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My kids wanted to make a fairy garden so I thought I'd try it by making all the accessories instead of buying them. Actually, the original idea of a fairy garden came from my friend Heather. She told me her daughters have a fairy garden and just love tending to the plants and adding new furniture and lawn ornaments to the garden.
The idea was new to me, so I asked her to explain. I wasn't exactly sure what a "fairy garden" was. She explained that it is a small area in their backyard where her girls add small plants and have added tiny furniture and lawn ornaments for fairies. A quick image search on Google showed me lots of photos and I quickly got the idea. I asked Heather about the fairies, and she told me that since her garden is outside, the fairies are all the butterflies and dragonflies that come visit the garden. Isn't that super cute? I thought it was such a nice idea, and a fun way to introduce your children to gardening.
We have a lot of deer in our backyard, so I knew we would have to set up our fairy garden in some type of container or planter. And of course, I knew I wanted to make the house and furniture, although you can buy all the accessories you may need.
In this article, I explain how we set up the fairy garden and how we made the fairy garden house, the walkway, a fence, an Adirondack chair, and the fairies themselves. I've included links below to jump around on the page if you are only interested in certain directions.
I have really enjoyed making this and my daughters have enjoyed taking good care of the garden. It is so fun watching them play with it. They even put their little Lego guys in the garden or other figurines!
Did you make a fairy garden? If so, I welcome you to post your pictures by clicking here. It would be wonderful to see all your gardens and miniatures! If you also have suggestions on other ways to make accessories I'd love to hear. For instance, Heather's garden has a tiny gazing ball, which is a pretty marble!
1. If you wish to make a fairy garden in a container, take some time to figure out what type of container to use. Many people use a large decorative pot. You can also buy special tray at some garden stores, that are made just for the purpose of creating fairy gardens. I went a very inexpensive route. I picked up this plastic planter dish at Lowe's for $1.77. It is meant to be a drip tray to go under your potted plants. This worked great, although you will need some reinforcement underneath it to move it, since it gets heavier with soil. I used a cardboard disc from a pizza (or a round pizza cookie sheet works well too). You may wish to poke some holes in the bottom for drainage. I did not do this, but I am careful to water sparingly and to mist my plants as opposed to giving them tons of water.
2. Go to the nursery and buy some small garden plants. If you tell the
employees that you want to make a fairy
garden you may find that they have a whole section of
plants devoted just to fairy gardening. Succulents work
they require little maintenance and water. I used the
plants: Ivy spearpoint (Hedera helix), Hypoestes, and a succulent (not
sure of the formal name) . Note: The clover plant shown on
(Blue Star Creeper, Isotoma fluviatus) didn't survive the transplant
well, but all the other plants worked
great and are thriving.
3. Add potting soil to the container you bought and plant your garden. Be sure to leave room for a fairy house and other furniture.
4. To make the house, I used a bag of stones I bought at the
garden store. Most of the stones were about the size of a
quarter. If you are going to put your fairy garden outside, it is important to use a strong, waterproof glue. A two-part epoxy or E6000 adhesive works well. I glued the rocks in a square shape
built the house. I then built up the front and back of the house in a
triangle to support a roof. I left an open space for a front
5. To the make the roof, I used small wooden craft sticks. I found these sticks to be very easy to work with since you can easily cut the sticks to the length you need with scissors. Again, an adult should do these steps, but I think you will find that your kids will love watching! Lay them side by side until you have enough sticks to fit the length of the house. Secure them together by gluing on a stick horizontally, as shown.
6. Attach the roof to the house by gluing it to at the peak, and to any stones it may touch of the sides. Don't worry if you have some gaps in the house between the walls and the roof, we'll fix that later.
7. Paint the roof dark brown or any color of your choice. This is a fun step for children to help with.
8. When the roof is dry, you can use smaller stones to fill in any gaps you may see. Apply some glue to the small stones, and then you can pick them up with a pair of tweezers to place them if you need to.
9. I added a bit of sheet moss to the roof. I just pulled some off of the sheet moss and glued it on.
10. To make a door, once again gather some small wooden craft
sticks and place them side by side. I wanted my door to have
curved top so I staggered the sticks as shown. Once again, I
them all together by gluing a craft stick (which had been cut to length
with scissors) horizontally across all the sticks. Once dry,
bottom was cut off blunt to make the door the proper height.
11. The door was painted and a small pebble was glued on as a
door knob. I then glued the door on the house, and filled in
gaps between the house and the door with small stones. Lastly, give your house a few coats of acrylic sealing spray.
12. The walkway was fun and easy to make, and is a good step for children to do. Pour some gravel in a pathway leading up to the house. The gravel pathway can then be lined with larger stones on either side.
13. The fence was made by sticking small wooden craft sticks next the pathway as posts.
14. To make the cross beams, cut the wooden crafts sticks with scissors to the proper length. Using a strong glue, secure the pieces between each post.
15. The Adirondack chair is
made using the small
craft sticks. Cut two of the sticks in half, and place the
pieces side by side. Secure them with two horizontal craft
glued across the edges (this photo is not shown, but you can see it in
the photo on step 16). This is the chair seat.
16. To make the chair back, line up four sticks, but stagger
ends to create a curved top, as shown. Secure them with a
horizontal craft stick glued across them. Once dry, you can
off the bottom to make it flush (photo not shown). Using strong glue, secure the chair back to the chair seat, making sure the
chair back is leaning back at an angle.
17. Cut another wooden stick to length and glue it the back of the chair and reaching the bottom. Use the photos as guidance. Do this for both sides.
18. Create arms of the chairs by gluing a wooden craft stick
to length) from the chair back to the front. You can only use
drop of glue at the base of the stick for this step, but the arms will
be supported in the front at the next step.
19. Glue on two more sticks, cut to length, supporting the arms of the chair and reaching the ground. These are the front chair legs.
20. Paint the chair the color of your choice, or leave it
natural. I chose a light brown. Give it a few coats of acrylic sealing spray, especially if it will be used outside.
20. These polymer clay fairies were quite easy to make, but the idea was not by own. I am going to refer you to a wonderful site that takes you through the step by step directions on how to make these little beauties. Please visit Polymer Clay Central for the tutorial.
Fairy Gardens by Dayna from California:
Aren't these so creative? These are from Dayna in California and everything you see is handmade. Thank you Dayna for sharing your fairy gardens with us!
Here's a fairy garden from Clarette in South Africa. She created a river using blue glass stones and even made the little fishing rod! She adorned this with petite succulents. Thank you for sharing your photo with us Clarette!