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Simple Fairy Garden in a Pot

Fairy Garden Pot Simple Fairy Garden in a Pot
Fairy gardens are so magical and wonderful; I can’t seem to get enough of them. Although we have an ancient one down in our woods, we really did need one that could sit up closer to our house. Creating a Fairy Garden in a Pot is a great way to have a magical little space when you don’t have a large yard or if you want one that can be moved around. To help keep the pot light, fill it ¾ of the way with chucks of wood and leaf mulch before adding soil to create a flat surface.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 30 minutes

Things you’ll need:
Large flowerpot
Soil
Fairy garden miniatures
Pebbles
Moss
Miniature garden gate and fence
Pots and little plants

Things to do:
1. Fill the pot almost to the top with soil and flatten to make a working surface.
2. Create a path with pebbles, pressing them down into the soil so they stay put.
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3. Line each side with moss to the edge of the pot to create the “grass”.
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4. Place the gate, fence, furniture and accessories to create the space you desire.
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Fairy Doors in the Woods

Fairy Doors Fairy Doors in the Woods
There is something thrilling about fairies… the mystery, the wonder, and the possibility that they just might be real. I loved it as a child, and love it still and I’m enjoying carrying on the magic of fairies to my children. With that in mind, I have a little surprise in store for them. Out in the woods near our house, there are, hidden away, a pair of fairy houses with magical little doors, locked, of course – only fairies an get in after all. These doors are simply made with paint and wooden plaques and are the perfect setting for a fairy garden, big or small.

Difficulty level: Easy to Moderate
Time to complete: 30 minutes

Things you’ll need:
Wooden Plaques
Paint
Glitter
Finishing nails
Hammer
Thin paint brush
Paint pen

Things to do:
1. Paint a base coat on the wooden plaques. You’ll want at least two coats, allowing each to dry before adding the next. Allow the paint to dry.
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2. Using either the paint pen or paint and a thin paint brush, paint hinges and a door knob, and if you like, a window or other decorations
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3. Add glitter to the fresh paint to make it look metallic and allow it to dry.
4. Once the door is dry, insert nails in places where they will blend in to the decorations, tapping them in just enough to keep them in place.
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5. Nail the door into the trunk of an appropriate tree and decorate the space around to make a garden.
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DIY Miniature Fairy Rope Ladder

Fairy Rope Ladder DIY Miniature Fairy Rope Ladder
A fairy house is a lovely thing, but a fairy tree house is even better. Some fairies, after all, like to live high off the ground. High, at least, for them. Or perhaps your fairy house is in a pot and you want to give your fairies a way down to the ground. Either way, whip up this simple rope ladder from twigs and twine.

Difficulty level: moderate
Time to complete: 10 minutes

Things you’ll need:
Twine
Twigs
Scissors

Things to do:
1. Cut two lengths of twine twice as long as the ladder you’ll need.
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2. Starting a few inches down from one end, double knot one piece of twine around one end of a twig.
3. Continue to tie twigs every inch or so, until you have as many rungs as you want.
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4. Repeat on the other side, keeping the twigs relatively even and knotting the second length of twine evenly along the other side.
5. Trim the ends of the twine to length and hang on your fairy house.
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DIY Miniature Fairy Teapot

Fairy Teapot DIY Miniature Fairy Teapot
We have a little fairy house, down at the bottom of our garden, where the fairies like to gather (and the little girls too) We’re always adding little things to help them feel more at home and I thought it was high time for a teapot. After all, don’t fairies love to have tea parties? How can you have a tea party without a teapot? Look for very bendy, green sticks or soak the twigs in warm water for a few minutes before shaping into the handle.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: less than 10 minutes

Things you’ll need:
Scissors
Twigs
Wooden beads
Wooden slices
Hot glue gun and glue sticks

Things to do:
1. Add a little bit of glue to the top and press a small wooden disk to cover the hole and create a lid.
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2. Trim one stick to create a spout by cutting a steep angle with the scissors. Glue in place.
3. Bend another section of the twig into a u shape, trim the ends to make a flat gluing surface. Add a dab of glue to the end of each and press it onto the bead to create a handle. Allow everything to dry before giving it to your fairies.

Craft Foam Flip Flops

Craft Foam Flip Flops Craft Foam Flip Flops
My whole family spends the summer in flip flops. Every day, everywhere, we’re just flip flop kind of people. So this project is perfect for us, and it totally delights my kids. In fact, it’s a good thing we have so many pairs lying around because one set like this is definitely not enough. There are too many possibilities for messages or shapes after all and I bet your kids (or you!) will love it too. So pull out the flip flops and the craft foam and get ready.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 15 minutes

Things you’ll need:
Craft foam shapes or sheets and scissors to cut out shapes
Craft foam glue
Flip Flops

Things to do:
1. Turn your flip flops over so the bottom is up and the arches are facing in toward each other.
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2. Arrange your shapes or letters backwards and upside down on the flip flops until you have the design, pattern or words you want.
3. Glue the shapes or letters down onto the foam of the sole and allow the glue to dry completely before shifting.
4. Slip them on and head out to the beach!

