Monday, July 23, 2012

DIY Fairy Garden {behind the scenes}

I did a lot of research on figuring out exactly how I wanted our Fairy Garden to look..
and I also wanted little scenes around the garden for the Scavenger Hunt.
Honestly, you kinda just have to work with what you find.. but I will go ahead and list all of the places we got our items..and how it all went down behind the scenes..

Oh, and there is this REALLY good fairy blog that I went to, to get Fairy Inspiration!
It's called the Magic Onion.
If you are wanting to make a fairy garden..
I would totally head there too because they had some fun ideas!
I found my hollow rock at Joannes and there was a  60 or 70% off all summer garden items.. so it was originally a $60 item and I also had a 15% off entire purchase so i got it for around $16. Then we went to a nursery and bought Scotch Moss to use as our grass.
My husband used dirt as the filler for the bottom half and just kept doing a step by step process placing each one in.. there was a gap in one corner when we were all done.. but i used that section for a tiny terra cotta pot (bought from Porters/craft store) 
To maintain the health of the moss, use a spray bottle to spritz it,
i would do it a couple times a day & make sure it gets a little sun & shade too!

I searched almost everywhere for something that would work for a tree,
and out of all the places i searched..
(nursery, floral shops, Wal-Marts garden section, Home Depot..)
I ended up finding one at a grocery store!!
(a tree might be your hardest thing to find)
one floral shop said if they would have known they could have ordered something for me...
not sure how much that would cost?!
I used a little kitchen sauce dipping bowl and spray painted it to match the scene. Then filled it with a little bit of water & my husband found a flower in the garden that had little enough offsprings to lay on top of the water.

I actually found this idea somewhere else.. but whoever originally thought of it was pure genius!!
All you do is find a toy car and take of the rubber wheel..

My husband informed me you will have to find an older metal one.. because they have switched things now days and mostly just make plastic wheels for car toys,

I didn't want to make it too heavy since it wasn't hanging on a real branch so I untwisted one of the twines and used that to have it hang on.. I also didn't want to hot-glue it on the actual plant so I wrapped it over, then did the hot-glue just on the twine to attach the two sections leaving a little hole so it could potentially slide and not be stuck.

Most craft store right now will have little wooden birdhouses.. I got mine from Joannes for $1.
Michael should carry them too! I went and picked leaves off of a tree the day before the party & my sister hot-glued them on to the top of the hut.. then found some moist dirt/mud and started finger-painting it!

These were pretty simple, all you need to do is gather rocks & twigs.. I just had my husband saw of a thicker branch to be the top of the table & cute the little twigs to the right size to make legs.. and hot-glued them together... you can make a 3-legged or 4-legged table.
As for the fabric banner, I used shiskabob sticks from the grocery store, and cut little banner triangles out of fabric then sewed it through each one and hot glued the thread to the sticks. I had to cut down the sticks to fit the scene though.

We found Birch Buttons 3/8 in. at Porters a local craft store.. i thought i had paints at home but didn't have the color red.. so my sister came up with the idea just to use her red nail polish and it worked perfect, especially since it's such a small area you are covering.. So i painted the red then my sister used tooth picks to dab on the white dots.

1. Dew Drop Darling Faerie Figurine Collection from here
fyi: they only give you two..
and you can call them on the phone and request which ones you want.
2. Target miniature/medium Barbie fairy
3. Target miniature Barbie fairy
4. Michaels - Safari Fairy Fantasies Miniature Collectibles Tube.. I used for their favors & in one garden scene. Then Michaels also has another section where they have a little bit bigger fairies along with more mythical figurines.. it was on a side wall in our store. You really have to look.. because I shopped in their twice looking for something and came across it the second time. The image belows showcases the Michaels Fairy (the one in the blue house was in the tube & the one by the rock is the one off the shelf)
5. Wal-Mart miniature Disney fairies

First of all, the gnome door is AMAZING! It was a must on my check-list for a fairy garden and good thing because all of the kids LOVED this one! 
It is from Nothin' but wood, I HIGHLY recommend them!
As for the gnomes, I had a hard time finding some small enough.. but my mom found some that were perfect from Hobby Lobby, so she sent those my way! The birdhouse is from Porters a craft store & the birds nest is from Michaels in the scrapbook section.
I had also bought a necklace that had about 6 or so keys on it from the Icing..
and used that one to put on the gnomes hand
I bought the crown from Icing.. and didn't love the flowers on it
so I swapped them out with this Orange/Peach Ombre Scrapbook flowers from Michaels..
just hot-glued them on & had my husband cut it down to size..
I then just hot-glued the wires back together where he had to cut.

All other items used:
Fence: Joannes
Glass Ladybug: Porter's / Craft Store
Birdhouse: Porters
Birds Nest: Michaels
Blue Fairy Throne: Pier 1
Moss: Porter's / Craft Store
some of these items might be seasonal.

Hope you enjoy your garden if you decide to make one!!
We keep ours in her great grandmas garden and loves to visit it!
I figured she could keep it alive better than me :)

Also, to see the rest of the Enchanted Garden Party post,  click here!!


  1. That is super cute! My daughter would LOVE that. Thanks for the idea. That is so cute!

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  2. That is a super adorable idea! My little girl would be in heaven. I found you via the July Blog Hop and am happy to be your newest follower! I'd love a visit back at :)

  3. You are so creative.  You should be in Hollywood, designing stages and backgound scenes!

  4. OMG, I am so in love with this whole post! I can't wait to do this in our backyard, we have so many amazing places I can hide some fairy spots.


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