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Fantasy Wrought Iron Fairy Daybed with Tufted Mattress

If you’ve been following our blog for a while, you’ll know how much we love our fairy gardens and all things miniature. A few weeks ago, we shared a tutorial for making a miniature teddy bear. That little bear was part of a bigger project; making this fantasy wrought iron fairy daybed for a friend of ours.

This DIY fantasy fairy Daybed is the perfect place for the garden fairies to relax and unwind after a long day of playing and it works well for many parts of the fairy garden #Fairygarden #wiredaybed #fairydaybed #fairyfurniture

Isn’t it just adorable? And it’s not hard to make either, if you use this super secret wire working weapon 😉

Wire work for the DIY fantasy fairy Daybed. #Fairygarden #wiredaybed #fairydaybed #fairyfurniture

But I’m getting ahead of myself. The fantasy daybed is a fun and whimsical addition to any fairy garden or doll’s house. All fairies need a special little place where they can unwind after a long day of making magic and sprinkling fairy dust 😉

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What You Need To Make a Fantasy Fairy Daybed

Wire work for the DIY fantasy fairy Daybed. #Fairygarden #wiredaybed #fairydaybed #fairyfurniture
  • A block of wood
  • Pop rivets
  • Wire cutters and needle nose pliers
  • Jewelry wire in two different thicknesses

I used a 12 and 20 gauge copper wire. The higher the gauge, the thinner and softer the wire is. You can read more about wire gauges in this post.

We’ll start with the easiest part; the base for the daybed.

Making the Base For The Fairy Daybed

Using the thickest jewelry wire bend it into a rectangle overlapping one of the long sides as shown below. Wrap some of the thinner wire around the overlapping sides to help keep the shape. Divide the long sides into roughly equal parts and wrap the thinner wire across the width of the base.

Wire work for the DIY fantasy fairy Daybed. #Fairygarden #wiredaybed #fairydaybed #fairyfurniture

Don’t worry too much is they’re not exactly the same distance, we’ll be making a tufted mattress for the daybed in a little bit. To make the back and sides we need to create a template first.

Creating a Template For The Back And Sides

After sketching a few ideas, I decided to keep the sides simple and give the back a curved shape. If you’d like to use the same design you can download a rough template here.

Wire work for the DIY fantasy fairy Daybed. #Fairygarden #wiredaybed #fairydaybed #fairyfurniture

Transfer the design onto a piece of wood, using the base of the fairy daybed to make sure it’s the correct size and balanced.

Wire work for the DIY fantasy fairy Daybed. #Fairygarden #wiredaybed #fairydaybed #fairyfurniture

You should end up with something like this.

Wire work for the DIY fantasy fairy Daybed. #Fairygarden #wiredaybed #fairydaybed #fairyfurniture

Once you’re happy that the back and side are in proportion, drill holes along the outline and insert the pop rivets. Since 12 gauge wire is little more challenging to work with, the pop rivets make it much easier to bend into shape. They act as a guide when we create the back and sides.

Wire work for the DIY fantasy fairy Daybed. #Fairygarden #wiredaybed #fairydaybed #fairyfurniture

Cut a piece of the thicker wire (in our case the 12 gauge), taking into account how long you want the legs to be and wind it around the pop rivets. You’ll need to make two side pieces and one back piece.

Wire work for the base of the DIY fantasy fairy Daybed. #Fairygarden #wiredaybed #fairydaybed #fairyfurniture

Create decorative “panels” by bending the thicker wire into different shapes. I went for a simple curly wurly shape, which I attached to the back and sides with the thinner wire. If you find the wire panels move around too much you can add a tiny bit of super glue to help keep them in place.

Wire work for the DIY fantasy fairy Daybed. #Fairygarden #wiredaybed #fairydaybed #fairyfurniture

You should end up with something like the piccy above. Attach the back and sides to the base of the fairy daybed using the thinner wire. Tidy up any scraggly bits of wire by trimming them away with wire cutters.

Wire work for the DIY fantasy fairy Daybed. #Fairygarden #wiredaybed #fairydaybed #fairyfurniture

Making a Miniature Tufted Mattress

To complete the fantasy daybed, I made a small tufted mattress using scrap pieces of fabric, cotton thread, and fabric glue. If your fairy daybed is going outside, I would suggest making the mattress from a piece of waterproof fabric. This little one is going in a terrarium with faux plants. Measure the base of the daybed and add a seam allowance of about 1 cm (1/2″) all around. Cut two pieces of fabric based on the above measurements. Add fabric glue on the edges, leaving a gap on one side and glue the two pieces together.

