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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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! :)