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When I first stumbled upon Fairy Gardens a few years ago on Pinterest, I knew I had to do it once I had kids.
Fast forward to last summer — my oldest was 2 and I thought that would be the perfect age to introduce the idea. She helped me pick up twigs all over the yard. We cut them into small pieces and pulled together a big welcome sign to go over the walkway we created. We also put together some little chairs. We glued glitter onto rocks and twigs to sprinkle about the garden.
Well, the first rain storm brought it all down. The glue we used completely came undone leaving us with a mess.
This year, I was hesitant to tackle the project again and thought I would have to use all store-bought items versus making any of our own. I had heard really good things about Gorilla Glue’s new Clear Gorilla Glue®.
I was optimistic when I read that it worked for outdoor applications, is water resistant, and bonds to virtually everything. Plus it is clear which would lend itself to an authentic looking bond. I decided to give it a chance, and I am so glad that I did!
FAIRY GARDEN ENTRY
We started with collecting twigs, and using cutting sheers, we cut them into small strips. We glued a few across two taller ones and I let the whole thing set on top of some aluminum foil to dry. I also added a few strips of glue to dust with glitter (because, fairy).
I have to say when I did this with other products in the past, one the glue dried you could clearly see the excess glue. Not with this one! I really liked how there was little difference in areas where I over-spilled with the glue! It just looked like a slight color difference on the twig which looked very natural.
FAIRY GARDEN STEPPING STONES
From there, we used some little glass stones from the dollar store. We dipped them into glue on a paper plate, dipped them in glitter, and rested upside down on aluminum foil to dry. I do recommend wearing gloves for this part as it can get a little messy!
FAIRY GARDEN SWIMMING POOL
This was probably my favorite project! We flattened a silver cupcake wrapper and glued blue glass stones (again, from the dollar tree) across the entire circle.
We filled in the extra spaces with a light dusting of glitter. This became the perfect home for a fairy floating on a lily pad!
I let all 3 projects dry over night before I touched them again — I wanted to be sure they had fully bonded.
As luck would have it, the next day we got 3 inches of heavy rain. At least I could get failure out of the way if it were doomed to happen again. To my surprise, I came out the next morning to everything still intact!!
A few things had been knocked over due to the heavy rain, but nothing broke, no glue bonds came undone, and even the sparkles stayed on everything!! This photo was taken that evening.
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