Fairies are often depicted as winged, magical beings of diminutive stature who can be helpful and benign to humans, hostile and deadly, or simply mischievous. Many authors, such as Enid Blyton, have created magical realms populated by fairies that have captivated readers.
Given the circumstances we currently live in, it is understandable that many people wish to escape to a magical place where anything is possible. It is for this reason that fairy gardens are becoming increasingly popular. It is tough not to smile when you see a fairy garden.
They are delightful additions to any home, and the intricate details draw the attention of those who pass by. Fairy gardens can begin with only a small bench, and a bonsai can evolve to incorporate elements such as tiny cottages with intricate windows and even entire villages. Your imagination is the only limitation.
It is no secret that miniature gardens are adored by children. They are, however, not exclusively for kids; they can also become the perfect project for hobbyists. Fairy gardens contain small plants and accessories that form whimsical gardens one could imagine fairies visiting.
What is a Fairy Garden?
Miniature gardens brimming with magic are known as fairy gardens. Tiny houses, seats, lawns, and ponds are fantasy kingdoms that may be created in any location – indoors or out. They may be found in a corner of a flower bed, under a tree, or in a pot on the patio. Having one in your yard is claimed to attract fairies, who aid in the growth of your trees and plants. It can be hard to know which fairy garden items are essential for your fairy garden if you are a beginner. Follow this helpful guide to fairy garden supplies to get started building a magical place of your very own.
Fairy houses or cottages are whimsical dwellings for fairies, ranging from basic homemade houses made of natural materials to more ornate fairy castles built of wood, resin, or metal. Fairy dwellings often have lighting, which is often solar, to entice fairies to come in after dark. Below are some fairy houses ideas for you to choose from for your next fairy garden project.
• Solar Fairy House
Mushroom fairy houses are generally made of resin and come in an array of different colors and sizes. They are whimsical and would make wonderful surprise pieces for visitors to find while walking through your garden.
• Fairy Tree Trunk and Wooden Houses
Fairy tree trunk houses can make great little playhouses for kids. They are carved out of a chunk of a tree trunk and are open on one side to allow you to look inside. These houses usually contain two floors. Kids can add miniature furnishings for a fairy house toy that should keep them busy for hours.
If you are looking for a more natural-looking fairy house, you may opt for a wooden fairy house. Wooden fairy houses are great if you are trying to create a log cabin setup.
• Metal Houses
Metal is used to make several fairy dwellings, such as teapot versions. They have elaborate embellishments, and are frequently handmade, which may result in a higher price. Nevertheless, they provide great detailed houses for fairies to live.
• Other Types of Fairy Houses
Fairy dwellings come in a variety of sizes and designs. Houses in the shape of shoes, fruit, or vegetables, and even fairy house toys are among the most popular types of fairy houses. They are made from resin, but you can also find metal and wooden versions.
If you are in the mood to DIY, you can make your very own fairy house using natural materials that you can find around your garden.
• Fairy House Toys or Night Lights
Fairy houses do not just make pleasant additions to fairy gardens alone. The concept has begun to take on new forms. Many fairy house toys are on the market. They make lovely gifts for children and bring the magic of fairies and folklore home.
Fairies and Beyond have adorable fairy house night lights. These fairy homes can attract fairies to visit your little ones at night, bringing good luck and benevolence.
• Other Uses for Fairy Houses
These fairy houses need not be used in fairy gardens alone. They can also be used as décor elements in and around the home or garden, and make splendid gifts for loved ones.
Fairy Doors for the Garden
Fairy houses with doors that open and close are fun for kids to play with. They can also hold a battery-powered light. Opening the doors of these charming dwellings to see whether there are any tiny people within is a fun activity for kids. They may also include fairy-sized furniture and figures.
Additionally, a fairy door is also a little door that can be placed on the base of a tree with small spaces behind it for people to leave notes, wishes, or gifts for the fairies. It is often viewed as a mystical gateway between our world and the realm of the fairies, typically found at the base of a tree trunk.
For the most discreet of fairies, these garden fairy doors are ideal. Because the fairies value their privacy, the door only opens for them. These fairies still enjoy receiving gifts and notes and are always delighted to relieve the children's fears.
You can create this mystical gateway by attaching a door to the bottom of a tree trunk. Doing so can help build children’s imagination and encourage outdoor imaginative play. It can also be a great way to get to know what your child's fears and worries are.
Mini Fairy Dolls
Other great indoor and outdoor fairy garden supplies include pieces such as miniature fairy dolls. These fairy dolls are often made from resin and are hand-painted. They often form part of fairy house kits and make the perfect addition to any fairy garden.
Fairy dolls can aid in the visualization of fairies as well as the development of creativity in children. They also add authenticity to your fairy house by allowing you to see visible residents. These miniature fairy dolls can also make suitable playthings for kids.
