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DIY Fairy Garden Idea - Directional Sign

By: Sherrie Ragsdale
Sherrie Ragsdale
Sherrie Ragsdale
I have always loved to draw and paint but I didn't really throw myself into it until after I had my first son.  I wanted to be a stay at home mom and at the same time be able to decorate the new home we had just purchased. I taught myself how to use power tools and began to build furniture which I would paint and sometimes sell.  What was once a hobby became a new part-time career which I feel so blessed to be able to do.
Guide your fairies home with an adorable directional sign in this DIY fairy garden idea.
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Skill Level: Beginner


Mod Podge ® 7 Piece Tool Kit
Item #12900
All of the tools you need to Podge it up, in one cool little case! Two pairs of scissors, a squeegee, ruler, emery board and a brush are all zipped up in a cute Podge orange or pink pouch. Your supplies are ready to travel with you!


Mod Podge ® Silicone Craft Mat
Item #16289
Protect your work surface with this silicone mat. Glues peels right off of it for easy clean-up!


Mod Podge ® Mod Melts - Clear Sea Glass
Item #24886
Use Mod Melts to create custom embellishments for crafting projects that can be decorated with craft paint. Each package contains sixteen 10" long mini melts.


Mod Podge ® Mod Melter
Item #24888
The Mod Melter is a unique new shaped tool to use specifically with Mod Molds and Mod Melts. Hold the tool above the molds and fill them with ease! You can also use the Mod Melter as an all-purpose glue gun to make everything from molded embellishments to home décor, paper crafts, and more!


FolkArt ® Multi-Surface Satin Acrylic Paints - Real Brown, 2 oz.
Item #2908
This is the only paint you'll ever need! Paint wood, glass, ceramic, metal, terra cotta, rigid plastic, canvas, styrofoam, slate, paper mache and fabric with the same bottle. Our patented, self-sealing formula offers superior coverage for fewer coats and quicker drying times. With a dishwasher-safe glossy finish, this water-based non-toxic formula resists moisture and rust comes in a wide color palette including basics and trend-right shades.


FolkArt ® Home Decor™ Tools - Layering Block
Item #36046
Use with FolkArt Home Décor Chalk to layer paint and quickly create a time-worn, aged look.


FolkArt ® Ultra Dye™ Colors - Hot Pink, 8 oz.
Item #5609
Hot Pink is a vivid fuchsia shade that absorbs beautifully and offers vibrant color intensity. FolkArt Ultra Dye is a creative way to introduce vibrant color to wood and natural fibers. This dye, made with a unique acrylic formula for improved durability, won’t peel or rub off. Use the dye to color block or create an interesting gradient effect. This water-based, non-toxic dye works well with stencils, and it can be paired with Ultra Dye Varnish for added protection.


Plaid ® Wood Surfaces - Sign
Item #90547E
The Wood Sign from Plaid Wood Surfaces is a fun, directional sign post with endless decorating options. Available in an assortment of shapes and styles, these DIY pieces are made of unfinished wood and are ready for a fun and personalized touch. Ideal for painting, staining, decorative embellishment, and wood burning, there’s an endless assortment of creative options. Plaid Wood Surfaces are a blank canvas waiting to be turned into a work of art.


Mod Podge ® Outdoor, 8 oz.
Item #CS11220
This waterbase sealer, glue and finish lets you decoupage for the outdoors! Seals and protects wood, terra cotta, slate, tin and more. Dries fast & clear. Mod Podge ® is an all in one decoupage glue, sealer and finish.


Other Supplies
Downloadable art “Fairy Garden Phrases”
9mm Wooden beads
Black permanent marker (extra fine tip)
Decorative papers
Green twine
Transfer paper
Water basin
Paper towels


  1. Basecoat the sign Real Brown. Let dry.
  2. Trace the sign shapes onto the back of the decorative papers and cut out.
  3. Glue the papers to each sign with Mod Podge Outdoor.
  4. Use the Layering Block by dipping the flat side of the block in the Real Brown. Remove some of the paint on to a paper towel. Run the block around the edges of the sign.
  5. Print out the downloadable art Fairy Garden Phrases. Using the transfer paper underneath the print-out, trace the words onto each sign. Redraw the tracings with the black marker.
  6. Apply a topcoat of Mod Podge Outdoor. Let dry.
  7. To make the flowers, cut or pull off the pinecone petals. Put a dime size amount of Mod Melt onto the Silicone Mat. Place four pinecone petals into the hot glue to form a cross. Allow the Mod Melt to dry. Add more Mod Melt to the center and place four more petals positioned in between the ones below. Let dry.
  8. Brush the Ultra Dye Hot Pink onto the wooden beads. Let dry. Mod Melt them into the center of each flower.
  9. For the leaves on a flower, cut a 1 ½" piece of twine and fold in half to form a leaf. Mod Melt the ends underneath the flower. Repeat until you have two leaves per flower.
  10. Mod Melt flowers to the sign as shown.
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