My indoor fairy garden was made by repurposing a sentimental old object that I had no idea what to do with and it turned out to be a real show stopper!
Do you own old, broken or outdated objects that you’re not sure what to do with? That would be me. To say I am a hoarder would be a bit extreme, but I like to think of myself as a saver of unique items. Any item can be repurposed or brought back to life with a little elbow grease and imagination!
Several years ago I received this vintage clock as a gift. It was pretty in it’s own right although it did not work. It sat on my dresser for the longest time while I stared at it wondering what to do with it. I debated keeping it as it was just as a reminder of the thoughtful person that gave it to me or to just give it away. It dawned on me one day that this clock would be a perfect vessel for an indoor fairy garden home and I think it turned out to be an even better conversation piece!
I had always wanted to make a fairy garden. I hesitated creating one because I knew if I put it outside, the dirt and grime would get all over it. Plus, here in the northeast, during the snowy winter months I wouldn’t even see it! The purpose of a fairy garden is to give fairies a place to live so they can bestow good luck on you… or to tame a malicious fairy. So my indoor fairy garden sits in my living room watching over my sweet bunny Aggie!
The Method Of An Indoor Fairy Garden
- item to turn into a fairy home
- glue gun with glue sticks
- pliers (maybe)
- faux flowers
- fairy figurines
First you will need to check over the item you are upcycling. Does it need to be cleaned? Do you need to make any changes? I had to take the door off and remove the pendulum.
Next, start layering on your decorations with the hot glue gun. I found some small fairy figures at the dollar store to help attract the “other” fairies that would live in the home. You will know when you feel it is done.
Although I love the clock as is, I was feeling like I wanted to make some extra pieces. I hit the yard looking for some gifts from mother nature. Twigs, acorns and some flower petals from my hydrangea bushes are items I gathered.
Indoor Fairy Garden Accessories
I decided to make some windchimes and a harp in case these little people would like to play some music.
I was fortunate enough to find a twig that was malleable to create the form of the harp. I used fishing line for the strings and flowers from my hydrangea bush for decoration. For the base, I cut a segment from a branch lying in the yard and drilled a hole the size of the twig.
To make the windchimes, I used small beads and earring parts that attached to a pin backing.
Creating something like an indoor fairy garden is a great Sunday afternoon project that you can do by yourself or with your kids! Another fun easy DIY for you and your kids is my message center/ jewelry holder!
Tips for success:
Check your local dollar store for craft items: glue gun, glue sticks, faux flowers, beads, even fairy items in the garden section.
Scour your yard for gifts from mother nature! Just make sure to thoroughly clean them.
Don’t have an old item to transform? No worries, check out a thrift shop near by for something inexpensive!
Make cute little “homes for one” using a mason jar.
Transform a decorative shallow flower pot, tea cup, finger or soup bowl, a wicker basket or a pedestal cake stand.
An old lantern or oil lamp would be cute too!
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