Easy Fairy Potting Bench Tutorial
Last week we were hard at work helping our bistro fairies make this adorable fairy potting bench. It the perfect size for a miniature garden and made entirely from stirrer sticks and old rusty nails.
If you’ve been following A Crafty Mix for a while, you’ll know how much we love using recycled stuff to create something else. And our fairies are always coming up with quirky ideas on how we can repurpose odd bits and pieces. Like that time they asked us to make a gypsy caravan from a lunchbox for the fairies in our bottom garden. And when they stole an empty plastic cup to make a fairy bridge. They’re so creative and naughty, but don’t tell them I said that 😉 They keep our Highveld garden flourishing.
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What you need
- Stirrers sticks or popsicle sticks
- Sharp scissors or craft knife
- Super Glue
- Rusty Nail Muti – get the recipe here
- 8 rusty nails (2 Long, 2 Medium and 4 Short)
It’s not the first time we’ve repurposed rusty nails to make something for our fairies. You should see the beautiful garden set we made a few weeks back. Anyhoos, let’s get back to that tutorial.
How to make a fairy potting bench with rusty nails and stirrers
The rusty nail frame
The first thing you need to do is create a basic frame for the potting bench and straight rusty nails, or bright shiny new ones 😉 are perfect. They’re strong and have loads of character already built-in. I used my stirrer sticks to figure out how wide the potting bench should be and trimmed the rusty nails.
Place the long and medium nails perpendicular to each other and then add the shorter, trimmed nails across. Glue down.
We like using Loctite Liquid Professional Super Glue for delicate fairy work. It sets within seconds and the bond is really strong. The only downside is if you make a mistake you only have about 10 seconds to fix it. But fairies are very forgiving and if need be, you can pry the nails apart with pliers 😉 Once the frame is ready, you can start making the shelves.
Making the frames for the fairy potting bench
Our fairies asked for two shelves to hold all their pot plants. The shelves are made from stirrer sticks that have been stained with our homemade “Rusty Nail Muti”.
That stuff works like a bomb. Here’s those same stirrers after about 5 minutes. They look like they’ve been lying outside getting knocked around by the weather for years 😉
After trimming the ends of the stirrers to fit between the potting bench frame, we added small supports under each of the shelves to make them stronger. You never know what kind of things fairies are going to put on those shelves 😉
Glue the shelves down on the cross supports and check if it’s stable and straight.
Making a back for the potting bench
Now to make a back for the fairy potting bench to finish things off.
Wouldn’t you know it? At the very last minute, the fairies put in another request to round the back of their potting bench. But that’s the great thing about stirrer sticks. They’re pretty easy to cut with a pair of sharp scissors. Just score along the lines with a craft knife several times, and then cut and sand. Glue the back to the frame and the fairy potting bench is ready for those fairies to start planting up a storm in their fairy leaf planters.
Isn’t it just too cute? I think the fairy potting bench should last a good few years, especially if they remember to sprinkle a little fairy rust dust on it every now and again 😉
Don’t you just love those fairy leaf planters? You can get that tutorial here.
They even added little sign too. Just in case someone doesn’t know what the little rusty nail contraption is 😀
And that teeny, tiny spade. I swear I had a bracelet charm like that once. Mmmmmm, I wonder, did they decide to repurpose that too?
If you like the idea of making a fairy potting bench, don’t forget to pin it for later.
And if you’re looking for more rusty nail repurpose crafts then don’t forget to check out this amazing roundup of 13 rusty nail craft ideas.
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22 thoughts on “Easy Fairy Potting Bench Tutorial”
Where have you been my whole crafting life??? I just discovered you via Pinterest and I love all of the wonderful DIY projects you have created! Just the thing to help me get through these troubling times with a purpose. Thank you so much for sharing your imagination and skill 🙂
? oh I’m so glad you found us Leanne and what a strange time we’re living in. I think I’d lose my mind if I couldn’t escape into a fairy crafting world. Stay safe and please come back anytime. It really makes my day when new friends leave a comment.
I honestly don’t know how you always, always come up with the cutest fairy projects! This has got to be the cutest potting bench in fairy land!
MWAH!!! Thanks so much Katrin
Be still my beating heart, I can’t handle the cuteness of this potting bench. Another one of your amazing miniatures that my granddaughter’s dollhouse must-have.
Oooooooooooo yes, I bet Barbie would love potting around 😀
Oh how adorable Michelle! Your potting bench is so cute! Perfect for your mischievous fairies to keep them busy and out of trouble. Lol ?
Oooooo I hope so Linda 😀
Very well done ?? Do you know of any other small plants I can use. I’ve tried to find the Princess Pine but I’m not having any luck.
Most succulents don’t have a large root system and will grow in small pots for quite a long time. This specific one has been in her leaf bowl for about 4 months now 😉 Another lovely little succulent you can look out for is a Blossfeldia. It’s the smallest species of cacti in the world and when she’s all grown up she just over 1cm high (1/2″). You don’t often find Blossfeldia in nurseries though. You can also look out for Little Bobo (Sempervivum). She’ll get to about 5cm high (2 1/2″). Not sure if you have any specialized succulent or cacti nurseries in your area, but if you do, they’re always so willing to find small specimens for you. You can also plant succulent cuttings in tiny pots and as soon as they get bigger, put them in a larger forever home. Water your little babies with a pipette so they don’t drown. Hope that helps a little
This is absolutely adorable!!!
Thanks so much, Michelle
Michelle, you make me want to go out and start a fairy garden every time I read one of these posts. You are so creative. I’m pinning it to my collection of gardening dreams!
Hopefully, it will soon be Spring on your side of the world Kim and then you can dig into your garden again and play around
Brilliant, your attention to detail is incredible. Pinned
Awww Anita, thank you
It’s beyond adorable! You are quite the artist. I want to try this too.
Thanks so much, Patti. Let me know how it turns out
This is so great!!
Thank you, Janet
You know I love your Fairy Garden Crafts! This one is perfect for the spring. Thank you.
You’re most welcome Deana 😀 Your grandbabies will enjoy making this one too.