DIY Fairy House
Many fairy houses kits let you build a fairy house yourself. If you are in the mood to take a more hands-on approach and make the fairy house with materials lying around the house, you can try your hand at a fairy house DIY.
How to Make a Fairy House
There are many tutorials online that offer guidance on how to build a fairy house. This is because it is a great project to undertake with kids and can be made using a wide range of materials. Make use of natural elements around your garden for this project. For this fairy house DIY, you need the following materials:
- A base to build your fairy house on.
- Sticks or twigs that you can find around your garden.
- Dried leaves
- Wood glue
Begin by forming the structure of your house. You can do this by gluing together sticks to create a basic form.
Next, fill in the gaps using small twigs, dried leaves, and other natural elements that you find in your garden. Be sure to leave spaces for windows or doors.
You can add finer details such as doors, windows, and pathways next to make your fairy house look more authentic.
Fairy Houses from Tree Trunks
A simple way to make a fairy house is to attach a door to a tree trunk with a hollow or space between two emerging roots. You can even add little windows and other details to make it look inviting.
Fairy houses made in this way are great tools for increasing your child's sense of wonder, and encouraging imaginative play, as described by child psychologists. The best thing is that parents are welcome to participate as well. Children can leave drawings and gifts for the fairies, as well as write letters to them.
Another option is to take a tree trunk, and fashion a house from it using wood carving and power tools. The only ingredient here is pure imagination.
How to Build a Fairy House Out of Stones
Stones are cheap fairy garden supplies that you can pick up from a hardware store or find around your garden. They make cute, authentic-looking fairy houses that can be a fun, easy DIY project for you and the kids.
The important thing to remember when gluing stones together is that you should not use hot glue. While this may be tempting, your fairy house just melts away in the heat of summer. Silicon is the best material to use to glue stones together, so be sure to have some on hand when doing this fairy house DIY.
You need the following materials to make this fairy house:
- Stones or rocks. The flat ones work best, but you can use any stones you like.
- Heavy-duty cardboard.
- A pair of scissors.
- Bark or twigs for the roof.
- Silicon and a silicon gun to dispense the silicon.
- Popsicle sticks.
- Wood glue.
- Optional: paint and varnish.
Begin by preparing cardboard cut-outs of the basic structure of the house. You can design little rooms in your house if you choose to. Remember to cut out spaces for doors and windows. You can reserve the cardboard you cut out to serve as a guide when building around these windows and doors.
Next, begin gluing stones together using silicon against the cardboard cut-outs.
To build the roof, stack stones or rocks on top of each other on two ends of the house in descending order of size to form a triangular shape.
Once your silicon has set completely, you can begin to finish off the roof. Use popsicle sticks to form the basic structure of the roof and attach it to the fairy house using wood glue.
Add pieces of bark and or twigs to fill in the gaps and complete the roof.
You can choose to paint and varnish your house. However, stones, twigs, and bark give fairy houses an authentic look, so this is unnecessary.
Finish off with tiny doors and windows. You can buy these or make them yourself with popsicle sticks.
If you prefer to skip the hard work and purchase a perfectly sculptured fairy house, you can opt for this Pixie Dust Dreams Fairy Garden Cottage Sculpture from Fairies and Beyond.
Fairy Garden Figurines
Fairy garden figurines are excellent fairy gardens supplies for giving your miniature garden a unique touch. Figurines may lend a magical touch to your fairy garden, and help you bring folklore to life in your backyard.
These figurines are made of resin or clay. There are a variety of styles to choose from for your fairy garden, including garden fairy figures, garden trolls, and gnome miniature figurines.
Miniature Garden Fairies Figurines
Miniature garden fairies figurines add a pop of color to both indoor and outdoor fairy gardens. They can make for an interesting story time with children. You and your kids can even give them names and make them come alive by making their characters in your own story.
Cultivate creativity in your children and let a little magic into your own life by adding miniature garden fairy figurines to your little fairy garden.
Fairy Garden Gnomes
Gnomes have had their traits rewritten or reinterpreted many times to suit the demands of various storytellers, but they are often described as little humanoids who live underground.
Garden gnomes have long been described as lucky charms who were once supposed to protect treasure and minerals buried beneath the ground, and they are seen in gardens worldwide bringing luck to the people that live there. They are commonly tucked into the rafters of barns or positioned in the garden to keep an eye on crops and livestock today.
What better friend could you possibly have for a garden fairy than a miniature gnome?
Although gnomes have a reputation for being grouchy, stubborn, and difficult to live with, this is a popular misunderstanding. A gnome as part of your fairy garden design is a fantastic idea. These surprising friendships between fairies and gnomes are a fun addition to your little fairy garden, especially if you are a newbie.
