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5 of our Favorite Fairie Doors

5 of our Favorite Fairie Doors

Don’t you love Fairie doors!  There are so many rustic fairy doors that inspired us… We chose 5 of our Favorite Fairie Doors for this week and hope you agree that they are fun and magical!  All of these doors can be recreated by you 

Make your own Fairy Pumpkin House for Fall and Halloween

Make your own Fairy Pumpkin House for Fall and Halloween

It’s officially Fall!  So let’s get ready to decorate our gardens with Fairy Pumpkin houses for Halloween!  Since the weather is getting cooler and the evenings are getting shorter now is a great time to hunt for a real pumpkin to carve for this project 

How to make a Fairy Garden with Stone Houses

How to make a Fairy Garden with Stone Houses

There are so many different ways of making a Fairy Garden. Each garden is as individual as its owner. This Fairy Garden is one of my favorites because each little house is handmade out of cement.

Diana, the owner of this fairy garden, has shared her techniques for making these charming little rustic fairy houses.

She used templates to form the walls of the fairy houses and pressed rocks into the wet cement which gave it a rough texture. She doesn’t say exactly what mixture she used but Hypertufa could be used for this project and be lighter in weight. And, like cement, once it has cured it is safe to leave out year round.

Making these little houses and all the accessories you want for a fairy garden can be addictive because its easy and fun! There are ALOT of ideas for hypertufa on Youtube and Pinterest so go crazy!

The most common recipe for it is:

3 parts Portland Cement

4 parts Peat Moss

4 parts Perlite or Vermiculite

A bonding agent that you find in the cement area of your local Big Box store is suggested and of course water.  The water should be added slowly until it looks like brownie mix or cottage cheese… Anyway, no water should squeeze out when you form it into a ball when checking for the right consistency. Oh, and wear gloves and a mask. You don’t want to breathe in the powder when pouring it out of the bag and your hands will not be fun to wash off :/

Again, find a video to watch on how to do it.  I liked this one…because she is really clear about how to mix it and  This video shows how to make a fairy house using pink insulation foam as a mold which is a little different way than Diana does it but seems to work well.

Below are the molds Diana uses for her houses.

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Fairy house concrete templates

These templates were made by Diana’s son out of metal. But wooden forms could also be made and lined with plastic.  I like how the little square parts for the windows and door can be moved around to make each house look different. If you know someone handy with metal and a torch metal would probably be easier to unmold (is that a word?)  Also, she used rusty tin for her roofs which adds some color.

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DIY Fairy Stone House in the Garden

She points out that we need to make sure our houses are made to scale and look right with the fairy people, chairs and all the accessories. This is something you should plan when making molds for your own houses.

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Rusted metal roofs on stone fairy houses.

It is also important that when planning your Fairy Garden to make mounds of dirt for hills and dig out  little valleys to add interest and different levels. Then come the plants.  Look how the plants complement the look of the stone in the garden above.  Sedums and low growing plants are best. Then add some taller plants for interest. Here is a list of miniature plants that you can try. Plants add life and texture and as they grow and change so does your Fairy Garden.

Some stone fairy houses are definitely going into my fairy garden this year.  Now go get your hands in some cement and sand and make something amazing!

Urban Fairy Doors Make Magic in Ann Arbor

Urban Fairy Doors Make Magic in Ann Arbor

There is wonderful magic afoot in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Urban Fairy Doors are magically popping up all over the city. Click on the pictures and see where they are. These fairy doors can be found by downloading a map of their current whereabouts. Read this 

You can Make a Fairy House out of a Rock!

You can Make a Fairy House out of a Rock!

I am thinking I need to start looking for rocks to make my own fairy house.  What an easy fun way to add more whimsy to your garden. I have been looking at so many different pictures of these rock fairy houses and it doesn’t 

Make a Fairy Clock House for your Fairy Garden with Found Objects

Make a Fairy Clock House for your Fairy Garden with Found Objects

Mixed media Fairy House Clock scrapbook paper found objects | fairiehollow.com
Fairy House Clock

There are so many wonderful Fairy Garden projects that I have a hard time choosing which projects I’m going to do next. But when I ran across these Fairy Clock Houses I decided this would be it.

First of all, I have a clock just like the ones in the pictures that I got at Walmart a few years ago…cheap cheap…so I don’t mind taking it apart. And second, several of the houses are made using paper from Graphic 45. Check them out they have wonderful unique papers.

Fairy Clock House Secret Garden Graphic 45 papers, mixed media, flowers, purple, | fairiehollow.com
Secret Garden Fairy Clock House

This picture above is paper from Graphic 45 called Secret Garden.  You can go to the Graphic 45 site and get a lot of ideas!

Once you have found your paper and trinkets, get some Modge Podge and decopauge  your paper to the clock.  Basically you are going to use some  printer paper to make a pattern for the round part of the clock and then use it to cut out the paper you plan on using and Modge Podge it in place. Then make a pattern for the outer rim of the clock and cut the paper you want to use from that little pattern. Don’t over think it just dive in and do it! That’s the best way to learn.

So while I’m going through my own stash of papers (from Graphic 45) and my boxes of miniature treasures and found objects to use enjoy these great little Fairy Clock House ideas to try for yourself!

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Fairy Clock House

In the picture above the clock has been painted pink and rubbed with a gold paint to give it depth.

The handle is gold and a little frame was glued to the top along with some dressmakers hat pins and tulle ribbon.

It looks like a little fairy dressmaker lives here.

Two dress forms, one with a dress and one that is embellished with tape and some buttons.

The clock is outlined with a pearl bead trim and bits and pieces of fabrics and miniature threads are on the floor waiting to be used.

The sign on the bottom sums up the true joys of a dressmaker and seamstress…aahh Remnants!

What Fairy Seamstress would not love this little Clock House.

The Fairy Clock House below is a great example of grunge meets romantic. Don’t you love the way the flowers and the pocket watch work with the texture that has been put on the clock? Then adding chains and a birdcage to finish it off. Very nice little house.

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Fairy Clock House

Well I have gathered all my things to make my own Fairy Clock House hope you enjoyed this new idea!

You Need Hobbit Houses in your Fairie Garden

You Need Hobbit Houses in your Fairie Garden

I want to live in a Hobbit house don’t you? The beautiful round door and the coziness of the fire and library. The table that seats so many for dinner….of course I am talking about the home of Bilbo Baggins! Stepping out into his garden 

Is Your Garden Fairie Ready?

Is Your Garden Fairie Ready?

If you are getting ready to get your garden ready for fairies? There are so many magical things to add to your garden and one of the cutest are mushrooms. I have found some beautiful mushrooms that you can make yourself or purchase from talented 

Miniature Plants for Fairy Gardens

Miniature Plants for Fairy Gardens

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Plants for Fairie Gardens

Have you been thinking about making a Fairy Garden of your own? There are so many different ways to accomplish this. You can use containers such as crates, buckets, wheelbarrows or drawers.  Or find a place in the yard or garden area that can be completely devoted to your miniature world of wonder! One of the first things to do is decide what scale of fairy garden you desire. It can be very small or a bit larger. It is all up to you.  Plants are such an essential part of any landscape and your fairy garden is no exception. Here is a wonderful article to get you started on choosing and using miniature plants in your Fairie Gardens.

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Miniature Plants

 

Fairie Christmas Wreath

Fairie Christmas Wreath

We wish you a very Fairie Christmas and Holiday this Season ! Be inspired to make all your Fairy dreams come true!