The Terra Cotta Fairy Garden

After creating our first Picket Fence Fairy Garden, we knew immediately that we’d have to build another.  Our first clue was when I literally had to drag my three-year-old away from it to go the park that day.  Our second clue was when she wanted to sleep outside in the hopes of catching a glimpse of her fairy.

So after finding a large terra cotta pot for under $10 at Home Depot, we got to work.

First we added gravel to the pot (which I recommend doing on all potted plants so that their roots are never sitting in puddles of water – they literally drown and die when that happens).  Next came the soil to the very brim of the pot.  After that we got creative!

I knew the moment I laid eyes on these tiles that they’d end up in our next fairy garden.  I was also pleasantly surprised when I picked them up and saw the big yellow clearance sticker on the back.  And this mesh-laid tile is all different shades or turquoise.  I guess it was meant to be…  ^_^

I told my hubby that I wanted to use them for either a patio or a path, to which he replied, “Why don’t we make both?”  Brilliant!! Great idea, babe.

Once we got the pathway in place, we started planting.

Pause here for an explanation.  Unfortunately I had a bad blogger, brainfart kind of moment. I started out strong but I guess my excitement got the best of me, because I got absolutely no pictures of the planting phase.  =T

But on the bright side, I have lots of pictures of the end result, and I couldn’t be happier with how everything came together!!  We used real, live ground cover this time as opposed to moss in a bag.  I can already tell that I like it better.  The scotch moss is easier to water, sprouts little flowers every few weeks, and holds up a lot better to three-year-old play.  =}

Here’s our little patio and pathway.  In case you’re wondering, we used black sand purchased from the craft store as the “grout” between the tile.  We simply poured it on and used Maddy’s spray bottle to spray it all into the cracks.  Very easy.  =]

I also borrowed the table and chair from the Picket Fence Fairy Garden for this picture, because I have yet to buy another bottle of champagne (or three) in order to make more chairs.  (The wire chair was created using this tutorial from Design Sponge.  So cute!!)  I’m currently trying to come up with another table idea, perhaps created out of wire to match the chairs.  We’ll see what happens when creativity strikes again.

The “Fairies Welcome” sign (also borrowed from the Picket Fence Fairy Garden) was made out of a flat piece of bark and a small set of stamps that I recently purchased from Michael’s $1 bins.  I simply stamped the welcome message on the bark, then mod podged it on the front and back so it wouldn’t fall apart when Maddy handled it.  Once dry, I glued it to a long stick and viola! An adorable little sign.

These little pots are new, and I L-O-V-E them!!  I bought a four-pack of these small pots from Michael’s for less than $1.50.  Add a bit of soil, a small clipping from a succulent, and a nail glued on the bottom (to keep the pot in place), and there you have it!!  The most adorable little fairy pot on the planet!!

The picket fence was found in the wood section at Joann’s, and I think it was $1.38 (or something around there).  I’m telling you peeps, although this fence is uber-adorable, you don’t have to spend oodles of money in order to have fun with fairy gardening!!

A simple snip in the wires, bent at a 90 degree angle, and viola! A little garden gate.

I think my most favorite piece of fairy garden furniture that I’ve created so far is this little swing.  Not only is it darling (forgive me tooting my own horn here), but it was also free to make!!  ^_^  However, even if you have to go out and buy supplies because you don’t have them all at hand, it’ll only cost you around $10 (maybe less depending on where you go).

Find the tutorial for this swing set here.

Thanks again for joining me, everyone!!  I hope these posts have inspired you to make your own magical little gardens.  Stay tuned, because our fairy garden posts aren’t done yet.  ^_-

 

I’m entering the 2011 Fairy Garden Competition hosted by the blog, The Magic Onions!

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11 Responses to The Terra Cotta Fairy Garden

  1. You have a real talent for putting these together. Very cute! You mentioned not knowing what you’d do for tables and chairs. Could you not take some heavy gauge wire to make the chair? Just a thought. Thanks for sharing your creative garden with us!

    • Nicole says:

      Thank you so much, Shannon!! And that’s a brilliant idea for the tiny little tables – I’ve been wanting something made from wire to match the champagne wire chairs I made. I will definitely be sure to create a tutorial when creativity strikes. =}

  2. elaine says:

    OMG. I am 52, but I want one!

    • Nicole says:

      Me too, Elaine!! lol. I’m actually making a fairy garden for the front door (as in, an excuse to make MY OWN little garden, ^_^). I’m potting it in an old warped drawer that was replaced a while back, and I’m thinking of making my own miniature Stonehenge for the fairies. Stay tuned for that tutorial coming soon!! =}

  3. Rita May says:

    A great fairy garden. Love the mosaic path and the swing. I made a fairy garden too.

    • Nicole says:

      Thank you, Rita May!! I saw your garden and think it’s one of the cutest tabletop decorations I’ve ever seen!! Can you make me one, adorable little fairy and all? ^_- And by the way, I’m LO-VING your little umbrella – I may have to copy imitate you, Darlin’!! =}

  4. This is the cutest! Pinning this for sure! Cheers!

    • Nicole says:

      Thank you so much, Heather!! And after visiting your site, I’m totally hooked!! You should write a book, girl because you have some brilliant ideas on saving money!! :)

  5. I love this. I have been wanting to make a fairy garden but don’t know where to get or how to make all of the tiny accessories. I adore that tiny succulent pot.

    • Nicole says:

      Thanks, James!! The tiny succulent pot was probably the easiest of them all; simply buy a set of small pots at your local craft store, and a succulent with tiny “plumage” (min was purchased at Home Depot). Then add a pinch of dirt and plop a sprig from the succulent plant in it. Total cuteness in 30 seconds flat!! ^_^ And they will continue to thrive in their tiny pots if you give them a drop of water every now and then. Thanks for the sweet comments, James!! =]

  6. Kathy says:

    Your fairy garden is very quaint! The tile path is so unique and it is a big part of the look to your cute little garden plan. Thank you for all the how to tips. Your excellent photography and explainations make it seem easy.

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