Creating A Fairy Garden: Play For Grownups!

So you thinking about making a fairy garden? Do it! You're going to have so much fun. I was inspired to build a fairy garden after reading an idea from reading a fellow blogger's post on Fairy doors. That reminded me that I needed a Gnome door for my poor gnomes so they can get out of this horrid cold at night. At least until summer gets here. But hey, they deserve a place to chill at night, right? Thenceforth came the Fairy Garden Idea. 

If you know me at all, you know I'm a homebody. Rarely do I go out just for the sake of going somewhere and I do practically zero shopping outside of my home. Well except for Trader Joes, love that place. So when I decided I was going to start my Fairy garden, I popped Amazon on and "window shopped" for a few days. I settled on a set that was about 30 dollars. It came with a rolled white picket fence, an arbor, a bird bath, watering can, a white bench and a beautiful pink fairy statue. Well worth the 30 dollars. That's not all I spent though.

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When everything arrived, it was pouring. Just as well though, I really wanted to plan and draw up a rough sketch of what I wanted Magic Mushroomville to look like. 

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I still haven't found my colored pencils, but I did find the motherload of pens when I was searching out for a sketchbook. This is my finished drawing, when I couldn't stand waiting one more minute... any more drawing and erasing and drawing was just not good enough, I wanted to play in the dirt.

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But alas, it was raining. We've really had a whiplash weather week again here in Wisconsin. I decided to head to the garden center and see if they had any things I could use for my Fairy garden. I wasn't specifically looking for a Fairy section, just browsing through all their garden things looking for little fairies. I found zero. But, I did find some really cool little glow in the dark marbles that were twisted around copper wire with dragonflies and lady bugs and butterflies on top of them and thought that they would work for lights on the pathway. 

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My brain has been cranking in Fairy garden mode all week. I look at everything with the MM (Magic Mushroomville) in mind. First thing I was trying to figure out was how to cover up the ugly pipe that sticks up right beside our front porch, which was where I decided to put the Fairy garden.

This is a good place to start.

1. Pick your spot. Here's mine: 

Future Fairy Garden Spot

2. I can't decide what number two should be. Should it be buy the things first while you have the ideas in your head, or draw it up? I bought first drew later. That worked for me...as did doing a "rough in" on the carpet.

We are skipping three because 2 is actually 2 steps! Realize that you haven't bought nearly enough stuff. Yes, you can use pebbles and rocks you find around your house, and I encourage you to do so, but if you are like me your going to be sucked into the 4 pound bag of river stone for 1.99. 

4. Excavate. This is fun. It would have been more fun if I still had my teeny tiny gardening set that I picked up on clearance for a few bucks. But I used my fingers and my regular sized garden tools to excavate. Make your paths. You've got your blueprint that you drew, just follow along with what you were planning. Then improvise along the way, because this is play time for grown ups.

5. Smooth your paths and put down some sand as the first layer. Then put down the pebbles. 

 

River Stone Pathway

Now that you have your paths in, the fun begins! It's time to bring your pieces outside and place them where you think you want them. You'll change your mind many times. That is part of the fun!

pathway to the fairy house

At first I was going to place the house in the corner, but I wanted it to be more visible. After I roughed it in here, I put down a layer of sand so I could make a flattened surface for the Fairy house. Then I cut a circle from a sheet of moss you can get at the craft store and laid that on top of the sand. Then added the house. I tossed a little mulch around to make the "grass" not have such a defined line. 

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