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Tuesday, October 28 2014

I live in an area with many young families so on Hallooween we've always had a few adorable little Trick or Treaters visit. I love adding a few simple decorations around the front of the house so the neighbours know they are welcome, and this year I wanted to add some spook to the fairy garden by our front door too. There is no need to go to huge expense, and after spending some time on Pinterest searching for inspiration I came up with a bunch of spooky but not too scary DIY accents for the fairy garden.

Rock Pumpkins - Created by painting some interesting shaped small rocks orange, painting on green leaf detail and finally drawing on those spookily adorable little faces.

Scare crow - To protect those little pumpkins I created this scarecrow using sewn scraps of material for simple clothes (but you could use barbie or similar dolls clothes). I used wire to secure the stick frame together and also to secure the twiggy legs. I stuffed him with a little pillow filling then added a gumnut head and straw hat.

Witches Broomstick - Using the fallen twiggy branches from our Tipuana tree, I gathered them together around a thicker stick 'handle' and fastened with an elastic band.

Witches Coldren - I simply painted a large gumnut black! The fire was created with a piece of an artificial flower I had laying around and painted it red, then threaded it onto the gumnut stem, then placed it on stones.

Friendly Ghosts - The gumnuts got a coat of white paint before I glued on scraps of white fabric, then drew on the spooky faces. I also glued on stick picks to keep them 'floating' in place in the garden.

And there you have five simple DIY Halloween decorations that could be done by an adult or the kids, that compliment our regular range of fairy garden miniatures.

Fairy Stump House

Suspension Bridge and Railroad Lanten

Will you be adding some Halloween spook to your fairy garden? We'd love to see a photo if you do.

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Thursday, October 16 2014

There's something about a rustic garden path that is just so charming. Even more so when it's in miniature.

When creating a path in a fairy garden there are many options, however sometimes working on a small scale can pose challenges. For instance, using stones looks great, but as they are so light they can easily be displaced by watering, general tending to the garden or of course little fingers - which also means they can be a choking/nose stuffing hazard for any younger siblings.

Here is my step by step guide to creating a 'safer' fairy garden pebble path.

You will need:

  • Stones (or you could use buttons, coins, wood rounds etc)
  • Masking tape
  • Netting - shade cloth, fly wire, netting from a fruit bag etc. Anything with holes for drainage that won't weather.
  • Super glue (check the label as some brands won't bond to plastics)
  • Scrap of flat smooth plastic
  • A heavy book

Steps:
  1. Arrange the stones in your garden, then once you are happy with the layout, tape over the top of them to keep them in position.
  2. Cut a piece of netting to the general size of the path.
  3. Apply glue liberally to underside of stones - I would add more glue (than pictured) next time for a better hold as a couple of my stones fell off and required re-gluing.
  4. Lay netting on a scrap of plastic then place pebble path, glue down, onto the netting. Put a heavy book on top to keep attachment firm while glue dries (overnight or longer).
  5. Once dry, carefully remove the tape and trim away any excess netting.
  6. Place your path into your fairy garden and brush some garden soil or decorative sand between the stones to cover the netting.
 
 

And that's it. A simple way to keep your fairy garden pebble path in place. Have you created paths in your fairy garden? Would you use this tip next time in your fairy garden? We'd love to know, please leave a comment.
 
 
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