Make a Small Fairy Garden
It’s fall and most people are seeing the changing leaves and thinking their outdoor enjoyment is coming to and end or changing. You can always bring the garden inside. Make a small fairy garden.
This allows you to keep growing and enjoying the green vibrant plants you love. Just indoors instead of outside. For those of you like myself that hates the winter cold and snow. Snow covers most plants and makes them hard to enjoy. Who wants that.
So how do you go about making your own small fairy garden? Its relatively easy. All you need is a little imagination. Let’s look at it more closely. All images on this page donated by fairy friends in Facebook Fairy Hobby Group and Credited under photo. Featured Image By Glenda Nunez.
What is a Fairy Garden
Basically in the most simple terms it is a small garden. It is complete with small structures and live plants to lure fairies to your home. Fairies are curious creatures by nature. They are attracted to all things natural.
Since they can bring good luck to a household and often even help with chores. Who would not want them around. You have to be careful however not to anger them once they have come to visit. Making them a home and garden of their own can help keep them happy.
You wouldn’t want to anger them. Angry fairies have been known to swap human children for fairy children. Such a creature is called a changeling and is unpredictable in behavior.
There is a story of a Thorn tree (traditionally a fairy tree) in Scotland that was blocking the path of a planned road widening. Officials waited 70 Years for the tree to fall on it’s own in order to complete the project without angering the fairies. Can’t you spare a few minutes to make a garden for you both to enjoy?
- A container for your garden to grow in. Choose the container based upon the amount of room you have and type of plants you wish to grow. Some examples:
- An Old Drawer
- An Old Pot
- A Wash Bin
- A Hanging Basket
- An Old Bucket
- A Terrarium
- Several Flower Pots Tiered
- A Broken Flower Pot slightly mended to use broken bits as stairs
2.Of Course you will need plants. You should choose plants that require the same amount of light and water to make tending the garden easier. You will probably want at least on taller plant to act as a tree for your garden with smaller plants being shrubs and grass. You can trim the plants regularly to prevent them outgrowing the garden or replace them if they get too large.
Several good choices are:
- Herbs Such As Rosemary, Basil, Oregano and Thyme
- Forget me nots
- Miniature Evergreen shrubs
- Bonsai Trees
- Dwarf Grass
- Miniature Flowers like Roses, Daisies, Violets Dianthus
- Ground Cover plants with small flowers
- Hens and Chicks
- Fairy Vine
- Brass Buttons
- Ivy Spearpoint
- Creeping Phlox
- Moss You can even buy moss sheets at craft stores in the floral department. If you are planning a tiny Terrarium garden you may wish to use only moss.
3.Potting Soil Choose the best soil for the plant selection that you have made. This will help keep your garden low maintenance.
4.Fairy Accessories. This is where the real fun comes in to play. There are a great number of items you can either make or buy to decorate your garden. Most Gardens look best with a mix of store bought and homemade or mostly homemade. Fairies like nature after all. So keep things fun and natural looking. Some places to find great items:
- In my upcoming post on Garden Accessories
- Thrift Stores
- Yard Sales
- Garden Supply Stores
- Craft Stores
- In Nature
Think outside the box on this one. Maybe use acorn tops as plates or other containers. Leaves make good blankets, rugs and placemats. Maybe a seashell for a pool or bird bath.
Dollhouse décor usually will fit right in to a fairy garden as well. Has your child got too many toys or outgrown them? Perhaps a toy truck lost a tire and is no longer us
able. The other tires can be repurposed as a tire swing or a tire planter in the fairy garden.
The only limit to what you can come up with is your imagination. Prefer things a little more structured? I will be reviewing some of the fairy garden kits on the market and helping you to find one that can do most of the decorating for you. Maybe to give as a gift to a loved one.
Care of Your Fairy Garden
This is a tricky one. Each type of plant requires its own amount of care. For the most part you should have an idea on what they require as you select them. Try to keep plants that need the same amount of sun and water in the same containers. Then all you have to do is place the garden in a area with appropriate lighting. Water occasionally as needed. You will probably want to prune the plants to keep them looking good and fairy sized. If one of the plants gets too large or dies off you can always replace it. These are small and simple gardens.
Some Ideas for Homemade Items
- Using a small seashell as bird bath
- A Larger Seashell for a pool or pond
- A birdhouse turned into a fairy house
- Popsicle sticks as a sign post, bridge or fence
- A dried gourd for a fairy house
- Pine cones for shingles on your fairy house
- Toadstools made out of cork
- Toadstools made out of wooden drawer pulls and a spool for base
- Mulch to create forest floor
- Pebbles for walking path
Other Ideas Store bought
- Fake gemstones as walkway trim
- Small piece of Wire Mesh to make Archway
- Flip flop buttons used on beach theme
- Wooden bead painted to look like beach ball
- Marble Glued to Spool to make Gazing Ball
- These adorable teacups Excellent tutorial on how to make a miniature fairy garden tea set that looks like strawberries.
- A Cute Fairy tree house like the ones sold here.
No Limits To Creativity
The best thing about making a small fairy garden. There is no limit to creativity. It is free and anyone can access it with a little effort. All you have to do is dream up an idea and find the parts to make it work. Since they are small you may find that you love them so much you make more than one. All the better. The world can use more cheer and beauty. Fairy gardens offer us the chance to create a little magic in our yards and homes. And who doesn’t want that? Please share your garden pictures and comments below. All images on this site are protected from copy.
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