My 4 year old daughter has recently discovered the world of fairy gardens.
She begged to start one, and I have to admit, I didn't argue. How cute are they with all of the miniature houses and accessories?! And knowing that an actual fairy may come to visit and play right in our own yard? Sold! ;)
On a trip to Jo Ann's we passed a display of fairy garden supplies. Oh my goodness, so many options. And oh my goodness, the prices! Yikes. I let her pick out a house and 2 small accessories, used coupons, and then vowed that we would DIY as much as possible for the rest.
I'll share what we come up with here on my blog, so that you too can have some thrifty fairy fun!
First thing we made was a hammock. With all that flying, those fairies must get tired. They need a place to relax! I was able to construct this using items already around the house, so total cost $0.
First I used a drill (power tools!! I'm usually not allowed near them because I'm a danger to society with them in my hands) and made a small hole toward the top of 2 wooden craft sticks.
Then I used some left over spray paint on the sticks. You want to seal them somehow if your garden is outdoors so the wood doesn't rot. I also painted the wooden skewer but forgot to take a picture!
While the paint is drying, assemble the hammock.
I used a scrap of outdoor fabric I had on hand from when I made new covers for our patio chair cushions. You can use whatever fabric you have on hand, I'm sure even an old t-shirt would work in a pinch. Another option would be to buy a mesh laundry bag from the dollar store and use that for a more beachy/rope hammock feel.
I cut out a 3.5" x 5" rectangle. If you do not want to hem the side edges you can reduce it to 3" x 5". You may need to increase the length if your wooden skewers are thicker.
For the string I used some crochet thread I had on hand. Embroidery thread or very thin twine would work just fine.
First I hemmed the long edges, just 1/4" on each side, to prevent fraying. Then I made a pocket on each short end, 1/2" on each, large enough for my skewer to slide through.
If you don't have a sewing machine you can either hand sew the pocket or use a waterproof fabric glue. Hot glue would probably work, too, just use extra caution especially if using a mesh or thin material.
On to assembling the stand...
Take the 2 sticks that you drilled a hole into and cut off the rounded end on the bottom.
Using a hot glue gun, form an "H" with the 3 hole-less sticks. Then attach the flat end of the stick as shown with a big glob of glue. I stuck a small bead behind it to brace it and hold it in place. Repeat for the other side.
Now grab your string and cut 4 equal pieces. You may have to play around with the length to get a good fit. I forgot to measure mine, sorry!
Tie each string onto an end of the wooden skewer. I secured each with a dot of hot glue to make sure it didn't slip off.
Then feed the strings through the hole on the craft stick. Tie the ends together in the back, and I added more hot glue there, too :)
And there you go! A hammock for your fairies to rest in. Now all you need to add is a glass of wine and a good book... Oh wait, that's what I want next to my hammock!
You can also skip making the stand & just tie the strings onto twigs and stick them in the ground, but I knew my daughter would want to rearrange her garden a million times so I wanted something sturdier and more portable.
If you decide to give it a try, leave a comment below! I'd love to see!