How to Make a Fairy Garden

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My kids have been wanting to make their own fairy garden for quite some time, so last week, we finally checked it off our to-do list! Making a Fairy Garden is a great way to get your kids outside and involved in gardening and it's a magical idea that will really enthrall your kids!
How to Make a Magical Fairy Garden with Your Kids
Making your own fairy garden is low cost and simple project - I didn't really even have to explain to my kids what to do- the concept of making a miniature garden was very appealing to them, even my son. My kids were so excited to make their fairy gardens that they were off in pursuit of fun things to use even before I finished telling them about the idea. I love when they think for themselves and create based on their own ideas {with little input from me}, so making a Fairy Garden was right up our alley.

How to Make a Fairy Garden

Making the Fairy Garden is so simple! First, send your kids off on a hunt. Explain to them that you're making miniature garden for little fairies to enjoy and let their imagination take over. My kids immediately ran right off in search of fun items to include in their gardens. The hunt was half the fun and they came back with a treasure trove of items that cost nothing.

Items Needed for a Fairy Garden

  • Pot
  • Potting Soil
  • Plants
  • Miniature items fairies would like
  • A fun imagination

Items to hunt for to put in a Fairy Garden

Items to put in fairy gardens - Look for interesting bits of things from around the yard or walk in the garden

  • Sticks
  • Rocks
  • Plants
  • Walnut shells
  • Miniature furniture
  • Feathers
  • Shells
  • Pine-cones
  • Stumps
  • Moss
  • Pieces of wood

After you've collected the items for your garden, it's time to assemble a nice place for your fairies to enjoy.

How to make a fairy garden - a low cost and fun outdoor project for your kids
My kids took all of their items and thought about what their fairies would like and arranged them all in the homemade glitter painted pots we made a few days before.
How to make a fairy garden - Assembling your fairyland pieces with your kids My goal for the project was simply to get my kids outside and let their imagination run wild - and not to spend a lot of money in the process. I've seen pictures of really elaborate fairy gardens and we even saw a lot of little things to buy at the hardware store. But really, though, using pre-made items kind of defeats the purpose, in my opinion. We did buy little mushroom umbrellas, but otherwise, they found all the materials they used in their fairy gardens themselves and assembled them the way they wanted.

In the end, my kids were thrilled with their projects and have been on the lookout for other things to put in them since they finished! Win-win-win!

For more ideas on making fairy gardens, check out Fairy Gardening: Creating Your Own Magical Miniature Garden book. Have you made fairy projects with your kids? Do you think this is a project they would enjoy?

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I’m Michelle and I blog over at Simplify, Live, Love. I live in rural Eastern Iowa with my husband, 4 kiddos, 17 chickens 3 rabbits, 1 dog, AND a cat. We are self employed crazies trying to balance it all and live sustainably at the same time. In addition to blogging, I garden, can, homeschool, and teach online community college classes too! Hop on over for more on our crazy life in Eastern Iowa.

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