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DIY Fairy Garden Play Set For Kids

I made a DIY fairy garden play set for my daughter and now you can make one too!

DIY Fairy Garden Play Set

Here is the supply list:

  1. Wooden Doll People like these I bought on Amazon.

2. Artificial flowers (bought mine at the Dollar Tree).

3. A  plastic tray (another Dollar Tree purchase).

4. Small clay pots (or even plastic will do).

5. Sharpie Fine Point Markers or paint to draw the faces.

6. Hot glue gun.

7. Scissors.

WARNING: Depending on how old your child is they may want to help create the fairy garden. They may want to draw the faces or choose the flower parts to make hats, clothes, and wings. My daughter helped with both. If this happens, your fairies will be perfectly imperfect, so give your kid the tools and hum “Let It Go” to yourself as you lose total control over your craft.

Then just make your own fairy garden exactly the way you want it.

DIY Fairy Garden Play Set For Kids


Step 1: Pull apart your artificial flowers and decide which parts would make nice hats, wings, and skirts (or any other clothes you want). My daughter wanted a crown on her King and Queen so she found some flower parts that worked. You may need the scissors to make bigger holes or to cut individual petals.

Step 2: Using the hot glue gun glue your flower parts to your wooden dolls. We made skirts out of petals, crowns out of the greenery, and wings out of both. To make the wings you can fold one side of a petal and glue it into a point and then glue the point side to the dolls back. Let the glue cool.

***Hot glue is hot so never let little kids use it. They will get burned.

Step 3: Using Sharpies (or if you have a very steady hand, acrylic paint will do) give your fairies some faces. My daughter wanted to have a baby fairy crying and a grumpy mom (I have no idea where she got that idea). The ink does bleed a little so make sure you give yourself enough space when making the eyes or they will turn into two blobs. If this happens you can pretend your fairy has two shiners that he or she received after getting into a drunken brawl before visiting the garden. Probably not a great thing to tell the kids, but I am sure you can come up with an equally as entertaining story. Perhaps something like this: Ms. Fairy was crying so much that her mascaara ran…or even better just turn those eyes into sunglasses and call her a “beach fairy.”

Step 4. Get the plastic tray and hot glue the pots and flowers to it to create a garden. We left our pots empty because my daughter’s fairies like to fly in and out of them, but you can fill yours with flowers or turn them on their sides.

DIY Fairy Garden Play Set

Step 5: Let your kids play with the fairies in the flower garden. When they are finished they have a cute little play set that can be left out as an indoor fairy garden decoration. For extra fun leave little notes from the fairies for your child. Trust me, they love that sort of thing!

Step 6: Pat yourself on the back for making your own toy. High-five your spouse. Strut around your living room like a super hero mom or dad. Then go read a book, take a bath, or drink coffee and stare out the window completely lost in your own thoughts, while your kid plays quietly for the next 5-20 minutes.



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We Made Clothes Pin Mermaids

Our weekends are starting to get packed with craft making. Tiny-Small likes to make presents for the holidays and we are starting earlier than usual this year. I think that is a good thing. We recently made clothes pin mermaids. If you’d like to make some too visit Red Ted Art because that is where we got the idea and the directions to make them.

We Made Clothes Pin Mermaids
Making fabulous mermaid tails.

Tiny-Small had a blast painting glitter glue on the fins, and then, because we like to be extra fancy, we glued some other things on for extra sparkle. You really cannot have too much sparkle when you are a four year old girl…or a mermaid.

We Made Clothes Pin Mermaids
Here they are!

We were thinking they might make cute refrigerator magnets or Christmas tree decorations. I found some pipe cleaners and strung them through the clothes pin slots and they doubled nicely as a way to hang them and as mermaid arms.  We used whatever yarn we could find in my craft stash for hair and sharpie markers to draw the faces on. It was a blast!

We Made Clothes Pin Mermaids
It’s blurry because she was too excited to sit still!

After they were dry, Tiny-Small decided to select a few to play with as dolls. She sat and played “house” with them for quite a while. She even asked if we could make them some dresses. We might do that on another day.

I did see a tutorial for clothes pin ballerinas go by. I am all about making little tutus. We might try making some of those next time instead.

Every year we make a big portion of our gifts. Most of the people we give gifts to are adults and they have everything they need. So we tend to focus more on how we can use our time to express our love. This usually includes a lot of painting, gluing, and baking. I am pretty excited that we are starting earlier than usual this year. Hopefully that will take some of the pressure off once the December crunch rolls around.

I am also really enjoying Tiny-Small at this age. She is getting old enough to follow some directions and her drawings and creations delight me to no end. I am really excited about the possibilities and art-making activities ahead of us this year.

Are you making any crafts for the holidays or with your kids right now?

Stickman Drawing Challenge Day 12: Flying a Kite *Plus A Surprise

I was kind of excited about drawing my stickman flying a kite today because Tiny-Small flew her first kite ever last week and had a blast. We can’t wait to go fly kites again. Plus, kites are easy to draw and so are stickmen. Sometimes that is just what you need first thing in the morning!

Stickman Drawing Challenge Day 12: Flying A Kite
She’s a natural.

I have a surprise announcement to make about the challenge. Everyone that completes all of the 31 days of drawing will get a postcard in the mail from me, but one lucky person will also win this wonderful drawing book by Carla Sonheim. She makes learning to draw fun again. It’s a great book for children or adults. I know I love my copy and I am sure you will love it too!


On September 2nd, after all of the drawings are submitted, I will choose 10 of my favorite drawings from the inlinkz tool (your drawing will have to be posted in the inlinkz tool on the blog to qualify) and then blog readers will be able to vote on a favorite. Once a winner is selected I will send the book via Amazon to the person who drew the best stickman! I’ll post the official rules for the contest on the last day of the challenge (August 31, 2014). If you are having any trouble adding your your picture to the inlinkz tool and need some help, please let me know. I can add the link for you if it’s too big of a technical challenge.

Stickman Drawing Challenge Day 12: Flying A Kite
I have been singing “let’s go fly a kite…” for days. Thank you, Mary Poppins and Disney.

Today the prompt is: FLYING A KITE

Add your drawings to the link tool below.

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Tomorrow the prompt is: GETTING MARRIED

You can see all of the prompts for the entire month by clicking here: See all of the art prompts.

Stickman Drawing Challenge #31stickmen

*The link to the book above is an affiliate link.