For those who don’t know, I have a fairy garden out in my back yard. It’s been a project a couple of years in the making. I initially went into inspired by various pictures on Pinterest, but otherwise not really doing any research or planning ahead.
I’ve had a few people ask me lately about my fairy garden. So consider this post a sort-of DIY about making your own backyard fairy garden. (If you want truly good instructions to make an elaborate fairy garden or even village, there’s much better information all over Pinterest and the interwebs in general). But for those who are interested, here’s what I did:
I started with some twigs from the yard, which I lashed together with carpet thread to make a door (with a button for the door knob). I nailed it to the base of a tree, and some gravel gathered from my driveway made the front walk.
I then began transplanting moss for the fairy’s yard. I didn’t do any research into all the different kinds of moss or the best way to transplant it and care for it. So considering that I was probably doing it all wrong, the moss has stayed quite healthy and is spreading nicely.
Over time, I’ve added little touches, like the glass marbles to edge the pathway, the little chair I bought at a garden shop, and the little dragon statue. If I had more of a green thumb, I’d like to put more plants out there, but several of the plants I’ve tried haven’t survived. It’s a rather shady spot, and it’s also on a hill (the land slopes away from the base of the tree where I put the garden). In retrospect, that was probably not the best spot, but since the moss has finally taken and is spreading, I don’t want to move it.
I’m far from being an expert at miniature gardening (or any kind of gardening), but it’s been a fun hobby, and I look forward to keeping it going. I think the fairies like it, and that’s what matters, right? 😉
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We did this a lot when my kids were little. It kept them busy hunting for little things and being creative outside. I hope they do it with their own kids when they have them..
Fairy gardens would be a great project to do with kids! 🙂
Ooh, I’ve always wanted to do this. I love the touch with the marbles! Something always seems to happen with mine, though. Like last year, when my cat sat on the fairy furniture I spent hours making. 😛 Fairy gardening is still really fun though.
Sorry to hear that about what your cat did! I’ve been pleasantly surprised that this garden has withstood the elements so well and so long. Periodically squirrels dig up the moss to bury acorns, but I just put the moss back, and all seems to be well.
This is so enchantingly beautiful! I’ve always wanted a fairy garden, but haven’t yet had a yard of my own to create on in. Some day, I hope. You’ve really put together something stunning here, sweet Grace – I’m sure fairies everywhere would love to move in pronto! 🙂
xoxo ♥ Jessica
Thank you! 🙂 My goal is to one day create a whole fairy village!
That’s such a nice idea! I don’t have a garden, I just have a terrace where everything struggles because of the unweavering summer sun, so, no fairy garden for me. But it’s very nice to see yours 🙂
Thank you! It gets pretty yucky here in the summer, too, so I’ve worked hard at keeping it watered. I’m quite pleased that it’s thrived as well as it has. 🙂
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This is such a sweet idea! Reminds me of when I was obsessed with fairies as a child and would always try and find them at the bottom of my garden.
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