We’re continuing on course for my Summer Crafting Series and this project is so clever and precious–and you’ll be able to use all of those random tidbits that have been collecting in the kitchen junk drawer with no hope of ever finding a home. With the exception of the marbles and shells, I got all of the supplies for this project from a local greenhouse. I wish I knew the name for each of the components–but rest assured they are some sort of plant derivative, found in the forests of Maryland and a relation of a certain tree, plant, seed, or flower ilk. Use what’s local for you, that’s part of the fun.
A few things were familiar to me, however: the moss (look how gorgeous and bright it is!), pine cones, beans, acorns (the separated pieces are even better), pebbles, one slice of a tree trunk (for the house foundation), and smaller slices of branches (that I used for the walkway) cut individually with a miniature saw.
I also threw a few random tidbits into the mix (check your junk drawers): marbles, shells, tidbits of recycled fabrics, and disposable paper cups (for the house itself).
I covered the wood base with dried hydrangeas and peonies and adorned the house with foliage siding and roof tiles. I used acryllic paint to add some color to the fairy house and attached two marbles with hot glue as the door knobs and the sea shells as the sconce exterior lighting. I also painted a few of the beans to make faux carrots and tomatoes for my fairy garden. Undoubtedly, those carrots and tomatoes will be dead within the week like all of the other unfortunate houseplants that have slipped away under my care.
The swing was constructed with flower stems, which I essentially folded in half. I then hot glued a string across one of the tiny wood bases (for the swing itself) and tied the other ends to the top of the structure. I created a few more knots in the length of the swing string, for effect, and lined the top with tiny pebbles (tweezers are a must!). The fairy and fairy basket we found at Michaels.
The top half of the acorn I used to create the receptacle for my fairy mailbox with a gold package inside. I’ve also seen halves of acorns used for birds’ nests (use the white beans as the eggs), which are oh-so-adorable say, in a tree or on a roof?
This project has so many possibilities and I love that it combines the magical with the miniature, using components that can be all be collected in the backyard.