Fall Fairy Garden

Fall Fairy Garden: How to make a sweet little Fall themed Fairy Garden with an easy to make fairy house, mushrooms, pumpkins, and miniature fall leaves tutorial.

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.

Fall Fairy Garden: How to make a sweet little Fall themed Fairy Garden with an easy to make fairy house, mushrooms, pumpkins, and miniature fall leaves tutorial.

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.

Fall Fairy Garden: How to make a sweet little Fall themed Fairy Garden with an easy to make fairy house, mushrooms, pumpkins, and miniature fall leaves tutorial.

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.

Fall Fairy Garden: How to make a sweet little Fall themed Fairy Garden with an easy to make fairy house, mushrooms, pumpkins, and miniature fall leaves tutorial.

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.

Fall Fairy Garden: How to make a sweet little Fall themed Fairy Garden with an easy to make fairy house, mushrooms, pumpkins, and miniature fall leaves tutorial.

I also made the little fairy toadstools.  And they were really easy.

Fall Fairy Garden: How to make a sweet little Fall themed Fairy Garden with an easy to make fairy house, mushrooms, pumpkins, and miniature fall leaves tutorial.

 

I stared out with some corks from sparkling wine, and their shape inspired me, since they kind of look like a little mushroom.

Fall Fairy Garden: How to make a sweet little Fall themed Fairy Garden with an easy to make fairy house, mushrooms, pumpkins, and miniature fall leaves tutorial.

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.

Fall Fairy Garden: How to make a sweet little Fall themed Fairy Garden with an easy to make fairy house, mushrooms, pumpkins, and miniature fall leaves tutorial.

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.

Fall Fairy Garden: How to make a sweet little Fall themed Fairy Garden with an easy to make fairy house, mushrooms, pumpkins, and miniature fall leaves tutorial.

I added some of the pumpkins to the doorway, and filled up a little miniature wagon I found at the craft store.

Fall Fairy Garden: How to make a sweet little Fall themed Fairy Garden with an easy to make fairy house, mushrooms, pumpkins, and miniature fall leaves tutorial.

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.

Fall Fairy Garden: How to make a sweet little Fall themed Fairy Garden with an easy to make fairy house, mushrooms, pumpkins, and miniature fall leaves tutorial.

My favourite little detail in this garden is the fall leaves.  They’re real leaves!

Fall Fairy Garden: How to make a sweet little Fall themed Fairy Garden with an easy to make fairy house, mushrooms, pumpkins, and miniature fall leaves tutorial.

I used a 1.5 cm leaf punch, from the craft store to make them from real fall leaves.

Fall Fairy Garden: How to make a sweet little Fall themed Fairy Garden with an easy to make fairy house, mushrooms, pumpkins, and miniature fall leaves tutorial.

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.

Fall Fairy Garden: How to make a sweet little Fall themed Fairy Garden with an easy to make fairy house, mushrooms, pumpkins, and miniature fall leaves tutorial.

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.

Fall Fairy Garden: How to make a sweet little Fall themed Fairy Garden with an easy to make fairy house, mushrooms, pumpkins, and miniature fall leaves tutorial.

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.

Fall Fairy Garden: How to make a sweet little Fall themed Fairy Garden with an easy to make fairy house, mushrooms, pumpkins, and miniature fall leaves tutorial.

With a Miniature Fall Fairy Garden, life really is a party!

Fairy Garden Picnic

How To Make Fairy Garden Picnic Food: DIY tutorial on how to make miniature picnic food from polymer clay for the perfect fairy garden picnic.

Today I’m sharing with you how to make a Fairy Garden Picnic.  I love the Fairy Garden trend, and it’s been so fun thinking up little fairy garden scenes to create.  Miniature gardening is a chance to be like a kid again, and create a little magical world.

I thought it would be fun to create a little picnic for the fairies that live in my garden.  Polymer clay is an excellent medium for fairy gardens, since it’s easy to work with, and stands up great against the elements.  Really the only limit to what you create is your imagination.  Since one of my own favourite treats is a little bread, cheese, meat and wine, I thought the fairies might enjoy it to.

How To Make Fairy Garden Picnic Food: DIY tutorial on how to make miniature picnic food from polymer clay for the perfect fairy garden picnic.

As you know fairies are tiny, so their food has to be too.  This penny will give you an idea of the scale.

How To Make Fairy Garden Picnic Food: DIY tutorial on how to make miniature picnic food from polymer clay for the perfect fairy garden picnic.

Supplies:

  • parchment paper
  • polymer clay -beige, white, brown, red, blue, orange
  • tinfoil or wax paper box
  • gingham fabric
  • super glue
  • miniature plastic wine glasses
  • thin balsa wood

How To:

When working with polymer clay, I find it helpful to work on a piece of parchment paper, since any little specks of dirt, or another colour of clay while mark your project.

How To Make Fairy Garden Picnic Food: DIY tutorial on how to make miniature picnic food from polymer clay for the perfect fairy garden picnic.

