A Crafty Mix


Driftwood Fairy Scape with a Twist of Cotton

One of the best things about being a DIY and craft blogger is that sometimes we get to create something just for the fun of it. Like this little fantasy driftwood fairy scape, I made for the Int’l bloggers club. It’s loosely based on “The Lorax”, who as you probably know, has a passion for trees. A furry creature right after my own heart 😉 And since this month’s challenge is wood it seemed appropriate too.

Mister!! he said with a sawdusty sneeze; I'm the Lorax and I speak for the trees Click to Tweet
A little fairy home made from a cardboard tube and cotton wool. Add a few whoville inspired trees to make an unusual fairy scape #FairyGarden #FairyScape #FairyTutorial #ACraftyMix #CraftTutorial #FairyCraft

But before I show you how to make this driftwood fairy scape, let me quickly tell you a little more about the IBC (Int’l Bloggers Club). Every month a group of bloggers from around the world get together to create something using a common theme. Our previous challenge was all about silk and we made this gorgeous boho sign with beads and a silky fringe. I love the IBC. It’s so fascinating to see how we all interpret the same topic in so many different ways. You’ll be able to see all our projects at the end of the post.

Alrighty then. Let’s get cracking with making that Lorax inspired driftwood fairy scape with a twist of cotton.

What you need for a driftwood fairy scape

  • Driftwood or an interesting piece of wood
  • Cardboard tube

What you need to make the fairy village #FairyGarden #FairyVillage #FairyTutorial #ACraftyMix #CraftTutorial #FairyCraft

You’ll also need:

  • The Twist Factor – Cotton wool
  • Craft knife
  • Jewelry wire
  • Wire cutters and pliers
  • Flour & Water
  • Reindeer Moss
  • Craft paint
  • Cardstock
  • Glue Gun

How to make the fairy scape

This is such an easy craft, and you can customize the fairy scape any way you want to. We’ll start by making the little fairy house and then look at how to create the Truffula trees. To make the walls for the little house cut the cardboard tube using a craft knife.

Cut the cardboard tube to size using a craft knife #FairyGarden #FairyScape#FairyTutorial #ACraftyMix #CraftTutorial #FairyCraft

You can make the tube as tall or as short as you want. For the roof take a piece of jewelry wire and twist the one end so it fits over the tube.

Twist the wire wide enough to fit on the tube #FairyGarden #FairyScape #FairyTutorial #ACraftyMix #CraftTutorial #FairyCraft

Place the jewelry wire on top of the tube and eyeball how high you want your roof to be before cutting the wire. Give the wire a few bends before wrapping it in cotton wool.

Add more cotton wool to fill out the shape #FairyGarden #FairyVillage #FairyTutorial #ACraftyMix #CraftTutorial #FairyCraft

Start at the top and work your way down, adding more layers of cotton wool as you go. We used the same technique when we made the fairy mushrooms a few months ago.

Add more cotton wool to fill out the shape #FairyGarden #FairyVillage #FairyTutorial #ACraftyMix #CraftTutorial #FairyCraft

Once you’re happy with the shape, mix up a batch of flour and water and drizzle it all over the roof. Bake in the oven on a low heat until hard.

The baked cotton roof and a few whoville trees just for fun #FairyGarden #FairyVillage #FairyTutorial #ACraftyMix #CraftTutorial #FairyCraft

See those funny looking little blobs in the piccy above? Those are just bits of cotton wool that have been dunked in the flour mix. They’ll be turned into Truffula trees in a bit. Let the baked cotton roof, and blobs 😉 cool down before painting.

The fairy roof made from cotton wool has been painted #FairyGarden #FairyVillage #FairyTutorial #ACraftyMix #CraftTutorial #FairyCraft

I used a whole bunch of different blues and just went crazy, dripping, splatting and painting until I was happy with the look. Leave to dry.

For the walls, measure a piece of card stock to fit neatly around the cardboard tube. Draw, paint or doodle a door and window/s and then glue it around the tube.

Draw the doors and windows on a piece of cardstock #FairyGarden #FairyVillage #FairyTutorial #ACraftyMix #CraftTutorial #FairyCraft

And finally glue the roof on top of the tube to finish the fairy home off.

