Start your own fairy garden using these easy tips and tricks!
Starting a fairy garden is something I have wanted to do since the moment I saw one. I wanted to create an enchanting space filled with wonder and magic. A place to imagine into. A place to escape.
When I was pregnant I envisioned all of the things that I would do with my daughter. Starting a fairy garden was at the top of the list. I couldn’t wait to get started!
When my daughter began to enjoy imaginative play I knew it was time to create the fairy garden I always wanted. For her of course! 😉
Below I share some simple tips to help you get started on your own fairy garden. You may also like Planting Sunflowers with Kids.
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Start Your Own Fairy Garden
Fairy gardens are magical places for children and adults alike. They are as wonderful to gaze upon as they are to play with. Fairy gardens also offer children an enchanted space to develop their creativity and imaginations through pretend play.
Start Your Own Fairy Garden Supplies
- Container or space to grow your fairy garden (We used a half wine barrel. See other options below.)
- Potting Soil
- Small plants from your local nursery. We used two small bonsai trees, Corsican Mint, Scotch Moss, and Mini Blue Isotoma.
- Gardening trowel
- Fairies, wizards, and other fairy garden accessories and miniatures.
- Stones, pebbles, glass gems, sea glass, wood slices, sand, moss, etc.
Start Your Own Fairy Garden Directions
Step 1 – Choose a location
The type of fairy garden you create will depend on where you will put it. You can grow a fairy garden inside or outside, the options are endless. Following are some ideas:
- Old wheelbarrow
- Raised planter
- Half wine barrel
- Small bed
- Stacking planters
- Bird bath
- Next to a tree, house or shed
- A special spot in the garden
- Any other space suitable for fairy’s and gnomes to find a home.
Step 2 – Pick your plants and accessories
Fairy gardens can be created as static gardens to imagine into, or they can be made to play with and enjoy. Choose plants and accessories that will work for the fairy garden that you would like to create.
Our fairy garden is for my daughter to play with and enjoy. If you look closely you can see a bit of dirt on each of the fairies. My daughter loves to move them around and chit-chat with them as she plays.
Your plant choices will also depend on the location of your fairy garden, the climate, and your purpose or theme. We used two small bonsai trees, Corsican Mint, Scotch Moss, and Mini Blue Isotoma. Ask your local nursery for help.
Start with a few plants and items that will work in the space that you have available. You can purchase and/or make your own accessories. Choose features and elements that make your heart sing.
Step 3 – Envision the scene
Fill your container with potting soil and begin to envision the scene or scenes you will create. Arrange your plants and accessories on top of the soil to see how it looks before planting. This is your chance to play with the layout and how you will arrange your fairy garden.
You want to create at least one scene in your fairy garden. If you have a larger place you can create several scenes. Think of them like rooms in your outdoor doll house.
You can also create hills, paths, streams, rivers, ponds, caves, etc. These can work to divide the scenes and create interest. We created a hill in the back of our half wine barrel. Before we planted we decided to create a river that wrapped around it ending in a pond with a house on the beach. You can see how we started it in the photo below.
Step 4 – Plant and mold fairy garden features
Add water to your soil. Dig small holes to place your plants in. If you have kids allow them to help plant their fairy garden. You can see my 3-year-old daughters experienced gardening hands working below. She has been helping us garden since she learned to walk.
Mold and create the scene by building streams, ponds, walkways or paths in the soil as you plant. This is why arranging the plants on the soil before you plant is a key step in this process.
Step 5 – Finish fairy garden features
Add stones, pebbles, glass gems, sea glass, wood slices, etc. to fill in the areas you molded to be rivers, ponds, walkways, and paths.
In the photo above you can see my daughter adding some glass gems to make a small stream. She carefully placed every single gem, river, and stone in the garden all by herself. It took her over an hour. It was so sweet to watch her create her own fairy garden.
Step 6 – Add fairy garden accessories and miniatures
Add in your fairies and any other miniatures. Start small to keep it simple at first. You can always make or purchase more accessories later.
Fairy gardens are a lovely addition to any porch, deck, backyard, or garden. They make magical small worlds perfect for pretend play by creating a space for children to flex their creative muscles.
Over the next few weeks and months, I will be sharing how our fairy garden evolves and grows. We will be making handmade creations, adding in this and that, and sharing all of our tips with you. Be sure you sign up for our newsletter below so you don’t miss it!
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