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Making a Desert Fairy Garden

We had so much fun making this little desert fairy garden, I wanted to share “how we did it” with you.

Desert fairy garden

If you look carefully you might just see the desert fairies peeking out the front door

The inspiration for the garden was this humble little wooden tissue holder.

A humble tissue holder

A humble 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.

Cladding the desert fairy house with bits of bark

Cladding the house with bits of bark and adding a porch

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.

Solar power is the way to go

Solar power is the way to go

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.

Close up of the porch

Close up of the porch

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.

Crushed rocks for the chimney

A chimney made from hardboard and crushed rocks

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.

Making the outhouse

Making the outhouse

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.

Looks like the desert fairy has moved in

Looks like the desert fairy has moved in

Desert Fairy house

I love their transport, I’ve always wanted a Citroen.

Our little desert fairy house

Our little desert fairy house

Looks like they had some rain.

As the sun goes down over the garden

As the sun goes down over the garden

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?

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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.

Featured-at-Sweet-Inspirations

Featured-at-Sweet-Inspirations

Categories:   DIY Crafty Tutorials, Fabulous Fairy Gardens

Comments

  • Posted: February 14, 2017 14:46

    Maureen

    Have to share with my students who are making succulent fairy gardens at the library
    • Posted: February 14, 2017 15:24

      acraftymix

      Oh that's so awesome Maureen. Thank you. Do you have any fotos of their projects. I would so love to see or even a facebook page. Please?
  • Posted: August 24, 2016 18:05

    Sarah - Craft Invaders

    This fairy garden is adorable Michelle - I love the desert theme, and the detail on the house and outhouse is wonderful, you have definitely given us lots of inspiration. We have one fairy house which we made in a gourd, but have just decided the fairies need another!
    • Posted: August 25, 2016 07:43

      acraftymix

      Oh I saw your gourd fairy pics on the web Sarah, it's beyond adorable. That little bed, wow. P.S.If anyone's reading the comments you have got to go have a looksee here http://craftinvaders.co.uk/gourd-fairy-house/
  • Posted: August 21, 2016 20:55

    Jean Quintana

    So cute! Who doesn't love miniatures!
    • Posted: August 22, 2016 08:43

      acraftymix

      Yay for miniatures!! Thanks for coming to say hi Jean ;-)
  • Posted: June 20, 2016 12:55

    Charity

    I have been wanting to do this for a long time! Thanks for the inspiration! Lucky little fairies you have! #BestIdeaEver
    • Posted: June 20, 2016 13:06

      acraftymix

      Aawww thank you Charity, they are so much fun to make. I would love to see some of your pics when you get round to making yours. Sending you lots of fairy hugs
  • Posted: May 29, 2016 15:08

    Anonymous

    Aawwwwwww this is the most adorable fairy garden I have ever seen!
    • Posted: May 30, 2016 07:25

      acraftymix

      Thank you Anon <3
  • Posted: May 6, 2016 14:54

    Beth Patterson

    I saw this on Instagram and had to come get a closer look! It is wonderful!
    • Posted: May 6, 2016 15:27

      acraftymix

      Awesomeness a visitor from Instagram, I'm doing the happy dance!! Thank you Beth.
  • Posted: May 1, 2016 18:39

    Carol @ The Red Painted Cottage

    Michelle, This is adorable! I love miniatures and I've wanted a fairy garden, but don't live in the desert. But the details on this are amazing. Great job!
    • Posted: May 3, 2016 07:27

      acraftymix

      Thanks for the lovely comment Carol. Hubby and I love spending making them.
  • Posted: April 20, 2016 09:22

    Anonymous

    Awesome, awesome. Jewell is right the attention to detail is amazing.
    • Posted: April 20, 2016 09:40

      acraftymix

      Thank you Anon :-)
  • Posted: April 16, 2016 07:05

    acraftymix

    Hi Keri, just wanted to say THANK YOU so very much. Loved my first party and all the beautiful projects. Totally awesome!!
  • Posted: April 11, 2016 06:04

    Jewell Martin

    I've already commented on this adorable Desert Fairy Garden, but I just had to add that your attention to the smallest details is amazing. This would have been a well-planned real cabin. When I was a child, there was always a Sears Roebuck catalog to read and use in the outhouse. Sometimes mail advertisements or newspaper was stacked up. And there was always a shelf or a big nail to put things you didn't want to drop in the hole. The fanciest outhouse I ever saw had a bench with two holes, a board removed near the top to allow ventilation, and a small table to hold belongings. But no toilet paper!
    • Posted: April 11, 2016 12:35

      acraftymix

      Thank you Jewell <3 I better check the outhouse, I think the fairies may have run out of toilet paper too!!
  • Posted: April 9, 2016 20:40

    Pili

    I am speechless! When I first saw the tissue box I didn't know what it had to do with your fairy garden, and then realized! I love everything of your fairy garden!! My daughters and I made a little fairy house and enjoyed so much, we were planning on doing something else. Pinning for future reference!!Thank you so much for linking up with us at #sweetinspiration party, hope to see you again next week.Happy Saturday!
    • Posted: April 10, 2016 11:10

      acraftymix

      Thank you for coming to say hi Pili <3 We really enjoy making them - absolutely the best way to see things from a different perspective - the smallest things can become something else. Please share some photos of the fairy garden you did with your daughter, I would love to see some them.
  • Posted: April 8, 2016 17:02

    Keri

    Michelle, you and your husband did such an awesome job on this fairy desert garden!! Love all the details!! This is too, too cute!!
    • Posted: April 9, 2016 07:44

      acraftymix

      Thank you Keri, we had so much fun doing it.
      • Posted: April 10, 2016 15:22

        Keri

        Hey Michelle, thanks for sharing at the new party, Sweet Inspirations!! I also just want to say again how cute this is!! Love it!