How to Make a Tiny Wood-Chopping Station For a Fairy Garden

Add some outdoorsy charm to your fairy garden cabinscape with this DIY craft. Give your container fairy garden a complete set of wood-chopping tools: a firewood holder, a chopping block, and a tiny axe.

Give your container fairy garden a rustic cabin vibe with a wood cutting station. Dowels and matchsticks create a firewood rack, and tin foil and red paint give the axe the perfect amount of standard-size detail. Twig slices serve as a tree-trunk chopping block to complete the scene.

What You Need

  • 1/4" wood square craft dowel
  • Wood craft matchsticks
  • 1" x 2" craft wood rectangles
  • Twigs
  • Aluminium foil
  • Red paint
  • Wood stain in Dark Walnut
  • Rag
  • Hot glue
  • Scissors
  • Ruler

Firewood Holder

Step 1: Cut Wood Pieces

Cut four 1" pieces from the square dowel. Cut 2 matchsticks into 2" pieces, and cut 3 matchsticks in half.

Step 2: Stain Wood

Squeeze wood stain onto a lint free rag. Rub stain onto the dowel pieces, matchstick pieces, and a 1"x2" wood rectangle. Let all pieces dry for one hour.

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Step 3: Glue Side Matchsticks

Take the two 2" matchsticks and align them to the long side of the wood rectangle. Use hot glue to adhere the matchsticks to the rectangle.

Editor's Tip: Use caution when working with a hot glue gun, especially with small projects where your hands are so close to the glue at any given time. The hot glue can cause painful burns.

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Step 4: Glue Dowels In Corners

Put a dot of glue on each corner of the wood rectangle, right next to the matchstick just glued. Place the narrow end of the dowel pieces on each corner standing upright.

Step 5: Add Crossbars

Use the remaining matchsticks to create crossbars, connecting the center of the bottom matchsticks to the top corner of the dowels. Glue in place and let dry. Once dry, stack short segments of twigs cut in half in the center to look like logs.

Axe and Chopping Block

Step 1: Cut Wood Pieces

Use a pencil to trace the shape of an axe head into a wood rectangle. Cut out with scissors. Also, cut a 3/4" segement of matchstick for the axe handle.

Step 2: Decorate Axe Head

Glue aluminum foil to the outside of the wood axe head. Let dry. Then, paint the axe head red, leaving a sliver of foil unpained at the end as the blade. Hot glue the handle to the head once the paint has dried completely.

Step 3: Create Chopping Block

Use a thicker twig to create a chopping block. Cut a slice from the twig, and use the edge of a pair of scissors to make an indent that the blade of the axe can sit in.


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