You guys know I had so much fun with my dollhouse makeover that I wanted to keep the miniature crafting going, so I decided to make a fairy garden! I’ve always wanted one of these and I thought the kids would have a great time helping with this fun summer project. Truth be told I started well over a month ago and then with my France trip and moving it got put on the back burner. I have felt really awful because I am working with miniatures.com again to bring this fun fairy garden to life and they were expecting it in May, BUT I am SO GLAD it took this long because this idea is WAY better than my original one!
This post is sponsored by HBS Miniatures.com and contains affiliate links, please see my full disclosure for more information. While in Amsterdam we stumbled on a beautiful park that had a potting garden on the grounds. I was inspired by their mini and vertical garden art made from tulip trays and decided that would be the perfect backdrop for our fairy garden. These pictures are a few examples from Amsterdam., what gorgeous inspiration!
I built my own garden box with scrap fence board, square stakes and chicken wire. Start by building the box and then add the stakes as a backdrop to hold the chicken wire backdrop. I used wood screws and a staple gun to build the box and attach the chicken wire. I will give you a supply list at the end if you want to see exactly what I used. Now, you can make a fairy garden in just about any container or flower bed you want, so don’t let this idea limit you. It is a great idea however if you have an outdoor table or display area!
I took two of the kiddos on a quick walk down the street to the edge of the woods and we scoured for some fun trinkets. We gathered sticks, rocks and some cool dried flowers they found. This would be a great activity to do with your kids or grandkids this summer. It’s great to get out, walk and look at things a little different than normal. Kids are so creative and you’ll be surprised with the things they find! I remember playing like this in the yard when I was young. I’d turn acorn tops into cups and peppercorns into make believe dinner.My daughter helped with the rest, we filled the box with soil and then made a game plan. She held the branches while I wired them to the backdrop, they add dramatic height and a fun woodsy feel. We tucked a few plants I got at the store around to give the fairy garden structure and separate the areas.Then we added all the precious miniatures I got online…I’d like you to meet Jilly, our sweet little fairy. I named her after my Neena, who’s name is Jill. My neena loves to garden, gave me the dollhouse I just renovated and if she was able she would LOVE to help make this fairy garden. So Jilly’s garden it is! Every good yard needs a swing and our girl is so cute swinging away.A cool wheelbarrow filled with “turnips” – Mae’s idea to use root bulbs from the liriope plant. Aren’t they cute?Beans look like potatoes and the gardening tools are adorable.
Our fairy is growing some corn and carrots. The corn is from online and the “carrots” are left over from a dollar store piece of faux grass.We added a swimming hole that was a breeze to make with the mini magic water mix I got from miniatures.com. Follow the directions to mix and then I poured the mix in a Ziploc bag that I placed in a small bowl to dry in an irregular pond form. I probably didn’t get the most professional shaped outcome, but it works for us!Possibly my favorite touch is the little garden gnomes sprinkled throughout the garden. These little guys just make me smile!!!Small details like little bird perched in the tree, on a rock and the porch make the space feel alive. I’d love to add some more bird later.A little gazing ball made from a marble and golf tee.
A little twinkle glow never hurt anyone and mini copper led lights really set the mood for our sweet garden. I hope you enjoyed our fairy garden tour as much as we enjoyed making it. If you are interested in making your own here are the supplies I used! Be sure to scroll through the miniatures.com website or sign up to get their catalog, they have TONS of precious miniature items for you to get creative with!
Vertical Fairy Garden Supply List
Magic Water Mix
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