Craft and Garden Tutorial: How to make an Alpine Fairy Garden

Craft and Garden Tutorial: How to make an Alpine Fairy Garden with a repurposed glass maple syrup bottle and an Italian Stone Pine treeDuring the holidays I received two gifts that I knew would be great for creating a new fairy garden. The first was a miniature Italian Stone Pine tree (which I may have over-watered a bit because I have a bad habit of thinking water = love with plants). The second was a bottle of maple syrup. Even though I received these gifts from different people, they seemed like a perfect pairing for an Alpine themed fairy garden.

I've been scouting my yard for the perfect spot to create my miniature landscape and finally settled on a large clay pot near our fire pit.

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Directions


I was lucky enough to get a maple leaf bottle filled with syrup and it was delicious! If you can't find syrup in a bottle like this at the market, you can get the glass bottles on Amazon (one of my affiliates) from the link above.

Tutorial: painted glass maple syrup bottle Start with a clean, dry bottle and fill it with a bit of acrylic paint in your favorite color. I used a red-orange color. Put the lid on the bottle then swirl the paint around until the inside is covered. It's a little tricky because of all the jagged edges on the leaf. You can add more paint if necessary.
Remove the lid and turn the bottle upside down onto a protected work surface like a paper plate. Let all of the excess paint drain from the bottle.
Tutorial: painted glass maple syrup bottle Let the paint dry completely. This is the step I always want to rush, but it's really important that the paint is thoroughly dry before you put the lid back on so I'll say it again.

Let the paint dry completely!

Once the paint is dry you can put the lid back on.
Sometimes you can find these fairy wish doors in the beads and jewelry making section at the craft store. I like them because the doors actually open up.
They are meant to be used as necklaces so there is a loop at the top that you may want to remove with a pair of wire cutters.
Once the loop is removed...
...add a spot of silicon adhesive to the back of the door.
Tutorial: Create a fairy house with a painted maple syrup bottle Then affix the door to your painted bottle. Make sure to leave space between the bottom of the door and the bottom of the bottle because you will want to submerge a little of the bottle when you create your garden.

Let the bottle lay on it's side until the glue is dry or the door will slide off the glass.


Once the silicon is dry, you can head outside to set-up your garden. I used the miniature Italian Stone Pine that was given to me, bought a Fine Gold Leaf Sedum and transplanted some Angel's hair from another one of my gardens. Of course you can use other varieties of plants in your garden. I made a bark path in front of the fairy house and added a medium sized rock from the yard as an accent.


Craft and Garden Tutorial: How to make an Alpine Fairy Garden with a repurposed glass maple syrup bottle and an Italian Stone Pine tree

Welcome woodland fairies! In my next post we'll head to the seashore and I'll show you how to make a miniature beach themed garden.


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