Fairy Garden Fun With Polymer Clay

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Polymer Clay Fairy Door

I don’t know about where you are, but here in Kingsville Ontario, which touts itself as the most southerly town in Canada, the snow is up to my knees. The wind is howling and blowing snow about with a vengeance I almost take personally. At this time of year when my gardening activities are confined to the indoors I take solace in my indoor fairy garden adventures.

Lately I’ve discovered polymer clay and I am enjoying a return to my youth happily kneading and forming little objects to fit in my little fairy gardens tucked into my indoor plants.  Its surprisingly calming. I’ve made a little work station of my keyboard drawer and fiddle with the clay while I catch up on my mail and social sites.

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Lets face it, I’ll never be the artist some are in this medium. Thats ok. I’ve managed to make a few little things that please me none the less.Fairy doors and gnomes and even cutesy fairies.

A bit of clay, a few simple tools and a few Youtube videos got me started – but I have to admit to buying a clay machine ( to soften and condition the clay) and a lot more clay shortly after my first sojourn into this fun and easy play activity for almost grownups:)

Fantasy Gourd Fairy House 2"

Fantasy Gourd Fairy House 2″

Fantasy Gourd Fairy House 2" Back

Fantasy Gourd Fairy House 2″ Back

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Fairy Garden – Miniature Garden – Whats the diff?

Do you have a fairy garden or a miniature garden? What’s the difference between the two? And does it matter?

fairy-garden-kit-classic-gardenFrom my vast research and experience…(insert guffaw) I have acquired some  opinions, although no real definitive answers, on these weighty questions. For what it’s worth – here are my thoughts.

Miniature gardening is a combination of two hobbies really. Gardening and miniatures and there is a strong focus on both. The gardening part is important and great attention is given to the choice of vegetation in the miniature garden just as in any other garden. Like other miniaturists miniature gardeners are concerned with scale. The object to the exercise, apart from simple enjoyment,  is to create a tableau in which the parts are realistically proportional to each other and of a constant proportion to the real world. The most common scale is 1:12 where 1 inch represents 1 foot in the life size version. The choice of plants is geared to seemingly  be proportional as well. Structures and other miniatures are meant to mimic real life objects.

fairy_girl_sleeping_in_a_nest_by_alvarofuegofatuo-d5gbfxpFairy gardening on the other hand  does seem to wander from scale in all directions. Fairies not being real ( sorry believers) , no one really knows what size a fairy is and so choosing a scale is not so important. Fairies are often depicted as using whatever is on hand to suit their purpose, making a bed of a birds nest or a home in a purse. But fairies inhabit a world with other fantastical beings who have a scale of their own and fairies –  well, they pilfer indiscriminately from all!

gnome-home-fairy-and-gardenPlant choices with fairy scenes range from none at all or artificial plants  to the same kind of attention given to these matters as seen with miniature gardeners.

Realism is almost always completely abandoned with fantasy structures and companions as real as the fairies themselves in abundance. It’s in this area that fairy gardeners can enjoy the wild creativity allowed by their non-chalance.

Both fairy gardening and miniature gardening are a delight to those who enthuse over them – so in the end- does it all matter? Possibly yes – to miniature gardeners- and probably not at all to fairy gardeners.

Micro Fairy Gardens in Miniature Fairy Gardens

It’s no secret to those who know me – I have an obsession with micro-mini fairy gardens. I enjoy making micro versions of what other people do in miniature. Wheelbarrow_2605

When I saw all the fairy gardens in a wheelbarrow on one of my favorite pic sites, I just had to grab a miniature wheelbarrow and give it a try – tiny style.

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Miniature terrarium moss garden? Love them.

So next, I made a 2″x3″ terrarium using dollhouse picture frames. Rolled a few gluey stones around in some artificial moss,  added one of my signature 1/2″ scale fairy houses – and tada.  Well..it wasn’t quite that easy:)

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From there it was a natural progression.  The very next table top fairy garden I was asked to make ended up with a micro-fairy garden in it! Well. Not precisely a fairy garden.

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My fascination with moss, fairy doors and gnarly trees all came together while shopping for plants for my tabletop project. I spotted a rugged looking bonsai and inspiration struck.  What if I made a little fairy door to snuggle up to that bonsai? I could pull out my teeny clay gnome buddy and  have a photo shoot.

 

And that’s how it happened. I really get a kick out of the reaction  people have when they are checking out their new fairy garden only to discover that their fairy garden… has a micro fairy garden! IMG_2829

So, next time you’re playing with your  fairy garden, why not give your fairies a fairy garden.  As always – have a fairy good time!   Marthe

Fairy Garden Pebble Mosaic Path

Make a Fairy Garden Path

Making your own fairy garden accessories is fun, easy and cost effective. Here’s a really quick project that you can do yourself or do with kids.

