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Admit it. There is something insanely fascinating about mini things. Tiny, little things perfectly modeled off the real life, original big thing.
Fairy gardens are growing in popularity and are a great way to get the kids off technology and interested in gardening. This fun and super imaginative project is one that you can do with all your kids. Boys or Girls. Big or Small. It doesn’t matter. Once you get started, their imaginations take over and your little fairy garden get a life of its own. You don’t need a big space or even an outdoor space. Your fairy garden can be designed to fit in any space you can imagine. Plus, it’s also an opportunity to put broken or old items around the home to good use rather than throwing them straight to the trash bin.
Take a look at these 9 Magical Fairy Garden Designs that are guaranteed to get the whole family captivated.
How to Get Started with your Miniature Fairy Garden
The fun is just as much in the planning as it is in the making. So don’t skip out any steps.
- Decide on the container or area that you’ll be using to create your garden. This can be anything from a flower bed, flower pot to a wide mouthed pasta bowl.
- Sketch out the layout of your garden with a stick (if you’re building it directly in the garden), or draw it out on a piece of paper.
- Start with a focal point. Pick a tiny tree (you can either use a real life bonsai or a woody stick like rosemary or lavender) or a little fairy house as the center piece and construct your garden around it.
- Add the tiny accessories, and there you have it! You can either Make your Own DIY Fairy Garden Accessories or for a more instant effect, take a look at this set of 100 Mini Fairy Garden Accessories (Amazon link). This will keep the kids busy for hours!
1. Enchanting Night Time Fairy Garden
This gorgeous night time fairy garden is lit up using tiny, solar powered fairy lights (you can get them here). Imagine having this glowing in a far corner of your garden on a Summer night?
2. The Camp Out Hippie Fairy Garden
Even fairies can be a little retro. Who says you have to stick to the ‘classic’ fairy garden? Take a little inspiration from this camping getaway and create your own unique, Fairy escape.
3. Take me with You Fairy Basket
I’m kinda liking this portable, gift-able fairy Garden in a basket. I think I might give this idea a go in my Summer hanging baskets next season.
4. Enchanted Tree House
If you have a large tree in your garden and can’t get anything to grow under it’s shady branches, then how about using the space for a little Fairy Stairway. This creative space is made using an old wheelbarrow, a Fairy door and DIY wooden stairs. Plant it out with easy to maintain, shade loving succulents for a low maintenance spot that will soon become your favourite part of the garden.
5. Fairy Fish Bowl
The goldfish may be long gone, but if you still have that fish bowl lying about the shed, then dust it off and get some use out of it with this maintenance free Fairy Garden in a ‘Fish Bowl’, complete with it’s very own Fairy resident (I love this little 2 inch Fishing Fairy). No Feeding. No cleaning. In other words – the perfect kids room companion!
6. Magical Lakeside Escape
A Bowl filled with water and glass stones is the centerpiece of this beautiful outdoor fairy garden. This little water play fairy garden beautifully constructed in a wine barrel planter would be amazing on my veranda! Look at the little dinghy floating in the water!!
7. Broken Flower Pot Castle
Note to self: Never, ever through away a broken flower pot again! Hmmm. This would make a great gift for Granny this Christmas too!
8. Re-purposed Birdbath
A birdbath is a super handy spot for a fairy garden. Keeps it out of the way from puppy vigilantes and it can be moved to new corners of the garden with ease.
9. Fairy Garden in a Lantern
I don’t know why I never thought of this before? Some solar fairy lights would look incredible in this fairy lantern for a shimmering, ethereal evening effect.
For the Boys Who don’t like Fairies ….
If Fairies are a little too girly for for Boys in your house (because as PC as we try to be, this happens), then tweak the project a bit. Get Dad involved by suggesting a Fairy Golf Course or Minecraft inspired Terrarium.
Miniature Golf Course
Re purpose an old fish tank by creating a Minecraft inspired night light.