Making a spooky Halloween fairy garden with old figurines is a great way to create a unique decor piece. Combining a thrift store find tray with pieces that I had in my craft stash was easy and fun.
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Several years ago I saw a post from Sadie Seasongoods that used thrift store find figurines for scary Halloween figurines. I’ve wanted to do something similar since I first saw that post. As I change out the pieces of my outdoor birdbath fairy garden, I’ve been stashing away the ones that have faded. I’ve had this project in mind for a while.
Spooky Halloween Fairy Garden
I had everything on hand that I needed to put this together. That’s always a plus when making seasonal decor.
Supplies Used for Fairy Garden for Halloween Decor
- Fairy, Gnome, and Assorted Figurines
- Black Spray Paint
- Red Paint and Small Brush
- Thrift Store Find Metal Tray
- Craft Moss
- Black Tea Light Candles
- Floral Stems
- Plastic Spiders
- Clip on Bat
- Cardboard Circle
I found this metal wire tray at my local Goodwill a few years ago. It’s been stashed away since then. It was supposed to have four small round legs, but it was missing one, so I first had to use pliers to remove the legs. I’m not sure about the black and white paint job. Apparently, whoever donated to Goodwill started a project and then decided against finishing it.
Since the bottom will be covered, I decided that I didn’t need to paint it to match the outside. I touched up the areas that had white paint on them that would show. To have a base for the tray, I used the round card board piece that comes with some frozen pizzas. I always save those, usually using them as paint trays. It’s hot glued to the tray.
Putting together a Halloween Fairy Garden
The base of the tray is covered with craft moss that I bought at Dollar Tree. I added small lines of glue to hold it in place.
For the figurine and other fairy garden pieces, I cleaned them up and used a high gloss black spray paint by Rust-Oleum. After they dried, I used DecoArt Ladybug red paint and a tiny bristled brush to paint the eyes.
I wanted to give the fairies more height, so I cut pieces of floral foam and glued each of the fairies to them.
To cover the foam, more of the craft moss was glued on.
I attached one of the gnomes to a fairy garden hollow tree stump using hot glue.
The double door piece is glued to the front of the tray, but the piece with two gnomes and two animals isn’t attached. I like that the gnomes appear to be guarding the fairies!
I added a few black tea light LED candles, some plastic spiders, a clip on bat, and black glass gems. All of these can be found at the dollar store.
This turned out to be a such a fun display piece for Halloween. I’m happy to have finally taken the time to put it all together. We don’t usually think of fairies and gnomes as being Halloween decor, but a simple paint job can change them from cute to spooky quickly.
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Halloween Fairy Garden