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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.
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?
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.
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:http://mykidcraft.com/wooden-fairy-mushrooms/ and Carly's fairy ladder: http://mykidcraft.com/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?
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.