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For as long as I can remember I have had a deep fascination with faeries. I hear their tinkling laughter in streams and will often spend hours outside, hoping to catch a glimpse of them through the leaves. These mystical creatures can be difficult to spot, but if you’re real quiet and truly believe with a kind heart, they will show themselves. They’re finicky beings hate waste and need to know that they’re loved and appreciated. A lot like us I suppose 😉
We love making things for the fae folk. It’s our way of saying thank you for all the work they do it our garden. The ones that live in our house are striking at the moment UGH!! Either that, or the chaos fairies have taken over completely 😀 Our garden faeries seem happy though. We’ve recycled a lunch box for them and made a little gypsy caravan and the desert fairies seem to enjoy their little tissue box abode. But Spring is a round the corner, which means the little people will be working overtime trying to get everything ready. So it’s probably a good idea to make them something again using this glass bottle and plastic plate. I see a toadstool, do you? That dirty glass bottle is just the right shape for the base of the toadstool and the plate: that’s the top 😉
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After gently wiping off all of the fairy dust, the glass bottle got a coat or two of spray paint.
See it’s a toadstool stalk without the top 😉 We had a can of expanding foam that we normally use to make our gigantic faux metal keys and it’s expiry date was fast approaching. That stuff is just amazing, but it becomes a gooey, sticky mess when it’s past it’s sell by date. So instead of letting it go to waste we sprayed a big glob of it onto a plastic plate.
Once the foam had dried, we used a craft knife to carve it into a toadstool shape.
Now I don’t know about you, but I always feel that a fairy toadstool needs to be a little quirky and slightly unusual because of all the magic it’s exposed too. So a plain, slightly round toadstool didn’t quite cut it for me. It’s easy enough to fix though. Just bend a piece of wire, stick it inside and wrap some tin foil around it.
That’s more like it. What do you think? To cover everything up we glued some dried moss all over the top. We used the same technique to create our leprechaun shoe planter.
After gluing the top to the glass bottle stalk it was time to start adding a little fairy curb appeal 😉
We used this gorgeous 3 D Sizzix die from Tim Holtz to make some faux bricks for the toadstool. I love being a Creative Sizzix Team member. They sent us a Big Shot a while back and every few months we get a package filled with awesome goodies that we get to try out for free. Aren’t those foam bricks just perfectly fairy-ish? If you don’t have a Big Shot a craft knife should work too.
To make the door we cut up a bamboo place mat and added a brass bead for a door handle. Fairies aren’t very fond of iron for some reason, so brass, copper or silver is always a safer bet.
Can you see the little bricks peaking around the corner?
Aren’t they adorable? We used a copper pipe and a rusty bottle top make a chimney and ice cream sticks were cut and glued together to build a small bay window.
I really hope our fairy friends like their toadstool. The top is wide enough to shelter them from our highveld storms and we were able to re-purpose a few things too. Always a bonus. Let me know what you think or if you’ve repurposed something to make a fairy garden.
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Sending love and fairy wishes as always xoxoxoxoxoxo