Fairy Houses

becky_ia(z4 IA)January 25, 2010

Just looked at the $500 ebay fairy house! WOW! But not wanting to make something THAT elaborate!

Has anyone ever done a mosaic on a fairy house?Â

I have been asked to give a presentation for a Master Gardener workshop the end of February. I want to do something different and one of the hottest new garden trends is to create your own fairy garden...a tiny minature garden. Of course, it is January in Iowa so I can't show one outside right now (mine is under about a foot of snow), but can create a small hypertufa container garden filled with fairy things. Thinking to use tiny birdhouses and turn them into fairy houses. So they need to look "forestry". Like...covering them with polished stones or twigs and covering the roof with evergreen mosses.  Any other suggestions or ideas?

Thanks.

becky

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luna_llena_feliz

I do believe I saw the one you were talking about on eBay - Ice Queen Fairy House that was selling for $565 when I looked at it. It's beautiful but not $565 worth!

I haven't made any fairy houses yet but I'd mosaic the walls with stones and make a thatched roof with moss.

    Bookmark   January 25, 2010 at 1:13AM
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luvs2click

Becky - I've not mosaiced them before, but I have made lots of fairy houses and container fairy gardens. You can check out my photos at the link listed below. If you scroll down the left hand side there is a set called "fairy houses and gardens". They are tons of fun and you can use any container!
Arlene

Here is a link that might be useful: Arlene's photos

    Bookmark   January 25, 2010 at 8:30AM
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luvs2click

OK, I admit I am directionally challenged, the sets are listed on the right hand side, not the left! Yikes, I think I'll go back to bed for awhile!
Arlene

    Bookmark   January 25, 2010 at 10:05AM
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nmgirl(8 S.NM)

Here's a few of the ones I've made. I hope the thumbnails work.

    Bookmark   January 26, 2010 at 9:51AM
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sunnyca_gw

Love all your fairy houses Arlene, you've made a lot of them, enjoyed your garden pics too! Nice fairy houses nmgirl! Jan

    Bookmark   January 26, 2010 at 11:17AM
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becky_ia(z4 IA)

Thank you to everyone for your help. Wonderful fairy houses Arlene & nmgirl. This was just the help I knew I would find here! I also image goggled fairy houses and was amazed at all the pictures...thousands!

I started a couple and will post pictures when finished. I think this may be addicting!

becky

    Bookmark   January 27, 2010 at 12:07AM
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luvs2click

nmgirl has been an inspiration to me, I love her houses. Once I got started I haven't looked back! Have fun with it and be sure to post some pictures!
Arlene

    Bookmark   January 27, 2010 at 8:28AM
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concretenprimroses(4B NH)

One of you ladies should write an article for a garden magazine about fairy houses and gardens!
Kathy

    Bookmark   January 27, 2010 at 9:56AM
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becky_ia(z4 IA)

Well, I tried my hand at making some houses to put in my mini fairy garden I will be making for a workshop in a couple of weeks.

This was a fun project. Now I just have to find some little fairy figurines. Any suggestions anyone?

becky

    Bookmark   February 8, 2010 at 12:02PM
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coppertop367

Beautiful fairy houses!!! Will the moss that you have on them dry up and turn brown? or have you sprayed it with something??

    Bookmark   February 8, 2010 at 2:00PM
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luvs2click

They look great Becky - the stone work is awesome!

I usually get fairies from miniature-gardens.com

They are out of the ones I normally get - backordered overseas I've been told, but they do have other small ones right now.

Arlene

Here is a link that might be useful: Miniature Gardens link

    Bookmark   February 8, 2010 at 4:39PM
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becky_ia(z4 IA)

I don't think the moss will turn brown as the package said it was "evergreen moss". We'll see....I've had it for several years but in a bag.

becky

    Bookmark   February 8, 2010 at 11:49PM
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nmgirl(8 S.NM)

Great job and nice stone work! I especially like the double chimneys on the one. Neat idea. Makes you wonder if there's two fire places or is it a "duplex"?
Re: Fairies
Personally I never "use" them. To me it removes some of the intrigue of the wee houses. I like the idea that the inhabitant(s) have just stepped out and we're getting a quick glimpse of their world.
But that's just me. You do what makes you happy with your creation!

    Bookmark   February 9, 2010 at 9:51AM
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jeannespines

becky...I think these fairy houses look GREAT! Like the natural-ness of rock, mortar, moss. Looks like lots of work! Have fun with your class!

The closest I've come to the small gardening is the "enamel pan" ones some have done here. Looking forward to Spring to see if perennials in it made it thru the winter (outside on baker's rack near the house...so a bit protected weather).

Have fun! I'm sure you're lookin' forward to Spring, too! Schools closed again today...lots of snow! TFS! Jeanne S.

    Bookmark   February 9, 2010 at 12:09PM
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becky_ia(z4 IA)

I like your idea nmgirl of no fairies either...if I can't find one to display I will just say they are all inside their houses! My grandson tried to open the door of the one and I told him "STOP"! Fairies don't like BIG people looking into their houses! What a funny expression he made!

jeannespines, I too am SO ready for spring. My husband works for the county and left before 5 this morning. Wind is suppose to blow all day and plug every road they opened yesterday. No school here today either. Oh well, I made it to work...I never have a snow day!

When I get the entire mini garden all put together, I'll post again.

Becky

    Bookmark   February 9, 2010 at 1:31PM
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luna_llena_feliz

Becky, your fairy houses turned out great! You did a wonderful job with the stone work and I really like the very green moss. I hope it stays looking that great!

nmgirl, I love yours too. If I were a fairy, I'd shack up in one!

    Bookmark   February 9, 2010 at 9:56PM
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