I know I’ve already blogged about the fairy gardens my lovely nieces created, but I wanted to show off Marissa’s two fairy gardens and present it as a tutorial.
The great thing about this craft (and most kid crafts) is that the supply possibilities are only as endless as your child’s imagination. In this case, get your child to think “miniature”. Wooden (or plastic) spools can turn into a table and chair set (or make up the trunk of a tree) with button plates, etc. etc. etc. I did purchase some of these supplies from Michael’s, the dollar store and Walmart’s craft section (I don’t sew haha!), but other materials were what we already had on hand. Some of the craft materials we used were:
- crepe paper, tissue paper, scrapbook paper, flower stickers
- cotton balls
- wooden spools of various sizes (could be plastic), tiny wooden flower pots
- colorful thread (for the spools)
- Easter grass, hobby moss/grass/blossoms, hobby flowers
- buttons (we found adorable wooden buttons)
- paint, Mod Podge, sponge/paint brushes, paper plates/bowls (for the paint), newspaper or plastic table cloth (to protect the table)
- polished pebbles, sea shells, hobby sand, glitter (for a fairy touch)
- tiny accessories such as a bench, wheel barrow, wagon, frog, turtle, bakery bread, soda bottle, fence, door, mushrooms (these can get pricey so I suggest a budget or inspiring your child to make her own; Marissa made her own watermelon slices out of the rounded ends of craft sticks)
- a cardboard “book” or shallow wooden base/tray (but your child could use a shoe box or a thick cardboard base)
- hot glue gun, glue sticks (please supervise your younger children)
The first fairy garden my daughter created was hidden inside a “book”. First, Marissa painted the outside of the book. She even painted the words, “fairy garden” on the spine of the book. Once the paint was dry, she chose to cover the inside-bottom with moss which she glued down. She added a picket fence around half of the border, made a table and chair set out of spools (after Mod-podging thread around the middle and gluing a fabric “cloth” over the top of the “table” spool), a bench, wheel barrow, two flower bouquets in flower pots (she created this from a bag of “blossoms” and “grass” mixed & glued together) and a turtle inside a “giant” flower.
The second fairy garden my daughter created started with the wooden base I purchased for her and each of her cousins (from Michael’s). Each girl came up with a unique scene. That’s the beauty of crafting! Everyone’s creation is perfect. To see the other girls’ fairy gardens, visit this post.
Marissa started by painting the inside-bottom of her base with brown paint (for dirt). She then added the elements she pictured in her mind, such as a little brook/stream, picnic blanket with a spread, wagon holding collected sea shells (because in a fairy forest, anything goes) and three trees built from painted wooden spools stacked & glued together, topped with painted cotton balls. She used Easter grass and hobby grass to create patches of green and her picnic “blanket” is scrapbook paper.
If your child creates their own fairy garden, we would love to see it! Please leave us a comment with the link to the picture. Now I want to create my own fairy garden. There’s just something magical about a fairy garden and who else loves things in miniature?