extra cabinet/closet space for them to hide
  • fairy altars with offerings
  • people with a reverence for nature
  • sweet, imaginative children
  • people who believe in the fae
  • shiny, sparkly things (i.e. jewelry, crystals, etc.)
  • water (in bowls or fountains)
How to find a fairy in your house: leave out offerings and show your love for nature.

The Best Kinds of House Fairies

Just because you’re dying for fairy activity in your home doesn’t mean to invite all the energy that comes your way. This can be dangerous. You wouldn’t go up to a stranger on the street and invite them into your home, would you? It’s the same with fairies, they are unpredictable and vary in intent and personality just like humans. Fairies are ancient, otherworldly beings. They don’t follow the same moral code the human race does.

The Brownie: Scottish House Elf

The best type of fairy to have in your home is the Scottish Brownie. The Brownie is a house fairy or elf and it occupies a deserving Scottish family’s home. The Brownie originates in Scotland, but is also in North America because of the Scottish immigrants. He’s short and stout like a gnome and wears earth colors and sometimes the color red. The Brownie is the best type of fairy to have in your home because he enjoys helping with unfinished chores when the family’s asleep. In some legends, Brownies are friends with roosters or even shapeshift into roosters. The rooster’s crow in the morning is a warning to the Brownie that daylight is approaching.

Sprites & Pixies in the House and Garden

Sprites and pixies are fairies commonly found in proximity to humans; however, they’re not the best type of fairy to have in your home. They’re capricious in nature: always getting into trouble and playing little tricks. They like taking jewelry and hiding it in random places, and they’ll hide your keys on busy mornings! It’s best to keep sprites and pixies in your garden and not in the house. Fairies to watch out for (these fairies are deceitful): goblins/hobgoblins, trolls, ogres, kelpies, any fairy from the Unseelie Court. These fairies are easy to identify – you’ll get a sick feeling in their presence. Don’t accidentally invite these buggars into your home.

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37 Comments

  1. Rosette🏵

    October 11, 2021 at 8:10 pm

    Hmm, well there are stories with fairies in them.
    Someone died in fairyland because it got stuck by eating things from fairyland.

  2. Rosette🏵

    October 11, 2021 at 8:07 pm

    Once I loosed a tooth but I found out my mother was the tooth fairy.

  3. One Feather

    June 1, 2021 at 3:26 am

    Amazing article . They are real. They are there with you. And they care. See with your child eyes and imagine your first interaction with one. What would that be like ? Run with that. They like to play in your mind.

    1. Eva

      August 8, 2021 at 2:40 pm

      Somebody thought these were fairies . I’d set a new security camera up and it caught this. I’ve always been drawn to fairies and have told people in the past I’d catch them in some photos. https://youtu.be/g0MZaAQgYlQ

  4. Melanie

    May 4, 2021 at 9:09 pm

    This was so helpful! But what if you seen two brown fairy like wings?

    1. Mia

      May 25, 2021 at 5:21 pm

      That is so cool

    2. Anonymous

      August 10, 2021 at 4:29 pm

      That’s good.

  5. 12 year old on the interwebs

    May 4, 2021 at 5:51 pm

    I do virtual learning right now and i go to my grandmas house to do it and I was in the a room in her house and there was 2 doors in the room and I closed one and the other was partially closed. And when i was about to leave and the door that was partially closed opened fully. that has happened 2 times in the same room.

  6. Chidera

    March 22, 2021 at 5:00 pm

    I also want a fairy to come to my house it will be so lovely and amazing to have a fairy in my house

    1. Anonymous

      August 24, 2021 at 1:20 am

      Yes me too same

  7. Anonymous

    March 20, 2021 at 5:12 pm

    I will try this i am a imaginative kid with a hopfull thought of finding a fairy in my house. the day after saint patricks i found four four leafed clovers does this mean somthing. my door also opens at random times with nowone there

  8. Mirabell

    January 27, 2021 at 5:09 pm

    I think that there is a fairy in my house…I am a child who lives with her family.I have made a fairy alter and put a fairy flage on my window and I do feel a thing there and sometimes I think that when I go into my room where the alter is I see something fly away like a liitle bright thing

  9. Robert W ~

    November 26, 2020 at 3:04 am

    I have fairy stars, that i made out of old wavy glass, hanging all around inside my house. fairies are welcome here.

