artsy-fartsy mama: Fairy Garden

Fairy Garden

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When this fairy garden kit arrived in the mail to play with, we were so excited! My daughter loves everything fairies right now, and I just knew she would have so much fun with this project. She had a lot of fun helping me put it together, and has even more fun playing with it the past few days.

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There are a few different kits available, and they all come with fun fairy accessories. You just need to add soil and plants or silk flowers. Our kit was the Traditional Fairy Garden Kit, and it came with a fairy, fairy tree with swing, bird bath, bird, butterfly, welcome sign, wooden fence, wooden planter, pebbles, and of course some special fairy glitter!

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As soon as we opened the box, I realized that adding real plants and soil was not going to work for us. My daughter immediately started playing with all the pieces and there would be no hope of leaving the plants alone. I also don't have much of a green thumb, so we decided that we'd turn this into a kid-proof fairy garden for our new fairy friend to play in!

Fairies are known to be extra glittery with their magical fairy dust, so we were sure to include a whole lot of sparkle to our fairy's new home. We used Mod Podge, chunkier glitters, and some craft sand to make the planter box a fun little place for our fairy to play.

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Start by painting your wooden fence, and the planter box edges, inside and out. We used a hot pink on the box, and a yellow on the fence. Let dry completely.

We wanted to add a pond/water area, a grassy area, and a pathway. You can sketch out the areas with pencil first if you want, but I just eyeballed it. I started with the pond by pouring around 1/4 cup or so of Mod Podge into a disposable cup, then added chunky blue glitter. Stir with a popsicle stick until the Mod Podge/glitter mixture is a thick paste.

Carefully pour the mixture into the planter box and spread around with the popsicle stick. Next, I placed the tree in the box, and lightly traced around it with a pencil and added a pathway to it. I mixed up some green glitter the same way, and made a glittery grassy area around the tree/path area. Last, mix up some craft sand & Mod Podge and add your pathway with the popsicle stick. Discard any leftover glitter/sand mixtures.

The drying time will be quite a while, depending on how thick your mixture is, so I recommend placing the box out of kid's reach in front of a fan. Ours took a couple of days before it was completely solid. The Mod Podge dries clear, so it adds a whole lot of sparkle without any of the mess!! That glitter is not going anywhere.

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The bird bath was great all on it's own, but I wanted to add a little extra to it. I painted a couple of thin coats of blue acrylic paint to the bottom of the bowl and let dry. Then, I added some Dimensional Magic over the paint to make it look like it was filled with water. Let dry overnight, and get rid of any bubbles with a pin. Once completely dry, your new bird friend has a fancy new place to play!

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Once everything is dry, add in the fence and place everything in the planter box. It is all ready for play, and none of the glitter will make any mess at all. These fairy kits would make fun gifts for any little girl. You can purchase fairy garden kits in the garden center of WalMart.

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The Fairy Garden kit was provided by CraftProjectIdeas.com, MyNextStyle.com, and/or Horizon Group, USA. All opinions and images are my own.


14 comments:

  1. Oh yes, I can see a little girl loving putting this together, adding her own special touches! How fun!

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  2. This is so cute. My daughter would love helping make one of these.

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  3. This is adorable! You make it look so easy. So cute and fun!

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  4. This is SO adorable, I know my daughter would love it!

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  5. My kids would love to try something like this. So fun!

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  6. I LOVE your glittery fairy garden! Sooo cute and fun!

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  7. That looks like so much fun and what a great gift idea!

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  8. This is awesome! I love all the glitter. I agree, it's better for kids to use artificial plants so they can actually play with it. What a cute idea!

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  9. I am in love with these fairy gardens! I should look for one for the girls' Xmas - they would be such a hit! And the glittery water is such a nice touch! I love it!

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  10. How clever and GLITTERY!! My girls would go nuts for it! :)

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  11. This is absolutely darling! What a fabulous idea!

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  12. This is SO DARLING! My girls would love this! I might need to put it on my to do list.

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  13. My mom let us create a fairy garden in a section of her garden outside while growing up. It was magic and we loved it.

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