How to Create an Easy DIY Fairy Pond with Floating Candles
It’s time for this month’s Farmhouse Hens collaboration, this month were all creating centerpieces. My contribution is an easy DIY fairy pond centerpiece, my friend’s wonderful posts are located at the end of mine.
This fairy pond centerpiece is made with some extra precautions due to the floating candles. If you don’t plan on having floating candles it will still be pretty, but not quite as dramatic.
Supplies for making an Easy Fairy Pond
To make your own pond you will need a miniature fairy hut
Large round galvanized container
Assorted faux greenery
Large food can
Green electrical tape and florist tape
Green paint and brush (optional)
Hot glue gun and glue
Small artificial succulents, and rocks embellishments
Homemade or purchased twig fairy fence
Twigs and florist wire.
Floating candles (optional)
Fairy Pond Tutorial
I purchased the smallest floating candles I could find and the first thing I did was test how much water they needed to float. Thankfully two inches of water was adequate.
I then chose a galvanized dish that was deeper than two inches, and about 16 inches wide.
The faux greenery especially the moss can be a fire hazard, so don’t ever leave the lit candles unattended.
To keep the moss and fairy hut away from flame put the hut on a higher elevation so that moss isn’t near the open flame of the candle. You can use whatever you have handy that is nonflammable. I used an empty and cleaned large tin can.
To prepare the large tin can stand start by removing the label and washing it thoroughly. Place it in your container and make a mark to ensure the can will be higher than the galvanized container.
Wearing gloves car and tin snips carefully cut the can to the right height. Careful not to get cut.
Once cut wrap a bit of electrical tape around the bottom of the can to cover the sharp edge.
Attach the end of a piece of green florist tape to the bottom of the can using hot glue, then wrap the florist tape around the can until its covered. Alternatively, paint the can green and let dry.
Place the covered can towards the back side of the galvanized container, then using a hot glue gun take one large faux lilypad leaf and glue along the remaining back portion of the galvanized dish. Doing this creates a barrier to prevent the candles from floating right against the fairy house. Using hot glue attach the sides of the large leaf to the front of the tin can, and to the side of the galvanized container.
Next balance your fairy house towards the back of the centerpiece. Apply lots of hot glue to the top of the tin can before placing the fairy hut on top and press down firmly. Hold until the fairy hut stays in place.
On the other side of the fairy hut, add faux succulents, start by gluing one to the tin can and to the galvanized edging. You need to glue them in place as they are light enough to float on the water.
I added a twig fence that made a couple of years ago. To make the fence gather small twigs, cut each twig to two-inch lengths. Cut two longer twigs and using florist wire wrap each small twig to the larger cross piece branches. Don’t worry if it’s haphazard looking, that just adds to the charm.
Finish the arrangement by adding some little bits of greenery to cover any areas that have metal or bare wood showing.
Finally, take something that is a little bit taller than the underside of your galvanized tin and use it to tilt your container a little bit away from the fairy hut. I used some florists foam for mine.
You don’t need to use the florists’ foam if you’re not using candles.
The heat of the burning candles does make them move around a little bit. Its pretty to sit and watch the candles, which I did for about half an hour. Because the fairy pond is tilted away from the fairy hut the candles never got near to my hut. Under no circumstances would I or should you leave it unattended. Just like any real candle its never a good idea to walk away and leave them.