Donni Webber, creator and owner of fairygardens.com 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.
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.