With a little bit of imagination, you and your kids can turn a garden bowl or large shallow pot into a fairy garden. This project can be done over a couple of days during the holidays or over a couple of weekends. And with adult supervision, it can be enjoyed by kids of all ages.
What you will need to make a Fairy Garden
- shallow pot or bowl
- potting mix
- small pebbles or stones
- 3 or 4 baby plants
- small terracotta pot
- craft paints (acrylics work well), brushes and foam shapes
- craft glue
- modge podge or glue to seal the paint on your fairy house
- handy garden tools and gloves
Fairy Garden Base
Place a layer of small stones or pebbles in the bottom of your pot (for drainage - to keep the roots of your plants from constantly sitting in a pool of water) and fill with good quality potting mix to approximately 1 inch or 2.5 cm down from the lip of the bowl.
This bit will be fun for the kids and probably should be done a few days or a week before you put your garden together.
Set them up with some acrylic paints in a choice of colours. I usually put a small blob of each colour into one of the plastic takeaway containers that my apple turnovers come in (my once a week Grandma only treat...) and set them up on a craft table with the paints, a selection of brushes - some foam and some normal brushes - to paint their upside down terracotta pot to look like a little house.
I put down a drop cloth on the table and the girls wear my old painting shirts over their own clothes to minimise the damage if they have spills.
Apart from painting their houses they can also decorate them any craft bits an pieces you have around to make their creations truly unique. You could use small pebbles, twigs. leaves, nuts or feathers from the garden, craft mosaic tiles, cardboard shapes, paper mache shapes (like a mushroom top made out of paper mache perhaps), anything you have in your craft cupboard really. Just get it all out and let them go for it!
Once they are happy with their houses, set them aside to dry before sealing them with a coat of modge podge or a mixture of PVA glue and water.
Planning the Layout of your Fairy Garden
Once you have all of the components of your garden ready and you have prepared the base, you can help the kids work out where to place all of the components of the garden.
Where should they place the house, do they want to use some of the pebbles to make a path and where do they want to put the plants you have chosen. Should the surface of the garden be level or do they want to create a fairy hill?
Caring for your Fairy Garden
Your garden will need to be cared for, it will need at least some sunlight (how much depends on your plant choices) and regular watering. You might also need to either trim or replace your plants if they outgrow the bowl.
Would you like to print out an Instruction Sheet for this activity?
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Please do feel free to share this sheet with anyone who might like to engage their kids in this activity!