What is a fairy garden? Well, I didn’t really know a few years ago either. My little girls, currently aged 7 and 4, introduced me properly to Fairy Gardens. I had heard of Fairy Gardens I’m sure, but I was truly ignorant of their capacity to captivate little imaginations. The basic concept is a miniature garden set up with little trinkets and a door for fairies to visit and play in. Really, there are no limits to your interpretation of a fairy garden, no “right way” as such and your options are only bound by your creativity.
In our home, my girls each have a fairy garden in their bedroom with these gorgeous little wooden doors that were gifted to them by a friend. The doors are set against the back of a bookshelf and they have a patch of faux grass in front of it with their collections of special things set up to make a garden for the fairies to visit. They have special gemstones and little figurines, tiny shells, rainbow babies and mushrooms. My youngest likes to rearrange and set up different scenarios for the Fairies. They are always on the lookout for little things the fairies might like, “Maybe they might like to sit on this rock, mum” a phrase I’ve heard more than once. They sprinkle fairy dust on the grass to catch the eye of a passing fairy so they might pop down to visit. Their Fairy door is magic and opens up to fairy land, but you need special fairy magic to open it.
The fairy gardens can be a great parenting aid, too. The fairies left a tiny note that had to be read with a magnifying glass once. It said the fairies couldn’t play in the garden because the room was so messy. They would really like to come and play in a tidy room. The next night after the room was tidied, the fairies visited and left a little gemstone behind as evidence of their visit. There was magic in my daughter’s eyes. The fairies have left tiny daisies and even just a trail of sparkles. The littlest of hints that they visit every now and then but not so often that it has become expected.
The tooth fairy has had a couple of visits here, It is very handy that the tooth is on a shelf , accessible and not so easily lost. The Tooth Fairy that visits our house is so very grateful for fairy gardens!!
My girls have also started a fairy garden outside under our fern garden and that is mostly thanks to Whimsyland. They get all the experiment creations that aren’t quite right. The perks of having a mum doing this for a job, huh! So far our mischievous Labrador, Leroy, hasn’t seen the need to chew any of it up!
You don’t have to put your fairy door in a designated fairy garden, some people like the cuteness of it standing in a pot plant or stuck on a tree. The windows and door on a tree make for some great subtle garden decor. Little lady bugs sitting in a pot plant or a veggie garden under a mushroom make for a great spot of colour and the ones I have in my hallway pot plant put a little smile on my face as I walk by. Especially at night time, the glow in the dark one makes for easy navigation if the lights are off. Rainbow babies are cute sitting in the top of a book peaking out from a bookshelf and a little surprise for unsuspecting visitors checking out your book collection.
I would love to hear some of your ideas, what do you do with your fairy garden? Do you do something a little different? Send us some pictures to firstname.lastname@example.org, we would absolutely love feature some customers in our gallery.
Love love x