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Tin Ceiling Fairy Garden Furniture Set – DIY

Our garden fairies have been working their tiny little butts off in our garden this summer. It’s been crazy hot and we had some major floods too. So you can just imagine the kind of damage control they’ve been doing. It was time we made them a little something to say thank you. Something small like this fairy garden furniture set made from a tin ceiling tile scraps and rusty nails.

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It’s not much but I’m hoping that when they do decide to take a break, they can park those little butts of theirs under our Ficus bonsai and just chill. So if your fairies need a space to relax you might want to make something similar. BTW if you don’t have a bonsai, you can always make them this working fairy umbrella to keep them cool.  

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What you need

  • Rusty Nails (4 per chair)
  • Scrap pieces of wood
  • Sandpaper
  • Rust inhibitor spray
  • Steel wool
  • Drill
  • Rusty Nail Muti
  • Tin Ceiling Tiles

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We love using ceiling tiles in our decor and had a whole bunch of scraps left over from when we gave our potting bench this gorgeous makeover.

A whole bunch of rusty tin ceiling tiles (metal pressed) - #tinceilingideas #tinceilinghomedecor #tinceilingtilesrepurposed #plantstandideas #ACraftyMix

I know not everyone is lucky enough to have a few rusty ceiling tiles lying around. If you don’t have any, you can make a faux one by using a tin can. Cut a soda can open and mod podge one of these pretty patterns on. Be sure to use an outdoor mod podge if your fairy garden furniture will be going outside. You can create a beautiful rust effect using this tutorial.

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How to make fairy garden furniture from rusty nails and ceiling tiles

Our fairies love using rusty nails to make things, so it only seems right that we incorporate a few in their garden furniture. Legend has it that iron fairies use the power of rust to make their fairy dust. Iron fairies also hold the key to unlocking the labyrinth of tunnels miners have to navigate every day. I believe our bistro fairy’s great, great Grandfather was an iron fairy, so any rusty bits are good. And there’s nothing rustier than a tin ceiling tile that’s been lying in a heap at the bottom of the garden 😉

Making the fairy garden chairs

Clean the ceiling tiles up a little using steel wool. Just to expose those beautifully embossed patterns, and to get rid of any loose flaky rust.

Scrub the ceiling tiles with steel wool to expose the pattern #FairygardenDIY #FairyFurniture #RustyNailFurniture #ACraftyMix #FairyGardenTutorials #CeilingTileRepupose #FairyGardenIdeas

Cut scrap bits of wood into the right size. You’ll have to ask a fairy to give you their butt measurements. Or you can guess, which is probably safer in my humble opinion 😉 Sand the edges smooth. If you’ve ever seen a fairy with a splinter you’ll know what I’m talking about.

Sand the blocks of wood to get rid of any splinters. #FairygardenDIY #FairyFurniture #RustyNailFurniture #ACraftyMix #FairyGardenTutorials #CeilingTileRepupose #FairyGardenIdeas

Use the Rusty Nail Muti to stain the pieces of cut wood. That stuff is amazing. I swear the fairies blessed it while we were sleeping. It turns new wood to old in an instant.

Stain the wood scraps using rusty nail muti for that instant aging effect #FairygardenDIY #FairyFurniture #RustyNailFurniture #ACraftyMix #FairyGardenTutorials #CeilingTileRepupose #FairyGardenIdeas

Okay maybe 5 minutes, but you get what I mean. I hope they never bless me like that. I have enough wrinkles already 😀

Instant weathering of new wood with Rusty Nail Muti #FairygardenDIY #FairyFurniture #RustyNailFurniture #ACraftyMix #FairyGardenTutorials #CeilingTileRepupose #FairyGardenIdeas

Drill four small holes in each corner of the square wood scraps and glue the rusty nails inside.

Drill 4 holes on the corners for the rusty nails #FairygardenDIY #FairyFurniture #RustyNailFurniture #ACraftyMix #FairyGardenTutorials #CeilingTileRepupose #FairyGardenIdeas

Handy tip. Put a little tape around the drill bit so you know how far to drill each hole.

Drill 4 holes on the corners for the rusty nails #FairygardenDIY #FairyFurniture #RustyNailFurniture #ACraftyMix #FairyGardenTutorials #CeilingTileRepupose #FairyGardenIdeas

Measure and cut the ceiling tiles.

Using the blocks of wood, measure and cut the tin ceiling tiles #FairygardenDIY #FairyFurniture #RustyNailFurniture #ACraftyMix #FairyGardenTutorials #CeilingTileRepupose #FairyGardenIdeas

And then glue and nail them onto the back of the chair seats.

