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Recycled milk bottle fairy garden

You can tell my son has gone back to school after the Easter holidays as my daughter and I have been spending a lot of time crafting together. Yesterday afternoon we looked through our recycling to see what we could use to make a fairy garden.

I’ve seen some amazing fairy garden ideas on Pinterest (check out my outdoor play board for some ideas) but let’s be honest, I don’t think many of them are made by or for children! Today we’ve made a really simple fairy garden, child-friendly, achievable and I’d love to know if it inspires you!

kid friendly fairy garden made with a milk bottle from the gingerbread house

Equipment needed to make a recycled milk bottle fairy garden
Empty milk bottles (washed with the labels removed)
Scalpel or scissors
Empty flower pot
Gravel
Shells

How to make a recycled milk bottle fairy garden

The first step was to make a fairy house from the empty milk bottle. I did this on my own as I didn’t want to be using a sharp blade with my children around. I cut a door and window from the bottle and gently sanded the edges to make sure there were no sharp edges.

We chose an empty planter and placed the milk bottle on the top, weighing it down with a few heavy stones. This way it’s off the ground but at a suitable height for my children to play with it. We can also keep it all summer so there will be lots of opportunities to add to it.

fairy garden milk bottleMy daughter added the painted stone fairy door we made last year. We added a shell path from the treasures we picked up at  the beach earlier this year.

kid friendly fairy garden - the gingerbread houseWe finished off with a shell for a pond and a painted stone ladybird. Then she added her fairies inside the house.

IMG_1483She was worried about what would happen if it rained so she added a shell over the chimney to keep the rain out. Then she started to worry about the rain coming in the window but I’m not sure what we’re going to do about curtains!

kid friendly fairy garden in a plant pot - the gingerbread houseIt’s right by the back door so it’s really easy for her to go and play with it when she wants. Nothing is permanent so I can’t wait to see what happens to our recycled milk bottle fairy garden.

Linking up with Craft Schooling Sunday

16 Comments

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    Linda Hobbis
    April 21, 2015 at 9:31 am

    That’s so sweet! I’ve promised Caitlin a fairy garden but the cost of fairy doors etc is really high. We’ll have to have a go at making one.

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      jenny
      April 21, 2015 at 9:34 am

      Definitely make one yourself. It’s fun to experiment in the garden!

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    Bintu @ Recipes From A Pantry
    April 21, 2015 at 9:35 am

    I so love this idea. Do you mind if I borrow it?

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      jenny
      April 21, 2015 at 9:40 am

      Feel free, everyone should make a fairy garden 🙂

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    Kristen @ Musings of an Average Mom
    April 21, 2015 at 12:14 pm

    This fairy house is adorable! I think my 3 year old daughter would absolutely love doing this. And cute door too. Thanks for sharing. #kidsbekidslinky

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    Karen Bell
    April 21, 2015 at 1:19 pm

    That’s a lovely simple fairy garden. I love the way she was concerned about the rain!
    Thanks for linking #LetKidsBeKids

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    Emma T
    April 21, 2015 at 8:37 pm

    That’s a lovely idea, and something to add to over the weeks. #letkidsbekids

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    creativejewishmom/sara
    April 21, 2015 at 10:28 pm

    Wonderful, love that rock door! thanks for sharing on craft schooling Sunday!

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    Nicola - Multicraftingmummy
    April 23, 2015 at 4:22 pm

    What a clever way to reuse a milk carton! #letkidsbekids

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    Jenny Eaves
    April 24, 2015 at 12:52 pm

    Aww, such a cute little fairy house. Love the idea of upcycling a milk bottle for it! 🙂 x

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    Mummy on a Budget
    May 1, 2015 at 9:11 pm

    What a really lovely idea and a great re-use of the good old milk bottle!

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