We had so much fun making this little desert fairy garden, I wanted to share “how we did it” with you.
The inspiration for the desert fairy garden was this humble little wooden tissue holder. We used a similar one to make a fairy church for my Aunt
For the roof we cut a piece of hardboard to fit and added two small 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. Thin strips of wood were cut into small shingles which we sealed with a matte outdoor wood sealer. Once all the little shingles were stuck down, we finished the top of the roof off with a piece of pewter.
The desert fairies even have solar power. They’re 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.
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.
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.
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.
We planted succulents and cacti in a half a wine barrel and added some coarse sand and the desert fairy garden was ready for the fairies to move in.
When you're in the desert you look into infinity. It makes you feel terribly small, but in a strange way quite big.
I love their transport, I’ve always wanted a Citroen.
Looks like they had some rain.
Hubby made the teeny little water pump using copper pipe and wire for the desert fairy garden. 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.
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What have you used to make a fairy garden?
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