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DIY – Adorable Fairy Water Feature

It seems I’m on a mission to make things for our garden fairies before the seasons change. Last week we shared a tutorial for a fantasy fairy daybed complete with a tufted mattress and this week we have another adorable fairy craft for you. A miniature fairy water feature complete with “running” water 😀

How to make a beautiful fairy water feature with "running" water #Miniaturewaterfeature #DIYFairyWaterFeature #WaterFeature #FairyGardens #ACraftyMix

I have to admit, I’m pretty proud of how it turned out, and I got to play with some really cool stuff too. A resin that cures in 2 minutes 😉 Where has this stuff been all my life? And what’s more, you don’t have to measure and mix the resin either. It comes pre-mixed and hardens under UV light or when it’s exposed to sunlight. Best invention EVER and I love the way it looks like real water.

Love the reflections in the "water" #DIYFairyWaterFeature #WaterFeature #FairyGardens
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But before we can make any water we need to create the actual water feature 😉

What you need

For this project you’ll need to following:

  • Craft knife
  • Glue
  • Ruler
  • Acrylic paints – black, white and burnt umber
  • Dried herbs and moss
  • Marine sealer (if going outdoors)
  • Gesso (you can make your own using this recipe)
  • 120 grit Sandpaper
  • Fairy water feature template (download here)
  • Curved noodle bead or thick wire
  • Balsa sheets

Making the trough for the the DIY fairy garden water feature. Includes template for all the pieces

Balsa sheets come in long, thin sheets and it’s really easy to cut with a craft knife. Common sizes range from 0.75mm (1/32”) thickness to 19mm (3/4”) thickness, by 5cm (2”) to 15cm (6”) wide, and are usually 91cm (36”) long. I use it all the time to make frames. For the fairy water feature, I used 5mm (1/4”) and 3mm (1/8”) balsa sheets. If yours is thicker you may need to adjust the measurements in the template.

To mimic water you’ll need:

  • 2-minute resin (there’s an affiliate link at the bottom of the post)
  • Thin wire or fishing line
  • UV light

Making the Fairy Water Feature

The Trough

Using the template cut you balsa sheets into the following pieces:

  • 1 x base – 10 cm x 5.5 cm (4”x 2 ¼”)
  • 2 x long sides – 10 cm x 3 cm (4” x 1 1/8”)
  • 2 x short sides – 6.5 cm x 3 cm ( 2 5/8” x 1 1/8”)

Making the trough for the the DIY fairy water feature. Includes template for all the pieces

Glue the pieces together to form a rectangular box as shown below.

Making the trough for the the DIY fairy garden water feature. Includes template for all the pieces

Cut the platform for the pillar as follows:

  • 1 x inside panel – 5 cm x 2.5 cm (2” x 1”)
  • 1 x top panel – 6.5cm x 3.5 cm (2 5/8” x 1 3/8”)

Glue the thinner panel piece inside the rectangular box. Use the wider top panel to measure where to glue the inside panel.

Making the trough for the the DIY fairy garden water feature. Includes template for all the pieces

You kinda want the top panel and inside panel to form one seamless whole. I hope that makes sense.

Making the trough for the the DIY fairy garden water feature. Includes template for all the pieces

Making the Pillar and Water Spout

To make the pillar where the water spout will go, you will need to cut the following from your balsa sheet:

  • 3 x pillar pieces – 4 cm x 2 cm (1 5/8” x 7/8”)
  • 1 x pillar top – 3 cm x 2.5 cm ( 1 ¼” x 1”)
  • 3 x pyramid top – 2.5 cm x 2 cm (1 ¼” x 7/8”)

The pillar is made up of three different bits; a pillar or column, a block of balsa that sits on top of the pillar and then a pyramid shape on top of that. We’ll start by making the pillar by gluing the three pieces together.

Making the pillar or tower for the fairy water feature #DIYFairyWaterFeature #WaterFeature #FairyGardens

Glue the pillar top onto the pillar. Cut the noodle bead in half to make a water spout. Lightly bend one end to make it more “spout-ish” ;-)If you don’t have any beads a thick piece of wire will also work. Eyeball where you want the spout to go and squish the bead/wire into the pillar to make a hole. Did I mention already that balsa is super soft and easy to work with?

Fitting the spout on the pillar for the fairy water feature #DIYFairyWaterFeature #WaterFeature #FairyGardens

To make the pyramid that goes on top of the pillar, glue the square-ish pillar top pieces together and use a craft knife to cut, or shave away, the sides at an angle. You can also use a bead for the top.

Making the pillar or tower for the fairy water feature #DIYFairyWaterFeature #WaterFeature #FairyGardens

Glue all the bits together.

The complete pillar or tower for the fairy water feature #DIYFairyWaterFeature #WaterFeature #FairyGardens

And sand lightly sand to get rid of any rough edges.

