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Make Magic Happen in Your Own Backyard with a Fairy Garden

As adults begin tinkering in their gardens at the end of winter, children also can get into the spring gardening spirit. Bring some whimsy to your home with fairy garden!

Fairies tap into the imaginations of children, who may be enticed by fairies’ mischievous and/or magical attributes. A desire to capture fairies can inspire a great spring crafting project.

Fairy gardens can be constructed in just about any container, so it's easy to make an enchanting addition to your backyard, patio or child’s bedroom.

What You'll Need

Materials will vary depending on each individual project, but some good suggestions include:

• a container, such as a flowerpot, basket, wine barrel, or another vessel that will hold soil

• potting soil

• stones, pebbles and glass baubles

• pea gravel

• small plants, such as clover, moss and succulents

• twigs

• miniature garden accessories and figures


Begin by filling the container with the soil. Then arrange the plants as desired while still in their individual potting containers to get an idea of the layout. When the design is established, use a spoon or small trowel to plant the greenery.

Now is the time when the whimsy can set in. The child can create a fairy home, a garden, walkways, and much more with natural materials. Many craft stores even sell ceramic and plastic fairy furnishings. Gravel and stones can add color and extra appeal. Some peat moss or trailing Spanish moss can serve as the finishing touches.

Once completed, it’s time to wait to see if the fairies will come for a visit!

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