These are one of the sweetest projects I’ve ever made, and I was so excited about doing them. We made one for each of my little girls, and one for me so I won’t turn into the bossy mom who controls the craft project by making very strong suggestions to her kids about colour and placement choices…I’m sure you can’t relate. They were so cute, that I even made one for my own mom and her garden!
I have heard of and even seen fairy gardens in the past and thought they were cute, but didn’t like that they were hard to see in a flower boarder garden, and often became grown over. That problem was amazingly solved when I saw a version at Pink and Green Mama, where they made the garden in a container. Perfect for the deck, where it can be easily played with and admired. (Just don’t touch Mommy’s!)
I decided to use dollar store bird houses for the fairy houses themselves. I wanted them to look more like fairy houses, so I sawed off the bird perch and replaced it with a fairy door, made out of a small sawed off piece of a paint stick.
I nailed the little paint stick door on with a small finishing nail, and left the nail protruding slightly to look like a little door knob. I also removed the eye hook from the top, and I replaced them with small flags made out of a wooden skewer and a piece of ribbon sewn on.
I was inspired by my Christmas Glitter Houses to add a little glitter to the the fairy houses. After they were painted, I glittered the roofs and doors, and then applied several coats of clear Lacquer to make them more weather proof. I love them in all their happy pastel colours.
I used vintage galvanized steel wash basins for the gardens, as well as some enamel ware. The one for my Mom is done in a large Terracotta pot, to fit in with her other pots.
After planting several small plants around the pot, we covered the rest of the “yard” with moss, and created a small pathway to the front door with pebbles.
The clotheslines are made from two wooden skewers, some kitchen string, and mini-clothes pins from the dollar store.
I got so excited about the fairy gardens, that I wanted to include a few more little details, and I thought that a miniatures doll house store would be a great source of mini-garden pieces. At the miniature store I found this pretty little watering can, some baskets, and shovels.
How cute are these little rubber boots!
This fairy must have left them outside of her door after a long, hard day of work out in the garden. 😉
Another fun detail was to use the stamped spoons I made here, as a welcome sign.
This pot has a fun toadstool mushroom in it. I found these brown ones at the dollar store.
I spray painted it bright pink.
After the mushroom was painted pink, I added glitter dots. When I lacquered it, the finish crackled slightly, but I thought it added a little realistic mushroom texture.
I love how sweet it looks as a shady spot for a garden fairy to rest on this cute little metal chair, also from the miniature store, with her mini shovel propped up against it.
My little girls each made one large garden in the galvanized wash tubs, and I did mine in several other little pots. I love the way the pots look all clustered together, like there is a new fairy sub-division in town. Time to put up the “For Rent” sign and see if any fairies move in!
I’ve joined The Magic Onions Fairy Garden Competition, check out all the other amazing fairy gardens and be inspired!