To create the salami, start by mixing some brown clay with a  little red and a little blue to create a deeper brown.  Combine and knead the clay in your fingers until the colour is uniform.

Now use a sharp edge to chop the clay into tiny, tiny pieces.   Also chop a little white clay, you want about half as much white as brown.  Then push the chopped pieces together and roll up into a ball.

Chop the new piece again, and then gather it together again, taking care not to blend the colours.

Roll the new piece into a cylinder shaped salami roll.

Next, use a sharp edge against a piece of chalk to create some chalk dust, and roll the salami in it, so it sticks to the outside.

Use a sharp, straight edge to chop a few slices off of the end of the salami.  Take care to keep the pieces as round as possible.

Bake according to the manufactures directions, I baked mine about 5 min.

How To Make Fairy Garden Picnic Food: DIY tutorial on how to make miniature picnic food from polymer clay for the perfect fairy garden picnic.

To make the miniature baguette, knead a small piece of beige clay until soft, and then shape into a bread loaf.  Once the loaf is formed, use a mini cutter to make some marks on the top of the loaf, like a real loaf from the bakery.

Bake the clay according to the manufactures directions, according to your thickness.  I baked mine about 8 min.

How To Make Fairy Garden Picnic Food: DIY tutorial on how to make miniature picnic food from polymer clay for the perfect fairy garden picnic.

To make the marble cheese, start with a small piece of orange polymer clay, and a few small pieces of white.  Roll the white into thin strips, and add to the orange.  Twist and pull the pieces together, taking care to keep the white distinct and not blend the two together into a lighter orange colour.

Form the piece into a rectangular block.  Use a sharp straight edge to cut a few pieces of the marble cheese.

Bake the clay according to the manufactures directions, I baked mine about 5 mins.

How To Make Fairy Garden Picnic Food: DIY tutorial on how to make miniature picnic food from polymer clay for the perfect fairy garden picnic.

To make the knife, you will need the sharp edge of a tinfoil or wax paper box, that you use to cut the paper on.

Using sharp scissors cut a small piece of the foil cutting edge off of the box, with its cardboard backing still attached.  Then cut the small piece into the knife shape, including a piece for the knife handle.  After the knife shape is cut out, carefully remove the cardboard backing.  It’s easier to cut the knife out of the foil cutter when it’s attached to the cardboard backing.

Next, soften some brown polymer clay, and shape it around the foil to create the knife handle.

Bake the knife for about 5 min, or according to the polymer clay manufactures directions based on the clays thickness.

Once the pieces are all made, baked and cooled it’s time to put the scene together.

Cut a piece of gingham fabric into a tablecloth, using pinking shears to create the zigzag edge.

I picked up the little plastic wine glasses at the craft store.

The cutting board is made from a piece of very thin balsa wood, you can find at the craft store, and cut with scissors or an exacto knife.

How To Make Fairy Garden Picnic Food: DIY tutorial on how to make miniature picnic food from polymer clay for the perfect fairy garden picnic.

Since I’ve made many fairy gardens over the years, I know that the tiny little cute pieces can get blown around and lost, so this time I glued things together before I put them in the garden and it’s worked great.  I set my table cloth on some parchment paper, and then used super glue to attach the salami and cheese to the cutting board, and then the board to the tablecloth, along with the knife, bread and tiny wine glasses.  Be sure to shift the table cloth a few times so that any glue that seeps through doesn’t permanently glue the table cloth to the parchment paper.

How To Make Fairy Garden Picnic Food: DIY tutorial on how to make miniature picnic food from polymer clay for the perfect fairy garden picnic.

Since I might want something else next year, I used double-sided tape to attach the picnic table cloth onto my little fairy table.  I set the picnic up under a tiny pergola -see how I made it here.  The tiny fairy sized chandelier is made from a fish hook -see how I made it here.

How To Make Fairy Garden Picnic Food: DIY tutorial on how to make miniature picnic food from polymer clay for the perfect fairy garden picnic.

 

 

With a perfect fairy picnic in my back garden, life really is a party!

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How To Make A Miniature Fairy Garden In A Bottle

How To Make A Miniature Fairy Garden In A Bottle: Tutorial using polymer clay to make adorable mushrooms and a fairy house, and then arrange in a teeny, tiny glass bottle.

I saw these little bottles at the dollar store one day, and thought they’d be perfect for a little, teeny, tiny Miniature Fairy Garden in a Bottle.  I love how they turned out, and they were a lot of fun to do one afternoon with my little girls.

How To Make A Miniature Fairy Garden In A Bottle: Tutorial using polymer clay to make adorable mushrooms and a fairy house, and then arrange in a teeny, tiny glass bottle.

We each made one, making a sweet little trio.  They look great as a centre piece on the table, someplace where someone might notice them as they sit, since they’re so teeny, weeny.

How To Make A Miniature Fairy Garden In A Bottle: Tutorial using polymer clay to make adorable mushrooms and a fairy house, and then arrange in a teeny, tiny glass bottle.

