I’ve been having so much fun stocking the new Fairy Garden shop. If you haven’t popped over for a look yet, please do… you are in for a treat! … www.FairyGardens.com
Little by little I’m adding the most delightful and whimsical treasures… have a look at these cute Fairy Garden goodies I’ve found for you… (there are many more in the Fairy Garden Shop).
FairyGardens.com is also where you’ll be able to add your garden into this year’s Fairy Garden Contest. We’ve got off to a late start this year, so the contest will be extended through September… plenty of time to make your fairy garden and share your magic with us.
Did you know that we share The Sunny House with a family of fairies?
Do you see the door to their part of the house? It’s on the pillar to the left of my desk… on top of the molding with a little wooden ladder leading up to it from the floor. Do you see it?
We helped the fairies make it because we wanted to invite them to share our home with us. They come and go in the evenings after we have gone to bed and in the very early mornings before we come downstairs.
They are very quiet and respectful and always leave their part of the house neat and tidy (which is more than I can say for us!)
Here’s an image for you to Pin.
Don’t you just love the little flowerpot?
Kitty and I made it for the fairies together. I molded the clay and she painted it. She did a great job, don’t you think… doesn’t it look like distressed old wood? We searched for the right doorknob for quite some time before Teddy found the perfect button.
This is how we made it…
Materials we needed to make our DIY fairy door :
* white sculpey clay
* a pretty button that looks like a miniature doorknob.
* acrylic paint in two shades of brown… light and dark.
* a butter knife with a nice flat edge
* seran wrap
* parchment paper
When using my rolling pin to work with sculpey clay, I like to wrap my roller in seran wrap so that the chemicals from the clay don’t get on my rolling pin. I don’t like the thought of rolling out delicious chocolate chip cookies knowing that my pin rolled sculpey last.
Step 1 :
Roll the sculpey into ball to soften it and then use the rolling pin to flatten it.
Step 2 :
With sharp end of the butter knife, draw the outline of your door softly into the sculpey clay.
Step 3 :
Use the butter knife to cut out the shape of your door.
Step 4 :
Use the blunt end of the butter knife, pressing it down gently to make ‘wood plank’ grooves in the clay door.
Step 5 :
Insert the doorknob into the clay.
Step 6 :
Lay the door on the parchment paper and bake it in the oven as per the sculpey baking instructions (ours took 10 minutes at 200 degrees F).
When it had baked hard, we set it on the counter top to cool completely.
Step 7 :
Use the lighter brown acrylic paint to paint the door brown.
To make the wood grain effect, we will work with the dark brown paint while the light brown paint is still wet on the door. Add streaks of dark brown paint to the grooves of the door, use your brush to sweep the dark brown paint upwards in long, continuous strokes. The dark brown mixes with the light brown in random places to make the door look like withered old wood.
We used the same effect to paint the little wood ladder.
We used double sided tape to fix the fairy door to the wall.
For the first few days, the door remained undisturbed. But then, on the 3rd day, we noticed a little flowerpot outside and rejoiced to know that the fairies had moved in!
This has been such a fun project that we have decided that we’ll make a gnome door for our avocado tree outside. We have lots of ideas from HERE on how to decorate it so that a family of gnomes will move in.
It is with great excitement that I announce the winners of the 2014 Fairy Garden Contest.
Boy was it difficult to pick just four (see the finalists here and here). In my mind, you are ALL winners and the greatest prize EVERYONE won was the magical time you had making your Fairy Garden. Thank you for joining in the fun with me and sharing your enchanting gardens with us.
Here are the winners…
I picked Sophie’s kid’s fairy garden for 4th place because I love the bright colors and the kid-made cuteness of it. Toadstools, fairies and a super-sweet Fairy Inn. Colorful rocks, a dragonfly and a tiled garden path. We love it! Congratulations!
For 3rd place, I chose Grace, Rose and Charlotte’s fairy garden. I love all the little fairy details in it… the fairy washing line with pretty petal fairy dresses hanging on it, the rose-covered garden fence and the pretty bejeweled wishing well. But, what caught my eye the most, was the gourd fairy houses in the tall flowers… oh my… they enchant me. We love it. Congratulations!
In 2nd place, I chose Peach Blossom Cottage Fairy Garden because it looks like such a magical place to play. It’s at the end of the garden in a big zinc tub with fairy lights, acorn lanterns and all kinds of fairy enchantments. Seeing these kids playing in their garden makes my heart sing. We love it. Congratulations!
