I love this time of year, it’s cooler outside, the leaves are turning, and it’s time for warm drinks and pumpkin everything. I also love fairy gardens, so I thought it might be fun to make one for fall this year.
The first thing I did was make a little fall themed fairy house for the garden. I used a tiny bird house from the dollar store as my base.
I removed the bird peg from the bird house, and the screw from the top. Then I gave the bird house a quick coat of orange/peach paint. I printed out a bunch of vintage seed package images -like this free pumpkin seed one, and this sunflower one. Then I cut the seed packages to fit the house and mod podged them onto the house. I used images that made me think of the fall.
For the door, I used a few little pieces of wood and a bead as a door handle and hot glued them on. For the roof, I used some preserved oak leaves -find them here, and mod podged them onto the roof.
I also made the little fairy toadstools. And they were really easy.
I stared out with some corks from sparkling wine, and their shape inspired me, since they kind of look like a little mushroom.
I painted the tops with some reddish-orange craft paint. When it was dry, I added some white spots. Then, I sealed it all with a coat of mod podge.
Aren’t they the cutest? Fairy gardens are all about the little details. So next I made some little pumpkins out of polymer clay. I have found the clay weathers really well in outdoor fairy gardens.
I added some of the pumpkins to the doorway, and filled up a little miniature wagon I found at the craft store.
To make the pumpkins, just make a ball of orange polymer clay, and then add some ridges with a blunt edge, and add a tiny brown clay stem. Bake according to the manufactures instructions on the package.
My favourite little detail in this garden is the fall leaves. They’re real leaves!
I used a 1.5 cm leaf punch, from the craft store to make them from real fall leaves.
You just punch them out of real leaves. They will dry, and the edges may curl up a little, but they just look like real fallen leaves.
If there is a predominant vein in your leaf, you can punch it out so that it’s running up and down on the miniature leaf, and it will look even more realistic.
I set my little garden up at my front door on a wood stump so visitors could see it. I love how it turned out, and my daughters had fun helping me make it.
With a Miniature Fall Fairy Garden, life really is a party!