Making a no-sew tufted mattress for a fairy daybed #Fairygarden #wiredaybed #fairydaybed #fairyfurniture

Once the glue dries, flip the mattress cover inside out and stuff, before gluing or hand stitching the open edge closed.

Making a no-sew tufted mattress for a fairy daybed #Fairygarden #wiredaybed #fairydaybed #fairyfurniture

Now for the fun bit, hand-stitching and tufting the little mattress. Use thick cotton or embroidery thread and a sewing needle. Double knot the thread so it won’t pull through the fabric. Start at one corner, about an inch in, and pull the thread through the mattress and out the other side. Make another knot to secure and cut the thread. Repeat on the other corners.

Making a tufted mattress for a fairy daybed #Fairygarden #wiredaybed #fairydaybed #fairyfurniture

Add more “tufts” working your way inwards. My stitches are spaced about 2 cm (1″), with the middle row staggered.

Making a tufted mattress for a fairy daybed  #Fairygarden #wiredaybed #fairydaybed #fairyfurniture

That’s it. The fantasy fairy daybed is all done. Add a few cushions, pretty linen, and that miniature teddy bear.

Wanna see some pretty after shots?

Here she is all dollied up for her photo shoot 😀

This DIY fantasy fairy Daybed is the perfect place for the garden fairies to relax and unwind after a long day of playing and it works well for many parts of the fairy garden #Fairygarden #wiredaybed #fairydaybed #fairyfurniture

What do you think?

This DIY fantasy fairy Daybed is the perfect place for the garden fairies to relax and unwind after a long day of playing and it works well for many parts of the fairy garden #Fairygarden #wiredaybed #fairydaybed #fairyfurniture

And if you really want to spoil your fairies, you can add a little tray, a goblet filled with golden mead, and ball of wool with knitting needles 😉 Pssst…. The wine goblet is a pill capsule that’s been painted in a rich copper color with a thumbtack stuck on the bottom for the stem 😉

This DIY fantasy fairy Daybed is the perfect place for the garden fairies to relax and unwind after a long day of playing and it works well for many parts of the fairy garden #Fairygarden #wiredaybed #fairydaybed #fairyfurniture

A special friend of ours crocheted those little pillows you see in the back.

This DIY fantasy fairy Daybed is the perfect place for the garden fairies to relax and unwind after a long day of playing and it works well for many parts of the fairy garden #Fairygarden #wiredaybed #fairydaybed #fairyfurniture

The perfect spot for fairies to relax and unwind. They even have a little teddy bear to snuggle with 😀

This DIY fantasy fairy Daybed is the perfect place for the garden fairies to relax and unwind after a long day of playing and it works well for many parts of the fairy garden #Fairygarden #wiredaybed #fairydaybed #fairyfurniture

And a pot plant made from a large bead and faux greenery 😉

This DIY fantasy fairy Daybed is the perfect place for the garden fairies to relax and unwind after a long day of playing and it works well for many parts of the fairy garden #Fairygarden #wiredaybed #fairydaybed #fairyfurniture

I would love to know what you think of the fairy daybed. Is it something you would make for your fairy garden?

And don’t forget to pin it for later if you’re keen to make something similar

This DIY fantasy fairy Daybed is the perfect place for the garden fairies to relax and unwind after a long day of playing and it works well for many parts of the fairy garden #Fairygarden #wiredaybed #fairydaybed #fairyfurniture

Making a tufted mattress for a fairy daybed #Fairygarden #wiredaybed #fairydaybed #fairyfurniture

BTW 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 come up with more amazing craft ideas to share with you 😉

Mandala Crafts Anodized Aluminum Wire for Sculpting, Armature, Jewelry Making, Gem Metal Wrap, Garden, Colored and Soft, 1 Roll(12 Gauge, Copper Tone)
Miniature Fairy Garden Accessories - Elegant, Metal Scrolled Day Bed - Measures 4 Inches Long
BEADNOVA Bare Copper Wire Tarnish Resistant Jewelry Making Wire (Copper,20gauge)

Categories:   Craft Tutorials, Fairy Garden Crafts, Wire Crafts

Comments

  • Posted: March 22, 2019 14:04

    Eli R.

