The other items were bought at yard sales or dollar stores. My sister painted the cute stone fairy houses. I keep tweaking it..since this pic I added an old horseshoe as a garden arch...cute!
After I posted my pic on facebook I was contacted my my garden buddy Heather about doing a workshop on fairy gardens. I agreed-- so now I'm busy coming up with neat ideas I can share with others at the workshop. The neat thing about fairy gardens is they can be done in any container..the more unusual the better. I have seen them in old washtubs, flowerpots, birdbaths, and baskets. Now for today's fairy project. I have seen fairy houses made from gourds on the internet so I decided to give it a try. My gourd was well past its prime for any bird housing so I didn't have anything to lose.
This is the gourd before:
This is the same gourd after about 15 minutes:
This "extreme makeover" consists of lichen, acorn cap, and nut half I found in the woods near my house. I used some silk floral odds and ends that luckily hadn't been thrown away to give a little color and hide the ugly entrance hole. Did you see the little porch light I made out of a marble and acorn cap? Here's a closeup:
I have decided to keep it as part of my back porch display for now:
To end I will pose the question made famous by the fairy soap company....