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The idea of a fairy garden has something magical about it. It can be as much fun planning as one butterfly garden and there are so many possibilities. Here’s how to make a fairy garden almost anywhere, with a variety of materials.
What is a fairy garden?
No, we don’t grow fairies. A fairy garden is a whimsical way to add a little color and fun to the garden or interior space. Some plants, fairy figurines, miniature houses and furniture come together to create the increasingly popular fairy garden. It’s a fun way to get it children related to gardening and nature and can even make a good gift!
Attractive for non-fairy fans
Not everyone loves fairies or does this kind of thing, but a “fairy garden” is still a possibility. I can tell you that, as a mother of children, they are more forged in the garden than fairy dust. For older children or those who are not fairies, we can easily modify some accessories and create a different space.
Try gnomes or small animal figurines instead of fairies. Miniature buildings and furniture can be very detailed and are easily a fun afternoon project for kids who love to build. Make a scene from a favorite book or movie with plants and natural materials. Create an alien spaceship or a dinosaur planet. They don’t have to be fairies.
What is the purpose of a fairy garden?
While it is a fun and engaging project for both young children and older children and the elderly, there are more things in a fairy garden. Yes, you can spark joy, but it can also benefit the ecosystem. An outdoor fairy garden with the right plants can feed the pollinators and enrich the soil. If you use herbs and medicinal plants, you can have an edible fairy garden. Plus, they just look good!
How to make a fairy garden for children
There are a lot of different options here and it’s best to let your imagination run wild. Still, we need to set some ground rules to make sure the garden is successful.
Location, location, location
Will your fairy garden be indoors or outdoors? In the shade under a tree or on the back porch? Which plants we choose and how we design the garden depend on where it will be. We don’t want to plant shade-loving plants under the hot patio sun.
Choose a container
Another important consideration is the container for the fairy garden. Or think outside the box and plant without garden container. Make sure the plants you want to use fit the size of the container you choose. Here are some ideas:
- Flower test
- Cup of tea
- Cake stand (with a round plate on top to contain dirt)
- Terrarium jar
- Wooden bucket or half barrel
- Metal toilet (smallest, laundry type)
- Birdcage (add something at the bottom to contain dirt)
- Old wagon
- Touch of tree
- Recycled children’s water sheet
- An old drawer, trunk or suitcase (for indoor gardens)
- Bird bath
- Wooden or metal box
- 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 fit the chosen container or vice versa. Succulent plants, low or small growth, work best. If you are planting in a raised bed or on the floor, can be larger with fairy furniture located in the middle.
Indoor container fairy gardens need plants that grow well indoors. Artificial plants are another option. Bark, moss, branches and pebbles are good low-maintenance interior options.
Start with the ground cover
These plants have little growth and spread to larger areas to cover the ground, similar to grass. It’s good to start with these as a foundation and build from there. Do some research to see what will work best in your location and growing area. Here are some different options to get you started:
- Irish moss
- Thyme Elfin
- Fig crawling on miniature oak leaf
- Golden Speed Creeping
- Golden Japanese quarry
- Plant Sprinkle payment
- Nana World Grass
- Baby tears
- Sugar vineyard
- Zebra Haworthia
- Corsican currency
- Chickweed (edible)
- Miniature daisies
- Scottish moss
- Powder mill
- Creeping thyme
- Fairy fern
- Miniature ivy
Add a little height
Succulent plants, herbs and small flowers add some variety and contrast to the fairy landscape. Some plants will grow too much for the container and start turning off the other plants. In this case, keep them pruned as needed. Here are some good options for your fairy garden:
- Nasturtium (edible)
- Miniature african violet
- Marigolds (good for butterflies)
- Miniature daisy
- Basil balloon (edible)
- Floss flower
- Violets (edible)
- Lavender (edible)
Accessorize your fairy garden
This could be my favorite part. There are many fairytale garden stores sold online and in stores, but these are just one option. You can use reused items from thrift stores or the whole house. It’s also fun to do your own tour or discover pieces of nature.
There are a lot of options, but here are some ideas:
- Mold clay into garden mushrooms or fairy chairs
- Make wooden stairs with twigs and hot glue
- Use the bark for fairy or tile floor coverings
- Use moss for tiles or paths
- Make a twig fence
- Use pebbles to create a route
- An old wooden roller can be turned into a table
- Glass pebbles are a great “river”
Fairy garden for children
This is a simple and fun way to get kids outdoors and play in the dirt. There are so many options here, let your creativity run its course.
- chosen container optional
- ground cover plants
- succulent plants, flowers and / or small herbs
- nature items bark, pebbles, twigs, etc.
- small rocks
- furniture, houses or other accessories
If you’re doing an outdoor fairy garden, choose a container with drainage holes at the bottom (or make a few holes).
Add a layer of small rocks and then dirt.
Arrange the ground cover plants and other plants as desired. Make sure you don’t fill the area and leave room for growth.
Add nature items and accessories as you like to create your own creation.
If you make an indoor fairy garden, choose plants that work well in low light. If you want to get rid of dirt, use moss, pebbles, fairy accessories, and other items that don’t need soil.
What kind of theme would you choose for your fairy garden? Send us a comment and let us know.