Please refer to our DISCLOSURE STATEMENT.
While many kids get out of school in the summer, we will continue to homeschool throughout the season. However, our summer “lessons” will be a little more relaxed with more outdoor hands-on learning projects, field trips and summer camps that create different learning opportunities.
My five year old is always up for a new project (of any kind), so after seeing a few people post about fairy gardens online I decided we were going to do a fairy garden, too. I mean, what is more fun than trying to figure out what tiny little fairies would like in a garden and making things to scale for them, right? And, it gives you an opportunity to discuss the importance of plants and what they do for our environment, animals and food cycles.
When making your fairy garden, the trick is to think like a fairy. (Seriously.) Tall flowers can be “trees” and tiny rocks can be paths. We even used colorful buttons as a path and found some cute inexpensive fairy-sized furniture for our garden. This was a great one-on-one time project and we have four awesome planters for our deck. (Yes, we made FOUR fairy gardens.)
DIY Fairy Gardens
Planter, bowl or container
Plants and flowers of different sizes and types
Pebbles, rocks, buttons or any other small items for your path
Miniature fairy garden furniture(optional)
Fairy dust (white glitter)(next time we’re going to try this cool glow in the dark glitter)
1. Fill your planter about half-way up with potting soil.
2. Starting at the back, place your taller plants and flowers. (My daughter got marigolds because she calls them “fairygolds” from a show she saw.)
3. Fill in the sides and corners with the rest of the flowers, leaving room for your path.
4. Create your path (start with a smaller point at front of planter and get wider as you to to the back).
5. Finish up with your small garden furniture and decorations. Look around the house for fun things to add–thimbles can be bathtubs for the fairies and more! Get creative.
6. Sprinkle your fairy garden with some of the fairy dust (white glitter) to let the fairies know that it’s a magical place to visit!