  10. I would like to remain Anoymouse

    November 24, 2020 at 2:00 am

    I am scared of noises in the night It says something that fairies dislke Is bibles and god I am so upset I am christian and i made a disission to never worship anything but god and jesus

    1. Anonymous

      February 17, 2021 at 8:31 am

      I am too but I would still love to have like a brownie or something living in my house. And I will always have bibles and things like that so it’s sad😭✌🏻

    2. Renee

      March 19, 2021 at 12:44 pm

      A fairy wouldn’t come near you or your home so don’t worry about it.

  11. Anonymous

    October 21, 2020 at 12:57 am

    go outside and say this can’t;Ivite all fae fairies into my house so if you want to come in you are more than welcome to come in.And if you see weird shapes go inside your house well gussie what girrrrllllll you got a fariry

  12. anonymous

    October 11, 2020 at 3:44 pm

    Are They evil

    1. Anonymous

      October 21, 2020 at 12:54 am

      some of them like don’t tell them your full name because they will have power over one.And treat them with kindness,love and affection as long as you are nice to them they will do the same for you.Like just today I was outside and I was doing something for my mom and before I walked in I said; Invite all of the fae fairies into my house so if you want to come in you are more than welcome to come on in.And as I walked in my house I saw some weird shapes go inside of the house and I was prepared for this already so I found some really little plates and tea cups milk was in the tea cup and little peices of butter on the plate and last was some water in a plastic cup I took my iPad and recorded and then I walked away.Six minutespassed and I went back and watched the video I saw little orbs all around and when I couldent believe my eyes I ran to my mom and told her about it and she belived me so I asked her if she wanted to say hello to the fairies and she did so we walked to the kitchen and when the faries saw her I looked all around and saw them going to hide I told them not to be scared of her buuut long story short we all went to my room and hung out it got later and I noticed most of them were gone so I told all of them they can leave if they want so I opend my balcony door and I said ;Good bye see you next time and watched them leave in there weird shapes.But I hopped this helped you and others too

    2. Mira

      January 26, 2021 at 4:57 pm

      some of them are just prankters some of them will like you and some may…….harm you so do be safe.

    3. Anonymous

      March 30, 2021 at 8:00 pm

      Well no but some May pull pranks on you tho

    4. Loretta Jean-Charles

      May 16, 2021 at 2:33 pm

      I don’t think so……..

  13. Brian

    September 25, 2020 at 1:23 am

    One day one of my elder cousin sisters came when I was 14 years old. She was crazy about fairies and told me a lot of fairy stories. She told there have a group of fairies that look like mushrooms. They wear mushrooms like the hat and have a stunted body. My cousin did ancient fairy rituals in the evening and ask their blessing. She told me a miracle will happen next week. In the following week one of the severe teachers in our school gave math homework and that day I was not well. After came from school, I felt sleepy and took a nap. A nap was gone for about 5 hours and suddenly remember math homework. I tool a math exercise book and look at a page where have math problems. A miracle is someone had done all exercises in my hand writing. The next day when my teacher gave answers except for one problem, others are correct. This incident was a turning point that throws my mind into the spiritual world. I think one of the fairies in my home was done my math homework.

  14. Anonymous

    September 21, 2020 at 3:57 pm

    I don’t want to put anything religious in my house but I do want fairees in my house I also have 2 insane little kids that visit quite often. How do I invite a fairy into my house?

    1. daisy

      October 23, 2020 at 7:07 pm

      put stuff in your house that they like

  15. Sparrow

    July 14, 2020 at 6:21 am

    I have some practice in The Craft and a general aura I imagine that would attract some type of fayrie into my home. But would my mother being Irish and having grown up there have an affect on if fayries will come and if so what type? I often smell lavender at random times and I have a hunch that a fae is causing this (well actually I had the same thing with the smell of sugar cookies and I was like “wheres the lavender but like this isnt bad) does this mean anything?

  16. Ailyn

    June 16, 2020 at 10:40 am

    I’m still not sure what’s in my house but I get scared when I hear noises at night. I just hope.its nothing bad.

    1. Just another human being

      December 12, 2020 at 2:52 am

      This is me exactly…. the other night I woke up to something at the end of my bed jumping…. and my dog was beside me, ears pointed up and staring at whatever it was…..
      I just put out an offering to try to become friends… maybe you should do the same! 🙂 good luck on your fairy journey!

  17. Marie-Anne Penninck

    March 14, 2020 at 2:35 pm

    I am making a fairy tree in my garden ! They are welcome!

  18. Teresa

    July 20, 2019 at 9:47 pm

    Delightful… I’m not sure how I came to be inside your site, but I’m so glad I did.
    Very well written, charming, and informative… Thank you so much; you made my day…
    Blessings,
    Tessa

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