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!
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.
‘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.
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…
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.
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.
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:)
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.
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!
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