Is there anything cuter than miniature anything? I mean seriously I love mini versions of almost anything, but fairy gardens are my favorite. They aren’t just for kids my friends! However, they are the perfect project for kids to learn all about landscaping and plants and how to take care of them. Also they make great gift ideas. I gave one to my mom a few years ago for Mother’s Day and she loved it!
Here’s my garden and my tips for how to make one yourself…
Here are the supplies you will need to create your garden:
- shallow container- ceramic, terracotta, galvanized buckets, small wheelbarrow or wagon ( the options are limitless
- potting soil
- river rock, gravel, small pebbles
- rocks of various sizes
- Fairy garden accessories
- Fairies and a crystal ( apparently fairies like crystals in their gardens)
If doing this project with kids, you may want to let them select a theme for the garden. There are so many options especially if they have a favorite hobby or sport. I also suggest you let them go on a hunt for their own rocks they want to use in the landscape of their garden
First put some river rock in the bottom of your vessel and then layer in dirt. This will help with drainage or you can put drainage holes in the bottom of the pot. Then fill in with the soil.
Next, plan your landscape layout by placing your river rock if you want to make a river look and the rocks you’ve selected. This gives height variation and texture to the landscape.
Place the rocks around in various places where you can add plants to grow in between and around them.
Next, start adding your plants and flowers tucking in in various places around the garden.
Then add our larger items such as a house, gazebo etc. You may need to rearrange a little bit and adjust so do this before all your smaller accessories are placed. Then have fun placing all the accessories by telling a a story about your garden.
Once your plants and accessories are in place, fill in with your small gravel. I recommend white or gray because that will help all the other items and plants stand out more.
Then finally, fill in with moss around places you would naturally see it growing such as the rocks or larger pieces in the landscape. Don’t forget to place your crystal in the garden too. Legend has it that fairies have been known to more their crystals around (wink wink)
Depending on the plants that you use will determine how much watering is required, but generally it’s not much, especially if you use more succulents. Ivy and ferns need to be out of the direct sun and kept a little more moist. So select plants that will be conducive to where it will be located
Are you ready to create your own fairy garden now? Aren’t they just so cute and happy? I would have loved my own garden when I was a little girl, such a fun place for imagination and lessons on plants and yard design.
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