Add accessories to make your fairy or miniature garden look like it is inhabited by little folk. These projects can be made from materials suitable for both indoor and outdoor gardens, and give the sense that your garden plants are part of a miniature scene.
For more fairy garden projects, see the instructions for simple fairy garden furniture. Also check through the miniature garden scenes or the vignettes from the Seattle dollhouse show featured in the Miniature show galleries.
For those of you... new to container gardening or new to grouping small scale plants for miniature gardens, these tips for miniature plants will help you keep your collection growing.
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These tiny little garden gnomes can be made in a variety of sizes and poses using either polymer clay or two part epoxy putty. The ones shown are made from epoxy putty, colored with Pearl Ex pigments or Pan Pastels. The epoxy putty gnomes will withstand the uv rays in an outdoor miniature garden, provided they are treated with a uv protective varnish.
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Use tiny Christmas balls as the basis for miniature gazing globes for your fairy garden. For indoor gardens you can use silvered glass balls, but for outside gardens you are better off to use plastic balls and silicone glues
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The designs for this garden arbor feature printables in several dollhouse scales to make it for indoor miniature scenes, but you can also use craft wood and wire mesh (screen door mesh) to make the arbor from the same plansfor an outdoor setting or an indoor planting with higher humidity.
04 of 13Collect acorns to make a tiny tea set for a woodland fairy. If your fairy prefers wine, mead or just a goblet of water, there are also instructions for tiny goblets made from smaller acorns.Continue to 5 of 13 below.
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"Log" Table and Chairs to Make From Branches
This set of miniature log chairs and a table are easy to make from branches in a suitable size for your fairy garden. They do require a bit of carving if you want to hollow out the backs of the chairs. As they are made from found wood, they are a great detail for natural or beach fairy garden settings.
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Miniature Bird Bath Made from Epoxy Putty or Poly Clay
Tiny detailed bird baths are easy to make from polymer clay or two part epoxy putty. For outdoor bird baths use epoxy putty and give it a coat of an outdoor uv resistant varnish to preserve any paint or color you add to the epoxy.
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You can fill these tiny nests with polymer clay or epoxy putty eggs and set them in the branches of your fairy garden trees. They will also work for miniature chicken runs, if you place one of those at the bottom of your fairy garden.
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Tiny bird and butterfly houses can be made from scraps of wood, acorns or other nuts, air dry clay, polymer clay or epoxy putty. Choose a material that will stand up to the environment in your miniature garden.Continue to 9 of 13 below.
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Do you need a miniature broom to sweep the paths in your garden, or a brush to scrub the pavers clean? These instructions will let you make brooms and scrub brushes in a range of sizes and shapes.
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Spades, garden forks, shovels and trowels can all be made for your fairy or miniature garden using recycled aluminum foil pans and the printable patterns attached to these instructions. The shovels can be made from lightweight card if they are destined for a dry site.
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The fence pickets that make this miniature picket gate are 'carved' by filing wooden coffee stir sticks or frozen treat sticks to your favorite fence picket shape. The pickets can be used to make miniature gates, fence sections to back a tiny garden or mark an entrance, or be used for simple rustic shelving, like the picket fence corner shelf.
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Simple Step Stools or Benches
Make simple step stools or benches for your miniature garden scene. You can use them to hold other miniatures like the woven garden hat,
or small plant pots, miniature baskets and other items.Continue to 13 of 13 below.
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The lanterns shown here are made from printables, but you can use the printable as a template to make lanterns for fairy gardens or garden pots from thin sheet metal, or a recycled aluminum food container. The lanterns can be lit with small scale LED,s or strings of chip LED lights, or set with tiny candles, although they should not be lit!
Finally, for inspiration check out the many photos of tiny gardens exhibited by Janit Calvo of "Two Green Thumbs" in the Seattle Dollhouse Shows Vignette galleries. Or see the review of her book Gardening in Miniature linked below