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by Nadine Cresswell-Myatt (subscribe)
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Published November 5th 2013
Fairy and dinosaur gardens
Image from Facebook Magic Fairy Tree Mt Martha

I recently wrote an article about combining a love of opshopping with collecting bits and pieces for the garden - cups and teapots for containers that sort of thing.

Fellow WN writer Shannon Meyerkort left a message in the comments section which I thought quite charming. " I love scouring markets and op-shops' she said " for things to put in my daughters' fairy garden."

I thought about what a delightful idea that was. Then the other day I was out walking and what should I spy in someone's front garden but a fairy garden. It was my first ever sighting.

Image from Facebook Magic Fairy Tree Mt Martha

I stopped pounding the pavement and took in a gentle intake of breath as it was so sweet. A collection of dainty little fairies and toadstools.

I felt a bit sad about the lost opportunity. When both my kids were little I did a lot of gardening.

Image from Facebook Magic Fairy Tree Mt Martha

It seemed a way of getting the kids outside for some fresh air and spring sunshine with me doing something constructive by their side.

My daughter would play with buckets of mud which she called science experiments and interestingly she grew up to be a scientist.

My son would play with his tonka truck, building roads and as he has not quite finished his schooling I have yet to see what job he finally arrives at.

Fairy garden spotted on my walk

But I never thought of making an imaginative garden with them. I missed my chance.If I have grandchildren I will definitely make amends.

Fairy gardens are all about found objects -- natural objects that you collect such as pebbles, feathers and shells.

Op shops are definitely great places for finding items. Doll's furniture might suit a fairy very well. Fairies love tinkling objects like wind chimes and bells. Sometime you can hear the fairies as the brush past these.

You could build a pond for them out of a pretty saucer , or make a fairy house out of an old flowerpot or teapot. If you add a doorway to anything a fairy will make a home in it.

Fairies also have lots of animal friends and the op shop is always a treasure trove for little animal figurines.

Toadstools might be a little harder to find but when I was searching online I found a place with the delightful name The Magic Fairty Tree in Mount Martha that hand caste little ones and post them out to you. Click here for more information

Then I thought that some little ones would scoff at the idea of a fairy garden and would want something a lot more gung-ho.

The thought came to mind of a dinosaur garden. Again op shops are great places to find plastic dinosaurs. They could roam in your fern garden and come crashing through the undergrowth -- driven by little hands of course. There are lots of examples on pininterest

Are there any more ideas out there. What kind of gardens do you make with your children?
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Love this article Nadine - we are a bit fairy mad in our garden, and it's great to see you're inspiring others to do the same. Even an old terracotta pot on its side makes a wonderful fairy grotto with some glitter and toadstools to make it "realistic". Such fun.
by Lucy (score: 3|1157) 3156 days ago
Great article! Check out some fun ideas of things to to make at home to put in your fairy garden on MyKidCraft. You might like Lucy's fairy toadstools made out of door knobs: and Carly's fairy ladder:
For anyone now inspired to make their own fairy garden, why not take some pictures as you go and share your creation on the MyKidCraft site?
by Jane Street (score: 2|438) 3163 days ago
For all your fairy garden needs go to
And yes they are in Australia....
by ailee (score: 0|8) 3003 days ago
Hi Jane
I, too, am sorry I missed the opportunity to make a fairy garden for my kids.
I used to make miniature ones in flat containers and use a mirror for water and a couple of plants.
I kept them on my balcony.
I love the toadstools/mushrooms and your article is great.
In S.Africa there are many miniature gardens with beaded animals, made by the Black people.
I'm passing on your excellent link to my daughter and will be scouring the vintage shops.
by selig (score: 0|6) 3163 days ago
Thanks so much for reading and the additional information. Hope you get some responses. It seems a lovely activity to do with kids. Cheers Nadine.
by cress0 (score: 1|83) 3163 days ago
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