Giving the Fairy Water Feature some Character

Okay, so now that we’ve built all the bits we need it’s time to start making the fairy water feature look less like it’s made from balsa wood and more like something that’s been around for a while 😀 Since this little one will go outside, I sealed all the bits with marine silicone sealer first.

Sealing the fairy water feature to make it waterproof #DIYFairyWaterFeature #WaterFeature #FairyGardens

Once that sealer cures (24 hours) I used spray paint to paint everything grey. The marine silicon should be enough to make it waterproof, but I really wanted this one to last and figured the paint would create another layer of protection. You can skip this step if you like.

Sealing and painting the fairy water feature to make it waterproof #DIYFairyWaterFeature #WaterFeature #FairyGardens

Since the paint I used had a satin finish I gave it a light sanding with 120 grit sandpaper before applying gesso all over the water feature. We make our own so I can control the consistency. For something like this, I added more talcum powder to our homemade mix. If you’re using store-bought gesso, feel free to sprinkle on a little powder to make it thicker.

Adding the brick detail to the fairy water feature #DIYFairyWaterFeature #WaterFeature #FairyGardens

Just for fun, I used a small brick stencil to create faux brickwork along the sides of the trough.

Adding the brick detail to the fairy water feature #DIYFairyWaterFeature #WaterFeature #FairyGardens

When the gesso dries, paint the whole thing with a wash of pale grey acrylic. I just mixed some white acrylic paint with a tiny hint of black to get the right color. When the pale grey dries, thin down some black paint with lots of water and add it to all the crevices, nooks and crannies on the water feature — all the places where dirt and gunk would normally accumulate over the years 😉

Painting the fairy water feature to to mimic concrete #DIYFairyWaterFeature #WaterFeature #FairyGardens

The wash of black gives the water feature so much depth and adds interest.
Let your inner creative soul guide you here. There’s no right or wrong, just add more paint until you’re happy with the look.

Painting the fairy water feature to mimic concrete #DIYFairyWaterFeature #WaterFeature #FairyGardens

For the brickwork, I used a sponge, dipped in burnt umber to make the bricks pop against the greys and blacks of the trough.

Painting the fairy water feature to to mimic concrete #DIYFairyWaterFeature #WaterFeature #FairyGardens

We’re almost done I promise 😉 Just a few more steps before your adorable fairy water feature is ready for the garden.

Adding the Mossy Bits

To create the moss and lichen, you would typically see on a water feature; I used dried herbs and actual moss. The moss you buy in craft stores can be a bit coarse, so I put it through a cheese grater to make it finer. I did the same thing when we made our “Spirit of the Forest” wreath. Apply the moss on the water feature with a bit of craft glue and a paint brush.

Spicing up the fairy water feature #DIYFairyWaterFeature #WaterFeature #FairyGardens

Okay now for the fun bit. Adding “running” water to the spout.

Using 2-Minute Resin to Make Water

Cut a piece of thin wire and dip it into the 2-minute resin. Let the resin run down the wire and use the UV light to cure.

What you need to make water in the fairy water feature #DIYFairyWaterFeature #WaterFeature #FairyGardens

It’s seriously that easy. Love this stuff. Just a word of warning. It’s best to do this outside or somewhere well-ventilated. That stuff stinks like crazy while it’s curing. You can actually see the vapors and you might want to wear a gas mask or something 😀

Close up of the running water. How to make a beautiful fairy water feature with "running" water #Miniaturewaterfeature #DIYFairyWaterFeature #WaterFeature #FairyGardens #ACraftyMix

Glue the “running” water to the spout. Next up adding “water” to the trough. Squeeze a liberal amount of the 2-minute resin into the trough and cure it in the same way.

What you need to make water in the fairy water feature #DIYFairyWaterFeature #WaterFeature #FairyGardens

To create the froth and ripples where the water tumbles into the trough, add a small amount of white acrylic paint around the “running” water and add some water to thin it and spread it outwards.

Adding ripples to the water in the trough of the fairy water feature. #DIYFairyWaterFeature #WaterFeature #FairyGardens

Ta-da, the fairy water feature is ready for the garden.

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What do you think?

How to make a beautiful fairy water feature with "running" water #Miniaturewaterfeature #DIYFairyWaterFeature #WaterFeature #FairyGardens

Don’t you just love that frothy/ripple effect?

A Close up view of the moss and lichen. How to make a beautiful fairy water feature with "running" water #Miniaturewaterfeature #DIYFairyWaterFeature #WaterFeature #FairyGardens #ACraftyMix

And all that mossy goodness.

How to make a beautiful fairy water feature with "running" water #Miniaturewaterfeature #DIYFairyWaterFeature #WaterFeature #FairyGardens #ACraftyMix
If you want to make one for your garden, don’t forget to pin it for later

How to make a beautiful fairy water feature with "running" water #Miniaturewaterfeature #DIYFairyWaterFeature #WaterFeature #FairyGardens #ACraftyMix

Now I just have to decide if the fairy water feature looks better surrounded by succulents, or in our fairy garden under the trees.

