Monday, June 6, 2011

Wicker Chair Fairy Garden

Warning:
Adorable Level Very High.

This well loved chair has found it's way into my garden
& has been repurposed into a new home for fairies.
{Do you think they will come?}



The chair. It was $2. 
Found this weekend at a garage sale-ing outing. I almost passed it up.
Decorating co-captain Linda made me go back and get it.
 It's potential was far to great leave it behind.
('tis true - linda was right.)
I've put off making a fairy garden far too long. This was the perfect motivation.

The ideas began and it's transformation was underway.
Here are the stages & How to's:


Tools:
  • chicken wire, wire cutters, staple gun
  • I cut enough chicken wire to go 3" beyond the sides to have enough for a bowl shape.
  • roll of burlap (found at any home supply store).
  • potting soil.
 Tips:
  • The wire was just stapled gunned and cut as "we" (husband & I) worked.
  • Forming the bowl shape as we went along.
  • To paint the numbers (my house #'s), I sat the chair on a table, back side down, stenciled numbers, and painted them upside down. (an old art trick to help accuracy)

I lined the chicken wire with the burlap, added the soil and I was ready for the fun stuff.
Tip: use enough soil to make a good mound,
 it will sink in as you add plants & water. Use more than you think.


The fairy/miniature plants I used:
Oxalis, Veronica, Silene, Miniature Hosta.
 I'm not sure of the name of the shrub tree.

I made the path from pebbles I took from our swing set area.
Linda gave me a piece of thin slate that I just hammered into small pieces.
She also a gave me the arbor. So very kind.

The little cherub people I've had forever,
 I remembered them & thought they'd be darling as a statue.

A fast and really fun project.


"fairies"
I had my 8yr old sort and find the scrabble letters.
She couldn't find an 'F' so she made one herself.
That's my kid.

xo Jeanne

16 comments:

  1. This is absolutely adorable. How lucky you are to have such a great friend as Linda!

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  2. You are just the ooolest! I found a chicken wire "chicken" this weekend. I thought I would try to plant some Boston Ivy that is growing on the side of my carport in this cute little red chicken/rooster and see if it will take on the form. I have the ivy in my kitchen windowsill right now hoping it will soon take root.

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  3. Oops..that was supposed to be the "coolest".

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  4. You are so right: adorable! Coming over from Coastal Charm and your newest follower!

    Jeanine

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  5. Very cute...the fairies will love it.

    Sylvia

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  6. oh I love this!! what a great idea- very cute

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  7. Love it! It's really cute and I love unexpected things in the garden.

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  8. Love the uniqueness of the wicker chair as your garden! What fun and inspiration. Visiting from Mary's party. :-) Sue

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  9. Such a creative idea. Gorgeous.

    Suffia

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  10. So cute! Love the house numbers and paint job. Of course, if you build it... they will come! Thanks for linking this post to Share the Love Wednesday!
    Mary

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  11. Just love it! Seen lots of chair gone planter remakes, but this has got to be the best. I am a new follower. Visit me over at my palace sometimes...Tiffany

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  12. Just perfect.. Would never have thought to add house numbers... I love it.

    Warm blessings,
    Spencer

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  13. You were absolutely right--I love it!

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  14. Adorable idea--love the painted numbers on the wicker!

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  15. This is a very charming fairy garden. I hope you don't mind if I put it on Pinterest to inspire others as it did me. Cheryl in MI

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  16. I am a newbie here from Ohio and just found your site oh have I been missing out on you beautiful talent this chair is just amazing I will be on the look out for a wicker chair now off to read and look at all your beauties

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