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How to Create a Potted Herb Garden Fit for a Fairy

Updated on August 31, 2016

Create a Potted Fairyland and Invite a Fairy

How to Create a Potted Herb Garden Fit for a Fairy. My best friend is celebrating her 60th birthday is a few weeks and I am creating an herb garden and invite a fairy to visit it. I started this project by first ordering a kit to make a fairy garden, although it is cute I need to add a few things to make it really special, just like my friend. After thinking on this for a couple of days, I decided to make some of the little things that my fairy kit seems to be missing.

First off how can you get a fairy to visit an herb garden? Well, you need birds, tools for the garden, a basket to collect the herbs, little sign to label the herbs, a gazing ball and of course what would it be without a garden flamingo. Rather than running out an trying to shop for these things, I decided to make then from sculpting clay that could be baked in the oven. So I spend a day looking for that mysterious play I put the clay last year when I was sculpting babies and at last exactly where I left it, in a basket with the babies I made.

The next day I played with the clay at firs tI had a bit of trouble figuring out how to get the clay to do what I needed it to do. Once I conditioned the clay by flattened it out with my mini rolling pin, I figured it out. Once the clay warmed in my hands it molded easily and soon I had so many things I will need to make another potted herb garden. My favorite item is a little table I made by flattening out the clay and cutting it into a circle to make a table. Of course I got so excited I had to make a tea set which I molded onto the table to be baked as one piece. I will use part of some sticks I collected as the base of it.

Many fairy garden kits are available for purchases and most include a fairy like the one below. I painted the granite colored one that came with the kit to look this way. The kits come with accessories such as a bird bath, trellis, garden sign, watering can and many other items. Kits are also available with garden trolls and gnomes instead of a fairy.

Cute Fairy Garden Project

Potted Supplies for Fairies

HearthSong Decorative Fairy Village Accessories, Set of 3
HearthSong Decorative Fairy Village Accessories, Set of 3

Decorate your Fairy garden with this cute trellis, bridge and Fairy house. These pieces will make your village garden a unique place that any Fairy would love to make her residence.

 

Cheap and Easy to Use

Sculpey Clay - It's What I used for my decor

Sculpey clay is easy to work with, you need to condition the clay first by running it through a pasta machine or simply rolling it with a rolling pin or bottle. Do this while folding it up and re-rolling until it become pliable and easy to form. The heat from your hands keeps the clay warm and workable. If you do a large chunk and only use small amounts at a time I suggest you place it in a zipper bag after conditions and keep it in your pocket to keep it warm. Once the clay cools down it will need to be conditioned before it can be used again.

In the photos below you can see anything is possible. I simply molded these items with my hands and a small rolling pin. The round table top was formed by rolling a piece of clay flat and using the opened end of a soup can like a cookie cutter. Afterwards I placed the tea pot, tea cups, cupcakes, and spoon onto the table. All of the items were placed on a cookies sheet and baked to the hardened state you see them in here.

Finally, I used craft paint to each piece for a more realistic effect. After the craft paint dried, I finished them with a spray coat of clear paint. This will help to set the color and keep them looking fresh. Anytime I paint something for my garden with craft paint, I discovered that a final coat of clear spray paint keeps them from peeling or cracking in the sun.

A Sample of Some of the Things I Made, I plan to paint them.

A Sample of Some of the Things I Made,  I plan to paint them.
A Sample of Some of the Things I Made, I plan to paint them.

After painting

After painting
After painting

A Home for Every Fairy

Making a Fairy House

DIY a Fairy Garden

This is a small birdfeeder I purchased for about a dollar. I removed the perch peg by wiggling it our with my hands. The lady bug was about 50 cents and I plan to use it for the door of the house, as it will cover the bird hole and the hole left from the perch. Before I attach it I will paint the house with craft paint and when it is dry I will spray a coat of clear paint to seal the surface, attach the ladybug door and add another coat of clear sealer.

In the photo below you can see that I painted the house in a black and yellow bee motif and attached the lady bug door over the hole on the front side of the little house. I used Gorilla glue to attach it permanently to the house.

I key to painting these items is not so much skill as patience and a variety of paint brushes ranging in sizes. With the smallest brush you can paint the details with accuracy. Don't become frustrated this is a craft and should look home spun, perfection is not the goal of the painting. I simply add more interest the finished fairy herb garden.

The painted Fairy House

The painted Fairy House
The painted Fairy House

Sculpey Clay - Buy It Today

Inexpensive and easy to use Sculpey clay is a favorite of craft. Just bake in you home oven to hard for a permanently form object. Paint if desire. it forms a hard plastic that is durable and can be used for all your home crafting projects.

A photo of the box cover from my purchased fairy supplies

A photo of the box cover from my purchased fairy supplies
A photo of the box cover from my purchased fairy supplies

Time for a QUIZ

Do you think you would like a Fairyland in your yard?

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    • Raymond Eagar profile image

      Raymond Eagar 4 years ago

      Why not maybe the fairies will come and visit .

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      fairies in the gardens, i like that

    • Northerntrials profile image

      Northerntrials 4 years ago

      This would be a a great addition to making my bottle gardens...

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      chi kung 4 years ago

      no, I won't have one - I like to have practical things as decorations as well :)

    • suepogson profile image

      suepogson 4 years ago

      It sounds like a lovely idea.

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      Ben Reed 4 years ago from Redcar

      Seems like a wonderful place to be.

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      Mary Norton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      It is a nice place to be in. I can imagine the smell.

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      junkcat 4 years ago

      I would love to have a fairy garden, I would have several fairy houses and a door on a tree and would make an entire section of my garden just for the fairies

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      MaryMitchell 4 years ago

      I certainly would, especially if you would come and make it for me, lol. A lovely lens, thanks!