Fairy Garden House from Bird House

Sometimes the best things come from just starting a little experiment and letting it take you where it will.

fairy-houses-from-bird-house-croppedI often see cute plain wood bird houses in the dollar store ready for decorating and think there must be a way to turn that into a fairy house. I’ve brought a few home and today I decided to tackle one and see what would unfold. I also had some pine cones stashed away so I started by getting out my garden sheers and tearing it apart into pieces for a roof covering.

While doing so I was eying up the bird house and wondering how I could get rid of the perch sticking out . I took my garden sheers to it and sure enough , that worked. The wood seemed quite soft so I then used a box cutter to cut the bird hole into a doorway shape.fairy-house-from-bird-house-3

I added a little artificial moss to the roof and was thinking I wanted something twiggy to happen next. Then a lovely woman from PEI called and asked If I could paint some fairy houses with some lively colors for some young children coming into her life and suddenly I wanted color. I also had a notion to incorporate some twisted wire and nail polish ideas I had played with lately.

The result was a somewhat disjointed looking mess but I did not despair. I liked the happy color and decided to white wash the pine cone roof..add a poly clay door frame and a window. The thought came that it was getting a bit of a beach hut look so I went with it and made the window a fish shape.  From no where really, I thought I could make the funny wire nail polish thing in the doorway fit in by adding a ‘bead curtain’ of wire and clay.  The brown moss got touches of preserved brighter green moss to color it up. A final touch was some clay flowers hanging from the roof like patio lanterns.

And there it was..my experiment had morphed itself into some kind of beach hippy love hut fairy house. Not at all what  I started out to do!

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So experiment..and as always , have a fairy good time, Marthe  And thank you to Mary from PEI for coloring my day!

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Fairy Garden Supplies – A Unique Source

I wonder if many fairy gardeners also have fish? If you don’t keep fish, then you probably haven’t discovered that the aquarium store is a surprisingly great place to get DIY fairy garden supplies!

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Mushroom Log Aquarium Decoration

The aquarium decoration isle will yield some interesting results.  This mushroom log is 8″ x 4″x 7″ and sells (in Canada) for $15. It just needs a little DIY fairy door to make it a wonderful fairy house for your miniature garden. Bonus – aquarium decor is non-toxic.

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‘Aqua Sand’ Aquarium Substrate

Now for landscaping your fairy abode. The substrate section alone can fascinate me for an hour. The unbelievable variety of stone, gravel, and course sands- aka miniature landscaping aggregates- comes in quantities that are ideal for various sized fairy gardening projects. Many of the substrates are coated with 100% environmentally friendly resin, – no dust. The coating also keeps them looking pretty and prevents any undesirable elements leaching into your garden when you water. A 5lb bag runs around $7. Next, take a look over in the reptile section.

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Small Reptile Feeder

Reptile feeders are designed to blend in with a rock, stone and wood environment and need to have uneven surfaces for reptiles to crawl on. This makes them ideal for use as a miniature fairy garden ponds! Add a little acrylic water and decorate with  some miniature lily pads, a frog or some fish. This feeder measures 4.5″ x 4″ x 1″ and retails for just  $4.

While you’re in the reptile department also take a look at some of the bedding. You can find some nice sized bags of bark chips for your garden or DIY fairy house project. They also have some reptile carpets that make nice lawns that are meant to get wet.

As always- have a fairy good time…this time at the aquarium store! Let me know how you make out…

 

 

Two Brown Thumbs?

Do you want a fairy garden but have two brown thumbs? It can be done. I have two suggestions; artificial plants and flowers,  really easy care inexpensive plants.fairy-garden-french-chateau-field-stoen-tiles-artificial-palts-mostly

This fairy garden uses mostly artificial plants and flowers. The sunflowers in the foreground are commercially made miniature sunflowers. I’ve augmented them a little buy cutting little pieces from an artificial fern and tucking these in around the bottom. I wrapped a bit of wire around the bits and pieces to make them into little picks to make it easier to insert them into the soil. I used these along the edge of the stone walkway for a hedge affect as well.

The tree was also made from an artificial fern (from the dollar store) I butchered and reassembled it on some twigs from the yard to give it a nice tree appearance. The other yellow flowers and the trellis with purple flowers near the fairy house door are made of polymer clay and are very easy to do.

I’ve tucked a bit of artificial moss under the yellow clay flowers, under the windows on the house and under the tree.

Finally, for real plants, small succulents from your local nursery are usually very inexpensive, have a nice scale for a fairy garden and are almost impossible to …shhhh..you know. Moss is also a great idea for an easy care fairy garden, particularly in a terrarium where it should not even require watering… but more on that in my next post

So, brown thumbs or not..go make a fairy garden already. As always…have a fairy good time! Marthe

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!

Living Roof Bird House

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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