My top tip for how to make a fairy garden is to have a fantastically creative next door neighbour, with one of those on hand you won’t go far wrong!
I blame Pinterest for the current fairy mania gripping my household and that of the next door neighbours – admittedly it seems to be the mama’s that have gone off the rails for all things teeny tiny, but it seemed like a good summer holiday activity for us and out daughters.
To make our fairy garden we used;
- Plastic and terracotta pots, both whole and broken.
- Garden soil and potting compost.
- Small scale plants, some bought some foraged.
- All kinds of bits and bobs to make ponds, furniture and decoration.
- A hammer and small scale spades.
I stacked a tiny terracotta pot stacked a top a medium pot stacked inside a large plastic pot and then used broken rims of old pots to create the effect of extra layers.
Steps were created by smashing more pot with a hammer and then moulding with potting compost to create the stairway, this is when the creative next door neighbour comes in handy.
Here are the final fairy gardens in situ – mine by the front door my neighbours in her garden. We had so much fun making these fairy gardens even though it rained half the time so we all got muddy and wet. It took us a couple of hours but if you did lots of the decoration preparation in advance it would be quicker to put together.
I used a broken handbag mirror and seashells for ponds and my friend used the metal base from a tea-light, a chopped up log makes the top fairy seat and plaited green buddleia branches make an arch. I went on to wind silver jewellery wire strung with beads from an old bracelet around the arch.
The ladder was made with sticks and embroidery thread.
The plants used included:
- Alpine strawberry
- Wooly thyme
- Corsican mint
Both children, aged 5 and 7 helped to choose what went where and were pretty engaged in the process the full two hours as were we as the builders. In fact I think the mums had more fun on this than the children did!
I have to confess that they look much better in the flesh and for me it turned out to be one of those “almost looks as good as on Pinterest” projects.
Next up I’m making a shell house for the fairies to live in and my daughter has commissioned a fairy train – no, I’ve no clue how I’m going to do that either.
For more inspiration have a look at my fairy garden Pinterest board and I’ll be back to normal sized gardening soon.