Sunday, May 16, 2010

Our Fairy Garden



The fairy garden is finally done! It was so easy to put together once I had everything we needed.  


I found this plaque the other day and couldn't pass it up...it was perfect for our project.
 

If you were reading last week, you will remember the bench planter I found at the flea market. I gave it a paint job using rustoleum spray paint (my first time spray painting) and can not believe how fast and easy it was!


I used a piece of hard plastic with small holes for the bottom of the planter and burlap to hold the dirt in.
I planted the groundcover close together because I didn't want a lot of dirt showing since ours would be used to play in. These plants grow fast, so you could space them out and it will fill in just fine.


Once everything was in place, I gave the burlap a trim to even it out and make a little skirt.


As you can see, the fairy garden is a dinosaur garden right now.


I'm sure that will change from week to week.


We are having so much fun playing together in this magical place....


Here is a list of the plants I used...
Creeping wirevine for the side of the trellis
Veronica reptans Sunshine
Irish Moss
Spicy Orange Thyme
Dwarf Curry
 Succulents for the little urns
And the little flowers are Alyssum

I found a place that sells accessories here and some garden centers have them...have fun!


Sharing with The Magic Onion for their fairy garden contest.
 
I'm participating with the CSI Project.

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77 comments:

  1. What a very sweet project. My mom used to sell miniatures for dollhouses. I used to love all the little pieces and details. On a quest for space, I sold it all. No regrets, but seeing your fairy garden brings back memories. Enjoy!

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  2. This is an adorable idea. LOVE IT! Now if only I had a little girl to share it with...my boys would have their superheroes having a tea party at that cute little table. :)

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  3. Now you have me hooked on having a fairy garden! This is so cute. I bet the little one would love to have a fairy garden to play in. You did a fantastic job!

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  4. That is SOOO cute! You know her imagination is just running!! Great project!

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  5. I love this....amazing and so fun....I definitely will have to do this fairy garden for my girls sometime!!! I love the photos of her in it looking at it...so cute!

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  6. How adorable!! What a special magical place for a little girl.

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  7. This project just makes me smile and smile. So so cute, and the miniatures look perfect with the plants and flowers. She will remember this when she is grown, you can bet!

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  8. This is beautiful and so magical. I have two little girls and they would go nuts over this. What a lucky little girl you have.

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  9. The fairy garden has become very beautiful!!!
    The way you used the burlap is great
    You share the garden with the kids? Wow... they are lucky to have such a creative Mum.

    Have a lot of fun together!
    and a wonderful week,Suzanne

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  10. oooooh londen, it is perfect! i LOVE it! i am still searching for the right container for mine. my mom took my daughter to the maryland fairy festival saturday and she came home with a giant toadstool for our fairy garden. it's made out of a dried gourd- how cool is that!!! i just need to find a container!

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  11. Londen,

    Oh my goodness, this is SO SWEET, It turned out beautifully. What wonderful memories you will have playing with her in that garden! Each of my little ones picked out seeds and a planter and are having a great time taking care of each, but this would be SO much more fun!

    Best wishes,
    Tammy

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  12. Oh my word! How cute! Thanks for the inspiration...we will be starting our fairy garden soon!:)

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  13. This is adorable! I think the fairies will get along well with the dinosaurs ;)

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  14. That is so pretty! I was going to attempt a fairy garden this year, but my girls kept arguing over what they wanted to get for it, so I just scraped the idea completely, lol.

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  15. This is adorable! I am going to take the time to visit your entire blog, it looks so interesting.

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  16. the children viewing the fairy garden show how wonderful some whimsy is in a garden! Thanks
    Kathy

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  17. Oh my gosh, I love it! Your kids are so fortunate, I would have spent DAYS playing in something like this, so magical!

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  18. Londen- it is just amazing, I love it!! You've totally inspired me.
    Happy Monday,
    T

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  19. Amazing! Thanks for the great inspiration. This little garden is on my to do list asap :)

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  20. It turned out so beautifully! What a dreamy little place for a little girl to play! :)

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  21. What a fantastic project! A truly neat metamorphosis.

