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Making a fairy garden is SUCH a fun project, and it doesn’t have to break your budget, either.
Creating a fairy garden has become a spring gardening tradition that my daughter and I look forward to each year. You can see the fairy gardens we have made over the years on the Fairy Garden Page on my website, The Magic Onions. We have such fun planning our garden together, thrifting the supplies we will need, and creating a magical garden that our fairies will love.
We also host an annual Fairy Garden Contest with wonderful prizes, drawing in the most magical fairy gardens from around the world. I hope we’ll inspire you to make a fairy garden with your kids this year, and to enter it into the contest.
Making a fairy garden with your kids or grandkids can be a most magical experience. It is a wonderful way to encourage children to get out into the garden…to work outside in the fresh air with dirt and plants, with birdsong as background noise.
There is something so meaningful about being invited into my daughter’s imagination, and I want you to experience this magic, too. I make a conscious effort to suspend my own disbelief and let her infectious enthusiasm and enchantment take over, so that I too am giddy at the prospect of fairies coming to live in the very garden we are creating.
Here is the delightful fairy garden that we made together this year. It’s a terraced fairy garden made in five terracotta pots of varying shapes and sizes. I share all the details on how we made it…just scroll down to find them, along with other great tips for making a fairy garden on a budget.
Making a Fairy Garden on a Budget
A fairy garden doesn’t have to be an expensive project. With a little planning and forethought, you can thrift the supplies you need from garage sales or thrift stores, forage for the plants, and hand-make the delightful fairy garden accessories with your children.
Here are a few important things to consider .
You can use just about anything as a container for a fairy garden…a plant pot looks lovely, or you can find something else more creative, like a wooden salad bowl or even an old wheelbarrow. As long as your container has adequate drainage holes and is waterproof, anything will do.
It is easy to make drainage holes in your container with a simple hand drill. Use a 1/8 inch drill bit that will drill through wood and metal.
Waterproof a porous container by lining it with plastic first. Don’t forget to make drainage holes in the plastic, too.
For our fairy garden, my daughter and I collected five terracotta pots from local garage sales for $1 each.
There is a wonderful variety of plants that will look perfect in a fairy garden. Choose dwarfs and miniatures that will give your garden a fairy perspective.
Moss is often used as ground cover because it is such a magical plant with strong ties to fairies. You can collect moss from your garden or purchase it from a garden shop. Add a few flowers and grasses and an immature sapling as a tree. I found the yellow violas at my local dollar store. We also replanted a few weeds from the garden, because fairies love weeds, especially dandelions.
It’s important to group together plants that require the same amount of water and sun.
The plants we used were:
- Penny yellow viola
- Ameria (sea pinks)
- Leafy stonecrop
- Some weeds from the garden
Planting the Garden
Fill the container with dirt from the garden or potting soil from a garden shop, and then plant the plants. When making a fairy garden for children to play in, it’s important not to overcrowd it with too many plants. Instead, leave space for play. Add rocks, pebbles, shells, and pine cones for added texture, shape, and playthings.
Fairy Garden Accessories
We made most of our fairy garden accessories ourselves. You can find many DIY tutorials for fairy garden accessories on my website, The Magic Onions.
We painted some pebbles blue to use as a stream under the bridge. Two picket fences became wonderful ladders up into our fairy garden. We made delightful mini toadstools by painting tiny pebbles and acorn caps red with white dots. We fashioned a colorful banner out of twigs and seed beads. We made a fairy sign with stamps on a piece of bark.
All of the other fairy garden accessories can be found at FairyGardens.com.
And then we invited our fairies to come and play!
My daughter has played in her fairy garden for many hours. Watching her create magical fairy stories in her garden is such a delight. I love that she is playing outdoors and using her beautiful imagination. I love that she is so connected to something she has created with her own hands.
I hope I have inspired you to make a fairy garden with your own children or grandchildren. Please don’t forget to enter it into the Fairy Garden Contest. Your child will be delighted at the prizes s/he can win.
Blessings and magic,
Donni @ The Magic Onions