Glue the baked cotton roof onto the tube #FairyGarden #FairyScape #FairyTutorial #ACraftyMix #CraftTutorial #FairyCraft

Making the Lorax inspired trees

Remember those blobs from earlier? We’ll be using those to make some of these Truffula trees.

Whoville inspired trees made from cotton balls. Make a few to create an unusual fairy scape #FairyGarden #FairyScape #FairyTutorial #ACraftyMix #CraftTutorial #FairyCraft
A tree falls the way it leans. Be careful which way you lean - The Lorax Click to Tweet

For the trees you’ll need three pieces of jewelry wire. Twist the strands together as shown below. Don’t twist all the way. About halfway is good.

Making whoville inspired trees to add to the fairy village part 2 #FairyGarden #FairyVillage #FairyTutorial #ACraftyMix #CraftTutorial #FairyCraft

Take the two outer strands and bend them into curly, wurly shapes. Make a small hole in the blob and glue the middle strand inside.

Making whoville inspired trees to add to the fairy village part 1 #FairyGarden #FairyVillage #FairyTutorial #ACraftyMix #CraftTutorial #FairyCraft

Easy right!!? All that’s left to do is put the fairy scape together and add some colored moss.

How to color moss

There are many ways to color moss. You can immerse some moss in a bucket of cold fabric dye and let it soak up the color. Or you can take the easy way out and drench it with craft paint. In a spray bottle, thin the craft paint down with a little bit of water. Give it a good shake before spraying all over your moss. Let it dry and apply another coat if necessary.

Coloring moss with spray paint #FairyGarden #FairyScape #FairyTutorial #ACraftyMix #CraftTutorial #FairyCraft

Putting the fairy scape together

Now that we have all the bits and blobs 😉 we can put our fairy scape together. The piece of driftwood I used had a rounded little bottom and a flat-ish top so I played around with the layout before gluing everything down. The little fairy house sits on the one end overlooking the edge of the driftwood.

A little fairy home made from a cardboard tube and cotton wool. Add a few whoville inspired Truffula trees to make an unusual fairy scape #FairyGarden #FairyScape #FairyTutorial #ACraftyMix #CraftTutorial #FairyCraft

A few wire heart flowers were added just for fun. The Truffula trees are grouped together in amongst the colored moss on the other, higher end of the piece of driftwood.

Whoville inspired Truffula trees made from cotton balls. Make a few to create an unusual fairy scape #FairyGarden #FairyScape #FairyTutorial #ACraftyMix #CraftTutorial #FairyCraft

Every piece of wood will be different so do what makes you happy.

A little fairy home made from a cardboard tube and cotton wool. Add a few whoville inspired trees to make an unusual fairy scape #FairyGarden #FairyScape #FairyTutorial #ACraftyMix #CraftTutorial #FairyCraft

I would love to know what you think of the driftwood, Lorax inspired fairy scape. Is it something you would make?

If you like the idea don’t forget to pin it for later

A little fairy home made from a cardboard tube and cotton wool. Add a few whoville inspired Truffula trees to make an unusual fairy scape. Get the full tutorial at  #ACraftyMix #FairyGarden #FairyScape #FairyTutorial #CraftTutorial  #thelorax #FairyCraft

Wanna see what the other IBC bloggers have done with this month’s wood challenge? Just click on the links below. I promise you’ll love their ideas.

IBC Challege for May 2019 - Wood

Driftwood Fairy Scape by A Crafty Mix – that’s me 😉

Super Simple Decorative Wooden Tray by Northern Feeling

Old Door Idea Coat Rack by My Sweet Things

DIY Farmhouse Corbels For Cheap by Faeries & Fauna

How to Paint Farmhouse Stamped Placemats by Raggedy Bits

Oh and if you’re looking for some of the things we used, we’ve got you covered Disclosure: Clicking on the links below, means we may receive a commission from Amazon. But don’t worry it won’t come out of your pocket, and it helps us make more amazing crafts to share with you 😉

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And if you prefer to buy rather than DIY, then maybe these beauties will appeal.

