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Sunday, November 04, 2007

Handmade Gifts For Gardeners, Idea No. 4

I assume that every gardener tries to attract garden fairies (faeries in England) to their garden.

This is done by letting a few places in the garden grow a little bit wild so they fairies have a place to hide and by planting their favorite flowers. I think they are partial to fairy lilies of all things and foxglove.

Which brings me to the 4th idea for handmade gifts for the gardener... a fairy door.

What gardener wouldn't like to add a bit of whimsy to their garden by finding some place to put a fairy door?

I made this one using a 'stock' wood cutout from a local craft store. I believe it was really supposed to be painted to look like a slice of watermelon, but I thought it had a door shape. Any cut out that looks like a door will work. I painted it with regular water-based craft paint and made a door knob by gluing a button to a wood screw. Then I decorated it with a ready-made leaf cutout.

The only thing I might change on this one is to apply a protective coating since it is outside in my miniature garden.

But this fairy door inside my house doesn't need anything to protect it from the weather.
I put this door inside so that if a garden fairy accidently gets into the house, they have a way to get out. Occasionally, around the holidays, I will find a few decorations around the door, making me think that the garden fairies are enjoying the garden outside in the summer, but coming inside for the winter.

Come back tomorrow for the fifth idea for a handmade gift for your favorite gardener. I'll post it in the evening, unless a garden fairy does something like hide my laptop or interfere with my wireless network, or more likely, overturn a house plant, leaving me with a mess to clean up. You can never trust those garden fairies!


Lisa at Greenbow said...

I'm a tellin you. Those fairies have plenty of ins and outs here in my garden. I love the idea of a designated door tho. It would be fun to show the Grands this place.

Nicole said...

A fairy door what a cute and charming garden idea, I love it.

Muum said...

I love your fairy door, a part of me still wants to believe in those magical beings, and I know my grand kids would love it, too!

Dorothy Guyton said...

I love whimsy in the garden. What a fun way to add interest, conversation and color.

OldRoses said...

Ooooh, what a great idea. I'll have to install one or two of those!

Mary said...

Carol, every time I click on May Dreams Gardens, I giggle and smile before I see what you are up to. You are perhaps the busiest woman on earth!

I like the Fairy Door! Now, if I could find a nice garden to display it.

Kathy said...

Fairy doors-Stocking stuffers?
Kathy, the older sister

eleanor said...

Maybe I need a 'fairy door' for my room. They're always coming in & messing things up, I guess because when they accidentally get in they can't get out, so they play aroung & make quite a mess.

Carol said...

Lisa at Greenbow... Little kids are quite intrigued by the fairy doors. Go for it.

Nicole... Thanks! I hope you find room for one in your garden or house.

Muum... Go ahead and believe in those garden fairies, they would like that!

Dorothy Guyton... Thank you, I like some whimsy in the garden, obviously. It can't all be serious plants and botanical names!

OldRose... Be forewarned, if you install a fairy door (and I hope you do), expect some fairies to visit and possibly take up residence.

Mary... Thank you! Your garden seems plenty nice enough for a fairy or too!

Kathy... Maybe. We'll see.

Eleanor... We'll see if a fairy door to let the fairies out stops some of these messes, we'll see...

Thanks all for the kinds comments!
Carol at May Dreams Gardens

LostRoses said...

Carol, only you would have garden fairies outside AND inside! Okay, that's just too cute for words.

Carol said...

LostRose... You should paint some for your house. Your grandkids would love them! (And it is absolutely necessary to have that indoor one!)

Rosemarie said...

Ahhh... a fairy door. Ohmigod, I love it.