Materials

Craft foam
glue
artificial moss
pebbles

Cut a shape from the foam to build your path on. Paths that are meandering look nice.

Use glue to attach stones in a mosaic pattern – swirls, circles, flowers, a twisting tree… whatever you dream up.

Fill in any little gaps or holes with a dab of glue and some shredded moss.

Here’s a pic of mine:) Have a fairy good time!
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Make a Fairy Pond

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This little pond is 4″ in diameter across the water section. It took about 4 hours to make including drying time for silicone and acrylic ‘water’. I used my favorite, always at hand, beach pebbles.

And here’s how you can do it too…

 

 

 

Stuff You’ll Need

GE Silicone II or other caulking that adheres to stone

Caulking gun

Piece of burlap or perhaps fiber drywall tape

Ziploc baggy or other piece of soft plastic

Delux Materials Scenic Water

Pebbles, stones that are readily available or purchased

Decorations – (lilies are available on my site under flowers-stems-pg3)

What to Do

I always have a bucket of pebbles handy so I used it to make my form. Any other material like sand or cornmeal that will form a depression to work in will do. Dig  a depression into your material of whatever size you choose.

Arrange  the plastic inside the depression with an inch or two extending beyond the finished area you want.Then lay the burlap over the plastic and press into the depression.

Using a caulking gun cover the burlap area with enough caulking to allow the caulking to squeeze up around the stones when you put them in. Arrange stones. After I placed the big ones I sprinkled some smaller ones over it to cover up any caulking that showed between the stones. This could be done after it dries and before adding water as well. You could also use chipped glass – clear for sparkle or perhaps blue.

Let the whole mess dry and cure for 2 hours or according to the directions on the caulking you have.

Add Scenic Water according to directions. When the ‘water’ is about half hardened… in this case with the ‘water’  at less than half an inch deep- in approximately half an hour you can poke decorative flowers in and they will stand up.

Wait about another hour and you can remove the pond by slipping your hand under the plastic. Cover the water area with another piece of plastic to keep it clean while you snip away the extra burlap from the pond edge.

Now you can dig a little whole in your miniature garden for the pond to sit in. Remove the plastic from the bottom of the pond and tuck your pond into it’s new home. I surrounded my edges with loose pebbles and larger stones.Have fun with it!

How to Make a Fairy House

Fairy Gardens are all the rage right now and what’s a fairy garden without a fairy house?  Of course you can buy fairy houses, and there are some very unique and whimsical ones available at my store located on www.fairygarden.ca (Gotta plug me right?). However………fairy gardening is a DIY activity and so – no surprise – fairy gardeners want to know – How do I make my own fairy houses?

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There are as many ways to make fairy houses as there are people who want to make them! Imagination is key. Here are some ideas to get you inspired and start your creative juices flowing.

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Gourd Fairy House

Making a Gourd Fairy House

This is the perfect time of year to start this project. You will need a dried gourd. There may be garden markets, farms or friends that have some left from the fall season. Gourds take about 2 to 3 months to dry. Remove any dirt or debris and hang them in a dark dry area for drying. When they are properly dried they will sound hollow when you tap on them and you may hear dried seeds and such rattling about when you shake them. Clean the dried gourd with a stiff brush and some mild soap. (Use a little bleach if your gourd shows signs of mold). Now you can leave it as is and paint it and glue or mold things to it. You can also cut out doorways and windows. To cut into the gourd mark the area you want to cut out and use a utility knife to make an incision. A scroll saw works very well to do the rest of the cutting. Clean the seeds and pulp out of the gourd with a spoon, melon baller or what ever comes to hand. Decorate and finish off by sealing the project with white shellac or varnish.

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Flower Pot fairy Houses

More Fairy House Ideas

Decorating flower pots, ready made bird houses or rocks are all great ways to create your one of a kind fairy house. You can also experiment with hypertufa and other building materials.There is no wrong way to make a fairy house. Let your imagination go wild!

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Living Roof Bird House

 

Suggestions

Some inexpensive materials you can use for modeling or decorating are mortar, drywall compound or stipple, wood fill, plaster of paris, pebbles and stones, twigs, miniatures and of course, paint. TIP: A cake decorating kit can be used with soft modeling materials to fashion creative details.

Painted Rock fairy House

Painted Rock Fairy House

A cost effective way to build a terrarium for a fairy garden or a frame for your fairy house is to use inexpensive picture frames for construction. They can be glued or tacked together at the edges and hinged to each other.

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Picture Frame Terrarium

Hypertufa is a material made of cement, sand and peat moss or perlite. Using boxes, sand, plastic and other containers any number of shapes and items can be molded. You can find many websites dedicated to this subject. You can find a quick video here to get get started.

However you go about it, building your own fairy house is a fun and creative DIY project.

Hypertufa Fairy Houses

Hypertufa Fairy Houses

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