A magical, whimsical garden for tiny friends
Who doesn't love tiny things? Like tiny garden gnomes, tiny watering cans, tiny bird baths, too cute! Over the past few months I've been collecting the makings of a magical, whimsical fairy garden for my daughter to build. I wanted to create the garden, and let her fill it with some enchanting delights. Kind of like a city planner, but with fairies!
My goal was to cultivate her planning skills, and to encourage her to put things in places with purpose. I know, I'm optimistic, but I think she understood the process as a whole. I chose to make a garden with mostly synthetic materials, so it will last a long time. I started with a planter (window box size) made from plastic, so it's easy to clean and not too heavy. Then I filled it with pieces of green wet foam, cut to fit in the planter and fill it up making a semi-level surface on top. You can find wet foam in any craft store in the floral department.
Also in the floral department, you may find sheet moss. It's fantastic, especially for fairy gardens. It looks like grass, it's easy to use and inexpensive. Throw in some top soil, and a few potted flowers and voila! Instant mini landscape!
When the time was right, I invited the princess to start construction. She loved the garden, and was very excited to start. As she began I gave a few tips to start off, such as "if you put the bigger pieces toward the back, you will have more room for the fairies" and "how would the fairies use that piece?". Point is, I didn't want to instruct her, or do it for it, I simply wanted to encourage her to think carefully about where she is putting something, and why.
Most of the tiny treasures came from our local dollar store, a few of the bigger structures were purchased online. For the parts that needed some extra anchoring, I used floral pins (they are T shaped) to hold the fairies down.
Ta-da! Our magical, whimsical fairy garden. So cute. When the princess is not looking, I move the fairies, or take some away and then put them back so that they are "visiting" and "running errands".....and sometimes they leave notes and magical treats for her too! Sneaky little fairies, and so much fun! Have you tried a fairy garden? What did you use?
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