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 fun. 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
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.
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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
You’ll also need the following:
- The Twist Factor – Cotton wool
- Craft knife
- Jewelry wire
- Wire cutters and pliers
- Flour & Water
- Reindeer Moss
- Craft paint
- 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. 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.
You can make the tube as tall or as short as you want. For the roof, take a piece of jewelry wire and twist one end, so it fits over the tube.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
And finally, glue the roof on top of the tube to finish the fairy home.
Making the Lorax inspired trees
Remember those blobs from earlier? We’ll be using those to make some of these Truffula trees.
A tree falls the way it leans. Be careful which way you lean - The Lorax
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.
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.
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 a mix of craft paint and glycerine.
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 one end overlooking the edge of the driftwood.
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.
Every piece of wood will be different, so do what makes you happy.
I would love to know your thoughts on 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
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.
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
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And as always here’s wishing you an amazingly awesome and crafty week
22 thoughts on “Driftwood Fairy Scape with a Twist of Cotton”
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
I would love to be able to shrink myself down to that size too. I think the world will seem so different
Aww I wish I could live in this pretty little Lorax house. It fits me to a T!!
? it’s the blue right!!? ?
How did you guess!
? mmmmmmmmmmm I had to do a lot of research ?
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
? Thank you Marie ?
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!!
Thanks so much Sam, I’m hoping she likes it. She’s seen pictures but not the real thing yet
Mal oor die blou Mix! Jacques en Francois se ons moet een maak! ?
? 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
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
? 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 ?
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!
? The fairies made me do it ? Thanks so much Linda
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!
I’m sending over some fairy dust right now Katrin ?
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.
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 ?
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!!
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