Who knows, they may even draw real fairies to your fairy gnome garden and could make for an excellent new character in your fairytales.
The Garden Troll
Trolls are monstrously ugly, and incredibly powerful beings who live in caverns, mountains, and beneath bridges, according to folklore. They are frequently described as being a disturbance to humans and animals alike. Think of the troll that is mentioned in the story “The Three Billy Goats Gruff”.
However, although trolls were once viewed negatively, they have since evolved into amiable tiny creatures that are generally tolerated and accepted as part of fairy gardens.
Like garden gnomes, troll miniature figurines make an adventurous and creative inclusion to any fairy garden. They are a great surprise addition to bridges and paths in your fairy garden or village.
Elves in the Fairy Garden
Elves have long been seen as beings endowed with magical abilities, and otherworldly beauty, indifferent toward ordinary people, and capable of either aiding or harming them. They are generally depicted as being mischievous, and like gnomes, can be good friends to fairies, and a wonderful addition to any fairy garden.
A mini fairy garden would not be complete without succulents and flowers that make for exciting landscapes. Fairies are drawn to well-designed small gardens, so take your time when creating your fairy garden.
How to Get Started Building a Miniature Fairy Garden
1. The Scale
It is important to maintain the same scale throughout your miniature fairy garden to prevent any element from sticking out or looking odd. This is up to your discretion, but keep in mind that the general scale of fairy garden accessories used in the United States is 1:12 or one inches is to one foot.
Before you start developing your fairy garden, decide on a theme. Do you want an English cottage, a woodland backdrop, or a treehouse-style fairy garden? In terms of possible concepts, the sky is the limit. Choose a theme that complements your current garden or one that inspires you. Choosing a style can help you determine which accessories and plants to include in your garden once it is complete.
3. Plan Your Miniature Garden
Just as you would a regular garden, miniature gardens take planning. Pick a spot for your fairy garden to live in. You have the option of choosing an indoor or outdoor site; all you must do is make sure your container fits.
4. Choose a Container to House Your Fairy Garden
For your little garden, you can choose to use any vessel. The only criterion is that there are holes in the bottom for efficient drainage. This is vital because if there is a buildup of excess water in the soil, your plants and/or flowers may perish. You can choose from flowerpots, wheelbarrows, baby bathtubs, large bowls, or wooden crates for your vessel.
Selecting the right miniature fairy garden supplies is the best part of designing a fairy garden. You can choose from a variety of fairy houses, figurines, bridges, miniature furnishings, and even water features such as ponds, wells, and waterfalls.
Putting Together Your Miniature Garden
Begin by adding a layer of stones or pebbles to your container or vessel to ensure proper drainage. Next, add potting soil, and plant your flowers, succulents, or other plants that you chose for your mini garden. Add pathways using gravel, pebbles, moss, or bark.
Color and visual appeal can be added to your landscape by using small plants and flowers. Choose alternatives with unique shapes and textures. Because you are adding extra fairy garden supplies and accessories to make your garden a fairy dwelling, avoid overcrowding the pot or vessel. In other situations, though, clustering plants together make for suitable fairy hiding places.
Be sure to choose plants based on the location of your fairy garden. Indoor fairy gardens should include plants that thrive well indoors. Look for low-growing, small-leaf plants that are easy to cultivate and manage. Always remember to use your creativity. Plants can be trimmed to resemble little trees. This can be achieved with plants such as Rosemary.
Some examples of great plants for fairy gardens include bonsai trees, ferns, succulents, primrose, miniature roses, and baby tears.
Now that you have the basic structure of your miniature garden, you can begin populating it with various accessories according to your chosen theme. Some examples of accessories to add to your little garden include benches, fences, birdhouses, fairy houses, toadstools, lanterns, and animal figurines, like this garden statue owl figurine.
You can choose from accessories from Fairies and Beyond, or from a selection of hobby lobby fairy garden supplies.
Fairy gardens are magical places that bring joy and capture the attention of onlookers. Designing and constructing one can be a fun endeavor for both adults and children. For decades, fairies have enchanted youngsters, and the fairy garden has evolved into a location where folklore's mystery and magic can be preserved.
To make your fairy garden special, you need many fairy garden supplies to suit the theme you have in mind. Fairy houses are magical dwellings for fairies, and they come in a wide range of shapes, sizes, and themes. Fairy doors are thought of as a link to the world of fairies, and many children are encouraged to deposit wishes and troubles behind them in hope of a fairy helping them out.
Various figurines, such as those of fairies, gnomes, elves, and trolls are other supplies necessary for miniature gardens. Other accessories such as benches, furnishings, and water features can add value to your fairy garden.