Making a Magical Make-Believe Fairy Garden

Do you have a little girl in your family? My youngest is Miss 7, and she just loves fairies and any make-believe. She loves her princess dresses, and imagines being a fairy princess, usually involving stomping around the house ‘flying’.  Making a fairy garden together can take as short or long a time as you like, and will become a magical place for your child.

One thing you can do is help your child learn about fairies by researching fairies. Determine which types of fairies she’d like to attract and then do what you can to make a fairy garden all her fairy friends will adore. If you have a large garden, perhaps you could allow her to plant her fairy garden in one corner, otherwise pots or planters can be used.

Creating a fairy garden doesn’t have to take up a lot of space. In fact, it could be something as simple as a window box, a row of flowers, or a planter.

Many people think that butterflies are fairies in disguise, so you may want to plant a garden that would interest butterflies. Of course, fairies and butterflies both agree that variety is the spice of life, so you’ll want to plant a couple kinds of flowers for them to choose from.

Don’t stress out if your fairy garden isn’t pristine; in fact, they like finding flat rocks in the garden so they have some place to warm their wings in the bright sunshine. They also prefer a spot, in direct sunlight, that is sheltered from the wind where they hide and find sanctuary.

Fairies and butterflies also like to take a dip on occasion, so providing a shallow bowl or saucer near their sunning rock will be a big plus. Besides, if you have a water element in your fairy garden, their little birdie friends can come to visit them.

Fairies and butterflies seem to be partial to these flowers: Lily of the Valley, Pansies, Queen Ann’s Lace, Roses, Violets, Lilac, Nasturtium, Snapdragons, Baby’s Breath, Butterfly Bush, Columbine, Forget-met-not, Buttercup, Periwinkle, and Heather. Don’t forget to include natural materials such as twigs, shells, and small rocks to add interest to the fairy garden and for the fairies to use to build a home.

You can decorate the fairy garden with small wooden houses to create a fairy village complete with fences made of twigs stuck into the ground. Use small pebbles as a walking path for them to saunter through the village.

Your fairy garden can then become a special place your child can play. You may also want to leave the occasional small gift or note from the fairies, which would have my daughter telling everyone she met for a week about it. It doesn’t have to be a large item, a small pretty pencil and eraser, a special food treat, a sheet of stickers,  or anything with glitter.  The best part about a fairy garden is getting to use your imagination to create the magic.


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