    It took 23 years to complete my most recent project. Come take a peek.

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  22. That's so cool! I would loved to have had one of these when I was little. Great job!

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  23. That is super cute!!! I love how it turned out, good job!

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  24. i love it!!!! you did a wonderful job and any child's imagination will run wild when they get to the fairy garden!!
    xoxo

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  25. This is so cool. I'm going to send this to a friend of mine. She will adore your idea! Thank you for sharing.

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  26. Oh.My.Gosh. This is beautiful! The bench planter is perfect for the little world you created. Thank you for the tutorial and links.

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    - Deborah

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  27. What an amazing mom you are! And I love that you allow fairies AND dinosaurs! : )

    Melissa

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  28. It turned out so cute! I just love it and I can see your daughter does too. I'm sure she'll have lots of fun playing with it. Thanks for the link for the garden decor, I've had a hard time finding those little accessories.

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  29. I started my plantings for our fairy garden over Easter...can't wait to pull the entire project together for my children to have fun. Love your fairy garden...thanks for sharing.

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  30. Oh. My. The cutiest thing ever! I have been obessed with this idea since you mentioned you were going to put one together. Now I totally have to make one for my girls. They would love it.

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  31. are you kidding me?
    not only does she have the cutest playhouse ever. now she gets to play with a fairy garden.
    how magical & full of limitless imagination time!
    wow!
    you are such a good mom!

    p.s. graham got his stitches from playing star wars & fighting jedi(s). how's that for imagination...??? ;)

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  32. What a fun idea! I would have loved to have something like this when I was a little girl (ok, maybe I still would...)

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  33. You are so very talented! I am amazed! Your daughter is blessed to have a mommy that dreams big dreams! Beautiful! The little chairs and urns are my favorite!

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  34. That is the cutest garden ever. My daughter would have loved that when she was little.

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  35. I've wanted to make one of these for so long! Yours turned out perfectly! I love the little walkway, the urns, the darling little chairs - everything!
    So cute!

    Judy@cutest-little-things

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  36. How pretty and sweet! Great job!

    Partying with you tonight. Stop by if you have a chance.

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  37. How cute is that! I think I need one! ;)

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  38. Love your project! We have been working on a fairy garden project for the past few weeks. I hope to have a reveal next week. Enjoy the magic!

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  39. One of the cutest and most original ideas I have seen. I just love it. Thanks for sharing.

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  40. Your fairy garden is so adorable! I can see that your kids love it.:) ~ Jo

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  41. I did a post on shoes today and tagged you for a little fun...stop by!

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  42. Your daughter looks so enchanted! I used to build fairy houses with my daughter. Hold on to this time! She is now almost 12 and her interests have changed. I love how you put it together. So whimsical!

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  43. This fairy garden is just precious!

    I wanted to thank you for stopping by and leaving such sweet comments on my engagement post last week. Your wedding in Maui sounds like it would have been beautiful. I've traveled to many places but still need to see Hawaii!

    Have a wonderful week. :)

    Hugs,
    Karla

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  44. Oooh - I love this way of doing it. I am hoping to do this with my girls this summer and wasn't sure how I was going to do it...this helps...

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  45. This is just the cutest thing!!! I love this!! I have a garden link up every Tuesday, I would love for you to share this Tuesday!!

    www.justtryingtosavemoney.com

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  46. Londen this is darling! I can see that this will be a favorite hang-out for all kinds of faeries. What an great project!
    I love your front garden, it is just lovely and I would never have thought of Craig's list. When I need to divide things, I end up making new beds, much to my husbands dismay. I already have too much garden for him. He is afraid that soon it will take two of us to care for it!
    hugs

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  47. Londen this is so very sweet! I have just the spot behind our playhouse and know my little Izzy would have a blast with this...awesome!

