Finishing the Fairy Village

A few months ago I was inspired by a picture I saw on Pinterest. It was this charming little fairy village. For months I have thought of this picture and have returned to look at it frequently. The more I looked at it, the more I wanted to create my own fairy village.

The picture intimidated me a little bit, too. The neatly manicured rows of plants are so perfect and the houses look like real little houses. It makes me feel like I am going for a walk in the English countryside. I love it, but lets just say my style is a bit more eclectic and the desert landscaping in our area is a bit more... prickly.

I have been hesitant about starting this project because I was afraid that my fairy village wouldn't be as perfect as this one. Then I realized just how silly that was. Part of the charm of a fairy village is that it is unique and magical, not necessarily perfectly manicured. And so I began.

First, I found the perfect piece of real estate for my village.

It was an unloved little rock bed with some wild, unruly and terribly sharp plants. This area could be so much more with a little bit of TLC.

I began trimming up what I could salvage and removing anything that could cause bodily harm. The process was quite an adventure. Not only did I nearly slice my arm off with that big spiny plant on the right, I also discovered a mound of angry ants as well as an abandoned burrow of some sort. Ewww!

Once all the land was cleared, I started creating the houses. Not only did I want each house to be unique, I also wanted each one to come alive at night with some glow in the dark features.

I made five houses. The first was a piece of old pottery.

The second was a paint can.

The third, a Baileys Irish Cream bottle.

The fourth, my favorite, is a piece of a log.

And the last house was a mason jar that I pained with acrylic paint.
After the houses came the plants: Angel Hair, Breathless Blush, Silver Mist, and a Royal Pinwheel. My favorite fairy garden plant, though, was the Dragon's Blood.

Finally, a few finishing details. I made some glow in the dark flowers with perler beads and bamboo skewers. I'm going to tuck these into some of the plants when they are not flowering on their own.

I used the bottom of an old wine bottle to create a little reflecting pool. There's a swirl of glow paint on the underside so it glows a bit an night, too.

Remember all the perfect pathways from the fairy garden I pinned? I am going to create my pathways with the 72 tiny cement stepping stones I made with some Wilton candy molds.

All the individual pieces of the garden are ready. Now it's time to head outside and make a little magic!




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The Chilly Dog: Finishing the Fairy Village
Finishing the Fairy Village
Ideas and Inspiration: Fairy Village - A sneak peek at all of the houses, plants and details that will be in my fairy garden village.
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