How to make a beautiful fairy water feature with "running" water #Miniaturewaterfeature #DIYFairyWaterFeature #WaterFeature #FairyGardens #ACraftyMix

Or maybe I should just make another one 😉

How to make a beautiful fairy water feature with "running" water #Miniaturewaterfeature #DIYFairyWaterFeature #WaterFeature #FairyGardens #ACraftyMix

I’m sorry it’ such a long post, but I really wanted to give you as much information as possible so you can make your own. Please let me know in the comments if anything doesn’t make sense. I will respond to all questions and answer them as best as possible.

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Or if you prefer to buy rather than DIY then you’ll love these

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And as always wishing a beautiful love filled week. Don’t forget to leave a little sparkle where ever you go. Happy crafting

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Comments

  • Posted: March 19, 2019 19:43

    Jas Brechtl

    My mind is blown! I've never met anyone with so much vision and the knowledge to execute it. How are you not super famous? Or did I miss the memo? LOL. Love it and love your smarts!
    • Posted: March 20, 2019 05:34

      acraftymix

      🤗 Naaa who wants to be famous. It sounds like way too much work. I'll have to brush my hair and do my nails and dress like a normal human being 😂
  • Posted: March 18, 2019 16:19

    Marie

    Once again you left me gobsmacked. I mean seriously Michelle, your creative brain never ceases to amaze me. This is absolutely ADORABLE!!!
  • Posted: March 15, 2019 13:10

    Linda at Mixed Kreations

    You did it again Michelle! This is beautiful! I'm with Mary I thought it was a large fountain at first. Very clever using the noodle bead looks just like a water spout. Love how you added the brick look and all the aging techniques. I bet you have the cutest fairy gardens in the whole world. Adding the resin to my very long to-do list LOL. So cool that it dries that quick!
    • Posted: March 15, 2019 13:28

      acraftymix

      😘 That resin is the coolest stuff ever. I just wish it came in larger bottles. The size is perfect for small projects like the water feature but it would be quite expensive for something bigger.
  • Posted: March 11, 2019 14:42

    DecorCraftDesign

    Omg Michelle, I thought I can put some fish inside when I saw the pic, but then I opened your post...lol...it's so tiny!!! So cute!! You can make an awesome models for architects to present their designs :D
    • Posted: March 11, 2019 15:47

      acraftymix

      😁 LOL Mel. Love your comment and it would be my dream job to make miniatures for architects
  • Posted: March 7, 2019 14:40

    Debbie-Dabble

    Michelle, OMG!! I am totally amazed by this!! So sweet!! Thanks so much for stopping by!! I too would love the carrots in the stew but I omit them because my son Joey, always comes for stew and would still pick out all those carrots!! LOL!! Hugs, Debbie
    • Posted: March 8, 2019 04:48

      acraftymix

      LOL Debbie, my son's like that too sometimes, except he'll eat carrots but rice is a no-no, and I love my stew with rice to soak up all that gravy 😉
  • Posted: March 6, 2019 16:20

    Emily

    I love this too much for words. It looks incredible Michelle 👍
  • Posted: March 5, 2019 23:44

    Sam - Raggedy Bits

    This is just the CUTEST!!! You sure have a wonderful creative talent making all of these teeny tiny fairy miniatures!
    • Posted: March 6, 2019 04:12

      acraftymix

      Thanks so much Sam, it's something I really enjoy doing 💓
  • Posted: March 5, 2019 06:11

    Katrin

    You need to publish a book all about DIY Fairy gardens Michelle, everything you come up with is beyond genius! When will you show the whole garden with all the little treasures you've made??
    • Posted: March 5, 2019 08:54

      acraftymix

      🤔 Mmmmmm now there's a thought. Maybe one day when there's more time in a day I would love to write a fairy garden book 😉
  • Posted: March 4, 2019 23:54

    Mary

    You've done it again Michelle. You fooled me into thinking its a lifesize water thingy. I tell you, those fairies have to be the luckiest ones in the world to live in your garden with all those pretty accessories!
    • Posted: March 5, 2019 08:52

      acraftymix

      Oh that's awesome Mary, thank you. It always makes me happy when the fairy version looks like the real thing 😉
  • Posted: March 4, 2019 17:15

    Kim

    Michelle, my daughter it so into fairy gardens lately, I have been pinning away. This is next!! Thanks so much and keep them coming.
    • Posted: March 5, 2019 08:50

      acraftymix

      👍 Thank you Kim. I would make things for fairy gardens all day if I could
  • Posted: March 4, 2019 12:44

    Christina Makri

    Oh my God!!!! This is so incredibly beautiful!!!! What a fantasy Michelle. You must start to sell all these fairy miniatures and what a brilliant idea to use resin for the water!! Speechless!!!
    • Posted: March 5, 2019 08:50

      acraftymix

      🤗 Thank you Christina. I've been wanting to make a water feature for so long but the mixing the resin always put me off. With the 2-minute stuff it makes it so much easier

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