As soon as I laid eyes on the miniature fairy garden ideas on Pinterest, I have been obsessed with doing one with my girls. I mean, who doesn’t need a miniature garden for fairies in their life? No one that I can think of!!! Especially if you have girls in your house.Or even if you have boys. (Ooooh, think Tonka Truck or Lego Garden!!) The possibilities are endless really.
Fairy gardens are apparently very popular, and you can find tons of fairy garden accessories at garden supply stores, but they can get pricey when you start adding up all the mini details. We were able to put ours together using stuff found outside and inexpensive craft supplies. (Plus we raided my craft room!) We spent less than $10 on supplies!
There are so many different ideas out there, and they were all so cute that it was really hard to narrow it down. My girls got excited in the planning phase as well, searching for ideas too. I knew we didn’t want to spend a lot of money on this project, so whenever we went to the park, we would pick up stones, small pieces of wood and twigs.
Supplies we used included: Small bottles of acrylic paint for .50 cents each at Walmart (yellow, purple, brown, orange, red, green, & blue)= $3.50, one bottle of glow in the dark paint= $1.50, a bag of popsicle sticks @ $2. So we literally spent around $7.00 total.
We also used: things we picked up outside, and a recycled Minute Maid juice bottle. BTW, they are not a sponsor of this post even though it will probably boost sales. ha!
Buttons, felt, scrapbook stickers, paint brushes and a ton of hot glue from the craft room raid. Don’t underestimate your need of hot glue sticks.
Plus any random items we could find to throw in, such as bits of string, old thread spools, and doll furniture.
First we painted the minute maid bottle/fairy house and the popsicle sticks and rocks in random colors and let that dry.
The fairy house then gained a Popsicle stick & button roof in lieu of shingles. I let the kids pick the colors and buttons that they wanted to use, and I stuck to manning the hot glue gun. (no pun intended!- ok, maybe it was)
Aubrey placed the stickers on carefully and Chloe decided to use the piece of wood as a step into the house, and buttons as stepping stones. Ignore the background chaos, as disaster areas naturally occur as part of the creative process.
The troll bridge was made of popsicle sticks glued to a piece of cardboard. We added supports (rocks) glued underneath to hold it up.
Chloe decorated the troll bridge with wooden rings and string (from a bracelet kit). Aubrey made the troll! She was a nice girl troll (hence the heart).
We bought some small plants and flowers and potting soil. Next all that was left was to put the whole thing together! We started with a smaller container, but realized our fairy garden plan was too ambitious for it, so we moved to plan B, which was using their wagon as the fairy garden.
The lantern was super cute! Chloe made the post out of rolled up paper painted brown, and we happened upon this odd shaped piece of wood that reminded us of a lamp shade. Aubrey found the button that made the cutest fairy lamp post.
Our fairy garden is finished, and the girls had so much fun being creative with it. Next time though, I think we will plan it during spring and not during the sweltering 1098 degree Texas summer!
Have fun, and post pics in the comments of your own fairy garden!