Make a Little Church for Your Miniature Garden


Miniature gardens fascinate me, they take us back to our childhood and I love getting lost in them and living, even if it’s only for a moment, in a tiny world where anything is possible. One of my favorite people, my Aunty G, feels the same way. She’s like the Pied Piper when it comes to us kids, we all just want to be around her and I’m almost 50, lol. To celebrate her birthday we wanted to make her
make a little church for your miniature garden, crafts, decoupage, gardening
Like most of our other miniatures we used a wooden tissue box to make the church. You should be able to find something similar at a craft store or you could use a shoe box that’s been sealed with outdoor mod podge.
make a little church for your miniature garden, crafts, decoupage, gardening
The first thing we needed to do was change the look of the tissue box so we measured the sides and played around with some ideas until we were happy. A friend of ours cut the design out of hardboard for us and we stuck the new sides on using silicone glue. To make the a support beam for the top of the roof we drilled a hole on each side and inserted a wooden skewer and hubby cut up some hardboard to use as a base for the actual roof.
make a little church for your miniature garden, crafts, decoupage, gardening
We stained the whole lot using a water proof outdoor sealer and started gluing on small stones to give the church a rustic look. To make the door we glued ice cream sticks to the door frame, stained and white washed the sticks and then stuck on bits of jewelry to make the hinges and door handles. That what’s so nice about miniatures and fairy gardens, you get to be so creative.
make a little church for your miniature garden, crafts, decoupage, gardening
To thatch the roof we used coconut fiber (coir), masking tape and tacky glue. I found the easiest and least messy way to thatch a miniature roof is to first stick the coconut fiber onto some masking tape and then layer it starting from the bottom and working your way up.
make a little church for your miniature garden, crafts, decoupage, gardening
We found a small concrete planter which was the prefect size for the little church. Just add few stones, rocks and small succulents and the church is done.
View from the top
View from the top
I've posted the full tutorial on the blog if you'd like to make one. We'd love you to come say hi from Hometalk.

Suggested materials:

  • Tissue box
  • Coconut fiber
  • Stones
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A Crafty Mix - Michelle

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3 questions
  • Gordon Deisting
    on Jun 1, 2016

    Lol,Hate ask ,but what did you use to make the top of roof peak?

    • @Gordon Deisting :-) we made the top of the roof peak out of clay which we painted and sealed with outdoor matt varnish.

  • Robyn
    on Jun 1, 2016

    Beautiful! What did you use to glue the stones on?

    • Robyn
      on Jun 2, 2016

      Thanks for answering! Love the little church!

  • Nancy Clark Sanders
    on Jun 2, 2016

    Where did you get the. Coconut fiber ?

    • Kitty McCarty
      on Jun 2, 2016

      I just ordered some from Amazon (should be delivered tomorrow). Found out about using it in making potting soil from Karen at The Art of Doing Stuff. It's not expensive.

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