Magical Miniature Gardens & Homes: Create Tiny Worlds of Fairy Magic & Delight with Natural, Handmade Décor

Donni Webber, creator and owner of and author of Magical Miniature Gardens & Homes: Create Tiny Worlds of Fairy Magic & Delight with Natural, Handmade Décor (Page Street Publishing 2016; $9.99 Amazon price) offers ideas and instructions for creating a variety of gardens and accessories. Chapters titled The Fairy Sunny House: An Exploration in Fairy Interior Design, A Gourdy Gnome Home: A Gnome in a Gourd, Hobbiton: A Terrarium Garden That Hobbits Will Love and Enchantment in a Gift: Giving the Gift of Magical Fairy Garden Kits feature a myriad of both easy and more complex craft projects. The following are from her book.


Tin Town

Materials: collection of 5 empty vintage cans with lids removed, drill (or you can use a sharp nail in hammer), pebbles, assorted miniature plants, garden gloves, garden trowel, potting soil, sand.


1. Using the drill or sharp nail, puncture holes in the bottom of the tins so that water can drain. Place pebbles in the bottom of the tins to help with drainage. Choose miniature plants including several succulents in a color scheme you like.

2. Add top soil to the tin. For the succulents add ½-inch small pebbles or sand. Add plants. Then add miniature garden items including the wine cork planter (directions provided below). Create a door and window (directions below).

Miniature Tin Town Door and Windows

Materials: sharp scissors, paper painting tape, wax paper, dark brown acrylic paint, paintbrush, wood skewer, red acrylic paint


1. You scissors to cut rectangular door in a square window from the painting tape. Still the shapes on to the wax paper.

2. Use dark Brown acrylic paint to paint the door and window Brown with a paintbrush.

3. To make the door handle, dip the end of the wood skewer into the red acrylic paint and I did come to the door.

4. When the paint is dry, peel the door and window from the wax paper and stick     

Wine Cork Planter

Materials: Pen knife, wine cork, soil, small succulent cutting, wood skewer.  


1. Use a pen knife to carefully whittle a whole about 1 inch deep into the center of the cork. Be slow and deliberate with your whittling, making sure that the blade does not slip and make a hole in the outside of the cork or cut your hand.

2. Hello Hall in the court with moist soil. Make sure your succulent cutting has a long stem for planting. Prepare the cutting by using the nails of your thumb and forefinger to snip off the stem at the end so the cut is fresh.

3. Use the wooden skewer to make a hole in the soil in the core planter of the bright depth for the stem of your cycle succulent cutting. Plant the succulent in the soil and place the planter in your garden.


Author: Jane Simon Ammeson

Jane Simon Ammeson is a freelance writer who specializes in travel, food and personalities. She writes frequently for The Times of Northwest Indiana, Mexico Connect, Long Weekends magazine, Edible Michiana, Lakeland Boating, Food Wine Travel magazine , Lee Publications, and the Herald Palladium where she writes a weekly food column. Her TouchScreenTravels include Indiana's Best. She also writes a weekly book review column for The Times of Northwest Indiana as well as food and travel, has authored 16 books including Lincoln Road Trip: The Back-road Guide to America's Favorite President, a winner of the Lowell Thomas Journalism Award in Travel Books, Third Place and also a Finalist for the 2019 Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Awards in the Travel category. Her latest books are America's Femme Fatale: The Story of Serial Killer Belle Gunness and Classic Restaurants of Northwest Indiana. Her other books include How to Murder Your Wealthy Lovers and Get Away with It, A Jazz Age Murder in Northwest Indiana and Murders That Made Headlines: Crimes of Indiana, all historic true crime as well Hauntings of the Underground Railroad: Ghosts of the Midwest, Brown County, Indiana and East Chicago. Jane’s base camp is Stevensville, Michigan on the shores of Lake Michigan. Follow Jane at;;;, and on her travel and food blog and book blog:

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