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How To Make A Fairy Garden Container For Children

how to make a fairy garden container

Almost all children are fascinated by how plants grow. They love to plant a seed and watch to see the first green shoots emerge. In the case of sunflowers, they can be overwhelmed by how this tiny seed can produce such a large and impressive flower.

But gardens can seem like they are too much for little hands to look after – so creating a beautiful and sweet miniature garden just for your children is a perfect way to encourage their green fingers.

We are all familiar with the story of the two sisters who discovered a fairy grotto at the bottom of their garden. The photos may have been proved to have been very good fakes, but we all know that fairies are real (don’t we?) and they deserve a pretty garden too.

They may not come out in the daytime, but if your children tend the garden well, who knows what might happen overnight…

Fairy Garden Container: Not Just For Kids

Garden centres have started to realise that fairy gardens are becoming a big thing. They are similar in concept to the idea of bonsai, in that you need to choose miniature plants, and ensure they stay small.

However, rather than having one tree, you can choose as many plants as you want, and add as many accessories as you wish.

Adults are finding themselves scouring second hand stores for miniature dolls house items that can help them to create this fantasy setting.

Whether you choose natural items, such as sticks and stones, or pre-made items that you can now buy in garden centres alongside the miniature shrubs, your garden is only restricted by your imagination, and the size of your container.

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how to make a fairy garden container

Building A Fairy Garden: The Process

If you want to build a fairy garden with your children during the spring school holidays, all you need to do is follow our step by step instructions and before you know it these mythical creatures will be sharing your home and your child’s imagination.

The premise of a fairy garden is that it can be a place for fairies to live that is small and delicate, but still living. The best plants to use are shrubs that can be trimmed to keep their small shape.

It is simply a matter of using scaled down versions of your favourite plants, and placing them into a suitable sized container.

● Choose a container that will fit all of the elements you want to include. Use stones, broken crockery or gravel to provide enough drainage in the bottom of the pot, and make sure it has drainage holes. Drainage is essential because you do not want to flood your fairy homes. The size of your container is up to you, but a good option is a long tray or square container as this will allow you to more easily create an intricate look to the garden and include more elements.
● Add excellent quality compost potting mix. You want a solid colour that will add a good contrast to the plants you will be adding. It should also be a smooth soil without lumps or bumps. If you want to incorporate a vegetable patch into the garden, this black soil will provide excellent contrast for those tiny bedding plants.
● Plan your container and garden layout carefully, taking into account the size of the container, the plants you want to use and the look you are going for. You can sketch it out on the soil with a stick or your finger to work out where each element will go. The best thing though is that you can easily make changes even once the plants are in the soil. Moving these plants around is possible.
● Choose shrubs that are around the right size from a garden centre. Box shrubs make excellent trees, while other shrubs with small flowers make good ground cover. Try to find miniature versions of your chosen shrubs, or at least ones that can be easily trimmed without losing their foliage. You can also use herbs, micro salad leaves, tiny carrots-and even small berries.
● Start planting your plants into the soil. It is important to give each plant enough room to grow and for the roots to take hold, so the container should not be overcrowded. You can also add moss for a lawn effect. Moss can also be used on the roof of structures to give them the loved in look.

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how to make a fairy garden container

Building A Fairy Garden: Landscaping Elements

● Now you can start landscaping the area. The garden needs somewhere for the fairies to sit and chat, a pathway for them to enjoy their garden and maybe even a little house to live in. This is where your children can become really involved by looking for natural items to add to the design. Use the following as inspiration:
○ Gravel for pathways in all kinds of colours
○ Shells from the beach to form seating areas and add interest
○ Sticks and carved wood for benches
○ Bird houses to provide shelter
○ Craft material to create tiny accessories such as chairs, stools and beds
○ Use stones to create a rock pool – a small plastic lid or dish can be buried to top up with water.
● You will need to water your container garden from time to time, but take care to only water the living elements as the accessories can be ruined through an excess of water. You could use a shower watering can with your children and pretend it is lightly raining.
● As plants die or become too big, you can simply remove them and replace with another of a similar size. This way the gardenis always evolving and changing.
● Try building up a basket of accessories for your children (or you) to play with. Anything that is tiny and sweet will do. You can find all kinds of items online that a usually used in doll houses, although fairy garden specialist items are starting to be sold. The fairy garden can be changed as often as your children wish and played with in a similar way to a dolls house.

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how to make a fairy garden container

Looking After Your Fairy Garden: Final Thoughts

You have a choice of storing your fairy garden outside or in, but your choice of planting and accessories will dictate this. Most fairy gardens are best stored inside where you can control the amount of water that the garden gets.

This will protect the plants from drowning and ensure that the accessories are not ruined.

You should water often enough to keep the soil slightly damp and trim the foliage as an when it seems to need it. Choose evergreen plants, so that you can be sure the garden will maintain its good looks all year.

Occasionally, you may need to replant the entire thing as it becomes overgrown and untidy. But kids love doing this as it provides new imaginative play for them.

Your children will love creating this fantasy world for their imaginations to run free. Before you know it, the container garden will be home to Barbie and Lego figurines who will be happily having tea with all of the fairies who have taken up residence.

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