Many years ago I started a yearly tradition between Imbolc and Ostara of building an indoor fairy garden on my dining room buffet from scratch. I am a lover of building villages, and I already had a Christmas and Halloween village. But it was the dead of winter, and I craved spring and needed a project, and I thought what was more springy than FAIRIES!
This was back before fairy villages were popular, so there weren’t a lot of things available. That’s OK, because this inspired me to use my creativity and build it from scratch, which I think was way more fun! I built the accessories like the fences, the cabana, the polymer clay furniture and mushrooms, and even the base it all sat on. Some items were bought at the craft store, but back then there wasn’t as much to choose from as now.
Today, fairy gardens are exceptionally popular, so there are amazing accessories available to buy if you want a village but don’t feel like making it from scratch. This post has ideas for those who want to make them on their own.
Get children involved in making the village and using their creativity to create mini fairy items. Kids are full of imagination and can come up with some really unique ideas!
This village was so magical, that it actually attracted real-life fairies to live in it…according to two 6-year-olds who saw fairies fluttering around the houses!
Craft Supply Shopping
This is a comprehensive shopping list of the types of items I used in the village. You don’t need to do everything to make a cute village, just pick and choose the ideas you like and start there! Mine was built and new items were added over a few years!
Small bird houses
Large bird houses
Acrylic craft paint
Metal Craft Wire
Twigs and natural items from the garden
Foam Sheets (2″ high, width and length of your choice)
Flat-back glass vase filler
Hot glue gun and sticks
Fairy Found Objects (crystals, buttons, gems)
Natural recycled materials (old straw hats, tiny baskets)
My Fairy Village
This is a really fun project, and it is the perfect decoration to put up in early spring to bring everyone out of the end of winter blues.
Building this village proved to be the perfect escape from everyday, mundane, serious adult reality. I had to sell this village when I moved, but I have been building a new village in my imagination for many years, collecting and making notes on fairy tidbits over the years, so a new village is to come soon…
Many of the items used to build this village were purchased at dollar stores, making this an inexpensive venture. There are also so many amazing items available online for building villages.
The Fairy Cabana
Fairies need a cabana to relax under for shade on a sunny and warm day. To build the fairy cabana collect thin twigs and glue them together using hot glue. Twigs were stacked to form a mesh, rounded half-wall. Metal Craft Wire was wrapped around the twigs to keep them together while gluing. The top of the fairy cabana is a brim from an old straw hat that I cut to fit as a roof. I attached it by gluing it to the top of the twig cabana using hot glue.
The cabana is placed on top of a tree trunk prop that was purchased with Halloween village accessories. I often use the same props on all of my holiday villages interchangeably.
The Stick Ladder
I collected sticks from my garden and cut 8 the same size to use as rungs on the ladder. Then I began wrapping twine around the sticks, one by one, leaving about 1/2 inch in between. Add a dab of hot glue before you wrap to keep the sticks in place. Do this for both sides of the ladder. I then leaned it up against the tree trunk prop from the lower garden area.
Making the Mushrooms
The mushrooms are sculpted from white and taupe colored polymer clay. The caps are sculpted separately than the bases, then baked and glued together using hot glue. The tops are painted on a few of them with red acrylic paint and then white dots are added. They look awesome nestled throughout the village, and add a pop of color.
A Note about the Flowers
I used silk and dried flowers to decorate the entire village. I went for some very large flowers because after all, this would be the proportion of most flowers to tiny little fairies. Bunch dried flowers such as German statice and Baby’s Breath together to create miniature bushes.
Making Fairy Pod Furniture and a Stone Fireplace
The fairy chairs are built using dried pods. I cut a long, pointed pod in half to make the fairy seats and glued them onto round pods for the base.
I cut another round pod (found at craft stores) in half and then carved a rounded opening in the front using a craft knife for the fireplace. The rocks are attached to the outside with a small amount of mortar. Then I cut really tiny sticks and put them inside for fireplace wood.
The table was sculpted from polymer clay, and I added some texture to the top to look like a mini wood table. The rug on the floor is a bamboo coaster.
Make a Fairy House with Handmade Clay Door
This little fairy house started off as a small round birdhouse that I purchased at a craft store. I created a rounded “hobbit” door from polymer clay and shaped it on the house before baking to get the proper roundness. Once baked I glued it onto the house and then glued small stones around the entire wall of the house. The roof is covered with leaves, overlapped and attached with glue. The leaves were actually flat and fresh when I applied them, and they dried curled up and wispy and very fairy-esque. This was a happy accident.
Polymer Miniature Clay Table and Chairs and Fairy Bridge
Table and Chairs
The table and stools are sculpted with polymer clay. I made the table top separate than the legs and then glued them together. The rug is another piece of the old straw hat that I cut apart.
The bridge was sculpted from polymer clay and pre-shaped over a paper towel holder to shape the rounded arch before baking. The railings are rolled clay snakes, curled at the ends for whimsy. I glued stones every inch or so to the base of the bridge, then glued the railing to the top of the stones. Under the bridge, I placed iridescent blue stones to look like water.
The Ground Cover
The entire village is built on pieces of foam sheets to protect my furniture (you may want to place a piece of fabric underneath for further protection). I placed all the pieces where I wanted them and then scattered
Spanish moss along the ground. I also tucked some Reindeer moss in areas for a variety of color and texture. This gives it a very natural appearance.
The flower stems are pressed into the foam sheets so they stand up on their own. Makes it easy to move them around.
Ideas for Decorating the Fairy Houses
All of the fairy houses in the village start off as wood birdhouses. I purchased some small ones from the dollar store and the larger ones from craft stores. The houses are decorated with stones, leaves, pods, acorns, and dried and silk flowers from my garden. To add texture to the roof of one of the houses I pulled the nubs off of pine cones and glued them on in a shingle pattern. Use your imagination when decorating the houses. Color, texture and natural elements are key for fairy houses.
How to Build the Fairy Fence
The fairy fence was made using the stems on a dried flower from the garden. I cut them into equal sizes and then used waxed thread to tie them together. I went for a rustic look, because it worked for a wood nymph appearance, and also because it was impossible to get them to line up straight ;). Overall, it worked. I sculpted the garden gate using polymer clay and glued a sparkly star bead to the front for whimsy.
It is a little hard to tell from the photo, but behind the fence and up to the house I build a mini fairy garden. I cut apart silk floral bushes and pressed them into the foam base so they stood upright. The flowers really look like an English garden. A path was created using large river stones from the garden gate to the front door of the house. Lastly, mushrooms were added in between the flowers.
And that’s all! Hope you found the journey through my fairy village making enjoyable and inspiring!
Thanks for visiting and enjoy making your own fairy village!