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Top tips for creating a Summer fairy garden

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What is a fairy garden? It’s a miniature garden for fairies to live in. My 3 year loves Tinkerbell and after we had watched Tinkerbell and the Great Fairy Rescue we were inspired to make our own together. Since then we’ve made a couple, both temporary houses indoor and a few permanent fairy houses outside.

Creating a fairy garden is a great activity that all the family can do together and is a great way to spend time enjoying the sunshine. The best thing is that they can be added to over time so why not start a fairy garden and watch it grow over the summer? Today I’m taking part in a blog hop hosted by Nicolette from Powerful Mothering, sharing my top tips for creating a Summer fairy garden.

Top tips for creating a Summer fairy garden

Find a container or spare patch of garden to make your own fairy garden. I gave the children an empty flower pot which they had lots of fun filling with soil. Define the edges with a small fence or stones.

building a fairy garden for children

Build a house for the fairies. We’ve used upcycled milk bottles and these fun ceramic castle money boxes from Baker Ross which the children painted. You can make a house from palm fronds, an upturned flower pot or wooden bird box; recycled or natural materials are good. Add a water feature, such as a tiny container of water.

pink fairy castle from Baker Ross

Add depth with a fence and create paths, we used sea shells from a summer trip to the beach which is an instant visual reminder of a lovely holiday.

Plant flowers, especially if your fairy garden is going to be permanent feature in your garden. Certain plants will attract bees and butterflies so why not pop to your local garden centre and ask for some expert advice. We’ve been cultivating a kitchen window sill garden which we’ll plant in our container fairy garden soon.

We’ve had fun making miniature furniture to decorate our fairy garden.  So far we’ve made duck tape bunting and hung it from knitting needles. We also added a swing from a small craft stick and hung it from a branch.

container pot fairy garden

Add lights to light up your fairy garden at dusk. I saw a really fun idea on Pinterest for stones painted with fluorescent paint to glow in the dark.

Think about hanging a bell so you can hear when someone opens the door.

We still have some ideas to make our fairy garden more fun such as adding edible treats to attract the birds. We’ve made bird feeders before and thought we’d try some on a smaller scale.

Don’t forget to check out our Outdoor Play Ideas Pinterest board for more fun ideas with fairy gardens
Follow Jenny Makes’s board Outdoor play ideas on Pinterest.

And visit the other participants for more fun ideas and resources for Summer activities with the kids!

Wet and Wonderful Summer Ideas for Kids | Powerful Mothering
Summer Flower Sensory Bin for Kids | Adventure in a Box
Summer nature art & craft ideas | Messy Little Monster
Summer acts of kindness for kids | Mum in the Mad House
Fantastic Summer Picnic Play Ideas | One Time Through
Color Your Summer: Sidewalk Chalk for Kids | Child Led Life
Low Stress Summer Fun for Kids | Mama Smiles
Awesome Backyard Ideas for Summer |  In The Playroom
Summer STEM Activities for Kids | Kitchen Counter Chronicles
Top tips for creating a Summer fairy garden | The Gingerbread House
100 Budget Friendly Summer Activities | Something 2 Offer
5 Amazingly Cool Summer Activities for Little Kids | Peakle Pie
How to Make Awesome Summer Juices for Kids | Witty Hoots
Ultimate Guide to Summer Sidewalk Chalk  | Cutting Tiny Bites
Ideas for Summer drawings | Hodge Podge Craft
Summer Alphabet Relay Obstacle Course – Mom Inspired Life
Summer Lego Ice Rescue  – Multicraftingmummy
27 Simple Summer Science Experiments for Kids | Edventures with Kids
Summer Evenings – Family Fun Ideas with young kids | Rainy Day Mum
Celebrate Summer with Sun Crafts! | Artsy Momma
Summer Fun Activities For Toddlers | Adventures of Adam
35 Beach & Ocean Themed Sensory Play Ideas | Golden Reflections Blog
20 Ideas for Summer Fun with Preschool Kids | Bare Feet on the Dashboard
10 Summer Snacks for Kids to Make – Fun-A-Day!
Quick and Easy Frozen Summer Watermelon Treat  | Little Bins for Little Hands
Summer Alphabet Activities- Growing Book by Book
Fun with Zoo Animals for Kids – My Bright Firefly
Summer Bubble Fun For Kids – Just Another Mom
Epic Light Table Ice Legos & More for Summer! – The Natural Homeschool
Summer Preschool Activities – Living Life and Learning


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    Rhian Westbury
    May 22, 2015 at 1:59 pm

    This is such a cute idea and I remember I used to have one in my garden when I was younger! x

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    May 22, 2015 at 2:14 pm

    Thees are such great ideas. I really love what you did with the plastic milk bottle. Very creative indeed.

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    Kim Carberry
    June 29, 2015 at 10:00 am

    That is so cute…What a lovely idea x

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    Katy - Hot Pink Wellingtons
    May 12, 2016 at 8:39 pm

    I love these little fairy gardens! Lovely idea about the stones with light up paint too, really cute!

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