• DIY Project : Making Fairies from Natural Materials

    Posted on August 26, 2012 by in Bringing the garden inside, DIY home and garden craft projects, Recycled and repurposed items as garden art, Things that inspire me in the garden
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    monkey ball fairy  … an inexpensive DIY project!

    This morning as I was taking a stroll around the neighborhood and our yard, I gathered little bits of leaves, acorns, monkey balls, sticks and grasses.

    Since buying fairies for my plants and garden is pretty pricey, I decided I would try my hand at making my own! Plus, the Arden Fair is next Saturday and I wanted something different to contribute to our Garden Gild’s booth.

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    natural materials gathered from our yard & neighborhood

     

     

    First, I decided to make a Pinecone Fairy and assembled the found materials and heated up my hot glue dipping pot. Then I drew a face on a wooden bead and let it dry. I glued the head on first, then placed little hydrangea petals around the neck area. Stick arms and holly leaf wings were attached next . Some grasses were the finishing touches of skirt and hair. Finally, a longer stick was glued to the back of the fairy ‘s body so I could use it as a plant “poke”.

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    fine-tipped markers & wooden bead for the head

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    materials used to make the pine cone fairy

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    pine cone fairy with begonia … la-di-dah

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    pine cone fairy as a plant poke with a begonia in a galvanized steel pot for the Arden Fair

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    another finished pine cone fairy

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Now I was on a roll! I used monkey balls as the body and drew little faces on acorns, which became the fairy heads. Ginkgo leaves and disassembled pieces of a pine cone (scales) became wings. I ended up making three pine cone fairies and eight monkey ball fairies to poke into plants I was donating to the Arden Fair Garden Gild Booth.

    All this project cost me was a few wooden beads, some hot glue and my time. Another of my “use what you have” ventures that I am very satisfied with! I hope you’ll also create fairies with found natural materials from your yard and have as much fun as I did this morning.

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    grouping of monkey ball fairy “pokes” in cute watering cans with succulents … ready for the Arden Fair

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    materials used to make the monkey ball fairy

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    monkey ball fairy … how adorable

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    finished monkey ball fairies … I decided to make some extra ones just for me!

5 Responses so far.

  1. […] glass dish or vase and decorations of your choice. *Note ~ you might want to see my posting about creating your own fairies from natural materials for this […]

  2. Patty Fogg says:

    I too live in Fairfield and am a gardener, remain very interested in your display, very nice and creative.
    Patty

    • Barb says:

      Thanks for writing, Patty! We live on Fairfield Drive (hence the name Our Fairfield Home & Garden) in Wilmington, Delaware. Happy you are enjoying my posts. Are you in Delaware, Virginia or someplace else all together?

  3. deborah says:

    Love your gardens and your artistic abilities. Obviously an artists eye! ;-)

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