Karen Nichols
Karen Nichols
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  • Selma, CA

Rusty Cart to Fairy Garden


A friend of mine was cleaning up his yard at a rental property. He offered this old rusty garden cart to me. Of course!! I will figure something out to do with it.
rusty cart to fairy garden, container gardening, crafts, gardening, painting, repurposing upcycling
I sanded and cleaned and painted until I could barely recognize it was the same cart.
rusty cart to fairy garden, container gardening, crafts, gardening, painting, repurposing upcycling
My initial thought for it was to turn into a planter, but I loved the colors so much and wanted something just a little more special to display. Fairy Garden?! YES!!
rusty cart to fairy garden, container gardening, crafts, gardening, painting, repurposing upcycling
rusty cart to fairy garden, container gardening, crafts, gardening, painting, repurposing upcycling
The final fun details on this cart....I hand painted a Wisteria vine on the front. Love how this garden turned out.
rusty cart to fairy garden, container gardening, crafts, gardening, painting, repurposing upcycling

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2 questions
  • Jewellmartin
    on May 16, 2017

    Your fairy garden is very pretty. I like the fact that it can be pushed to a safer area if a storm is coming. What are the blue things in the pretty dish? They look like painted seashells but I'm not sure. Best wishes!
    • M
      on May 26, 2017

      they look like they are those glass stones .
  • Bbunny42
    on Feb 16, 2019

    Great job! Did you make holes in the bottom for drainage? I have a wheelbarrow I want to make a succulent garden out of.

    • Karen Nichols
      on Feb 17, 2019

      No I didn't drill any holes in this project but before I filled with soil, I put some rocks and broken up styrofoam in the bottom first. The plants I used were pretty drought tolerant as well.

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  • Alys
    on Apr 20, 2015

    Nicely done! I have a fairy garden as well and get hours of entertainment from it. Great idea using the old cart. You've refurbished it beautifully.

    • Karen Nichols
      on Apr 20, 2015

      @Alys , thanks....and to think, I almost passed on this little cart. Glad I didn't!

  • Sherry Fram
    on May 15, 2017

    That is just adotable!! Love it!
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