Magical fairy garden ideas for kids

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by Ellen Kinsey |
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You never grow out of your imagination, and building a fairy garden has universal appeal for girls and boys, young and old. There's a big community of grown-up fairygardeners online, but for an extra special project, get creative with your kids by making your own amazing DIY fairy garden with lights, ornaments and bits and bobs from around the house.

If you're looking for fun children's garden ideas and other creative garden activities for kids here are 25 magical ideas to help you create an amazing fairy garden for any fairies passing through.

1. Use a watering can as a house

Carefully cut in holes for windows and doors and turn upside down to create a humble abode for your fairies. You can also buy some lovely ready-made ones like the below,

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2. Find an interesting log to carve into

Crafty mums can start a DIY project and use their whittling skills to carve a house or village into the side of a gnarled old log.

3. Use flowerpots of different heights and connect them with ‘bridges’

Make use of the garden supplies you already have and create a fairy garden town by clustering some pots together and using stick bridges to connect them. Broken clay pots make an excellent fairy village.

4. Add shiny stones and marbles for sparkle

You can pick these up in most garden or toy shops.

5. Decorate the base of a tree trunk for a ready-made fairy home

Use wood glue to create an easy peasy front door.

6. Use old crockery like teapots and teacups

No need to throw away old cracked crockery - the more characterful, the better.

tea pot
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7. Make a fairy treehouse

Instead of using a flower pot for your garden, aim higher and build your fairy house into a sturdy bush or tree.

8. Create a teeny-tiny Welcome sign

Make sure the fairies know they are welcome in your garden with their very own welcome sign.

9. Build an indoor fairy garden with a terrarium and succulents

No outdoor space? No problem. Add some fairy magic to a large terrarium and use succulents for a low maintenance indoor garden.

10. Use ice lolly sticks and glitter for your fairy construction

Get super arts and crafty by glueing together old ice lolly sticks to build everything from houses to benches to front doors.

11. Create a replica of your own home

Flaunt your architectural prowess by basing your fairy house on your own home.

12. Let your kids pick their own flowers to plant in the fairy garden

No fairy garden is complete without flowers, so let your little ones decide which they'd like to include.

13. Add a small set of battery-powered fairy lights

Add extra magic with a small set of these which you can bring inside overnight or in the rain.

14. Make a ‘water feature’ with bright blue gravel

Coloured gravel is super cheap and readily available on Amazon and makes the perfect addition to create ponds and rivers.

15. Make your garden multi-functional by adding a bird feeder

Encourage wildlife in your garden by incorporating a little seed dispenser into your fairy garden design.

16. Build your fairy village in a wheelbarrow

Why just stick to a flower pot? Plant your garden in a wheelbarrow or a birdbath for something a little different. You can wheel it indoors when the weather turns.

17. Use doll furniture

Old toy furniture can be a cheaper alternative to purpose-built fairy furniture. Sylvanian Families and Barbie furniture is the perfect size for fairies.

18. Decorate a plastic pot with interesting stones from your garden

Avoid ruining expensive terracotta pots by glueing pebbles and stones onto the outside of a basic plastic planter

19. Don’t forget the wildlife!

Add ceramic ladybirds and hedgehogs for your fairies to make friends with. You can buy or make little bugs and animals to populate your garden before the fairies arrive.

20. Make a themed fairy garden

To shake things up a bit, why not create a beach or campervan scene instead of a traditional fairy garden?

21. Create miniature fairy tables using brightly coloured buttons

Simply collect some buttons and make them into tables by stacking and glueing them on top of one another.

22. Use seashells instead of stones to decorate your fairy garden

If you've got a collection of seashells from holidays past, give them pride of place in your fairy garden by using them as roofing or decoration.

Fairy shells

23. Use wooden clothes pegs to keep your fairy trees upright

Simply grip the stem of your fairy tree and then bury the peg in the soil to stop a fairy forest from being blown over.

24. Make a fairy ladder

Fairy gardens should be accessible for all fairies! Make a fairy ladder using small twigs and string, and hang it from the lip of your flower pot.

Fairy ladder

25. Cheat and buy some fairy furniture online

There are loads of whimsical fairy accessories you can buy online, from furniture to houses. Take a look at our favourites below...

Fairy garden
Price: $27.90

This is a perfect starter set for anyone new to fairy gardening. The set includes a fairy, beautiful fairy furniture, and animals. The Fairy Furniture has a wood-like finish and is decorated with small colourful flowers

Not only is the Fairy Kitchen Garden adorable, fitting perfectly on your kitchen windowsill but your little one can also plant the included microgreen seeds and harvest fully grown pea shoots

Inspired by a Scandinavian story, the set includes a tree stump home with a trumpet lily roof, a crystal-clear pond, a loving gnome couple, and a dragon Patronus.

This kit comes with everything you need to make a beautiful fairy garden with your little one where they can grow and water their very own plants.

Price: $35.90

This beautiful mini fairy garden tree house is crafted with meticulous detail and truly looks as if the house sits in an old tree. The house has a working door your youngster will love opening and the red tile roof is covered in moss and tree branches.

fairy doors and windows
Price: $26.89

Welcome the fairies, gnomes, and pixies into your garden with this fairy door and windows. It will be great attached to a tree trunk, as part of a fairy garden, a pot on the patio or your child’s room as a fairy entryway.

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