I was inspired by Pixie Hills mushrooms and miniature houses, if you don’t know this blog then you’re in for a treat!  I made mine out of polymer clay, and it worked great.

How To Make A Miniature Fairy Garden In A Bottle: Tutorial using polymer clay to make adorable mushrooms and a fairy house, and then arrange in a teeny, tiny glass bottle.

Supplies:

  • Polymer Clay
  • straight pins
  • matchstick
  • moss
  • tiny rocks
  • small glass bottles
  • white glue

Instructions:

How To Make A Miniature Fairy Garden In A Bottle: Tutorial using polymer clay to make adorable mushrooms and a fairy house, and then arrange in a teeny, tiny glass bottle.

Start out with your polymer clay, we used red, white, beige, and pink made by combining red and white.  Knead your clay to soften it, and then use a very small amount to make the mushroom stem around the straight pin.  The straight pin will make the finished mushroom stronger and easier to work with.  Slowly work your clay around the pin, rolling and shaping it with your fingers.  Once the stem is made, make a little mushroom cap and press it onto the stem.  Feel free to change the shape, and colours of the mushrooms and even add spots of white clay to some.

The houses are made by making little rectangles, then an angled roof by pinching and shaping with your fingers.  Lastly use a matchstick’s square end to make window and door indents.

How To Make A Miniature Fairy Garden In A Bottle: Tutorial using polymer clay to make adorable mushrooms and a fairy house, and then arrange in a teeny, tiny glass bottle.

We inserted our mushrooms into a piece of fruit to keep them upright while we baked them.  Bake your clay according to the manufactures directions, based on the thickness.  We did ours about 5 min.

Then let the baked clay pieces cool a little.  Next,  you’re ready to put your garden together, with moss on the bottom as a little base.  We glued our houses in with white glue.  The mushrooms were a little long, so I used some wire cutters to shorten them a little.

How To Make A Miniature Fairy Garden In A Bottle: Tutorial using polymer clay to make adorable mushrooms and a fairy house, and then arrange in a teeny, tiny glass bottle.

Fitting everything in the jar is a little fiddle-ly.  I found tweezers helpful for this step.

How To Make A Miniature Fairy Garden In A Bottle: Tutorial using polymer clay to make adorable mushrooms and a fairy house, and then arrange in a teeny, tiny glass bottle.

Remember it doesn’t have to be perfect.  Add in some tiny rocks too, if you like.

How To Make A Miniature Fairy Garden In A Bottle: Tutorial using polymer clay to make adorable mushrooms and a fairy house, and then arrange in a teeny, tiny glass bottle.

I also found the tweezers helpful to wipe the inside of the jar with a tiny piece of damp paper towel, to remove the moss residue at the top.

How To Make A Miniature Fairy Garden In A Bottle: Tutorial using polymer clay to make adorable mushrooms and a fairy house, and then arrange in a teeny, tiny glass bottle.

This is the perfect rainy day summer activity…or maybe just any day.

How To Make A Miniature Fairy Garden In A Bottle: Tutorial using polymer clay to make adorable mushrooms and a fairy house, and then arrange in a teeny, tiny glass bottle.

With a sweet little Miniature Fairy Garden in a Bottle, life really is a party!

Fairy Garden Fish Hook Miniature Chandelier

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What does every Fairy Garden need?  A Miniature Chandelier.  And what does a fairy make a chandelier out of…a Fish Hook.

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The other day I shared our sweet little Miniature Fairy Pergola, and today as promised, is the tutorial to make your very own Fairy Garden Fish Hook Miniature Chandelier.

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Supplies:

  • Triple Hook Fish Hook
  • Birthday Candle
  • Polymer Clay -white
  • Bead Caps
  • Small glass beads and pearls
  • Fine Thread
  • Bead Needle
  • Super Glue
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Method:

Begin with the fish hook, this is the hardest part of the project.  Use pliers to hold the hook, and a small hack saw to cut the barbs off of the hook.  My husband helped me out with this.  If you weren’t able to get the barbs off, I think you could make a small ball/bead with polymer clay, and bake it around the barb to cover it up and prevent it from poking anyone.

How to make fairy garden chandelier

Next make the candles.  I used a real birthday candle and used the wick from it.  Then, I formed a candle shape from polymer clay.  I made sure to place it on the top of the hook to make a small indentation which made it easier to glue afterward.  Once the polymer clay is formed into the candles, bake it according to the package directions to make it hard.

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Once the clay is baked it’s time to glue it together.  Make sure to put the end bead first, then glue on the candle, and glue the end bead underneath it.  Super glue is a little tricky, so be careful of your fingers!

Miniature fairy garden chandelier

The last step is to add the hanging beads.  I used small glass beads, and fine plastic thread.  Tie the thread right under the end bead, and use enough beads to make a nice swag.

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I tied the chandelier onto our little Miniature Fairy Garden Pergola and set up the sweetest little Fairy Picnic underneath -there’s a tutorial coming soon.

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With a sweet Fairy Garden Fish Hook Miniature Chandelier, life really is a party!

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