We had so much fun making this little desert fairy garden, I wanted to share “how we did it” with you.
The inspiration for the garden was this humble little wooden tissue holder.
We built a roof for the tissue box out of hardboard and cut two windows and a door using our Dremel. We stripped the bark off of some logs we had lying around and used silicone glue to clad the outside of the tissue box. We cut thin strips of wood into small shingles which we sealed with a matte outdoor wood sealer and then covered the roof and finally we finished the top of the roof off with a piece of pewter.
We even added solar power. Our little desert fairy is determined to live off the grid 🙂 Hubby dismantled a solar garden light for me and we built the solar panel into the roof. I love watching the light go on every night. I’m a mother hen when it comes to the fairies, I need to know they’re home safe.
Too protect the desert fairies and give them a little place to enjoy the glorious desert sunsets we made a porch for the front of the house using two twigs as supports and hardboard covered in shingles for the roof. A tiny porch swing completes the look.
We heard that the nights can become quite chilly in the deserts so we added a chimney which we made out of hardboard and crushed rocks. We topped the chimney with a piece of a broken lantern.
Unfortunately the house is a little bit small for an en suite bathroom 😎 so when nature calls our desert fairy has to use an outhouse. We scored pewter to mimic corrugated iron and stuck it on with silicon glue. The long drop is block of wood with hole drilled through which we stained to match the shingle roof. The little sign above the door is a scrap book sticker that’s been framed with twigs and a mosaic tile inside the outhouse is the perfect mirror.
We planted succulents and cacti in a half a wine barrel and added some coarse sand and the fairy garden was ready for the desert fairy to move in.
I love their transport, I’ve always wanted a Citroen.
Looks like they had some rain.
Hubby made the teeny little water pump using copper pipe and wire. So adorable. I love watching little people’s faces when they see the garden for the first time. We put incense sticks inside the chimney and the smoke curling up just makes it all seem so real. What have you used to make a fairy garden?
Whoop, whoop. The Desert Fairy Garden went to a Sweet Inspiration party with some really talented bloggers. Go have a look at all the awesome revamps, remakes and recipes for some super WOW inspiration.