And, the winner is… this magical Fairy Garden that Sandi made for the kids in her neighborhood. I think this is SUCH a magical thing to do, Sandi. I imagine a child stumbling upon this enchanting scene, unawares that such magic awaits? Oh, the feeling of wonder and enchantment it will give them for the rest of their lives.
Everyone, THIS garden proves to children everywhere that EVERYTHING IS POSSIBLE.
We LOVE it. Congratulations!
Congratulations, winners. Here are your prizes :
(be sure to check out these gorgeous shops… Christmas is coming up!)
Today is Part TWO and I have another 8 enchanting gardens to show you.
I’ll start with this AMAZING creation from the Twig and Toadstool kids (click on the link to see closeup photos).
Isn’t it breathtaking?! So much detail… acorn cap bowls, pine cone tables and chairs, mossy beds. You’ll need to pour over these photos for quite a while and you’ll still be seeing new enchantments all the time. And, can you see that everything is picked up from nature. Wow!!!
I do love tree trunk fairy gardens. Look at this sweet one…
It has little potted plants, such a charming pathway and even a little party banner. But, most of all, I love to see a real fairy playing in it. Lea, your garden is beautiful.
Here’s another gorgeous Fairy Garden, made by Maureen and her little ones. It’s planted in a tin pot. The details are utterly enchanting… so many sweet little treasures to find. Look at the little bark and acorn house. It has marbles and little shells stuck to it for decoration… and a little acorn chimney. And little mushrooms and colored stones growing around it. And, the fairy tutu washing line!!!
We love this fairy house. Look how the roof is made from pine cones and moss. And, of course, it has been painted so prettily. We love the tire swing and the twig chairs and the little veggie garden. And we love the story that comes with it. In fact, Teddy has decided that if he finds that he has become a gnome one day, he will live this this very spot.
And, last but not least, here is a wonderful Fairy Garden made in a broken terracotta flower pot with little mossy steps that lead up to the most delightful little stone fairy cottage. A cobble stone path, lined with bright miniature toadstools, leads to the front door of the cottage. And there’s a delightful patio with stick chairs and a stick table, complete with tea cups and a plate of cookies.
Don’t miss the birdbath, the mailbox or the charming nest in the tree… take your time to browse every detail in this magical Fairy Garden.
There we have it… the 16 finalists of the year (click here to see the Fairy Garden Contest Finalists : Part One)
Wow… I’m amazed at the enchantment, imagination and magic shining from each and every garden.
How will we ever choose winners?
Tune in tomorrow to see .
A reminder of the magical prizes that will be won…
You can imagine the hard time we’ve had choosing winners for this years Fairy Garden Contest.
Oh, my… it’s been almost impossible as each and EVERY garden entered (and there were over 150 entries) were utterly magical.
The truth is that everyone who made a fairy garden is a winner. Thank you for making magic with us again this year.
There are 15 finalists. Today I’ll show you 8 magical gardens. Tomorrow, 8 more. And on Thursday, I’ll announce the winners.
1. Rosa created this magical tree-house Fairy Garden for her grandson, Oliver. Isn’t it enchanting? Little shuttered windows, a brightly colored stone pathway leading to a root entwined door, gemstones. It’s no wonder this little boy will believe in magic and fairies.
2. Look at this delightful garden made my three sisters, Grace, Rose and Charlotte over their summer break. I love the gourd fairy houses, the fairy washing line and all the other fairy treasures tucked into secret places.
4. The Cleary kids worked hard on their fairy garden and I love it so much because it shows that bigger kids love fairy gardens too.
Look at the tunnels and houses they built. The buildings made of sticks and the bridges made of bark.
There are crystals and gems and moss and flowers… all the perfect things to attract neighborhood fairies.
5. And here are two utterly delightful fairy gardens that show that you don’t need a lot of space to build a magical fairy garden. All you need are treasures you can find in nature; sticks, stones, moss and shells…
6. I love this next fairy garden too as, although it’s colorful and bright, it’s made by kids with all natural materials that this mom, Sophie, and her little ones picked up from nature. Mom said : I wanted us to stick to using natural elements as much as possible, while still making it colorful and fun. We went on a walk and gathered different materials from the greenbelt behind our house.
7. Here is a another charming fairy garden made by Jo and her little ones. Don’t you just love the little shower? Isn’t it quite the sweetest little fairy cottage ever?! It has an acorn lamp and all manner of enchantment inside… and, it’s portable! Take it to the beach!
8. This fairy garden is called Peach Blossom Cottage. It’s made in a tin tub at the bottom of the garden and Chilli and Marlin play in it constantly. And the fairies do too, of course. There are so many sweet details that make this garden special… the acorn lantern path, pretty toadstool rocks and, of course, who can resist a gnome tea party?