Curiouser and Curiouser, A Fairy Garden
Fairy gardens, a whimsical touch to any home. I’ve created several over the last few years, but I have to say that, this little Alice in Wonderland garden is my favorite. With it’s little characters and house straight from the storybook, a splash of colorful flowers and some pretty green succulents. A little cheerful welcome at the front door.
I had so much fun putting together this little set-up, so I thought I’d share it with all of you, Alice In Wonderland is my theme, but it can be adapted to anything you want.
Items I used
3 terra cotta pots and bases of various sizes
2 ivy plants
4 colorful flowering plants
Alice In Wonderland theme fairy garden figurines
ink jet printer
wax or parchment paper
Ok guys, so it’s probably obvious, but you should, start with a clean pot, brush of all dust and debris, and then mix up your paints, to get an aged look, mix in just a little of the grey with the white so that’s it’s a little dirty looking. Also, add a little bi of water too the paint, how much will depend on how thin of a white wash your looking for, I went a little thick with mine. Though next time I might go thinner, so it looks more aged instead of painted.
- use foam brush to lightly apply paint in small sections, wipe some off with a paper towel for a more rustic look
- continue until all areas of the pot and base are painted.
- let dry, craft paint dries very quickly so this might not take that long
4. while your pots are drying download your printable’s and set up printer
5. note, you may need to use Microsoft paint to print the image in reverse, print the image in reverse and it won’t appear backwards on your pot.
6. print out your printable; FYI this will most likely involve a lot of wrinkled paper jammed in the printer, curse words and frustration..possibly crying.
7. please note it works best if you print one and then apply it before printing the next one, you don’t want the printer ink to dry
8. lay your parchment paper flat on the pot, with the wet ink image face down, tape or hold securely in place and then use a credit card or other flat object to “rub” the image onto the pot, make sure you go slow and steady, the ink will smear very easily. The harder you rub the darker the image will appear. Some area’s will appear darker than others no matter what.
9. DO NOT TOUCH the image it will smear or come off completely, (yes I am speaking from experience)
10. spray the pot with the waterproofing, make sure you go over the image several times.
11. Plant your flowers/plants
12. arrange your fairy garden pieces
13. add stones and moss
14. place your fairy garden in the location of your choice
15. smile excitedly proclaiming how awesome your creation is! Don’t forget to take photo’s, you’ll want everyone on your Facebook page to know how creative you are!
I allowed some imperfections in my pots, one because by the time I got a workable image, I was frustrated with the printer and just sort of done with it. But also because I thought it gave them some character. Oh I almost forgot, if you are doing the inverted pot with bases on top, you may want to super glue them together…wind ya’ll!
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