Garden fairies come at dawn,
Bless the flowers then they’re gone.
A trip to TonkaDale Gardens is never complete without a visit to the Fairy Garden display.
Alas….I know my thrifty soul will never allow me to spend $200 on a Miniature anything! I would rather eat and buy shoes!
So in true Sweetwater Style, I found a way to make one for almost NO money.
Here is my first attempt….about 4 years ago. I used an old wooden box…lasted about 2 seasons.
The “tree” is a basil plant I pruned into shape.
Then I hit upon the idea of using the cement birdbath that was always full of ishy smelly water and leaves…..no birds….obviously better for fairies.
I have included links to several webpages with step by step tutorials for DYI Fairy Gardens.
Here is how I made mine:
Cleaned out the muck from the bottom of the birdbath.
Lined the bottom with a couple of inches of rocks and sand for drainage-no holes
I think one time I had to tip water out of the garden after a major rain, but generally it hasn’t been a problem
Filled the birdbath with potting soil. I made the center taller and packed the soil very well
Arranged the buildings
Put in the pathways and wall
Planted the plants
Put up the archway
Arranged the accessories
- The little ceramic houses are from the Christmas section at Goodwill…..painted them with acrylic paint from the craft store. —$5 or so
- The arch is just twisted grapevine-easy to do if you soak it first.—FREE
- The plants are sedum, creeping thyme, moss transplanted from other spots in the garden—FREE
- The little hosta pop up next to the mature plants…don’t know why this happens, but they are perfect—FREE
- The “garden wall” and stepping path are just rocks from the landscaping around the house.–FREE
- The “gazing balls” are big marbles—reused FREE
- The little pots are from the dollar bin at Target—reused FREE
So for around five dollars and a little creative reuse…I have my Fairy Garden—-Priceless!
This is a great version of my original fruit crate….love the little toy trucks!
Makes me wish I had an old wagon sitting around…do you?
The Tattered Tag