Do you think that fairies live only in woodland communities, underground kingdoms, or inhabit lakes and hills? If you want to create your magical world where fairies can visit you can now do it with a DIY fairy garden! Also known as pixie garden, a fairy house can bring good luck and happiness. Plus, your child(ren) will love it! And who knows? If you are lucky enough, you may meet a fairy and get three wishes! Wanna know more and find a tutorial about how to create your own fairy garden? Keep on reading!
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What exactly is a fairy garden?
A fairy garden is a miniature or a small cultivated space with structures and natural plants. Its purpose is to lure fairies and, with them, good luck to your home. Since these magical features have a reputation for not being competent builders, it is in your hands to craft the perfect abode for them. Fairies would encourage you to be extra creative, so its design is limited only by your imagination!
What are the benefits of having a fairy garden?
Do your kids love fantasy play? Do you ever find yourself wanting to escape into their whimsical, full of wonder world? Fairy gardening has been gaining in popularity over the last couple of years and is your opportunity to feel like a child again. These DIY projects offer much more than just good luck and a magical atmosphere in your garden, especially to children!
They encourage creativity and imagination
Imaginative play and role-play allows children to revisit familiar and unfamiliar events, supports the development of their imagination and allows them to try out risky ideas in a safe environment. Kids these days are very busy with homework, sports, language lessons etc. Imaginative play allows kids to relax, let go, and just be kids. Of course, this is not only about children. Don’t forget; we are all still kids at heart!
They improve literacy
You can have oral storytelling using storybook language while inventing stories around your little fairy garden. Children are more interested and motivated to improve their reading abilities through active learning. Play promotes children’s literacy skills by applying their prior knowledge and using thinking skills to gain new information. They take responsibility for their education without even knowing it!
They encourage knowledge and understanding of the world
While planting and caring for plants, children understand what plants need to survive. They make sense of their physical world, explore, observe and find out about the environment. Experiential learning opportunities provide them with meaningful experiences that stimulate their senses and encourage them to ask questions, explore, wonder at their environment, and undertake investigations that engage their interests.
They build great family memories
A must-have ingredient in every happy childhood is wonder. Good memories are that little magical box we go to when we need an emotional boost. Building family memories and expressing yourself creatively can help boost your mental and relational wellness! Fashioning a fanciful dwelling for fairy fun is such a memorable way to spend time with your kids that they’ll remember for years to come. This is a great way to help them develop more emotional engagement with you and learn about important values. Remember, it isn’t just the big moments that create all-important memories; the small everyday events are often the ones that have the most significant influence!
Here’s what you need to start your own
To create your miniature fairy garden, you’ll want to gather your choice of items to construct your fairies’ dream home. You can use both natural materials and fun little things as fairy garden accessories you already have or can buy. Here are some fairy garden ideas for the materials you can use.
Materials for outdoor fairy garden
- Leaves, grass and moss
- Flowers, clay pots, succulents, acorns, rocks
- A set of toadstools
- Miniature birdbath or birdhouse
- Small pieces of wood, baskets, or other natural containers
- Glue gun and glue sticks
- Extension cords (if building outside)
- Wood glue
- Polymer model clay
- Twine (for swings)
- Small dollhouse items
- Tiny rustic furniture
- Whitewood picket fence
- Fun little things like pinecones, seashells, old teacups, artificial flowers, glass rocks
- Potting soil and small plants for the fairy garden
How to make a fairy garden
Making a fairy garden is fun and creative. But like all things, there are some rules you should follow to have the wanted result. Take it one step at a time and follow these steps to build your magical mini fairy garden.
Preparation time will take you around 20 minutes to envision the results you want and to gather supplies. Have your child(ren) scout around the garden or neighbourhood for small bits of nature like sticks, moss, nuts, stones, leaves, and flowers. Of course, a fairy garden is magical, and magic is unpredictable. You can improvise with your fairy garden design during the process, which will make it even more fun!
