A few weeks ago I went to a friend’s house and got a tour of her lovely backyard. Nestled in the gorgeous flowerbed was a tiny house with a stone path and a small arbor, a few little toadstools and a teeny tiny bouquet of flowers. I asked my friend and she told me it was her granddaughter’s fairy garden, a fun little something they do together. I was immediately intrigued by the idea, knowing that as a child I would have loved something like that.
I had a young girl’s birthday coming up, and I thought it would be so fun to give the gift of a fairy garden. I put together a little kit so she could build her own magical land to invite fairies to come visit. It was so simple and made a thoughtful and interactive gift. Here is what I did!
For supplies, I used a lot of things I actually had around the house and yard.
I cut some sticks and a length of extra wide burlap ribbon from the craft store. I imagined using these to make a canopy or tent for the fairies.
I bought some colored stones from the dollar store to use as a pathway to the fairy’s house or for an imaginary pond or something like that. They’re so pretty to have just dotting the ground around the fairy house.
I got three small plants, two of which I dug from my own overgrown flowerbeds! I planted them in a plastic bag and then wrapped them in brown paper tied with a ribbon to look cute. My friend has planted different ground covers and mosses in her granddaughter’s fairy garden, and they have grown around the little house and look amazing.
The house was an issue for me because I didn’t want the little girl to have to build one, so I came up with the idea to use a bird house. I used a small dremel tool to cut out the hole and make a little doorway. I’ve seen some with hinged doors which is super cute, but I think this works as well. I left it the raw wood color so that my little friend could paint it if she wanted.
Toadstools are so whimsical and they add a pop of color to your fairy garden. I used some drawer knobs that I had taken off a dresser and just painted the tops. They were so cute and short- the perfect seat for a fairy.
I nestled all these goodies in a basket and it was ready to go! I am so excited to see what my little friend does with these supplies. The nice thing about this gift is that the user can spend time imagining and maintaining the garden, and then when winter comes, you can start over again in the spring. A gift that keeps on giving, am I right?
Such a fantastic and unique gift for all ages.
With just a few items you open the door to endless possibilities and hours of fun!