|Renovated Fairy Garden with New Concrete Patio|
Why did I need to renovate the patio? Well, the patio furniture was unstable and kept falling over. I would like to say the children were bothered by this, but that would be a lie. I'll admit to needing to have an exceptional fairy garden patio that was not a fall-hazard to fairies or miniature polymer clay critters.
I find miniature gardening to be a very fun project. Ours has stayed entirely indoors, though it probably could move outdoors. Even being indoors, I've had problems with aphids on the violets, but I was more concerned about things blowing away or being carried off by animals. Do you see that cute little potted geranium on the table? It has a separate saucer underneath that could be blown away by a dog's breath.
The kids had a great time deciding where everything should go in the garden, designating special functions to certain areas and placing polished stones as stepping stones. I was told that we had too many bird-related accessories, so some of those went into temporarily storage until I am allowed to play with them again.
Many of the accessories came from ebay and other online sources. I made the red toadstools myself with baked polymer clay (Fimo/Premo) and baked metal wires into their stems so that they could be staked easily in the dirt. I also make the bird's nest with robin's eggs on a stump. The pond is a clay pot saucer painted inside with blue acrylic pain and filled with blue flattened glass marbles. There was a tremendous dispute over the frog needing to sit on a lily pad because "frogs don't float on water", but perhaps fairy garden frogs can defy gravity.
Instructions on Fairy Garden Concrete Patio:miniature garden concrete mix online. I used the entire bag for this project. I also got some sand from the yard as a base and used strips of cut-up black rubber mat for the edging. I filled the edged area with 1/2" of sand and smoothed it with a spoon. Then I added 1/2" of concrete mix and leveled that. I used part of a 12x12 panel of sliced pebble tile and pulled the pebbles off of the mesh to which they are glued (use gloves, don't find out the hard way like I did that the mesh is FIBERGLASS). I leveled the mixes with a wood block and I placed the pebbles on the concrete mix and pushed them down until flush with the surface of the concrete mix. Then, I brushed concrete mix off the surface of the rocks and into the spaces between them. This doesn't clean it up entirely, but a few puffs of breath across the rocks cleans it up nicely. I used a spray bottle of water to wet the concrete mix until there was some pooling of water. I repeated spraying several times a day for 2 days and then let it dry.
|Brushed concrete mix off stones|
|Sprayed stones and mix to activate the concrete|