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DIY Fairy Gardens Part Two

Posted on Jun 5, 2014 by in DIY Garden, Uncategorized | 1 comment

Create your own fairy garden inside shoes! What a great DIY project!

A Fairy Garden in Dutch Shoes

I didn’t want to overwhelm you with fairy gardens, so I created two DIY fairy garden blog posts for your viewing pleasure.

Dutch shoes from Holland

Dutch shoes I bought at a church yard sale.

When I was 12 years old, my family went to the Netherlands for the Dirkswager Reunion. I have fond memories of that trip overseas. I loved everything about Holland, especially the tulips and Dutch clogs. About 5 years ago, I bought a pair of bright red Dutch clogs at a church yard sale. I think I paid $2 for them. I absolutely adore them! They have been on display near the back door on our deck for years. I decided the clogs would make a great home for another fairy garden.

SUPPLIES:
Wooden Clogs
Potting Soil
Twigs
Miniature Vegetables ($3.99, Michael’s)
Miniature Bird House ($5.00 for a pack of 25 assorted wooden ornaments, Goodwill)
Miniature Wheelbarrow ($3.99, Michael’s)
Miniature Mushrooms ($2.99, Michael’s)
Clover ($1.99, Garden Nursery)
Alyssum ($3.00 for a pack of 6, Garden Nursery)

I wanted to create a two part fairy garden in the clogs. I decided to make a vegetable garden in one clog and a clover field in the other. I bridged the two together with a wooden stick bridge that I made.

A miniature fairy garden with wheelbarrow.

One side of the fairy garden.

Fill your clogs with potting soil. Plant the clover towards the front of one of the clogs. Plant the Succulent plant behind the clover. Place three mini mushrooms and the wheelbarrow in the clover field.

Build a fairy bridge out of twigs rather than buy a bridge. What a great DIY fairy garden!

Cross over the bridge to see the other side of the garden.

Miniature fairy garden in a shoe.

I love this shoe!

Hot glue a twig to the bottom of the mini bird house ornament. Set aside and move to the next clog.

Fill the second clog with potting soil. Plant the Succulent plant in the back. Snap twigs, making sure they are similar in length. Create a rectangular fence out of the twigs. Inside the fenced in area, plant your vegetables.

Fairy Vegetable Garden. I haven't seen this before! Great idea!

Fairy Vegetable Garden

I planted tomatoes, broccoli, red and yellow peppers, and cauliflower. Outside of the fence, place a cluster of mini mushrooms.

The fairy can cross the twig bridge to get to her vegetable garden.

The fairy can cross the twig bridge to get to her vegetable garden.

Miniature Fairy Vegetable Garden.

The shoe is on the other foot.

Instead of purchasing a fairy bridge, I made one. To make an arched bridge linking the two fairy gardens together, cut two 6 inch twigs. Place the clogs 5 inches apart. Next, push two ends of the twigs into the potting soil in one of the clogs. Then place the opposite ends of the twigs in the clover field. Once all ends of the twigs are underground, slowly push the clogs close together. It will cause the bridge to arch. Hot glue tiny twigs from underneath the arched twigs. By doing so, you have created a footbridge for fairies to go between their gardens.

Fairy Garden

I cannot help but smile everytime I see these shoes!

Place your fairy garden indoors or outdoors for all to see. Don’t forget that you will need to water your fairy garden about once a week.

POTTED FAIRY GARDEN

A fairy garden hidden within the walls of broken pottery.

A fairy garden hidden within the walls of broken pottery.

I made one last fairy garden for my mom. She stopped by and saw my fairy gardens and just had to have one of her own. So, I made her a fairy garden out of miniature dollhouse items and animals. I wanted to create a subtle fairy garden in an unconventional location. I found a broken pot she was going to get rid of and transformed it into a fairy garden.

Fairy house made out of twigs and a ceramic mushroom.

Fairy house made out of twigs and a ceramic mushroom.

I used white pebbles to make a path through the flowers she had already planted in her broken pot. I then took her ceramic mushroom that she bought at Joann’s and placed it on one side of the garden. I elevated the mushroom top and placed sticks underneath to create a fairy house. I used bowed sticks to create the teardrop doorway.

Fairy Garden Accessories

Fairy Bike

I then placed the bicycle in the center of the garden. When placing accessories, decide where your bigger accessories will go and then build around them with the smaller objects.

Fairy garden accessories

Can you see the fawn?

Along the path, there is a fawn resting and a turtle walking towards the house. A basket rests high on a branch for the fairy to use to collect her treasures. A porcelain bench welcomes the weary traveler. The copper bird house overlooks the beautiful view. A lobster picnic, fit for the Fairy Queen, laid out in the garden (My mom LOVES lobster, so when I found the lobster picnic at a local antique store, I had to buy it!).

Fairy Garden.

The fairy garden I made for my mom.

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