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Fairy Gardening for Creative Kids

I find fairy gardens enchanting and work the fairy figures and petite plants into my miniature landscaping. Join me, it's lots of fun.

Constructing a fairy garden entices children outdoors. Here, the girls are finding smooth pebbles to make a path in their miniature garden.

Constructing a fairy garden entices children outdoors. Here, the girls are finding smooth pebbles to make a path in their miniature garden.

Children Dirt Imagination = Fairy Gardens

Turn a child onto gardening by engaging their imaginations. Most kids already love playing in dirt, so start with that and help them build a fairy garden.

Turn it into a scavenger hunt that challenges their resourcefulness and creative thinking. They'll learn to recycle and repurpose in this do-it-yourself gardening project.

Sure you can buy cute accessories and little houses that are advertised for elves, gnomes and fairies, but many of these can be made at home. That's where the fun comes in. You can create this in your yard or indoors in a container.

Let's get started with the ideas and suggestions I'll provide here.


Make a Little House for the Fairies to Live In

You can hunt around on the Internet for examples of stone fairy houses. I've found some tutorials for you here: Make a stone fairy house and creating a fairy home.

I've been wanting to make one myself. I found very inexpensive wooden birdhouses at a craft store ($1 each). Collect interesting small pebbles around the yard. Ask at the craft store for the best kind of glue for such a project. Use a glue gun if the child can handle it. IMPORTANT: get the cool kind so they won't get burned.

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Ideas for Children Making a Fairy Garden

Lots of Ideas for Making Fairy Houses

  • Fairy Houses: A link to Children and Nature through ...
    Fairy houses have gone back for centuries. Children have had the greatest time building them hoping that a fairy will move in. I can even show how I made one for when little ones visit.
  • Make a Fairy House: Build It and They Will Come
    I wasn't home the day the fairies moved in. They stealthily set up camp under the canopy of a gardenia on my back patio. In the early Spring I had carefully set out the home and constantly watched for signs of occupancy each day. After several...
  • Making a Fairy House from Natural Materials and Plas...
    You don't have to be a kid to love fairies (and to play with them). I have been thinking about making a fairy garden for some time now. I already had a ton of fairy houses when I was a kid (I admit they weren't all that nice looking) and the idea to.
  • Create An Enchanting Garden Fairies Village
    Just like every garden has at least one Garden Gnome, all gardens also have quite a few Garden Fairies. It's difficult to meet your Garden Gnomes because they're only about 5 inches tall and it's easy for them to find places to hide. It's even...
  • Create An Enchanting Garden Fairies Village
    Just like every garden has at least one Garden Gnome, all gardens also have quite a few Garden Fairies. It's difficult to meet your Garden Gnomes because they're only about 5 inches tall and it's easy for them to find places to hide. It's even...
  • Making a Fairy House from Natural Materials and Plas...
    You don't have to be a kid to love fairies (and to play with them). I have been thinking about making a fairy garden for some time now. I already had a ton of fairy houses when I was a kid (I admit they weren't all that nice looking) and the idea to.
  • Make a Fairy House: Build It and They Will Come
    I wasn't home the day the fairies moved in. They stealthily set up camp under the canopy of a gardenia on my back patio. In the early Spring I had carefully set out the home and constantly watched for signs of occupancy each day. After several...
  • Fairy Houses: A link to Children and Nature through ...
    Fairy houses have gone back for centuries. Children have had the greatest time building them hoping that a fairy will move in. I can even show how I made one for when little ones visit.
This delightful figure lives in my garden. She's partial to mossy areas.

This delightful figure lives in my garden. She's partial to mossy areas.

My Little Fairy Needs a Home

She's enjoying this cushy moss, but she really needs a home. Perhaps I should invite some of my friends to bring their children over to make a fairy house and garden for her.

The house doesn't have to be a large one, since fairies spend so much time outdoors. They eat and even sleep outdoors, but sometimes want to retreat to the privacy of their own home.

If you're a bonsai enthusiast why not incorporate a bonsai. Bonsai shops also sell many scale model accessories. You can also hunt model railway shops for scale model things to add to the fairy garden. My minds buzzing now. I'm definitely going to try this with my daughter! Thanks for the inspiration!

— Ashley D. Penn

Examples of Furniture and Houses Made of Twigs - Photos by Virginia Allain (from my sister's collection)

Think how much fun that you and the children can have collecting twigs and making little chairs and tables for the fairy folk.

Think how much fun that you and the children can have collecting twigs and making little chairs and tables for the fairy folk.

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Make a Tiny Chair from Twigs

Add Some Fairy Figures to the Container Garden

To finish out the container garden or outdoor garden, get some sturdy fairy figures. Your child will delight in moving these about the garden and creating scenes for them.

I have 3 fairy figures in my garden and I have fun finding new places to display them. As you walk my garden pathways, I want to surprise you with a fairy sitting under the fronds of a fern or reclining on a mossy rock.

Queen of the Fairies

This Is My Favorite Fairy

  • Add a Fairy to the Garden
    This small sprite, named Fiona, now lives in my garden in New Hampshire. I didn't start out planning a fairy garden, it just evolved. The yard is wooded with huge pines, maples, and oaks towering over our cottage. They create lots of shade which...

Red Suited Fairy Figure

© 2013 Virginia Allain

Share Your Ideas for Fairy Gardens Here

Lisa Bean from Nevada on July 30, 2019:

My daughter received the components to make a fairy garden for her birthday and we were both surprised how much we enjoyed doing it together and setting it all up!

Denise McGill from Fresno CA on July 29, 2019:

So much fun. I love this. The twig chair is charming. You could make a twig house as well, like a log cabin. Thanks for sharing.

Blessings,

Denise