You never grow out of your imagination, and building a fairy garden has universal appeal for girls and boys, young and old. There's a big community of grown up fairy gardeners online, but for an extra special project, get creative with your kids by making your own fairy garden with lights, ornaments and bits and bobs from around the house.
Here are 25 magical ideas for creating your own DIY fairy garden for any fairies passing through.
1. Use a watering can as a house
Carefully cut in holes for windows and doors and turn upside down to create a humble abode for your fairies. You can also buy some lovely ready-made ones!
Fountasia Fairy House Watering Can, £24.99 from Amazon
2. Find an interesting log to carve into
Crafty mums can use their whittling skills to carve a house or village into the side of gnarled old log.
3. Use flowerpots of different heights and connect them with ‘bridges’
You can create a whole fairy town by clustering some pots together and using stick bridges to connect them. Broken pots too make an excellent fairy village.
4. Add shiny stones and marbles for sparkle
You can pick these up in most garden or toy shops.
Glow in the dark decorative stones, £11.99 from Amazon
5. Decorate the base of a tree trunk for a ready-made fairy home
Use wood glue to create an easy peasy front door.
6. Use old crockery like teapots and teacups
No need to throw old cracked crockery - the more characterful, the better.
7. Make a fairy treehouse
Instead of using a flower pot for your garden, aim higher and build your fairy house into a sturdy bush or tree.
8. Cheat and buy some fairy furniture online
There's loads of fairy accessories you can buy online, from furniture to houses.
Miniature Fairy & Furniture & Tiny Tea Set with Bunny, Squirrel and Ladybugs, £23.90 on Amazon
9. Build an indoor fairy garden with a terrarium and succulents
No outside space? No problem. Add some fairy magic to a large terrarium and use succulents for a low maintenence indoor garden.
10. Use ice lolly sticks and glitter for your fairy construction
Get super arts n'crafty by gluing together old ice lolly sticks to build everything from houses to benches to front doors.
11. Create a replica of your own home
Flaunt your architctural prowess by basing your fairy house on your own home.
12. Let your kids pick their own flowers to plant in the fairy garden
No fairy garden is complete without flowers, so let your little ones decide which they'd like to include.
13. Add a small set of battery powered fairy lights
Add extra magic with a small set of these which you can bring inside overnight or in the rain.
Mushroom Fairy Lights, £12.99 on Amazon
14. Make a ‘water feature’ with bright blue gravel
Coloured gravel is super cheap and readily available on Amazon and makes for great ponds and rivers.
GardenersDream Premium Coloured Plant Pot Garden Gravel, £5.99 on Amazon
15. Make your garden multi-functional by adding a bird feeder
Encourage wildlife in your garden by incorporating a little seed dispenser into your fairy garden design.
Honey Sunflower Fairy - Cup Bird Feeder, £6.99 on Etsy
16. Build your fairy village in a wheelbarrow – you can wheel it indoors when the weather turns
Why just stick to a flower pot? Plant your garden in a wheelbarrow or a bird bath for something a little different.
17. Use doll furniture – Sylvanian Families and Barbie furniture is the perfect size for fairies
Old toy furniture can be a cheaper alternative to purpose built fairy furniture.
Sylvanian Families - Ornate Garden Table and Chairs, £9.68 on Amazon
18. Decorate a plastic pot with interesting stones from your garden
Avoid ruining expensive terracotta pots by gluing pebbles and stones onto the outside of a basic plastic planter
19. Don’t forget the wildlife! – add ceramic lady birds and hedgehogs for your fairies to make friends with
You can buy or make little bugs and animals to populate your garden before the fairies arrive.
Miniature Ceramic hedgehog and ladybird pack, £3.00 on Etsy
20. Make a themed fairy garden
Create a beach or campervan scene instead of a traditional fairy garden.
21. Create miniature fairy tables using brightly coloured buttons
Simply collect some buttones and make them into tables by stacking and gluing them on top of one another.
22. Use seashells instead of stones to decorate your fairy garden
If you've got a collection of seashells from holidays past, give them a home pride of place in your fairy garden by using them as roofing or decoration.
23. Use wooden clothes pegs to keep your fairy trees upright
Simply grip the stem of your fairy tree and then bury the peg in the soil to stop a fairy forest being blown over.
24. Make a fairy ladder using small twigs and string, and hang it from the lip of your flower pot
Fairy gardens should be accessible for all fairies.
25. Create a teeny-tiny Welcome sign
Make sure the fairies know they are welcome in your garden.
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