Samara Welbourne fairy house in grass

The HomeLeisure team discovered an inspirational young woman who was working hard to benefit her local community. The Sunshine Coast’s Samara Welbourne makes beautiful fairy houses and sells them at local markets, with profits donated to various charities including her local animal shelter.

Samara also volunteers her time at her local library teaching children how to make their own fairy houses, even troll houses for the boys.

HomeLeisure growers' pots

HomeLeisure growers’ pots

Samara drew our attention with the release of her first book How to Make Fairy Houses at the age of 12. She appeared on Today to share her story and her magical ways of helping others. Her use of HomeLeisure REKO pots caught our attention and immediately HomeLeisure wanted to jump on board to assist, supplying Samara with a donation of additional HomeLeisure growers pots to use for her upcoming charity projects.

Fairy houses are creative little houses for fairies that children (and adults) build with the use of their imagination, using natural and synthetic craft materials such as bark, felt, moss, pebbles and foliage. The base of Samara’s houses are plastic gardening pots, and when finished they become magical wonderlands for fairies and their friends in the forest to visit.

Successful business

Here’s Samara on ABCTV’s Behind the News talking about being a success in the ‘fairy business’ at such a young age.

We congratulate Samara on her achievements, both locally and internationally, and for her title of the 2014 Sunshine Coast Australia Day Awards’ Young Citizen of the Year, tied with Bindi Irwin from Australia Zoo.

Samara and her mother Cherrell are keen to continue helping others by building more fairy houses, and plan to host ‘The Fairy House Festival’ for the first time in Australia to benefit Children’s Hospital Foundation.

We look forward to their future plans, and will continue to assist where we can.