Welcome to another Wacky Wednesday project – making FAIRY FURNITURE.
Have you noticed how expensive fairy garden furniture is to buy?
The tiniest chairs and tables can cost you an arm and a leg and yet often they are made from things that are available for free.
With the thought of warmer weather heading our way I’ve been planning a fairy garden revamp for a while.
Recently two of the Goddesses and their Mum came with me to the local park for a picnic.
The oldest Goddess loves to collect all manner of natural treasures during the walk there and even finds some great things at the park.
Before long, we had a bag full of sticks, vines, leaves, flowers (taken from the ground) and a few rocks.
I spread them out on the counter and immediately visualized the great things we could make. So while the Goddesses napped (these projects are a bit delicate and time-consuming for tiny tots) DIL and I got to work.
In a matter of a few hours, while happily chatting and sipping on tea, we made a quaint wooden bridge, a table and chairs, a bead decorated rocking chair and another chair, plus a bench for visiting gnomes and some fairy garden birdhouses.
We also created a wonderful collage which will be the basis of a story time prompt I’ll share with you next week and the base for a wonderful wreath that I’ll share another time.
Aside from a few beads and some wire, the only other materials used for most of our creations were the natural treasures found by the Goddesses and a hot glue gun.
I can’t give you step by step instructions for most of these as it really depends on the treasures you find.
However, I’m hoping the pictures can inspire your creativity and I will list some top tips below to help you get started.
TOP TIPS FOR NATURAL FAIRY FURNITURE
I didn’t cut any of the wood as I wanted to keep the furniture looking as rustic as possible. I broke the sticks to get the sizes I wanted, with the help of some heavy duty pliers.
If you are adding these to an outside fairy garden, consider making everything slightly taller than you want. This way you can push the legs of tables and chairs into the ground to help keep them in place.
Look for two sticks with a natural bend in them to make the bridge.
Hold them side by side with their bend facing upwards. An extra pair of hands really helps as you glue the first few sticks joining the sides of the bridge but after that, it seems to hold together by itself quite well.
If you don’t have dried vine to use as the railing, as we did, use brown string.
THE TABLE SETTING
Thick pieces of bark make the perfect surface for tables and benches.
Just glue on some legs – make sure you break your sticks so they are the same length and glue them to the bottom of your chairs/tables – easy.
BEAD DECORATED CHAIRS
It’s a simple matter of determining how high you want your chairs.
Break two sticks the same length for the back of the chair and then two shorter sticks for the front legs.
Break two sticks to the size you want the seat lay them side by side and glue thin sticks on top to join them.
When dry, glue on the chair legs and add two short sticks to join the back and front legs, toward the bottom, for extra strength.
When the whole thing is dry, add some beads to some thin wire and wrap around the back of the chair.
This one is bigger than the others, so fit for a garden gnome.
I used the same process as for the chairs and some of that wonderful dried vine for the back of the bench/seat.
FAIRY GARDEN BIRD HOUSES
So easy. Put a hole in the bottom of a wine cork. Glue a stick into the hole.
Add a folded leaf to the top (for the roof).
Glue on a tiny matchstick for the bird perch if desired.
If you come across some vine, hang into it and I’ll share with you some wonderful wreath ideas in a future project.
Come back next week to see how we created a wonderful collage that is a story time prompt to illustrate one of the most magical transformations in the world.
If you enjoyed these projects, let me know in the comments and please be sure to share.
Want more great nature projects? Check out my post, How to Turn Sticks into Wonderful and Useful Objects.
Happy crafting and have a gleeful week, Tamuria.