The April edition of Family Fun had the cutest idea for a Toad Abode/Fairy House. My daughter and I fell completely in love with it. We ripped the picture out of the magazine and it has been hanging on our fridge ever since.
|Family Fun Toad Abode Project|
On Monday, my little girl's sixth birthday, we decided it was time to start our little project. With apprehension as a non gardener, I entered the gardening section of Lowe's and wandered throughout the whole section. Thankfully, a few employees took pity on me and helped me find a few of the items I needed.
After an hour of time and $67.00, we walked out with some plants, rocks, a pot base, moss, potting soil, a hose and tiles. Wow. Expensive! If you are going to do this project, expect it to cost quite a bit.
Now we had all of the gardening supplies, but still needed a house and some miniature animals and furniture. I live in a small town, so I'm pretty limited on stores. Someone suggested the IFA store, which I'm guessing stands for International Farmers of America since I live in a farming community. I decided to brave it and had quite a bit of fun. They had baby chicks and so many other things you just don't see in the big city.
Unfortunately, I couldn't find anything but bird feeders, but I did luck out and found a hamster house that would work perfectly. Then I picked up a miniature bunny and frog. I'm still on the lookout for miniature furniture to put on our patio and a fence, but we can add that later.
Family Fun is pretty vague on the items you'll need, so I thought I'd share what I picked up.
What You'll Need
- Potting Soil
- Pea Gravel/Small Rocks
- Sheet Moss
- 3 kinds of plants (This is entirely up to you, but make sure you get something that doesn't spread.)
- A sheet of miniature tile from the tile section at Lowe's or Home Depot (They are all attached to one sheet, just decide how big you want it and cut. I found the cheapest sheet for $3.00.)
- Large plastic plant saucer (Mine was about 20" and already had punch out drainage holes. If it doesn't, you'll have to drill some holes in the bottom.)
- Bird house (I used a wooden hamster house and painted it.)
- Miniature animals (They have these in every toy section in most stores. I've seen them at Walmart, Target, and Michael's, but I can't remember the brand name. It does start with an S though.)
- Miniature patio furniture (We are still on the lookout for this, but Family Fun said they used a Calico Critters toy set. I googled this and they have this brand at Toys R Us, but no patio furniture. We'll keep looking!)
- Miniature fence set (Another piece of the puzzle we are searching for. I guess you can find mini fences at any craft store, but alas, there is not one in my small town.)
And for those who are visual like myself:
|The hamster house with mini animals and paints.|
|Our gardening supplies|
|Basic Potting Soil|
|The only bag I could find was large, but it was the same price as a small bag of decorative rocks. So I bought it.|
|There were a few kinds of moss. I chose the greenest. Who knew moss came in bags!?|
|Begonias and two other plants, but I have no idea what kind they are!|
|Sheet of miniature tiles|
|Plastic plant saucer|
And then put it all together and what do you get?!
|The finished product! (Minus the chairs and fence.)|
|We love it and keep looking outside to see if any fairies have taken up residence.|
This is a super fun (although pricey) gardening project. I felt like a little girl again as we were putting it all together. I can hardly wait for visitors to see what they think!