If you have children (or are a big child yourself) there is an outdoor activity of small proportions that will surely have the young-at-heart outside more than usual. It is a hobby that requires commitment; first you need to imagine a scene-scape, then you need to assemble the components and accessories, and lastly, you build! Maintaining this creation is half the battle and a few of us at Palmate™ Gardening have been at it long enough that it is time we share our tips and tricks. If we can share another hobby so our readers can spend more time with their family, get them in the garden, or just make some alone time in their green spaces then please read on… 🙂
What is a Miniature Fairy Garden?
If you are not familiar with fairy gardening, searching online you’ll find complete fairy garden kits or directions to homemade accessories such as tiny by-the-sea sets and mini-houses. There are casted resin decorations ranging from real-life Victorian houses to Japanimation. You can unleash a sense of wonder, make-believe, and creativity while teaching your child to care for your fairy garden they help you create. Add some imagination to a dash of pixie dust and a sprinkle of whimsy!
Making it to Scale
Almost all of the accessories and houses are surrounded by small plants that help scale the scene. Scaling helps make it believable — the house and furniture will suit a fairy, and the trees match their sizing. To learn about how to properly scale a miniature garden read more here. The countless options available for sale online are helpful, but some DIYers might want to put their hands on constructing their own little village or home for the faeries.
To get started, here is what you need to do:
STEP ONE: Open yourself to inspiration.
How to Make Fairy Houses: Use Your Imagination
Talk to your children to find out what kind of fairy they plan on housing. From there, you can determine the best type of housing for fairies. Perhaps they would like an Arctic igloo? Or a cabin made from logs? A teepee or a tent? Or a moss covered cottage straight out of a Lord of the Rings? Let your child draw of the type of house they wish to build for their fairy and then start looking around at the materials you already have in your home. However, keep in mind that natural materials such as moss, leaves, and sticks are perennial favorites with the fairy people. In fact, if you use colorful flower petals to line their bed, the fairies will give you bonus points.
STEP TWO: Select a Space
Containers make a wonderful beginning.
It is true that many fairies like to live within secretive hedge openings or the base of venerable old trees. There is no disputing that. However, a portable plot may work better for you; and fairies are remarkably adaptive and often enjoy living in an old dresser drawer, a wooden crate, or a baby’s outgrown bathtub. The location improves as the level of whimsy increases. Keep an open mind and head out for a scavenger hunt at an area thrift store to find some items perfect for housing your fairy.
Future Project ALERT: We are working on repurposing an old Doll House we were gifted by a neighbor. More to come on this later!
STEP THREE: Choosing your Plants
Mini Plants For Fairy Garden (That Are Loved By Fairies and your Climate)
Your fairy garden should include plenty of plants. There are plastic and artificial ones available online but through our testing we are sure that faeries enjoy the natural ones 😉
Good ‘ol low maintenance 🙂
Head to a garden supply store or your local nursery to find out which kinds of plants work well within mini gardens. Be sure to describe the spot you have chosen (shaded, on a hill, in a pot, indoors). Ask about indoor fairy garden plants at the nursery. In fact, your kitchen window is an excellent place for a fairy garden when you choose edible and aromatic herbs!
Re-work Your Fairy Home As The Seasons Change
Consult your family and imagine things that can be added to the fairy-scape. Do the fairies walk? Then, they might need a path. Use small river rocks to make a road. Why not make them a place to swim by adding a tiny bowl? Since sparkly things and baubles are well loved by fairies, why not wander through your ornaments for the holidays or take a look-see at the toys in your child’s collection to see if there are enticing items to add to the garden there. Your options for changing the fairy garden are endless. You can use seashells to make plates or dollhouse furniture made from Legos to give them a place to sit. However, keep in mind that serious fairy magic is added when glitter is used.
STEP FOUR: Maintenance
Like all green spaces they need to be watered and watched. If a plant doesn’t seem to be working in the area then transplant it elsewhere, or trim them when overgrown. Also, the ornaments, accessories and fairies themselves may need to be touched up. At the beginning of each season (some of our fairygardens have been with us for 8 years), we get together as a family and re-paint anything that needs to be. Some of our items are left outdoors for the winter and really take a beating. But this is what leads to more creation and innovation — each year that passes the children have better ideas. 🙂
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