Glue and nail the ceiling tile to the back of the chairs #FairygardenDIY #FairyFurniture #RustyNailFurniture #ACraftyMix #FairyGardenTutorials #CeilingTileRepupose #FairyGardenIdeas

Making the fairy garden side table

For the side table, use a hole saw to cut a circle from another piece of scrap wood. Stain using the Rusty Nail Muti (or any other wood stain) and insert three nails into the hole. Wrap a small strip of ceiling tile around the side table and nail in place.

Cut a small circle and wrap ceiling tile around #FairygardenDIY #FairyFurniture #RustyNailFurniture #ACraftyMix #FairyGardenTutorials #CeilingTileRepupose #FairyGardenIdeas

Decorate the side table with a fairy leaf bowl planter ………

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….. and place the fairy garden furniture out under a shady tree.

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Wait quietly for the fairies to come and take that well-deserved break 😉

DIY Adorable fairy garden furniture using scraps of old rusty ceiling tiles and nails. #FairygardenDIY #FairyFurniture #RustyNailFurniture #ACraftyMix #FairyGardenTutorials #CeilingTileRepupose #FairyGardenIdeas

If you like the idea of making a fairy garden furniture from rusty nails and ceiling tiles, don’t forget to pin it for later 😉

DIY Adorable fairy garden furniture using scraps of old rusty ceiling tiles and nails. #FairygardenDIY #FairyFurniture #RustyNailFurniture #ACraftyMix #FairyGardenTutorials #CeilingTileRepupose #FairyGardenIdeas

How have you spoiled your fairies?

DIY Adorable fairy garden furniture using scraps of old rusty ceiling tiles and nails. #FairygardenDIY #FairyFurniture #RustyNailFurniture #ACraftyMix #FairyGardenTutorials #CeilingTileRepupose #FairyGardenIdeas

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Or if you prefer to buy rather than DIY

Sale GlitZGlam Miniature Fairy Garden Furniture 3-Piece: Rustic Wood Bench, Rocking Chair and Miniature Table for The Garden Fairies
Brussel's Live Golden Gate Ficus Indoor Bonsai Tree - 4 Years Old; 5' to 8' Tall with Decorative Container
ODDIER Fiddlehead Fairy Village - Micro Cany Resin Mini Bench & Chair Set

And as always, wishing you a wonderful, crafty week filled with lots of love. Thank you for popping in for a visit.

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Categories:   Craft Tutorials, Fairy Garden Crafts, Hacks & Revamps, Quick & Easy Crafts, Trash to Treasure


  • Posted: February 20, 2020 23:33


    I’m so sorry about your floods! This furniture is too cute for words, I love how rustic they look with the plaques on the backs of the chairs xo
    • Posted: February 21, 2020 07:45


      Ahhhh Gemma, thanks so much. The floods were really bad and it was a struggle to get to work in the mornings. But everything is okay now and the fairies are happy 😉
  • Posted: February 10, 2020 18:22


    These are super cute, so many details make them very special. They look wonderful. I am sure the fairies are very happy there, probably drinking tea and enjoying the breeze.
  • Posted: February 10, 2020 16:49


    Just darling, Michelle. You never cease to amaze me with your crafty creations. I love this little legs...what a great detail!
    • Posted: February 11, 2020 07:50


      Thanks so much, Kim 🤗
  • Posted: February 10, 2020 12:07


    These are totally adorable Michelle. I love the way you were able to think in miniature and make the fairy garden look so realistic.
    • Posted: February 10, 2020 12:11


      Thanks so much, Patti. I love making miniatures for our fairies. It's so rewarding
  • Posted: February 10, 2020 11:49

    Deana Landers

    Michelle, I love your fairy garden furniture. This is so cute and easy to make. I'm going to share your site with my daughter. She also likes making fairy garden furniture.
    • Posted: February 10, 2020 12:10


      Ooooooo that makes me happy Deana. Thank you
  • Posted: February 10, 2020 09:30

    Anita holland

    These are too cute. You must have posh fairies around your house. 🥰
    • Posted: February 10, 2020 09:47


      LOL Anita, I'm not so sure the posh bit, but they sure are hardworking 💞
  • Posted: February 10, 2020 05:50


    Sorry to hear that you've been having such a hot summer over there... and floods. I am sure that the fairies will appreciate your absolutely adorable antique style furniture set very much!!! As always you've come up with something from nothing basically and turned it into treasure!
    • Posted: February 10, 2020 07:12


      Aaaaai our poor fairies, the weather has been crazy all over it seems.

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