How to create a perfect fairy garden
It’s probably not possible to create a magical forest in the backyard. But it’s entirely possible to create a miniature wonderland out of nothing more than a few plants, old toys and trinkets, craft store treasures and a whole lot of imagination.
Creating a fairy garden would be a perfect way for moms and their daughters to spend Mother’s Day. The first step is to sketch out your magical land. Think about what kinds of plants will work, and study a few of your favorite gardens. What makes them special? No doubt, there’s a path, a pergola and lots of places to hide.
This is a great way for every mother to draw on her inner child. And it will be a day neither mother nor daughter will forget. Here’s how to create the perfect fairy garden.
A whole new world:
First, choose your container, which will be the world soon to be inhabited by whimsical creatures. It could be a simple pot, an antique basin, even an old wagon. Or you could go much smaller and use a teacup, jewelry box or even a pie pan. Think about the plants you’ll want to grow, and let those choices dictate the size of your container. Also, if you’re considering a rustic structure – say, a barn or a log cabin – think about a wooden container. We love this Garden Treasures Barrel for $39.98 at Lowes.com.
Once you have your container, you’ll want to select your theme. If you need some inspiration, check out Joann’s project ideas. They give inspiration with directions and supplies for over 20 fairy gardens!
A place to call home:
A fairy will of course need a home. We like the idea of creating a tiny log cabin out of Lincoln Logs, or painting a tiny bird house. It needs only a “door” for a fairy to flit in and out of, and it should be relatively water-proof, so when the “rain” falls, it won’t collapse. If you’d prefer something more mystical, fairies also live in small cottages or even castles. Look to Michael’or Joann’s s to find plenty of tiny “homes” for your fairy.
Here are a few options to get you started (but exploring is really half the fun): Cone Shape Birdhouse by ArtMinds, $4.99 at Michaels.com or Fairy Garden Grass And Moss Roof House, on sale $29.99 (plus Cash Back) both at Joann.com.
A lush land:
After the main structure is in place (and we admit, a fairy garden without a structure is still magical), consider the plants you’ll want to grow. Start with good soil, then arrange your plants. Think about ivies, moss, miniature daisies and grasses or ferns. The latter will be the “trees” in your forest. And who says your fairy garden can’t serve another purpose? Rosemary plants could be the trees in your fairyland, basil can offer leafs for woodland creatures to hide under, and lavender will add a splash of color.
A magical path:
Next, we think every good fairy home needs a path, preferably with a bridge. Because really, fairies need someplace to hide, whether that be in a house or under a bridge. Find pebbles and small stones to create a path. As for a bridge, create your own with sticks, twine and glue, or find a miniature wonder in a craft store. Sparrow Innovations Miniature Bridge, $4.99, michaels.com
Now for the fun part.
Go on a treasure hunt – inside and outside the home. If your child is still young, dig through that toy chest (or take a trip to a Wal-Mart for some inexpensive toys). A small toy kitten or a pup would fit right in. Old doll-house furniture can come back to life, as long as it’s sturdy. Small wonders from nature – from shells to acorns – will add a lovely touch to your garden. Look for things that could be used as resting places, chairs or even artwork for tiny fairies.
If you aren’t having much luck around the house, just hit your local craft or garden store. They typically have plenty of fun accessories ranging from whimsical to eclectic. Michaels has fairy garden accessories galore – everything from tiny tools, miniature coffee glasses, easels and more!