Bits and Pieces - Solar Butterfly and Blue Daisies Fairy House - Unique Lawn and Garden Décor
Bright Blue Colored Preserved Reindeer Moss - 2 oz - Indoor Outdoor for Potted Plants, Terrariums, Fairy Gardens, Arts and Crafts or Floral Decor Design
Studio M Miniature Fairy Garden Folksy Tree House

And as always here’s wishing you an amazingly awesome and crafty week

Made with love by a Crafty Mix

Categories:   Craft Tutorials, Fairy Garden Crafts, Wire Crafts


  • Posted: June 15, 2019 12:58


    I wish I was a fairy to be able to live in such a lovely place. Those shades of blue steal my heart and bring so much joy. Again an amazing project using things that some could think are worth next to nothing
    • Posted: June 16, 2019 10:51


      I would love to be able to shrink myself down to that size too. I think the world will seem so different
  • Posted: May 22, 2019 18:42


    Aww I wish I could live in this pretty little Lorax house. It fits me to a T!!
    • Posted: May 23, 2019 03:38


      😘 it's the blue right!!? 😉
      • Posted: May 24, 2019 03:15


        How did you guess!
        • Posted: May 24, 2019 15:58


          😉 mmmmmmmmmmm I had to do a lot of research 💞
  • Posted: May 21, 2019 16:28


    And there you do it again, Michelle. Just when I think you made the bestest fairy garden you blow me away with another one. ADORABLE!!! I'll never look at a piece of driftwood the same way again :) Pinned
  • Posted: May 21, 2019 06:35

    Sam - Raggedy Bits

    Another absolutely fabulous Fairy project, Michelle! You sure know how to get all the fine details just so beautiful!!! I'm sure that your friend is going to be tickled pink with her gift! What a special gift!!
    • Posted: May 21, 2019 09:51


      Thanks so much Sam, I'm hoping she likes it. She's seen pictures but not the real thing yet
  • Posted: May 21, 2019 03:59


    Mal oor die blou Mix! Jacques en Francois se ons moet een maak! 🤣
    • Posted: May 21, 2019 04:22


      😍 Jacques en Franois is reg maaiki, one sal moet een maak 😆 Se hulle moet solank daai rolle bymekaar maak want ons gaan so veel pret he
  • Posted: May 21, 2019 02:46

    Jas @ All that's Jas

    Oh, Michelle, you are something else! A fairy Queen, for sure! I've been meaning to make an indoor fairy garden for my granddaughters, but I have no talent to make anything remotely as cute as your projects. So, I might just go buy a bunch of boring stuff, ha! xx
    • Posted: May 21, 2019 04:25


      😊 I bet you'll all make an amazing fairy garden together Jas. Those little ones of yours are so talented and I know their Ouma is super creative. I've seen the recipes you come up with 😉
  • Posted: May 20, 2019 21:48

    Linda at Mixed Kreations

    I don't know how you come up with your amazing ideas, like dipping cotton in flour to make roof tops and trees. But they are soooo adorable! Truely a magical fairy scape. I love the blue!
    • Posted: May 21, 2019 04:25


      😉 The fairies made me do it 😉 Thanks so much Linda
  • Posted: May 20, 2019 16:58


    What a little beauty your fairy scape! I haven't made anything fairy in such a long time! Thanks for the much needed inspiration Michelle, I need some fairy dust over here. And I agree with Leanna, the blues are just wow!
    • Posted: May 21, 2019 04:42


      I'm sending over some fairy dust right now Katrin 😘
  • Posted: May 20, 2019 15:34


    Michelle, This is simply fantastic!! I LOVE it!! So unique and whimsical!! You are so talented, my friend!! Thanks so much for stopping by and for your kind words and well wishes!! I truly appreciate it!! Hugs, Deb
    • Posted: May 21, 2019 04:44


      Awwww Debbie, thank you. I so appreciate that knowing how much you love your fairy gardens. Sending much love as always and I hope that knee of yours is feeling much better
  • Posted: May 20, 2019 13:55


    This fairy hut is magical. I love the blues Michelle, perfect for beside a pond or pool. Your simple little bend wire hearts are the perfect final touch. So pretty.
    • Posted: May 20, 2019 14:33


      That blue is real pretty. I wanted to go all colorful just like the trees in The Lorax, but it's a gift for a friend of mine and she loves her blues 😉

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