The most adorable thing you’ve ever seen… since Fairy gardens

Ok. So in a house with two girls we’ve done the fairy garden thing to DEATH.

I love the little gardens and have a fondness for miniatures and a love of dollhouses. So it seemed logical to put my affection for vintage and minis together. A marriage of retro, Itty bitty cuteness.

That’s how this mini retro gardens came to be.

Are you dead yet? Squealing. Yup? Ok we can be friends. 

So it started on a trip garage saling with the love of my life.  We stopped at a tiny garage sale run by the most adorable little Japanese lady with a fantastic sense of humor.

She told us that she lost her husband and he was a “collector”. She may have said hoarder. But it was so lovingly I think she meant collector. I hope that’s how my kids refer to me when they are cleaning the shit out of my house when I’m gone. 

Since she mentioned her budget was tight, husband was deceased, kids still living at home… if you know me at all..you know I want going to leave empty handed. And honestly I didn’t need these but I feel in love with the pastel colors, the patterns, and sizes I simply couldn’t resist. Plus they were a steal ! 

I loved these.  And she had hundreds… not even exaggerating! I love the soda shop colors.  So pretty. 

Then I took a trip to Michael’s ( my addiction ) and strolled about looking for retro minis to add.  They have an expansive section for fairy gardens and a dollhouse section so you really could go crazy.  But with one tiny chair costing the same as a regular folding chair I was kind of appalled. So I used my 40% off coupon on the chair (which was $8.99) and got the hell out of there before my impulsive brain talked my wallet into needing more. 

This is what I got.  I made the little pennant flags out of paper, string and dowels. 

Then I had a ureka moment! I needed a retro camper!

I took a small piece of 2×4 which I cut. If you don’t have a saw or they scare the shit out of you, Lowe’s will cut wood for free.  

I then used my belt sander to round one edge.  This will take a bit of work but you can do it with sandpaper. Maybe I will sell these on my etsy shop?? What do you think. 

Anyways, after I got it looking the way I wanted it, I painted and decorated it.  Added button wheels and WHA-LA. So stinking cute!

Now I just filled the planters with dirt, mini cactus, and sand.  This is all optional, but a garden needs at least one plant, and I kill anything that isn’t a cactus. But a little flower or tiny tree would be super cute. 

I am now addicted to making these and will probably have to pawn them off on friends. Oh well.  I think they are adorable and I would love to see yours.  I’m fairly certain no one reads this, but if you are and you make one, please share it with me! I would love to see what you come up with! Instagram: marissaperkins711

Here’s a couple more close ups:

Happy crafting! 

Xo Marissa

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