These are adorable rocks painted as fairy houses in all shades of the rainbow. My favorites are the strawberries.
This was our family project this week–making fairy garden houses. Each of these cute little tower fairy garden houses is 4.5″ high. Each of the cottage fairy houses is 4″ high. They are made of solid wood, painted with acrylic paints, and coated with polyurethane coating to waterproof them. I love the colors. :)
It’s easy to make fairy garden houses with a little ingenuity.
Clockwise from top left:
- A fairy garden house made with a plastic soda bottle and stones
- A fairy garden house made with a milk carton and twigs (and some popsicle sticks)
- A fairy garden house made with cardboard and wood pieces
- A fairy garden with underground houses simulated by putting the door against a piece of wood
- A fairy garden house made with an inverted clay pot as the base and an inverted clay saucer as the roof, painted and sealed
The clay pot fairy houses are easy to make but with one drawback–no real door or window.
The perfect backyard fairy garden usually starts with a tree.
The fairy garden on top left is made from a knobby tree stump. I see two gnome doors nailed to the stump and two windows. How cute.
The fairy garden on top right is made on top of a tree stump. Old siding and roofing supplies extend the fairy garden house upwards and don’t forget the windows. Adorable.
The fairy garden below is one of my favorites. The “roof” of the tree stump fairy garden is actually the roof from an old dog house. You’d be surprised how many people toss their dog houses when they get rid of the dog. A gnome door is added, and some little ceramic houses. Much easier to make than it looks.
I’m a big fan of easy care (and no care) fairy gardens, but most of mine are made of sand and gravel.
The fairy garden on top is nothing more than a wood stump in someone’s backyard decorated with metal and wood. It’s beautiful and requires no care at all.
The fairy garden below is made inside of a giant teacup and requires no attention either. I’ts made of pulled felt or rolled felt. I’ve heard various phrases used to describe this type of work. Beautiful, isn’t it?
The fairy garden on top uses miniature bricks (sold in mats) and simple mortar (a concrete mix) to make a patio. You might not notice it right away, but there’s an adorable terra cotta bell-shaped bird feeder in the upper right corner.
The fairy garden on bottom uses broken flagstones for a patio and then adds miniature succulents, spanish moss, and regular moss as bedding.
Both of these fairy gardens are pictured in an aerial view (from above). Always take pictures of your fairy gardens from an aerial viewpoint. You’ll notice much more than you would with a straight viewpoint.
Bonsai fairy gardens aren’t new, but medieval looking ones are.
The medieval fairy garden houses on top are made of resin. With a little ingenuity you could make them of concrete and keep them outdoors. They would weather well and eventually moss would attack itself to the concrete giving them a very fairy world appearance.
The bonsai fairy garden on bottom is made in a hypertufa planter (which you can also make yourself) and a resin gnome door. The tree is a succulent called “little jade” or “miniature jade”, Portulacaria afra.
August is the perfect time to build an outdoor fairy garden that can withstand the winter months. Clockwise from upper left corner:
- If you have an old tree in your backyard, add some gnome doors, rocks, and clover or other easy growing green plants to make a little gnome garden. Notice the bird feeder propped in the crook of the tree.
- What I love about this backyard fairy garden is that it’s raised and it has a cute bridge that flows over faux water. Sometimes all you need to engage little ones in fairy gardens is to put it at eye level.
- Here’s a backyard fairy garden village secured by surrounding logs and a little plant windbreak.
- This fairy garden village looks very European and is nestled against the corner of a building to keep it from the worst of the winter weather. I love the mulch around the houses.
- If you have an old odd shaped stump, here’s how to use it as a fairy or gnome garden. Add a door (or two), some windows, plants, and stepping stones.
- This fairy garden village is tiered with two levels, making it perfect for experimentation. I also like that it uses horizontal space efficiently. More than one child can play in the fairy garden village at a time.
- This backyard fairy garden is brightened by the yellow and red mushroom house and beautiful tulips. Bulbs are hardy over the winter and planting a fairy garden above them is even better. The fence adds definition and the bridge gives it a country flair.
- Look in the lower left corner of this fairy garden village. See the beach with pool? How adorable. I love that it’s done in a raised flower bed and there’s a seat along the left side.
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Outdoor accents make the fairy garden look like a home. Clockwise from upper left:
- An outdoor fairy chair made with twigs, wire, and beads
- An outdoor fairy bench made of twigs (and glue)
- A fairy camper (what fun)
- A fairy fire and fairy wood
- Fairy gardening tools
- A fairy hanging ladder
- A fairy backyard fence
Remember to treat twigs with a polymer coating so they’re weatherproof before placing them outside.
More fairy garden outdoor accents. Clockwise from upper left:
- A fairy mailbox
- A fairy gate
- A fairy swing
- A fairy tire swing
- Fairy potted plants
- A fairy trellis
Remember to treat wood with waterproof sealant before placing outside.
Almost any glass container makes a great terrarium, small and big. Think about what you would do with a Mason canning jar. How about suspending it from the backyard like the candles in the picture above?
Things to keep in mind when building your fairy terrarium garden:
- Always choose glass that’s clear and not colored so your plants will thrive and no mold will grow inside
- Moss, ferns, and moisture loving plants make great additions
- If you plant succulents in your fairy terrarium, make sure you leave the lid off during the day or your plants will die and make sure they have plenty of sunlight
- Use a layer of pebbles and charcoal on the bottom of your container so your plants will not sit in water or soggy soil
- It’s normal to see condensation or fog on the sides of your container; this is part of the water cycle
- Don’t add fertilizer or plant food more than once every three months and then dilute it to one-fourth strength
- Once started, don’t add more water unless your plants are very dry and you never see condensation
- Lids are optional; the container in the upper left of the photo doesn’t have a lid and it contains water inside the terrarium quite well because the opening is narrow
- If you’re using a corked bottle with the original cork, disinfect it so it doesn’t have any bacteria or mold
- Choose moisture loving plants and plants that do well in low light
Terrariums come in small enough dishes to place on the windowsill (perfect for succulents) or in the bedroom where there’s little light.