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  48. Thanks Julie,
    You are so lucky to live near the Pure Gardener. I found most of the plants and accessories from there. The planter came from the kane flea market.

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  49. I would so be my girl's hero if I did this! I think this may be a great summer project! Problem #1 - I do not garden! Hoping a green thumb is optional!

    Thanks so much!
    Stacey

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  50. Oh my goodness!! I am in love. I so have to make one of these with my girls! Yours turned out A-MAZ-ING!! Thanks for sharing. I'm off to browse your blog some more. ;)

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  51. What a magical memory-maker for your children! Absolutely precious!

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  52. This is like the coolest sweetest most magical thing... I love all things fairie! I love all of the miniature things you found.. can't wait to try to make one too!
    xx trina

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  53. that is fantastic! my girls and i love fairies! once i decorated their room to look like a fairy garden (i'm a decorative painter)- now i miss it! i just might have to do this for my girls. this is the first time i've seen ur blog and i found it thru the nester's bird watching! i will be marking it on my bookmarks and will visit again! thanks for the inspiration!

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  54. love it! come and link up to making monday marvelous!

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  55. you are the best mom. way to get those imaginations working. so fun.

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  56. I'm in love! This is just too adorable. I did a fairy charm tutorial that you and your scrumptious little assistant should try. Please pop by and snag the idea if you'd like. I may have to try yours!

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  57. Here is our garden, I was inspired by your plantings and gave you a shout out.

    http://letsgoflyakiteuptothehighestheight.blogspot.com/2010/05/shh-fairies-sleeping-our-fairy-garden.html

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  58. Oh my Gosh, that is totally adorable!! I think I'm just as enthralled as the kids are..lol What a unique and creative idea!
    Thanks for stopping by too!
    Lisa

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  59. Thanks for sharing this with me. It is so cute. I'm bookmaking it. I know my kids would love it.

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  60. WOW! I wish I had girls so I could make one, maybe I'll make one for me! :) I absolutely love how you put it all in the chair! Great job!

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  61. hi london,

    i don't know how i missed this post?

    i'm so making this for my grandaughter, this is the cutest thing i've seen in a long time.

    what kind of plastic did you use for the bottom? i have an old iron chair without a seat so i'm thinking this would be perfect.

    i'll let you know how it comes out.

    ~janet

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  62. Janet,

    When I bought the planter at the flea market they gave me the plastic piece. Its just a hard piece of plastic with small holes. I'm sure you could find something at the hardware store and make it work. It doesn't even need to be plastic.

    The little bench I used has some slats on the bottom to hold the plastic piece on.

    When I planted it, I really packed the dirt in and let the burlap stretch.

    Good luck and let me know if you have any other questions!

    Thank you everyone for the sweetest comments!!

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  63. that is just the sweetest project! I love that you used a bench. Darling!

    Thanks so much for linking up to The CSI Project's hardware Store Challenge! We hope you will come back next week for the Martha Stewart-inspired challenge -- The MS Craft Department are our guest judges!!!

    XOXO
    Jen

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  64. I love the fairy garden....it's PERFECT! I love that you put it in a bench...very cool.
    Amy @ thepineappleroom.blogspot.com

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  65. The Fairy Garden is so magical! How perfect for your little nature bug to play in. I laughed out loud when I saw that the dinosaurs took over. You may have seen these already, but I thought of your beautiful fairy garden when I saw these on Etsy:
    http://www.etsy.com/listing/48739798/a-flower-fairy-swing-on-a-seed-needle?ref=v1_other_2

    Happy Fairy Garden Playing!

    Katie

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  66. This is adorable! Thanks for sharing. I will be linking to your precious fairy home.

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  67. So cute! My boys would love the dinosaur addition. They made a fairy garden last year, but it wasn't as cute as yours.

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  68. That is so adorable! I especially LOVE the dinosaurs, but I'm a nerd. If i had kids, i would so make one! actually i might anyway to keep the neighborhood kids out of MY garden :-)

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