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Fairy Gardens are miniature gardens usually filled with small plants and other accessories designed to delight and lure fairies. Designed to be enjoyable for the little people (wink, wink), making a miniature fairy garden and then enjoying setting it up and adding to it over time will make your kids -and you- smile.
Fairy Gardens are beautiful, not too hard to make, and add a special uniqueness to any yard or current garden you may have…or your windowsill, dining table, or any other inside nook with sun.
Making Fairy Gardens with your children is actually a fun way to introduce them to the art of gardening and basic garden care, too. You can use your Fairy Garden as a creative outlet, sensory play option for kids, or a beautiful decorative piece to add to your current landscape design. They also make excellent gifts!
How to Make a Fairy Garden
If you’re ready to make your own Fairy Garden, the first thing you need is your imagination.
However, if you want a little more guidance, simply follow this step by step tutorial that will guide you forward in creating a magical Fairy Garden for your yard or table…today!
First, pick a good location for your Fairy Garden so you can figure out what type and size container you’ll want to have to start this process.
You’ll need to know if you’re going to make a working Fairy Garden or a decorative Fairy Garden before proceeding to pick out plants and accessories.
Now that you’ve figured out what type of Fairy Garden you’ll create, next it’s time to go shopping and pick out some plants that will work for your region and fit well with the container with your fairy figurines and accessories.
Depending on the type of plants you’ll be using, add potting soil (or succulent soil or peat moss) to your Fairy Garden container so you’re able to have nutrients for the plants that you’ll be putting inside your miniature garden.
Now that the soil is ready in your Fairy Garden container, you can start envisioning what you think a Fairy Garden should look like (isn’t this fun already?!).
Place your accessories in different spots to get a feel for the look you want to make for this magical garden.
This is where your kids will really let their creative loose! This is the perfect time to let your kids play with the accessories as they work their imagination to create a beautiful Fairy Garden display.
Now that you know how you want to set up the accessories in your Fairy Garden, it’s time to get the plants placed in the container in the appropriate locations to add some living color.
You’ll need to add water and use your finger to gently create holes to put seeds in the soil. Move moss and any other plants similar to moss around so that they work well with your Fairy Garden accessories.
Once all of the seeds have been planted according to the directions on the seed packets, and the accessories have been placed in their areas within the container, your Fairy Garden is ready to grow.
What Should Be In Your Fairy Garden? (Fairy Garden Supplies)
There are many Fairy Garden supplies you could get for this project, but the most important Fairy Garden supply ideas are listed below to help get you started with your very own miniature magical garden for fairies.
Container or Outdoor Location
Small plants and plants’ seeds
Stones or pebbles
For the container, you can use different options based on the area that you’ll be putting the container or what you already have on hand (repurposing is always the best first step!).
For small locations, you may opt to use stacking planters, a plant pot, or maybe a birdbath. For larger locations, you may opt to use a wheelbarrow, a raised planter, a patio garden bed or a half wine barrel. Other ideas are old pots, broken flower pottery bowls, rusty pails, or even old wooden crates.
Accessories For Your Fairy Garden
The list of accessories for your Fairy Garden could get rather long, so I’m going to stick to some basic accessories for use in your first Fairy Garden.
Fairy Garden Walkway stones (or small shells)
Fairy Garden Welcome or Home Sweet Home signs
Mini Fairy Garden Trellis
Mini Hanging Birdhouses
Even Fairy Garden flower pots
There are so many ways you can use these Fairy Garden accessories to create your own magical spaces. We love to use small things we already have (like thimbles) to fill up our fairy gardens and make our fairy houses cozy.
Building your own Fairy Garden certainly takes you back to childhood where your imagination was strong and will to pretend play was large. This Fairy Garden project is the perfect way to bond with a child while enjoying a bit of each other’s imagination to create a magical space in your yard for fairies to visit.