I’ve spent a lot of time creating a relaxing patio and garden oasis behind my house. We entertain often and people never fail to compliment me and exclaim how much they wish they had a similar set up at their home. I dedicate hours working in this area and it’s my pride and joy. One day, when walking by the front of my house, I noticed something. It’s barren. I spent so much time decorating the private section of our yard and totally neglected the front. My porch had nothing on it but a welcome mat. And my front garden? Half of it looks lush and the other half…not so much, I knew it was time for an update. I also knew it had to be something simple- no fancy flower arrangements- because I have the unfortunate tendency to forget to water anything in the front of the house. There’s nothing more welcoming than a pot of dead flowers, am I right?
Then a lightbulb went off. Why not create a fun seasonal display? While I was browsing through the craft and hobby supplies section of Oriental Trading I came across an adorable Fairy Garden set. Reminded of one of my favorite plays, I decided to create a Midsummer Night’s Dream display.
How To Make A Fairy Garden Lantern Display
I am a person who gets the basics of an idea and then adds onto the display until I find an arrangement I like. When I decided to create the Fairy Garden on the barren end of my flower bed beside my front porch, I had two goals in mind. I wanted a cute arrangement that would draw attention away for the scarcity of flowers. I also wanted to cover up a vent in front of the house.
I started with a miniature DIY wooden crate, two different sized metal lanterns, the fairy garden set, a small metal galvanized bucket and some dried moss. When I noticed they didn’t stand out like I wanted them too, I turned to my secret weapon; paint. I spray painted the crate a neutral tan then gave it a light coating of lilac. I wanted a contrasting color for the bucket so I used a light coating of mint green. Tip: Be sure to use spray paint that stands up to the elements!
To create the Fairy Garden Lanterns, I spray painted the miniature chairs lilac for an extra pop. I placed about two tablespoons of moss in the bottom of each lantern. I added a miniature chair and stepping stones on top of the moss in each lantern and replaced the top. I wrapped mini purple LED lights around the top slats of the mini crate and around the lanterns to give it a sparkle of pixie dust.
I arranged the smaller lantern on top of the crate and placed a fairy bridge beside the lantern. I turned a small urn planter upside down and used it as a base to hold the second lantern. *Tip: Plastic urns are easy to paint different colors to match your decor. Because I am forever trying to repurpose items, I placed a leftover piece of tile in the urn to create a stand for the large lantern.
To give added dimensions to the display, I created different levels. The small urn was my highest piece, then the wooden crate. For the ground level decor, I used a cute little mini bird feeder I had on hand and used the small pail to create a gazebo display. I filled the pail with potting soil and added a few succulents. These will continue to live if when I forget to water them. I topped the succulents with moss and added the gazebo and gate set from the fairy garden to the top of the pail. I arranged twinkling purple LED lights around the gazebo to add an illusion of twinkling fairy wings.
I still needed to cover the vent. I decided the easiest solution was to create a “picket fence” backdrop. I painted a small leftover piece of a pallet I found in our barn white and handed it over to Bryan to cut “pickets”. For some reason, no one wants to trust me with the saw. Then I positioned it behind the display.
I think my Fairy Garden adds a cute touch to my flower bed. It makes the bed so much more appealing to the eye. Plus, it didn’t take very long to make. Thinking about making your own Fairy Garden? You can find all sort of cute outdoor ideas at Oriental Trading.
What are your favorite outdoor decorating tips?