Monday, June 6, 2011

Wicker Chair Fairy Garden

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:

  • 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.
  • 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.

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


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

  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.

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

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


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


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

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

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

  9. Such a creative idea. Gorgeous.


  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!

  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

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

    Warm blessings,

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

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

  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

  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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