    Wow! What beauty, a pleasure to find your blog Eli R.
    • Posted: March 23, 2019 08:04

      acraftymix

      Thank you so much Eli and I'm real glad you found our blog too
  • Posted: March 18, 2019 16:29

    Marie

    You need your own fairy garden museum! Seriously, I'd spend hours and hours enjoying every square inch of your miniature creations!
    • Posted: March 19, 2019 04:39

      acraftymix

      Ahhhh Marie, I just love making miniatures. Not only are they fun to do but you get to be a little kid again, even if it's just for a little while
  • Posted: March 11, 2019 14:46

    DecorCraftDesign

    Another awesome wire craft and you had me fooled again, I thought it was a real day bed.. lol.. so adorable!
    • Posted: March 11, 2019 15:48

      acraftymix

      💓 Doing the happy dance. I love it when our miniature crafts look like the real thing. Thanks so much Mel
  • Posted: March 9, 2019 16:18

    Leanna

    This project is simple to do and incredibly whimsical. But the style of it is all yours. Like all really good artists it has a distinct feel that is all your own. What a beautiful gift xo
    • Posted: March 10, 2019 11:12

      acraftymix

      🤗 Thank you so much Leanna. I kinda feel the same way about the things you make. THey're always so soft and feminine. Just like you
  • Posted: March 5, 2019 06:06

    Katrin

    Oh Gosh, this turned out so adorable and beautiful Michelle, I can't get over that little tray and all the other little details. Also, so clever to use a wood board as a base to form the wire. The fairies must be in heaven at your place!!
    • Posted: March 5, 2019 08:53

      acraftymix

      😍 I think they're happy here my friend. Our garden is thriving so they're definitely doing their fairy things 😉
  • Posted: March 3, 2019 15:48

    Claire

    I knew this was yours even before I clicked the link. It was the fairy element that made me guess right. Beautiful and so so cute.
    • Posted: March 3, 2019 16:35

      acraftymix

      🤗 Thank you Claire. The fairies made me do it 😉
  • Posted: February 28, 2019 03:20

    Amy

    Stop it! You're freaking brilliant. This is the most amazing thing I've seen. When I saw the thumbnail for the post, I thought it was a normal full size bed. So, so cute. I love wrought iron beds. My daughter's crib was wrought iron and so is her big girl bed now. Needless to say, I love this project!!
    • Posted: February 28, 2019 11:57

      acraftymix

      😘 Thank you Amy. We love our wrought iron beds too and have three life-sized ones. Two for couches and we bought the other one for my daughter when she was a teeny little thing. She's had it all these years. They're definitely keepers
  • Posted: February 27, 2019 11:53

    Anonymous

    Michelle, Wow, WOW!! Now that is truly amazing my friend!! Love it!! Hugs, Deb
    • Posted: February 27, 2019 12:21

      acraftymix

      Awwwwww Debbie, you have just made my day. I know how much you love your miniature scenes and if you love the little daybed, then that's such a great compliment for me. Thank you 💓
  • Posted: February 26, 2019 22:42

    Mary

    Well you could have fooled me Michelle. I glanced at it briefly and thought it was a full sized daybed. Love that color on the metal. If only it was bigger for me to come over!! I'll share it with Teddy!
    • Posted: February 27, 2019 09:22

      acraftymix

      🤗 Oh that's so cool Mary. It makes my heart happy to know it looks like the real thing.
  • Posted: February 26, 2019 22:39

    Linda at Mixed Kreations

    Oh My, how adorable! Michelle, you are amazing! Only you would come up with a goblet made from a pill capsule and a thumbtack. That never would have crossed my mind. I love everything about this daybed from the wire work to the mattress, cushions, accessories and your adorable little teddy bear.
    • Posted: February 27, 2019 09:22

      acraftymix

      Thanks so much Linda and I shouldn't get the credit for the wine goblet. That was my daughter's idea 😍
  • Posted: February 26, 2019 18:55

    Kim

    Ok, so I either want to be a little girl again so I could play with this darling little set up...or I want one in my size!
    • Posted: February 27, 2019 09:17

      acraftymix

      😘 I'm with you on that one Kim
  • Posted: February 25, 2019 16:52

    The Fae Artist

    That's adorable Mix. I've been exploring all your fairy craft ideas and I love them all 👌💫
  • Posted: February 25, 2019 07:01

    Julia @ Vintage with Laces

    This is so cute, Michelle! The fairies will love it. :)

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