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There is something magical about the idea of a fairy garden. Planning can be as much fun as a butterfly garden And there are many possibilities. Here’s how to create a fairy garden in almost any space with a variety of materials.
What is a Fairy Garden?
No, we’re not raising fairies. A fairy garden is a whimsical way to add a little color and fun to your yard or indoor space. Few plants, fairy sculptures, miniature houses and furniture come together to make the increasingly popular fairy garden. it’s a fun way to get kids involved in gardening And nature can give even more a nice gift!
Appeal to non-fairy fans
Not everyone loves fairies or is into that sort of thing, but a “fairy garden” is still a possibility. I can tell you that as a mom of boys they are more of a backyard forge than fairy dust. For older kids or those who aren’t into fairies, we can easily replace some of the props and create a separate one.
Try gnomes or small animal figurines instead of fairies. Miniature buildings and furniture can be very elaborate and are easily a fun afternoon project for kids who love to build. Create a scene from a favorite book or movie using plants and natural materials. Build an alien spaceship or a dinosaur planet. It doesn’t have to be fairies.
What is the purpose of a fairy garden?
While it’s a fun project and appeals to both little ones, older kids and grown-ups alike, there’s more to a fairy garden. Yes it can spark joy, But it can also benefit the ecosystem. An outdoor fairy garden with the right plants can feed pollinators and enrich the soil. If you are using herbs and medicinal plants, you can have an edible fairy garden. Plus, they just look good!
how to make a fairy garden for kids
There are tons of different options out there and it’s best to let your imagination run wild. However, to ensure that the garden is successful, we need to establish some ground rules.
location, location, location
Will your fairy garden be indoors or outdoors? In the shade under the tree or in the back porch? What plants we choose and how we design the garden depends on where it is going to be. We do not want to plant shady plants in the courtyard under strong sunlight.
choose a container
Another important consideration is the container for the fairy garden. Or think outside the box and go without a . plant trees garden container. Just be sure that the plants you want to use will fit the size of your chosen container. Here are a few ideas:
- the cup
- Cake stand (with a round dish on top to hold the mess)
- terrarium jar
- wooden bucket or half barrel
- Metal wash tub (small, laundry type)
- Birdcage (add some at the bottom to prevent mess)
- old wagon
- tree trunk
- Upcycle Kids Water Table
- An old drawer, trunk, or suitcase (for inside gardens)
- bird bath
- wooden or metal crate
- old bed frame
choose your plants
Now that we have a container, it’s time to choose the plants. Be sure to choose plants that will fit your chosen container, or vice versa. Succulents, low-growing or small plants work best. If you are planting in on a raised bed or ground, they can grow up with fairy furniture nestled in the middle.
Indoor container fairy gardens require plants that grow well indoors. Artificial plants are another option. Bark, moss, twigs and pebbles are good low-maintenance indoor options.
start with ground cover
These plants grow low and spread over large areas to cover the ground, much like a lawn. It’s good to start with these as a base and build from there. Do a little research to see what will work best in your location and growing area. Here are a few different options to get you started:
- Irish moss
- elfin thyme
- Small Oakleaf Creeping Fig
- golden creeping speedwell
- golden japanese stonecrop
- Silver Sprinkles Plant
- dwarf mondo grass
- baby tears
- sugar vine
- Zebra Haworthia
- Corsican Mint
- chickweed (edible)
- Miniature Daisy
- Scotch Moss
- a kind of tea
- dusty miller
- creeping thyme
- fairy fern
- miniature ivy
add some height
Succulents, herbs and small flowers add some variety and contrast to the fairy landscape. Some plants will grow too large for the container and will begin to pull out other plants. In this case keep them trimmed as needed. Here are some great options for your fairy garden:
- Nasturtium (edible)
- Miniature African Violet
- Marigold (good for butterflies)
- Miniature Daisy
- Globe Basil (edible)
- floss flower
- purple (edible)
- Lavender (edible)
enter your fairy garden
This might be my favorite part. There are lots of Fairy Garden knickknacks sold online and in stores, but these are just one option. You can use repurposed items from thrift stores or around the house. It’s also fun to make your own or hang out for pieces of nature.
There are lots of options, but here are some ideas:
- mold clay into small garden mushrooms or fairy chairs
- Build Wooden Stairs With Twigs and Hot Glue
- Use Bark for Fairy House Siding or Roof Shingles
- Use moss for ringworm or thrush
- make a twig fence
- Use pebbles to make paths
- An old spool of wood can become a table
- Glass Pebbles Make a Great “River”
fairy garden for kids
It’s a simple and fun way for the kids to get out and play in the dirt. There are so many options here, let your creativity run wild!
- container of choice optional
- ground cover plants
- Succulents, flowers, and/or small herbs
- things of nature Bark, pebbles, twigs, etc.
- small rocks
- furniture, home, or other furnishings
If you’re making an outdoor fairy garden, choose a container with drainage holes in the bottom (or make a few holes).
Add a layer of small rocks, then dirt.
Arrange ground cover plants and other plants as desired. Make sure you don’t crowd the area and don’t give room for growth!
Add nature objects and accessories as desired to create your own creation.
If you are building an indoor fairy garden, choose plants that do well in low light. If you want to skip the mess altogether, use moss, pebbles, fairy stuff, and other items that don’t require clay.
What type of theme would you choose for your fairy garden? Leave us a comment and let us know!
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