My parents bought their last home with a sweet fairy garden house, which was built into a palm tree. Yes, they did and with fully grown children and only grandsons, the splendour of this beautiful creation sadly never really received the recognition it deserved. When my parents told me they were selling their house, I knew I had to write this blog post in gratitude for the efforts of the person who put their love into creating this.
My parents lived in this house for almost 10 years (that's actually quite a long time since we often joke that one of my Mum's favourite hobbies includes buying houses!). The previous owner built this fairy tree.
At some point over the years, through a local volunteer group, my Mum actually happened to run into the previous owner. They had plenty to talk about with his handiwork around the house including the fairy tree in the garden. Rob had made this tree for his grandchildren. My Mum also met his daughter who had fond memories of the hidden tree he had lovingly created for her children. It must be nice to know that it is still standing and bringing joy to others.
Within the Fairy Garden House Apartments
Within our fairy garden house, five small “apartments” have been cut from the tree to insert the fairy characters. Holes have been drilled within perspex and then attached to the tree with a silicon.
I don't believe I had fairy dolls like this growing up (likely because I'm too old!). So I can't say what type of toys these are. I definitely recognize Tinkerbell though. Within each fairy room, miniature furniture and decor have been placed – drawers, stools, plants, dressers, clocks, tables, and chairs. Whilst the perspex is dusty and a couple of the fairies have fallen over, I still marvel at these pixies spending years inside their rooms looking out.
Making the Fairy Mushroom House within the Tree
Although it is difficult to tell with all of the foliage around the tree, it looks as though the tree itself has been cut at the top. From there a metal mushroom cap has been placed on top. The previous owner confirmed that it was the lid of a BBQ Webber. From what I can see, there may be a hole in the top of the mushroom cap. This would allow the tree to grow further.
The Webber lid was spray-painted red then some white dots were added to complete the mushroom top. Even with the paint peeling showing the age, I think it looks beautiful. The peeling just adds to the vintage charm and curiosity of this hidden gem within the backyard.
Lastly, what fairy garden house would be complete without fairy lights?! Some outdoor twinkle lights have been wrapped around the tree.
I have wanted to create a fairy garden for so long. As a mum of two boys, it has just never been high on the priority list. I have thought about creating a “boy” version that includes a Matchbox car race track, dinosaurs, and tricky terrain. If that's something you'd like to see then let me know in the comments below! I'd love an excuse to bring it to the top of my to-do list.
Have you created a fairy mushroom house, tree, or garden like this? Perhaps this post has given you the inspiration to do so. Drop me a line in the comments below or if you want to send some pics, I'd love to see them! You can email firstname.lastname@example.org with details of your creation.