A new home for my teacup fairy garden village.
Ever since I made my first fairy garden teacup I knew I would have to continue and make a whole village of teacup homes. My first teacup is already up on this blog and houses an adorable artist fairy in a traditional English teacup. For this design, I find my teacup and saucer at an estate sale for about $2. The gold, white, and pink blended for a perfect backdrop for a fancy teahouse. I was so happy to find this because I have gathered quite the collection of gold pieces that needed to be used in a highbrow creation.
I knew I wanted to clearly represent the skill of the job of my fairy, but I did not want to take away from the fairy’s home because everyone needs a place to distress. I packed a lot more into this teacup compared to my minimalist artist but hey every fairy is unique in wings and attitude. I went with the classic teacup on its side look. I made the room inside my teacup the kitchen, the area in front, a serving station and seating area, and the area to the side a bedroom.
A lot of the items I had found throughout the year went into this fairy garden. Two white thimbles with flowers became my table from an estate sale, a tiny teacup from a garage sale is featured as a chair, the basis for my bed found at a miniaturist festival, the gold fence from a second-hand store, the porcelain flowers at that wonderful estate sale, the button table tops from a jar found at an antique store, and the pot, soap, basket all from my childhood Polly pockets obsession. I may not be able to fully understand at the time I buy these items why I feel a need to own them, but they always speak for themselves when making up my fairy garden. I once read about a “miniature eye” and no this is not something weird. A miniature eye is someone who has honed their skills to see an item as useful for miniature creations even though that is not its original purpose. Some of the obvious ones would be buttons, thimbles, and eve the pennies I use for the stools, but through the time I have found many other interesting discoveries. For example, my sink in the teacup is made out of an earring back glued to a piece of wire. I then found so odd metal bits included with gears and picked out two to become handles for the hot and cold water. When I started miniature making I never would have thought of such an idea unless I saw someone else do it. Eventually, you’ll find more pieces like this.
Of course, with everything going on in the world right now, it might be hard to go out and find supplies for your miniatures at garage sales and antique shops, but let’s just stay hopeful and keep creating with what we have- a true test for a miniaturist.
Now let’s go in-depth with a step by step process. After figuring out how to zone my fairy garden and what the purpose was after many other trials, I started by gluing my teacup to the saucer and laying down the moss. Sadly, the way I glued the moss with a hot glue gun before everything else made my table unstable. This is something I am still working on, but it might be better to glue moss after your big structure pieces. I also recommend buying yourself two moss colors because that helps to break up the grass and feel more realistic.
I had to make the kitchen first and I went with a floating look that will cause me trouble in the future and a need to reglue. Remember, supports are a wonderful creation when glue won’t cut it. I used a piece of wood I had gotten in a larger bag of wood pieces at Hobby Lobby. A helpful buy because I love the natural look and I have used it in so many designs. I used a metal button to make a burner. Yes, this is a stove. I added some little metal pieces from the gears to be knobs. It is hard to see, but I put a tiny fire under the piece of wood. It is just a plastic toy but I liked the stove idea. I used a miniature pot you can get at any miniature store online or craft store and I put inside these little red balls that came with a set of miniature glass jars at Michaels. If you ever see this set (it has red balls, yellow balls, and green beans) I strongly recommend it because it is adorable and has mini corks. I poured half of those red beads in the pot, added clear glue, and a cut-up skewer to be a spoon. I left the cork and jar on the counter and I like to think my fairy is melting down the red beads to create a tea or maybe to add them to her tea cakes. I’m getting ahead of myself. Next, I worked on my hanging sink. I already explained the earring faucet. The actual sink is a piece of a broken mini terracotta pot. I used Polly Pocket soap for the side and added some dirty dishes to the sink. On the other wall, I used some charms I bought with victorian portraits on it as wall decorations that went with the color theme and I added some moss to add a natural feel. To finish off the inside of the teacup, I added an acorn light just like my last teacup fairy garden, but this time I used a button for the glass light instead of marble. This did not have the same reflection quality, but it did look fancier due to the design of the button.
The next big step was to create the cafe area of the teahouse. I knew I wanted to use these thimbles for the tables and I knew I wanted a serving section so this was a cramped experience. I put the serving table in front of the handle of the large teacup to help mask that. I put a navy plant pot and mushrooms back there with the teacup handle because I try to make my design pretty from all sides. Sometimes the simplest detail on the back or sides can make an experience fuller.
For the side serving table, I used a golden charm thing I found for the tabletop. It had a nice edging that really made it look fancier. I wanted the table to have an eclectic look. I made a teapot out of an acorn which was so adorable that I know I will be reproducing that for other designs. I used another top of an acorn and filled it shaved off styrofoam to make it look like a sugar bowl. I also added a serving spoon that you can get anywhere you get miniatures. I have found forks, spoons, and knives are so wonderful to add to a build so I always recommend stocking up on those, tiny pencils (you can make these yourself), and tiny birds. Anyway, that wonderful tip aside, I used a charm set that gave me a bunch of plates and cups to make this creamer pitcher by just adding white paint. Finally, I added a plate with one of the clay teacakes I made out of clay and two chocolate cookies. I am really proud of the clay creations especially the teacakes because I draped that icing to look delicious.
The seating area was not too difficult. I made the tables, added teacups filled with tea, and some food. On the larger table for one because that makes sense, I added a charm that looked like tiny pink flowers. On the other table, I put down some paper and a pencils for the inspiring author fairy. For the seats I used spools painted navy and pennies, it only costs a few cents.
The last area was the bedroom/home of this fairy business. I used the gold squares as fences and made a path from the front area back to the room with white stones found at Michaels. I used a little plastic bench I found at a miniaturist festival as a fairy bed since they are so tiny. I draped a decorative leaf as if it was a blanket and made two pillows from two different fabrics to add texture. On the bed, I added mortar and pestle with a bunch of herbs being ground up for an upcoming tea. I also used a toy basket to fill it full of the same herbs from when the fairy went collecting. I put a bird friend on the handle of the basket. I decided that all of my teacup fairy gardens will have bird companions. I wanted to drape these white string of beads I owned. So, I added a skewer painted the navy and connected the chain with the teacup. I found out from my mother that these strings of beads I keep using in my designs came from her wedding favors almost 30 years ago now. It’s a nice way to include some family history in my creations. I then finished my whole design by adding to the top and sides of the teacup some porcelain flowers I got for cheap and moss. On the front, I added a golden spoon I found at another garage sale and the whole design process is history.
Thank you for helping me welcome into the world another teacup fairy garden. I have a few other empty teacups needing to be turned into luxury residencies and I cannot wait to theme them. I knew I wanted to make this post before Mother’s Day because I am dedicating it to my mom who adores tea and always supports me. Stay safe and keep creating.
Happy Mother’s Day Mom. Thank you for always supporting my tiny and big life.