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Fairy Garden

Fairy Garden

When I was a little girl I was always fascinated by miniatures. I got a doll house when I was 8, but we never had the time to put it together. It was one of those Victorian style houses, but even though the wood came in a pre-cut template, you still needed tools and skill to assemble it. Well, my mom finally put it together for me when I was 15, and I just loved it (even though I was "too old" for it). She even used left over wall paper from when she redid the house to replicate my bathroom, bedroom and living room.

Miniature farm. 

Miniature farm. 

Well, when I was "home" for Christmas, my boyfriend's mom took me to a Nursery that has "fairy gardens",....and I was hooked! They had farms, and seascapes, woodland gnomes, Ferris wheels, you name it! I've been thinking about making one ever since. So, I bought some supplies and gave it a go.

I started with 4 Terra Cotta planters, all different sizes. I also ended up buying a Terra Cotta pan for draining, a bunch of different succulents, a hammer, towel, gloves, small shovel, potting soil, gloves, and some Styrofoam I had laying around. I bought moss and miniature figurines at Michael's craft store. Below are the items I had left over that I need to return.  I ran out of space...thinking about getting some miniature lights to light up my garden at night.

Some of the minis that didn't make the cut.

Some of the minis that didn't make the cut.

I broke the pots with the hammer (hammering inside the pot to create cracks) on top of the towel so I wouldn't scratch our wood floors. I got a little overzealous with the biggest pot, so I ended up having to superglue it back together. Oops!

Humble beginnings

Humble beginnings

After I broke the pots, I angled them in the drain pan so I could start building. I wanted different levels, like min terraces. I used some soil and planted a few of the succulents, and used pieces of the broken pots to make little retaining walls. I used the Styrofoam so I didn't have to use so much dirt. It was a bit tricky because it's not a very sturdy material, but if you use some force, you can get everything to stay where you want.

Semi-hidden stair case

Semi-hidden stair case

I started with one side by planting a succulent on it's side and bracing it with some Terra Cotta pieces. I filled it in with potting soil and placed another right on top. Once I had half of the "mountain" formed, I placed another piece on the side to create a staircase. Then I just shoved smaller pieces in for stairs. After I made a sort of flat space, I placed the house on top, and filled in the rest with moss from the craft store.

Layering plants with pieces of Terra Cotta

Layering plants with pieces of Terra Cotta

Moving to the other side, I started planting succulents and creating another "terrace" with a piece of the broken Terra Cotta to keep it level. I started running out of horizontal space, and knew I would need some different levels if I was going to be able to use all the miniature structures I bought. I used Styrofoam to give my next two pots height. Once they were in place, I covered it with dirt and moss to hide the Styrofoam.

Layering

Layering

I needed to give my little house a flat place to rest, so I had to get creative with my space. I flipped the next largest pot upside down and was able to make a "cave" and give my house a platform all in one. Once I had that, I just wedged the last pot I had into the crevice and planted a succulent on the other side to hold everything firmly in place.

After all the big structures were in place, I was able to fill in with cute little toadstools, rabbits, deer, fairies, ladders and even a little frog prince waiting for someone to come along and kiss him. Now I've got a cute little fairy garden in the entryway for all to enjoy. My boyfriend's niece is on her way, so we'll see what type of review I get! :)

Final Garden

Final Garden

Ziza's Senior Shoot

Ziza's Senior Shoot

Brenda and Tre

Brenda and Tre