DIY Fairy Gardens Part Two
I didn’t want to overwhelm you with fairy gardens, so I created two DIY fairy garden blog posts for your viewing pleasure.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I planted tomatoes, broccoli, red and yellow peppers, and cauliflower. Outside of the fence, place a cluster of mini mushrooms.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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!).