apple Our Fifth House: Building a Home for TinkerBell

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Building a Home for TinkerBell

We have a house guest this summer.


Well, really she's a garden guest that was invited to live in our back yard by my almost 6 year old daughter.

She needed a home.

At first I thought I could transform a craft store bird house.


But TinkerBell was too big.  You can't live in a house that is shorter than you are.

So, I pulled out my hot glue gun and used some wood shims to build her a fairy shack.


Then I covered the roof with flat moss and painted it hot pink with some outdoor craft paint.


And now she lives at 123 Pixie Lane.  She climbs the rope ladder to get to work even though she could probably just fly up there. 


She works at the Fairy Power Plant............


........where they grow cabbage. 


My favorite part is the potting bench. 



My daughter's favorite part is the rope swing. 


TinkerBell is getting settled in her new home.


There's something magical about this place.


I hope my daughter has lots of fun hanging out 123 Pixie Lane this summer. 


I put up a sign to warn the "big people" to be careful in this area of the garden. 



That's one check on our summer list


Here are the deets in case you're wondering and want to invite a fairy to live in your garden: 
 - house was made from wood shims (we already had) 
- flat moss can be found at the Hob Lob ( we already had that too)
- manilla rope was used to make the swing and the ladder (Lowe's) - hot glue works well to hold it together
- the windmill was bought at Michaels, it's actually a bird house but I covered the hole with a broken wood shim - I used a plastic plant container that I spray painted white to make the windmill taller
- the potting bench was also built by hot gluing broken pieces of wood shims
- wood shims were used to make the raised garden bed
- miniature pine cones were painted green to look like cabbages
- small garden marker is a tiny broken piece of a wood shim hot glued to a nail
- the lantern and small plant hook came from a local garden shop
- the table, chairs, terra cotta pots, wheelbarrow, and tools all came from the Hob Lob
- I planted spanish moss, thyme and one little succulent 

If you have any questions let me know in the comments!  

Faith, Trust, and Pixie Dust - you had to know that was coming.  ;)

19 comments:

  1. That is too cute! I keep seeing these fairy gardens popping up everywhere - my friend just made one last week too. I need to make one of these for my kiddos! :)

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  2. Carmel, that is soo stinkin' adorable! How clever and cute:)

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  3. the cutest fairy garden ever! love the rope ladder- fairy power- all those details!

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  4. That's awesome!!! I need to have a girl! Lol

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  5. You are going in the mom hall of fame! The awesome pad looks even better than the one in the movie. Tinkerbell is going to have one great summer!!

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  6. The fairy house is the THE most adorable thing I have seen in a long time. What a lucky girl your daughter is. My daughter is almost nine, but I may have to convince her that we need to do this! Too cute for words!

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  7. Agreed. That is the most adorable thing ever! You are too cute!

    xoxo, Sarah

    http://hellolovelydecor.blogspot.ca/

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  8. Oh, this is SO cute, Carmel! An actual Fairy couldn't really go in mine (the door doesn't open! LOL) So this is WAY better! ♥
    What a wonderful memory for your daughter!
    Hugs,
    Anne

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  9. Oh, we are in neighboring states! I'm your newest follower, too!
    Hugs,
    Anne

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  10. Oh I just love Tinkerbells new home and fairy grounds! You have got me thinking about copying you again and my ceramic horse head from Z-Gallerie hasn't even arrived yet!

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  11. Are you serious?! This is the cutest thing. I would have died for this when I was younger..okay, or now!! :) Your daughter is SO lucky! xo

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  12. This is what every little girl dreams of! You did a magnificent job and I'm sure your daughter and Tinker Bell are delighted.

    Pat

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  13. So cute! I wish I had a similar dining set!

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  14. I would have ob-sessed with this when I was little, how flippping cute

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  15. Carmel - That is the cutest thing ever!! My 6 year old daughter would love that, and I secretly would too. I think I was more excited when the Tinkerbell movie came out then she was. LOVE her! We may have to make our own fairy garden. =)

    ~ Catie

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  16. Never, ever showing this to my daughter, but it is seriously the coolest thing ever!

    Jessica
    stayathomeista.com

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  17. Adorable!!! Your daughter must be so giddy over that cool project. :)

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Be nice or I'll tell your mom! xoxo -C

 
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