DIY Fairy Garden from a Salvaged Bird Bath

A DIY Fairy Garden made from a salvaged bird bath is adorable and whimsical, and adds so much charm and character to the garden! Kids will love the figurines, and I love the texture and variation in my garden!

All morning and afternoon and in the evening, I had been searching for a concrete bird bath. On Craigslist, Facebook, LetGo, OfferUp, yard sales, salvage shops, and trash heaps. For months upon months. My kids grew weary of my random drives through the countryside. Andrew grew tired of my complaining about over priced things. Do y’all know how expensive old bird baths run!? I saw some that were $50-$85. I’m not about that (overpriced) life.

But a $20 bird bath for a DIY fairy garden? Sold.

I found it on a local Facebook yard sale group, and as soon as I saw it, I knew in my heart I would be victorious in the end, because it was local, adorable, and $20. Victory would be mine! After I stopped screaming with excitement, my brain was flooded with all the cute diy fairy garden ideas and trinkets we could get or make.

Make a DIY Fairy Garden from a salvaged bird bath looks adorable, especially the extra whimsical pots!

As soon as I laid hands on it, I could see the potential of this adorable thing, and I knew it’d be perfect to repurpose for our Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge!


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So let’s get to the DIY Fairy Garden, shall we?

I loved the inside of this one, in case we actually ever decided to use it as a bird bath. The stem is also adorable, so for now, we filled it with dirt and flowers and magic. We opted to grab some phlox (a bushy ground cover plant that will also hang over the edges a bit), some thyme and leafy plants, along with some vines to give it a little enchantment. That Creeping Jenny is everything, isn’t it?

Make a DIY Fairy Garden from a salvaged bird bath looks adorable, especially the extra whimsical pots!

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The whole backyard garden is a total work in progress. I just painted the door a few weeks ago, but still need to get the trim done, and the girls have wildflower seeds to sow that attract bees and other pollinators. Save the bees! And I need to get rid of more weeds.

A DIY Fairy Garden made from a salvaged bird bath - this is crazy adorable and whimsical. It adds so much charm and character to the garden! My kids would love this, making it for sure!

This DIY Fairy Garden made from a salvaged bird bath is simply adorable! I love the whimsical chairs and hedgehog so much! My kids would love this!

This DIY Fairy Garden made from a salvaged bird bath is simply adorable! I love the whimsical chairs and hedgehog so much! My kids would love this!

This DIY Fairy Garden made from a salvaged bird bath is simply adorable! I love the stepping stones and ladder! My kids would love this, making it for sure!

Sidebar, does anyone know how to get rid of those spikey tall thistle looking things? I don’t know if they’re thistle or what, but they are the spawn of Satan himself. Let me know, because I’ve declared war.

Anyway, we had an extra terra-cotta pot (my obsession), and decided to make this a fairy village, instead of 1 contained garden area. There’s a little sweet gnome and watering can, nestled in the phlox, and the house and surf wagon are on the other side by a pot Lilly planted at Girl Scouts. 

A DIY Fairy Garden made from a salvaged bird bath - this is crazy adorable! I love the surf wagon - My kids would love this, making it for sure!

Lilly made tiny bird baths from overturned terra-cotta saucers on pots out there nestled in the weeds, lavender, and pansies, and I want to expand the fairies to the entire zip code out there. With those cute little doors! Swoon.

The fairy, gnome, surf wagon and castle from last year’s fairy garden survived the winter, so we just hit Hobby Lobby for a ladder, the girl gnome, the garden bistro set, little house, water can and hedgehog. The house, water can, and hedgehog are awesome, they came in a 3 pack and they’re on little sticks. If you can get to your local shop, do so because their online selection is basically empty. I’ve just linked you to similar goodies on Amazon, to save your sanity.

A DIY Fairy Garden made from a salvaged bird bath - this is crazy adorable. The flowers are so cute and I love the little house! My kids would love this, making it for sure!
A DIY Fairy Garden made from a salvaged bird bath - this is crazy adorable. The flowers are so cute and I love the little house! My kids would love this, making it for sure!

 

This project wouldn’t be done without being able to snag this bird bath for $20.

I’m all about that life.

Let me know about those weeds, yes?

A DIY Fairy Garden made from a salvaged bird bath - this is crazy adorable and whimsical. It adds so much charm and character to the garden! My kids would love this, making it for sure!

I am so in love with this thrifty thing, it’s probably the thriftiest find I’ve had in a really long time! Are you ready for even more thrift inspiration? Get some from my co-hosts:


28 Comments

  1. Oh my goodness, this is the cutest fairy village ever!! I admit to being a slight bit jealous of your gorgeous backyard.?? Fantastic job, Love!!

  2. These little fairy gardens are so popular right now and yours is so cute. I have seen all of the little miniature fairy stuff at Hobby Lobby and last week I think I spent a good half hour just looking at it all. Nice project!

  3. Oh my, this is the cutest fairy garden!! My daughters and I made a little fairy home and it would look amazing there. I have to look for a birdbath soon!

  4. You do not know how many times I’ve wanted to buy a bird bath… but didn’t, because I’m thinking do I really want standing water in my yard all the time (mosquitos LOVE me). You have now given me a reason to buy one 🙂 and that’s awesome. Love this project.

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