Fruit Basket Fairies Garden | Project 3

Fruit Basket Fairies Garden | Project 3

Fairies garden made of fruit basket, crystal ball, diy fairies hut, and succulents

When I got my own first big cubicle at work, I got so excited. I was so excited, not because of how big the space is, but because it is my own, which meant I can decorate it. I love creating cute succulents centerpieces, but I can’t have it at home because Sunrise (my cat) love eating them. So, guess what? I decided to create one for my huge cube.

This centerpiece was influenced by this picture I found on Pinterest. I recreated this succulent centerpiece using a glass teapot, a banana fruit basket, and a pot. I found the glass teapot at a Thrift store, but was unable to find a fruit basket and a pot big enough to fit into the basket. Funny thing is after I bought the basket and pot, I ended up finding a tons of fruit baskets and big pots at Thrift stores. This centerpiece is one of my most favorite succulent pot I have ever made.

After a year, all the succulents are overgrown, and the pot became too small for the plants. I decided to redesign this centerpiece into a fairy garden.

Before and after photos

Before

After

Now I have a new centerpiece to make me happy when I am stressed!

Materials I used

  • 1 Banana fruit basket
  • 1 Hanging glass succulent ball
  • Succulents of choice (Recommendation: choose succulent in the color of your theme)
  • 9” pot
  • sphagnum moss (from Lowes)
  • Succulent dirt
  • Perlite (optional)

Fairies crafts

  • Hot glue + hot glue gun
  • Twigs (got my from the park)
  • A couple small pinecones (got my from the park)
  • 2 mini fairies sculptures (Found my for 70% at Joann Fabric)

Step by Step Instruction

Gathering all the materials

For this project, I decided to make my own fairies houses from scratch instead of purchasing it from the store. I wanted to make a cute fairies hut using twigs from the park around me. I collected a handle of small twigs and pinecones. After collecting them, I soaked them in soapy water overnight, rinsed, and dried them in the sun for one full day. Hopefully, these steps got rid of the bugs and spiders.

Making the hut

I made a square with twigs. I cut the twigs into equal pieces and hot glued them to each other until it look like a square.

I covered the square with moss.

After that I used the twigs to form a triangle above square.

I continued stacking and hot glued all the twigs around the triangle until it covered all three sides.

Then to add in that magic touch, I hot glue some moss onto and inside the hut. I had some dried lavender, so I added that and the pinecone. I also ended up cutting some of thicker branches into halves. I used this to make the steps.

Cleaning out the old centerpiece

I carefully removed all the succulent in the pot and throw away the old succulent dirt. You can feel free to recycle this dirt. I didn’t do it because I over watered my succulent a couple days before this and the dirt was way too wet.

Making the succulent dirt mix

Since this centerpiece will be indoor, I decided to add more perlite to help drain the water. Another trick I learned is to add rocks to the bottom of the pot if you don’t want to use perlite. Both ways always work for me. I added ~ ¼ part of perlite to 1 part of dirt and mixed them up really well.

Time to do figure out where things go

Before planting, I laid out all my fairies garden pieces to see where a I want each pieces to go. I couldn’t put the hut underneath the crystal ball because it was too tall. I thought it was so cute to put one of the fairies inside the hanging crystal ball so that what I went with.

After that, I laid out my succulents. I went with a magical selection of color: pink, red, and white.

I ended up deciding to use the extra twigs to make a trellis along the back of the basket. I wanted to use this trellis to help my string of heart succulent climb up.

Once finalized, I planted the succulents in place. Succulents grow really fast, so one trick I learned from growing succulent over the years is to trim them down. I trimmed all of the succulents down, leaving a thin stalk at the bottom to stick into the dirt.

Decorating the crystal ball

Since I have so many string of heart succulents, I decided to use them to cover the dirt inside the crystal ball. This step can be replaced with moss. I added some dirt, just enough to plant the succulents inside the crystal ball. Once that is done, I planted the succulent. The key was to showcase the sitting fairy.

Final touch

To cover all the extra dirt space on the pot, I added moss. I used the moss to to cover all dirt area around my succulents and fairies.

Afterward, I used a small teapot and carefully watered all the succulent. After that I left the basket outside to sun bake for a couple days before taking it to my work cube. This will helps the succulent grow and take root.

Final Product

Fountain Fairy view
Back view
View behind the hut
Front view of the hut
Underneath the crystal ball view

Tips/Failure Experiences

Conclusion

Overall I love the succulent centerpiece. I wish I can put more succulents, but I have to limit myself. The succulents need room to grow. This is a perfect succulent pot to grow succulent cuttings. 😉

Failures

I wish I can make this succulent centerpiece using all thrifted items. However, I searched all my Thrift stores and can’t really find mini fairies sculptures. I guess fairies garden is too popular right now. Everything else is thrifted and/or recycle items.

My original plan for this centerpiece was to use the glass teapot and have the fairies sit in a swing hanging from the teapot. Unfortunately, I had so much trouble making the swing out of leaves and twigs, so I changed my plan. I decided to use the succulent glass ball that I got from my last company outing. It was just sitting my yard without anything in it.

Suggestion and Improvement Ideas

  • The hanging glass succulent ball can be expensive to buy, so feel free to replace it with a teapot from the thrift stores.
  • Search the thrift stores for banana fruit basket, pot, and mini craft decorating pieces.
  • If you are not down to spend $8 dollars on fairies sculpture, you can make more huts and swings out of twigs. You can also make polka dots fairies mushroom using a wine corks and bottle caps like these. Be creative and create your own fairies sculptures. 😉


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