The runner up titles to this post include: Why You Need A Hot Glue Gun In Your Life, Is There Any Problem That Cannot Be Solved By A Hot Glue Gun, and – my personal favourite – Hot Glue Gun: Stick You Bastard.
I’ve been meaning to make a fairy garden for Ella for ages and with her birthday coming up, I figured it perfect timing. Me and miniature things have this secret but very serious love affair and one tiny skip down Idea Lane turned into a total hijacking of my mind. Red gingham, lace-trim fairy pants hanging on a teeny tiny clothes line? Totally happening. A teeny tiny laundry basket to match? Um, of course. An outdoor teepee for fairies who like to lounge? FIND ME ALL THE FLORAL FABRICS.
So with our further ado, a little DIY fairy garden project. If you do not have a hot glue gun, GET ONE NOW. It is unacceptable to be asked to survive this mixed up, crazy life without one.
ELLA’S FAIRY GARDEN
What I bought (eBay):
Post box, street lamp, creek jetty and mushrooms from here.
Fence from here.
Mushroom houses from here.
Trees from here.
Moss ground covering from here.
Moss pebbles from here.
Blue creek pebbles from a $2 shop.
Sign posts from here.
Keep in mind most of these things were about $1 each.
The rest I made and I’ll give you instructions as we go along.
- First, find a tub or pot or bowl to use for your fairy garden. Fill it with dirt/potting mix.
2. Next, make a rough design of where you want everything to be. This is the fun part.
3. Then cut the moss covering to size, fitting around any features like creeks if you’ve added them in.
If any sides stick up like my moss did, hot glue gun that bastard down.
4. Add your ornaments in, one at a time, securing pieces with hot glue guns if needed, or simply by digging them far enough into the dirt underneath.
- Secure three same-sized twigs together with an elastic band/hair tie
2. Cut some material to fit and hot glue gun onto the top.
I added stuff to it I already had at home; an old doily I cut up as a ‘rug’, some pillows from an old doll’s house and some bunting I made.
- Cut out tiny triangles of your favourite fabric.
- Hot glue gun them onto twine.
- Hot glue gun the twine onto twigs from the yard.
- Make fairy clothes out of fabric and lace and hot glue gun together.
2. Hot glue gun clothes onto twine.
3. Hot glue gun twine onto twigs from yard.
- Cut out tiny squares of fabric, fold them up and stuff them inside an old cap or lid (this is an old essential oil bottle lid).
2. Hot glue gun one piece of fabric to the side to look as though it’s spilling from the laundry basket.
Really, you can make anything to add depending on how much space you have to work with and how creative you are feeling. I had grand plans to make a teeny tiny veggie garden complete with teeny rakes and shovels made out of wire, but I ran out of space. You could also make swings, garden seats, archways, even epic fairy villages with roads and street signs if you wanted to go all out.
Our girl is going to love it. I can’t wait to see her face on birthday morning.