Fairy Gardens

OK, now it’s time for something completely different… no quilts in this blog!  One of my dearest friends had a birthday recently and I decided to make her a Fairy Garden.  I had won a little Christmas Fairy Garden at the Cactus Society Christmas party (yes, y’all, I am a card carrying member of the Fort Worth Cactus and Succulent Society – who would have guessed?!).  Anyways, it was so cute, I had to make one for my friend.

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The Christmas Fairy Garden was in a plastic container and had a Santa Claus along with stars and ornaments.  I found some adorable fairies, bridges and other cute fairy garden decorations (including the rocks and mosses) at Hobby Lobby.  I get a catalog from Plow and Hearth and it is full of fairy garden supplies as well.  Apparently this is a big thing right now!

The tub also came from Hobby Lobby.  I watched a few YouTube videos on Fairy Gardens and found that you could fill the bottom half of a deep container with kitty litter.  Cheap, light weight and will absorb excess moisture.  On top of the kitty litter you add a good layer of potting soil, then start planting and decorating.

Most of these plants are cacti and succulents, although I do have one teeny tiny iris.  These won’t require much water.  Keep in mind that you can use other plants as well.  If you want to keep your fairy garden out on the patio, some annuals like marigolds would be super cute.

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The blue rocks for the creek were salvaged from the Christmas Fairy Garden but you can find these rocks at most aquarium stores (also saw some at Hobby Lobby).

I love the fairy, the chickens, mushrooms and other decorations.  Once I started I could have filled up a container twice this size!

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I would say the most difficult part was trying to wrap this gift without messing it up!

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These are so cute and fun to make – wouldn’t a fairy garden with bunnies and tiny eggs be a cute Easter decoration?  Uh oh! Somebody stop me!  I need to get back to quilting!!!

Have a great week, y’all!

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