Sunday, May 15, 2016

How to Create a Recycled Fairy Garden

Our poor chimenea was accidentally broken by my honey about two years ago while he was mowing.  He bumped it with the mower and it toppled over (in slow motion) and broke into several pieces.  He was so upset about it.  I saved all the pieces because I'd always wanted a fairy garden and I thought it would be perfect for it.
Fairy garden? Yes, finally!  I have been waiting to make a fairy garden for quite a while now huh?  I really think it turned out pretty cute and now I'm already wanting to add to it! lol!
I found this cute little fairy garden set at an Aldi grocery store.  It was my very first visit to the store.  I saw the kit while I was shopping but passed it up and kept shopping.  I gathered my groceries, checked out and got all my goodies loaded into the car and then went back in to purchase the kit.  I was finally making my fairy garden I'd been wanting!

NOTE: I used E6000 glue to hold the bird and butterfly in place, its held through rain so far.
This is exactly how the broken chimenea lived for a couple of years, just waiting to be revived.
I needed a good foundation for my garden so this is the potting mix I chose, mostly because it was on sale. lol!
There was still remnants of a fire in the chimenea and I just went ahead and left it because I figured it would be good for the base of the garden.  I added a layer of fresh soil on top of the ashes and bits of wood left over.
I placed all the parts of the kit where I wanted them, then made a path using some river rock that I "borrowed" from the surround of the a/c unit we built several years ago (see that HERE).  Next I planted the little succulents all around the fairy's little garden.  Lastly, I added the remaining broken pieces of the chimenea to the ground in front of the garden, like a patio area for my sweet little garden.  I filled it all in with more of the new soil.
Wouldn't it be fun to sit in this little garden and relax?
I think Miss Fairy needs a chair to sit in when she's not daydreaming on her tree swing.

One little funny side to this whole story.....I enjoyed my new fairy garden for exactly one day and then we got 2 inches of rain and it all washed away.  No worries though, I added drain holes to the bottom and re-did the whole thing and now I'm enjoying it again!  Looks like I need to design Miss Fairy's little garden a nice cover that doesn't allow full on rain storm! lol!

It doesn't have to be done all at once.  It is a slow process in the works! C-ya next time!

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  1. What a sweet way to make a space special. I SO want to make one of these with my girls. I have two broken terra cotta pots I can't bare to part with, this idea is perfect!! ;)

    1. Oh that would be lots of fun to create with your girls! Thanks for stopping by and leaving such a sweet comment!

  2. Absolutely adorable !!!! I am in love . So sorry you had to start over. The fired clay chimenea has the most beautiful patina !! Love the added patio , you creative clever girl !!! Tt 💚

    1. Thank you so much! You live and you learn, right? LOL! Thanks for stopping by our blog!

  3. So Cute! Great way to use those broken flower pots. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving a sweet comment!


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