2. Getting your fairy garden started
The activity time is around 45 minutes, depending on how elaborate you decide to make your fairy garden. We are sure that you will find that time flies because you will get lost in fun! If you are building it with your kids, you should get them started with some fairy garden ideas or materials. After that first boost, they will probably carry on alone with little help. Unless you’re having too much fun to let them play without you!
3. Choose the location
To start with, pick the right location. Choose indoor, outdoor, gardening or non-gardening. You can use whatever place catches your eye, but remember that the more interesting the space you choose, the better! You can use a large tree base where the roots jut out and make a natural hollow. Other places include building it into a retaining wall, in an old wood bucket, inside a raised garden bed, in a flowerpot, in a terrarium, in an old container, or even around a backyard pond.
4. Design your fairy garden
You should know that there is no right or wrong way to design. Either you want only a fairy garden, or house, or both, anything goes. You claim complete artistic license in this fun DIY project. Keep on reading to find some of the most magical ideas to make your dream pixie garden come to life!
Fairy house: To build the house itself, you can use a large basket or any other container, even a wheelbarrow. Prefer a natural, rustic looking container to give the magical look you want. You can also use glass bowls, terrariums, and terra cotta pots with drainage holes. You can build the walls by poking small sticks into the ground or build stone walls using small stones and glue.
Garden area: Fill your container with potting mix and add plants. You can use moss for the floor, lay down leaves, use bark or just dirt. Look for natural materials or decorative craft items that suit your vision for your dream fairy house. If you want the garden to be the centrepiece, you can pick a tiny tree, like a real-life bonsai or a woody stick like lavender.
Create to your heart’s content and add fairy furniture: What makes fairy gardens extra special are the little details. Cover the floors using sands, leaves, or moss to create soft padding. Fairy gardens are dollhouses of sorts and can get furnished accordingly. Make a hammock using sticks, glue and a piece of stocking. Add scraps of fabric for curtains. Use card stock paper, scissors, a dry twig and glue to make a DIY birdhouse. Use stones or turn an upside-down teacup into a table and use acorn tops as bowls and dishes. You can even add “wallpaper” made of leather or coloured paper. You can use doll furniture or create your own using polymer model clay for details such as door hinges and a doorknob on a craft stick door.
Add finishing touches using miniatures: Choose miniatures based on your kids’ age group (breakable for older, plastic for younger) and give them more reasons to create stories and role-play. Some of them are:
- Birds, snails, dogs, horses
- Fairies, gnomes
- Unicorns, pegasus
- Signs, decor, swings, chairs
- Trees, creeks, ponds, mountains
5. Let kids & all ages have fun!
Your beautiful fairy garden is now ready! All you have to do to make it complete is to be part of it! Create fun, lasting memories with all ages in your family and don’t forget to grab the camera!
These are moments you’ll want to remember and see after many years.
The top 10 plants for your fairy garden
The most important thing to do when choosing plants for your fairy garden is to check their labels and make sure they aren’t going to take over the entire space as they grow. Prefer small plants like succulents or flowers to create and grow the garden on a small scale.
Top 10 plants for indoor miniature gardens
- English Boxwood
- Sugar Vine
- Baby Tears
- False Cypress
- Parlor Palm
- Corsican Mint
- Norfolk Pine
- Ellwood’s Blue Cypress
- Dwarf Mondo Grass
- Zebra Haworthia
Top 10 plants for outdoor miniature gardens
- Just Dandy Dwarf Hinoki Cypress
- Miniature Juniper
- Miniature Daisies
- Jean’s Dilly Dwarf Spruce
- Dwarf Mugo Pine
- Irish Moss
- Sky Pencil Japanese Holly
- Platt’s Black Brass Buttons
- Sempervivum Tectorum
Extra tip: Protect your unique creation in Winter by bringing the container indoors and setting it in a sunny corner or a heated garage. Replace some plants in the Spring to make it look more vibrant and colourful.
If you are looking for a way to carry away your imagination and bond with your family, a fairy garden is a perfect solution. It will give your house a magical touch and is a wonderful way for kids to incorporate nature and use imaginative play. Or you can build the abode for fairies to visit when no one is looking. As fairies do!