Despite the fact that we still have about 28 days before we move into the new house and the apartment we’re staying in short-term is tiny and under furnished and all of my crafting supplies are packed up and probably somewhere in the Pacific Ocean right now and I really should be waiting until we get to the new place to start any new projects… I just couldn’t help myself! It doesn’t help that while the boys are at school, I don’t have anything else to do here besides think about a million different projects to work on and scour Pinterest for ideas!
My daughter (who will be turning 4 in just under a month), is absolutely in love with all things sparkle-fairy-ballerina-princess, which I find strange because her brothers are not into gender-specificity. They love “boy” stuff like cars and trucks and dinosaurs and superheroes, but they also love My Little Pony and will play tea party with their little sister without a second though. Princess Penelope, on the other hand, is just that. A princess. Her entire world would be pink and purple and covered in glitter if possible. Go figure!
Anyway, she wants a fairy garden, and to be perfectly honest, I want one too! So with nothing better to do and a craft store right next to the apartment complex (dangerous!!!), I just couldn’t resist. Penny insisted that she wanted her fairy garden to be indoors because she wants to keep it in her bedroom once we get to the new house, which simplifies things for me because I don’t have to weather proof everything. We headed over to the craft store to see what we could find, and here’s what we just couldn’t stop ourselves from buying:
- Wooden dog house – $2.17 (There were several different styles, including one with a domed roof that I thought would be better for a fairy house, but my daughter really wanted the dog house!)
- Bag of Spanish moss – $3.97
- 2 bushes of fake flowers – $1.50 each ($3 total)
- Mini craft sticks – $1.97
- Tiny birds (3 birds in package) – $1.49
- Bag of glass gems – $1.97
- Paint, paintbrushes, glue gun – $5.94 (I only had to purchase these because I don’t have any of my crafting supplies!)
Total spent on the fairy garden (so far): $14.57 ($20.51 including the extra misc. supplies I had to purchase)
I wish I’d taken a before photo, but Penny was so eager to paint it as soon as we got home that I forgot. She chose the purple, and I let her paint to her heart’s content. Her brushstrokes can only be described as scribble-scrabble, so I had to go over it again and clean up her paint job. I painted the roof a maple brown, and once the paint dried, I hot-glued some Spanish moss to the roof. I tiny little branch fell out of the bag of moss, which I glued over the window for the little bird to perch on. I added a couple of flowers to the roof and that’s about it! I’d like to find some twigs to glue onto the pitched roof and to make a rustic and whimsical looking door to the house.
I really don’t know how long I’ll be able to hold off working on other aspects of this fairy garden, especially considering that I have nothing else to do–haha! I’ll keep you posted! 😉
Also, I obviously haven’t used all the materials yet. I cut off a few flowers, and we haven’t gotten to the mini craft sticks, which we’ll be using to make a fence. We’re also planning to put the glass gems down as stepping stones. There’s still lots to do, so stay tuned!