Pinterest Challenge: A Fairy Garden

Ahhh, Pinterest. How do I love thee? Let me count the pins…. Let’s see, that would be 883 pins on 36 boards. Whew!

Ever since I became a Pinterest member back in April 2011, I have been a pinning fool and have pinned everything from how to recycle wire hangers to 25 Documents you need before you die.

Along the way, I’ve even taken the time to convert a few of my pins to actual projects. Like this teacher’s appreciation gift

These yummy cheesecake stuffed, chocolate covered strawberries

and this fun frozen treasure activity for the kids…

But when Sherry and Katie came up with this Pinterest challenge,  I realized my project to pin ratio was pretty low, like 12 projects out of 883 pins. That’s less than a 2% conversion. But on the other hand, the projects I was inspired to complete were ones that I probably wouldn’t have known about or attempted otherwise.

But back to the challenge. Sherry and Katie have challenged everyone to make one thing you’ve been inspired to do from one of your Pinterest pins. The first thing that popped in my mind was the recent fairy garden board I created on Pinterest.

We have this kind of random planter area in our back yard when you walk in the fence. It use to contain two ginormous butterfly bushes that overgrew the space to the point where they were totally bent in half. We had to remove them a few months ago and since then, the space has been pretty empty except for limbs, leaves and a few random toys.

After visiting Blackhawk Hardware’s garden center a few weeks ago, I fell in love with the idea of a fairy garden and thought it would be a fun to turn this blank area into a creative play space for the kids. So off to Pinterest I went for some ideas…

Source: via Crystal on Pinterest



And then, off to Home Depot for a few plants and Hobby Lobby for a few accessories for our ‘starter’ fairy garden. The bird house was made from old barn wood by our friend Robbie (shout out to Robbie, Jayne and the girls!). So basically, I used things that I had, plus a few plants and a few miniature accessories from Hobby Lobby (in the dollhouse and wood craft area). I also used some of the stone from our planter wall to make a stone path. I used a sharpie to write “Fairies Welcome” on one of the stones.

I ended up with a pygmy palm, 2 hostas and some purple ground cover. A few holes and a several mosquito bites later, we ended up with our “starter” Fairy garden. “Starter” because we didn’t cover the whole area. We started with a little corner on the left side of the planter and hope to grow it over time.

The kids are captivated and keeping vigil waiting for the apearance of a fairy or gnome or smurf, whichever decides to show up.

Don’t forget to check out Sherry, Katie, Emily, and Lana’s Pinterest Projects! Thanks for the challenge, ladies!

So have you converted any pins to projects lately? Landscaped any fairy gardens? I’d love to see what you’ve done.

Also linking to: Thrifty Decor chick, Tip Junkie, The Shabby Creek Cottage,
Somewhat Simple, At the Picket Fence, Remodelaholic, Serenity Now, Addicted 2 Decorating, Tatertots and Jello, Under The Table and Dreaming, The DIY Showoff, The Nester Planty Party

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25 Responses to Pinterest Challenge: A Fairy Garden
  1. Heather
    August 2, 2011 |

    This is so cute!! I remember setting up fairy gardens with my kids when they were little. Yours is awesome!

  2. T.D.
    August 2, 2011 |

    Fabulous Idea. Hope you don’t mind I pin your idea. Unfortunately, I was unable to participate in the challenge as I do not own my own place at this point and space is limited for creativity at this time. This may be why my pintrest ratio to project completed is 2547 to zero :(.
    Anyways, great ideas and great concept for room to expand.

  3. Mindy
    August 2, 2011 |

    Ooooh, you did one. How fun! I better get on the ball!!!

  4. Jenny @ DIY Newlyweds
    August 2, 2011 |

    This is so cute! I bet your kids loved it! I’m also joining the Pinterest challenge. I was happy to actually follow-through and make one of my pins!

  5. Aimee
    August 2, 2011 |

    That is absolutely adorable! It makes me wish my boys were younger, still in their ‘fairy acceptance days.’ I may have to do one on my own, anyway. :)

  6. eLe
    August 2, 2011 |

    This is adorable! I made a fairy house out of an old dollhouse a while back for my cousin but this is so much more enchanting. I’d be keeping a vigil for faeries too!

  7. Amy @ this DIY life
    August 2, 2011 |

    So cute! Earlier in the summer my husband and I went on a garden walk. One of the gardens we visited had a stunning faerie garden. There are a couple pictures on my facebook page ( if you want to take a look. I’m sure your kids will love adding to this over time. What a fun memory to build with them!

  8. Krishann
    August 3, 2011 |

    This is adorable! I recently took my little one on a fairy hunt! How fun would it have been to make a fairy garden too. It turned out adorable!
    p.s. Love your blog title :)

  9. Very cute!!! I’m thinking I should do a dinosaur “fairy garden.” I love that yours is raised. My 3 year old would end up sitting on the plants otherwise.

  10. HouseTalkN
    August 5, 2011 |

    Holy gravy, I finally checked out Pinterest yesterday and I am hooked! I am acting like I am in Vegas, baby! PIN IT! PIN IT! PIN IT! I just pinned your teacher flower pot!
    Love the fairy garden!
    Kerry at

  11. Donna Gelineau
    August 5, 2011 |

    So adorable!
    I am a new follower.

  12. Bella Michelle
    August 5, 2011 |

    Oh MYYYYY! I love your little garden! Hmmm, now I am wondering where I might need one….LOL. Actually I joined Pinterest recently and have yet to figure it out much less “pin” anything. I must find the time.

    Popping over from Amanda’s Weekend Bloggy Linky party!!! Happy Friday!

  13. Amy
    August 6, 2011 |

    What a fun idea. It will be great for the kids to help grow the garden and see what it becomes over time. Love it!
    visiting from Tatertots and Jello

  14. Erin of
    August 6, 2011 |

    Your fairy garden is SO cute! Way to get the creative juices flowing for the kids… and you! I would love for you to link up your fairy garden at my Savvy HomeMade blog party at on Monday! I am a new follower!

  15. TracyMB
    August 6, 2011 |

    Adorable! I love the teeny birdhouse alongside the fairy house!! :)

  16. Christine
    August 6, 2011 |

    This is so sweet…I just love your little garden! It’s very inviting…

  17. Leah
    August 6, 2011 |

    A fairy garden is on my list of projects to do – yours is inspiring, and I’m off to check out your fairy garden pinterest board next!

  18. Robin
    August 9, 2011 |

    We LOVE the fairy garden!!!

  19. Elyse Ellis
    August 9, 2011 |

    What a darling idea! We would love for you to share this at our link party and come enter our free digital scrapbooking software giveaway!

    The Sisters @ Six Sister’s Stuff

  20. Leanne
    August 25, 2011 |

    Oh this is awesome – I have a lot of little kids come visit and I just know where I can build this – love it!
    Thanks for sharing.

  21. Jen
    September 8, 2011 |

    So adorable. I too am new to pintrest ~ totally Hooked!! and craft blogs as well. I feel like I am now obsessed! Love yours!

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  23. Linda Rozen
    January 19, 2012 |

    I just found Pinterest and I just started collecting pins for fairy gardens. Yours is great and I can wait for Spring to see how mine will turn out. Thank you for the inspiration.

  24. Jacinta @ Hot Strong Coffee
    March 17, 2012 |

    That is truly magical … absolutely adorable!!! AND very very inspiring :)

  25. carmel
    April 26, 2012 |

    found at nester’s – your fairy garden is soooo cute! My kids would love this – definitely want to do one for sure now- thanks for the inspiration!

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