Our Fairy Garden

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Our Spring break has come to and end.

It was relaxing, without a schedule and unrushed.

Just what we needed.

We did manage to get one project done though, we made a fairy garden.

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I “pinned” many of these over my Pinterest days and then a few weeks ago a catalog came to the house.  They had fairy furniture in the catalog and it was super expensive.

It was just the push I needed.

I went out last week and picked up a basic bird house at Michael’s, a fence and a few plants.  I looked at the dollhouse furniture, but again, too expensive.

I decided that there had to be a way to make the furniture ourselves and to use as many things as possible from what we already had.

We did buy the the “tinkling toadstools” (they jingle when the wind blows!) at a local nursery this past weekend (you can find some here).  They were just too fun to pass up.

So the other day we gathered what we already had and then hit the basement.

The thing about going to auctions is you end up with boxes of stuff you are not sure what to do with (that came in a lot with the stuff you did want), but then you have “stuff” to work with on projects.

I had this bag of all these little stick type of things.  No idea what they are.  We knew there was fairy furniture in there somewhere and we stared at them for sometime before we figured something out.

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I lined up the tops, four for the base, three thinner ones for the back.  The bottoms do not line up, but that is the part that is going into the ground so it did not matter.

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I also had some moss type ribbon that I cut down…

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..and used it as cushions on the chairs.

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I also used the sticks to make a table (I wrapped jute around it to finish it off), used one to anchor in this small statue, also found in one of the boxes of “stuff”, and

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I grouped four to form the shape of the roof.  After that I hot glued pea gravel from the yard on to the sticks.

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I think the little statue fits perfectly in the garden.

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We already had the galvanized container filled with dirt because we have planted annuals in it for several years.   We painted the birdhouse, added small stones and some of the same moss to it.  Behind the fence on the left, we planted moss and then added simple variegated annuals throughout.

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The small tree was on clearance in Home Depot for $4.  In theory, it could grow to 12 to 15 feet, but we decided that wouldn’t happen in the container.

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We added rocks for a path, some fake mushrooms, a twine “beehive” hanging in the tree (made just by looping it around my finger and then gluing it), some small ceramic leaves my girls had and covered everything in peat moss.

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The best part is that it was a project that we really did together.  Peanut’s interest waned at some points but overall she really enjoyed it.  Sunshine was so excited for each part.

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Peanut added the small shells as plates on the table…

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and placed them in the “bird bath” made from a vintage tart tin and another one of those stick things.

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Even if you don’t have a basement filled with lots of random stuff, you too can create a fairy garden.  Some plants, some rocks and some childhood imagination and it can be done.

I found once I started thinking about things in “miniature” that is when I found the statue, the tart tin, the small shells and even the mushrooms (off of floral picks).  You may have the makings of a fairy garden already in your home.  Other ideas – buttons, thimbles, bottle caps or children’s toys.

Don’t have a large container or the space for one?  Place some fairy details in an existing plant on a windowsill.

Don’t have any weird stick things like I found?  You could use golf tees, sticks, matches or popsicle sticks.

It just takes a change in perspective from big to small to find what a fairy would like!

The biggest problem is that is was so fun I might become known as the crazy lady with all the fairy gardens!

Thanks so much for reading!

I will be sharing at The Nester’s

 

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  1. says

    Oh my goodness, this is by far the cutest of all of the fairy gardens I have seen. Simply love it! I have got to make one of these for my grandsons. Thanks for so much inspiration and the neat tutorials.

  2. says

    Adorable! I’ve been wanting to make one of these with my girls. I think I will begin gathering my goodies now so we can get started on one. Yours came out so cute, love all the details you added by using random items around your home.

  3. says

    It’s adorable. I have a fairy garden too, but never thought of putting a tiny evergreen tree in it. I will be borrowing your idea!
    Eilis
    my-heart-lives-here.blogspot.com

  4. says

    I love this! It turned out so cute. I especially like the mini evergreen. What a wonderful project to do with your children. (I may be doing one soon.)

  5. Kathy says

    I miss my little girl’s fairy loving days!!! Maybe we can still make one and reminisce!!! Love it!!!
    Maybe we can find some fun mini’s together at BRIMFIELD!!! Can’t wait to see you soon!!!

  6. says

    Laura…this is an amazing project…there are so many creative things that you did in such a small area…I am definitely going to make this with my granddaughter…she will love it!!!…Thanks for presenting this beautiful Fairy Garden!

  7. Linda says

    What a darling project! Our spring break ended today as well and now I’m wishing I had had this idea a week ago. I’m putting it on the list for a future project with my daughters. Thank you so much for sharing your creativity!

  8. says

    That’s so adorable! I love fairy gardens, and yours is amazing!
    I need to make one with my girl. She loves fairies! Thanks for sharing.

  9. says

    Adorable! Totally captivating and fun.

    I wouldn’t have known how big it was, had you not included the photo with your girls.

  10. Tee says

    That is absolutely adorable, and looks like so much fun! I was thinking golf tees too before I got to the end!

  11. Renee says

    Summers Past Farms, here in San Diego County, has a Fairy Festival every year. The kids dress up and they show off their own Fairy Gardens.

  12. Amy Flores says

    I love it! I have been wanting to make one myself. I also remember seeing a fairy house on another site. I think I might try to make the toadstools out of the no kiln type clay that is sold at Michael’s. I know it won’t make a sound. Thank you for explaining how you created your cute garden.

  13. Ana says

    This is BEYOND adorable. I’m definitely Pinning this, and putting it 1st on the list of crafting projects for Summer break, as my daughter will FLIP for it! BTW, I, too, frequent auctions/estate sales, so I have boxes of ‘random stuff that came with the good stuff’, also. Those sticks are pretty cool and they were meant to make fairy furniture! You could do worse, I went to a sale that had boxes filled with all sorts of very elaborate, fancy, little statues (?), dioramas (?) displays(?)…little wooden plaques with everyday life scenes (playing tennis, dinner table, reading..so on) being played out by…….CRICKETS. Real, dead, preserved crickets that were posed in all these scenes with tiny accessories…everything was made from wood (barring the crickets) and then shellacked with a thick shiny glaze. There had to be 100’s of them, no kidding. I don’t think those boxes sold.

  14. says

    You could make a pretty cool little clothes line out of some of those sticks too. With little tulle fairy dresses hanging from it with little dollar store craft clothespins!

  15. Kathy Martin-Brenneman says

    Hi Laura,
    I don’t know how I missed the fairy garden. I collect fairies and have a few gardens but yours is just too cute. I thought I had gone through your blog backwards and forwards looking for the wall stencil, but I guess I missed a few nooks and crannies. Love the little hiddens gems. Love your blog. Thanks for your time and effort.
    Kathy

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