Wheelbarrow Fairy Garden

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1 Hour

Quick and easy and if you use what you have, it's free. Somehow I managed to end up with 4 wheelbarrows. I've gotten some free ones and each time said well I really should make a fairy garden in one. Today is the day.

Prep your wheelbarrow

Drill some drain holes in the wheelbarrow and shovel in a bit of dirt

Gather your fairy stuff

Round up some house structures- you could use an old birdhouse as-is or paint it. My granddaughter made a popsicle stick structure we used as well. Fences can be made purchased or come from an old dollhouse or made with sticks. Anything fairy sized works!

Find a good location

I placed this wheelbarrow fairy garden in my existing Fairy Forest.

You can see the mushrooms DIY HERE.

Set your house structures on the dirt

Here is the popsicle stick creation made by my granddaughter that seemed barn-like and I also had a cabin birdhouse to use.

Use a shovel to scoop some moss or grass from your yard

I love moss because it does it's thing and I don't have to tend to it. I have plenty of moss in my yard now but I used to scoop little bits from the cracks in sidewalks. Look down- it's everywhere!

If you use grass you will have to snip it eventually as it grows.

Add your moss & any sticks you like

Settle the moss or grass somewhere into your scene. I try to leave space for a path to doors. I use pea gravel for that....

Shovel some pea gravel into the scene to cover the dirt

Pea gravel...I may have borrowed a bit from other areas in my yard, lol. It doesn't take much- just cover the dirt and create your path from door to door.

Smooth your rock and moss, add sticks and other outdoors items
Start filling in the scene with fences and other cute things

I pick up alot of little things at yard sales and keep them in my fairy stash for days like this.

The cabin with a pathway to the outhouse
A few farm animals fenced in
Some veggies might be right here too
step back and admire things

The rusty old watering can on the ground and the red lantern in the tree branches add to the look. I also like the tin can hanging over the scene.

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  • Elaine Metz Elaine Metz on May 13, 2020

    Does the Moss eventually grow some sort of flowers?

  • Shelly Ortiz Shelly Ortiz on May 13, 2020

    I’m curious if the whole area is covered or protected in some way by hard rains? Or do you roll the wheelbarrow to a safe area during thunderstorms? I know you mentioned drain holes but i would think a heavy soaking rain would mess up such beautiful work. Is it glued or secured down in some way? What about high winds? Sorry...I LOVE LOVE LOVE this and want to do something similar so that’s why I’m asking

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  • Susie Mach Susie Mach on May 14, 2021

    I was wondering what to do with my old wringer-washer! I could line the washer, create a sub floor to raise up the building surface and build a cute fairy garden inside. It has wheels and can then be put away for winter without dismantling... yea!

    • Millie Millie on May 13, 2022

      They’re used in my area to plant flowers in. They look beautiful!

  • Maggie Maggie on May 13, 2022

    Love this. The outhouse made me giggle. Brought back old memories.