John Henry recently became enamored with fairies. I had seen some very cute fairy gardens and I asked him if he wanted to make one. He was all for it! We set out to do it without buying anything.
There was an old wooden planter in our yard that I had never planted anything in. Every year this flower (I don't know what it is, anyone want to help me out?) grows on the edge of it, and that's it. It was practically begging to be made into a fairy garden!
We also had a cedar bird house that had all ready lost its bird perch- it's as if the fairies were wandering around our yard leaving us hints!
We perched the house up high with a tiny terracotta planter, and then made a ladder from twigs and bailing wire from the garden up to the house. John Henry put some nice soft straw in the house for the fairies to make their beds with!
I had some scrap Sunbrella fabric that we made a bunting and a flag out of it. Sewing something that small is no easy task, it turned out a little rough, but then fairies like little things a little shabby chic, right?
John Henry painted all the rocks and and insisted that we make a sign to let them know that this was a place for them!
We used an old canning ring to make a sand box. We had some colored floral sand and John Henry chose to fill it with pink, red, and yellow sand.
We made them a pond out of the lid of a cocoa tin. It's John Henry's job to make sure it gets clean water every day. We made the beach with crushed oyster shell.
We dug some creeping thyme up from another part of our yard, added some chicks and hens (John Henry's favorite plants.) Some pine cones and a few other little decorations finished it out.
John Henry and I are both enchanted!
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