DIY Fairy Garden Gazing Ball

Fairy Garden Gazing Ball DIY Fairy Garden Gazing Ball
All fairies need a little magic in their lives, and in their gardens. Don’t think for a moment that just being a fairy is enough! My fairies have loved their marble gazing ball, its become just the thing to accent their gardens. Made simple with wire and a pretty marble, you should make one for your fairies as well.

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: Less than five minutes

Things you’ll need:
Wire cutters
Needle nose pliers
Marble
Wire

Things to do:
1. Cut a 6 inch piece of wire.
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2. Using the needle nose pliers, form a spiral.
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3. Open up the spiral enough to fit in the marble snugly inside it. Work the wire with your fingers until the spiral securely around the entire marble.
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4. Leave the remaining section of wire straight and plunge this into the soil of your fairy garden.

DIY Pony Bead Bubble Wands

Pony Bead Bubble Wands DIY Pony Bead Bubble Wands
I’m in the midst of planning a fairy party for a certain little girl I know, and at the top of her “must do at the party!” list is bubbles! It’s hard to resist the though, who doesn’t love bubbles. So our little visiting fairies will be making bubbles for sure, but first they’ll be making these simple bubble wands. Perfect for a quick afternoon project, they are infinitely customizable and so fun you’ll end up with more than you need. Which means you’ll have plenty of bubbles. And who doesn’t want that?

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: less than ten minutes

Things you’ll need:
Pipe cleaners
Pony Beads

Things to do:
1. Set out your pony beads, I like to put a little of each color in each hollow of a muffin tin instead of setting out the whole box. It makes for an easier cleanup if (when) they get spilled.
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2. Wrap the center of a pipe cleaner around three fingers to help it form a circular shape. Bring the ends down and twist into a wand with an “o” at the top.
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3. Thread beads onto the wand until it is almost full. Wrap the ends back up around the last bead and tuck the tips in under the bead.

Wood Disk Fairy Path

Wood Disk Fairy Path Wood Disk Fairy Path
We are big fairy house lovers around here. I have two little kiddos who revel in the magic of the fairies that live in our woods and they pay them a visit every time they go out for a tromp to see what the fairies have been up to and maybe, maybe, if they are very lucky, to catch a glimpse of one. Now that the warm weather is here, our fairies have been very busy in their garden, laying out a new path between their front gate and their door with tiny wooden disks. Maybe your fairy house could use a path too!

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: Ten minutes

Things you’ll need:
Fairy house with yard
Wooden Disks
Small shovel or hand rake

Things to do:
1. Level the ground where you want the path to be. If you have grass growing around your fairy house, you’ll want to create small holes for the disks, otherwise just scrape the ground flat and spread out a thin layer of fresh soil.
2. Lay the wooden disks into the soil to create a path. Vary the sizes and keep them fairy close together for a wide path or pace them out evenly for a narrow, stepping stone style path.
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3. Once you have an arrangement you like, press the disks gently into the fresh soil to help them stay put. You wouldn’t want the fairies to trip on a loose section of path after all!

DIY Summer Fun Sponge Ball

DIY Sponge Ball DIY Summer Fun Sponge Ball
Since we spend a lot of time outside and a lot of time in the water, these sponge balls are perfect for my kids, they’ll love soaking them and then tossing them back and forth, or maybe at one another. You can vary the side of these sponge balls by using bigger or smaller sponges and thicker layers. Look for rubber bands with no metal join. This way you’ll avoid both rust and the change that a hard edge might sting when it’s tossed at it’s target.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 5 minutes

Things you’ll need:
Flat kitchen sponges
Scissors
Rubberbands

Things to do:
1. Cut the sponges down their length into four even strips.
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2. Stack three layers high and four strips wide for each sponge ball.
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3. Wrap a rubberband tightly around the center of the pile.
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4. Fluff out the strips to create a ball.
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Rustic Patriotic Ribbon Flag

Patriotic Ribbon Flag Rustic Patriotic Ribbon Flag
Hanging a flag on your house is, of course, a pretty traditional thing to do around Independence Day, or really any time of the year. And it’s a great look, especially if you have a graceful porch to hang it from. But if you don’t, or if you are looking for a slightly different look, this ribbon flag is just the thing.

Difficulty level: Moderate
Time required: 30 minutes

Things you’ll need:
A variety of ribbons in red, white an blue
2 foot length of ½ by ½ wood
Staple gun and staples
Scissors

Things to do:
1. Lay the wood out of a hard work surface.
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2. Starting with the thinner or more see-thru ribbons and spacing them out randomly along the length of the wood staple ribbons until you reach the 2/3 mark. Trim the ribbons at about the 4 foot length.
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3. For the remainder of the piece of wood staple blue only pieces of ribbon until you reach the end. Trim these blue ribbons to about 1 ½ length foot.
4. Add a second layer of ribbon to the back of the first, filling in until you have solid coverage. These should be trimmed at the 4-foot length.
5. Flip the “flag” over and trim the ribbons to be more or less evenly along the bottom edge and also trim the blue section evenly to create a stars section.
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6. Hang the flag on a flat wall surface.
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