Look at your home from a fairy’s point of view, and you’ll be amazed at how many things you may already have that can be used in your fairy gardens. I thought I would make a list here of things for you to look for to find and start saving to create items for your garden. Best of all, by reusing and recycling things from around the house it will help you to save money as well as be eco-friendly!
Here is my list of little things you can find around the house to create a fairy garden:
Acorns: Is a fairy garden even a fairy garden without an acorn in it? I don’t know. You can pull them apart to create dishes or just use them as ornamental accents in your garden.
Bottles: Whether plastic or glass, you can use bottles in a number of different ways in your miniature garden.
Bottle Caps: Use as stepping stones, make into chairs, tables, etc.
Buttons: Make your fairy house as cute as, well, a button! Look for bulk sets of buttons that come in a variety of shapes and sizes.
Bracelets: Use bracelets to make chain link fencing or use for a swingset or to decorate your fairy garden houses.
Clay: Clay can be a great way to make just about anything for your fairy garden. You can make little pots, create paving stones, furniture, and so much more!
Dishes: Small dishes can make for great accents in your fairy garden. Use them to build a pond, break them (carefully! always wear safety goggles and in a large plastic trash bag so shards do not go flying everywhere!) and use pieces for stairs/steps…so many potential ideas here! Tea Cups are also cute as can be!
Earrings: Use them as hanging baskets and charms in your garden.
Egg Cartons: Great way to start seedlings for your plants for your fairy garden.
Fabric Swatches/Old Clothes: Use fabric for making curtains or bedding inside your fairy house.
Gravel/Stones/Rocks: Go around your driveway or yard and look for gravel, stones, and rocks to include in your fairy garden. You can also always purchase decorative stones or aquarium gravel for your gardens as well.
Lids: Lids can make for a number of different things, depending on the shape and size. For example, the lid from a hairspray bottle or a lid from a yogurt container. Try to reduce, reuse, and recycle everything you can!
Make-up Containers: Save all those containers from your eyeshadow and make-up and you’ll have some very interesting things to add to your garden – perhaps even a miniature mirror or two!
Sticks & Twigs: Go around your yard and start collecting sticks and twigs! You can use them to build fairy houses, create bridges, use them for retaining walls, fencing…so many potential uses!
Silverware: Old spoons, forks, and knives can be transformed into a number of things for the garden.
Thimbles: Thimbles are great for making fairy dishes or using as decorative planters in your fairy garden.
Toothpaste Caps: That tiny screw on lid for that tube of toothpaste could be a cup, or maybe a wall sconce or a lampshade. If your toothpaste brand has bigger caps, they could be turned into stepping stones or miniature planters in the garden.
Wine Corks: Old corks from wine bottles can be used in a number of ways in your fairy garden.
Wire: Wire can be used to create a number of things – wire furniture, wire hanging baskets, wire fences…look for small gauge jewelry making wire for your projects or use old hangers.
Do you have any ideas for other common household items you can use in your fairy gardens? I would love to hear about them in the comments section below!