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Fairy gardens are a fun activity that you can do with your kids that inspires creativity and imagination. Finding a theme or story that your children are excited about will keep the excitement going and keep them involved. Below is a list of ideas to help get your creative juices flowing and alleviate some of the stress if you happen to be drawing a blank and lack inspiration.
- Pirate’s Cove
- A Christmas Story
- Broken Pot Fairy Garden
- Fairy Lights
- Gnome Garden
- Jurassic Park
- A Day at The Beach
- Bird House Garden
- Old MacDonald Had A Farm
- Teacup Fairy Garden
- Tree Trunk Garden
- Medieval Fantasy
- Indoor Fairy Terrarium
- Heritage/Culture Inspired Garden
- Spooky Garden
When deciding on what type of fairy garden you would like to create, be sure to involve your children in the process. Think about your children’s favorite colors, characters, animals, holidays, hobbies, shows they like to watch and favorite outdoor activities.
Before you get started building your dream fairy garden, be sure to see my article about 12 must-have supplies you will need to get started!
All these things can lead to inspiration for your next great idea. I hope that you can find some inspiration from the ideas I have shared that will lead to great memories with your children!
1. Pirate’s Cove
Arr, Matey! A pirate garden is filled with fun and mystery as you look for buried treasure and sail the seven seas. Creating the perfect pirate’s cove is only limited by your imagination.
Think about the type of landscape that you want. Small colored pebbles or stones is a great way to create contrast between your ocean and shore scenes. Create a jungle with small plants and succulents or a cave with larger rocks or wood.
Lastly, no pirate garden can be complete without some props or characters. Here are a few ideas to get started:
- Pirate Ship
- Pirate Captain & Crew
- Treasure Chest
- Treasure (Gold Coins, Jewels etc.)
- Treasure Map
- Giant Squid
2. A Christmas Story
Christmas is a magical time of year no matter where you may live. Some places you can always rely on a white Christmas, snuggled up by the fire drinking hot chocolate. In other places, Christmas involves heading down to the beach on a hot summer’s day.
For a winter Christmas garden, you can use fake snow or cotton balls and white pebbles to give the appearance of snow. For a summer Christmas garden, you can create a beach scene with your favorite mini palm trees.
You can also add some Christmas lights which will bring your garden to life at night.
Here are some ideas for Christmas props and characters to have in your garden:
- Traditional Santa Clause
- Beach Santa Clause (if creating a summer garden)
- Mrs. Clause
- Christmas trees
- Candy canes
- A nativity scene
- Gingerbread man
- Santa’s sleigh
- A house with a chimney
- Snow Man
- Pine trees
- Characters from your favorite Christmas movies
- Christmas lights
- North Pole Sign
3. Broken Pot Fairy Garden
Broken pot fairy gardens are quite common. You can buy broken pots specifically made for fairy gardens, or if you happen to have a broken pot lying around, you can make one yourself. Most traditional broken pot gardens have one side of the pot broken off which they then use to create a layered landscape where the open space is.
Succulents, shrubbery, and other small plants are then used through out the pot to create the appearance that plant life is growing throughout. A house or other type of prop is often placed on the top of the pot with pebbles or soil in the layered sections.
These suggestions would make great additions to your broken pot garden:
- Succulents and other greenery
- Miniature house
- Some fairies or other characters
- A park bench
- Steps made from rocks or wood
- Tree stumps
- Mini Lantern
- Picket fence (Popsicle sticks and string are a great option)
- A small bridge
4. Fairy Lights
Fairy lights can really liven up your fairy garden once the sun goes down and nighttime sets. They are a great way to create a special ambience whether your garden is located indoors or outdoors.
Solar powered string lights are a good choice as you don’t have to worry about batteries or finding an electrical outlet. They range in a variety of colors and styles to suit whatever theme you have chosen for your garden.
5. Gnome Garden
What is more iconic then having garden gnomes in your garden? Creating a miniature gnome fairy garden of course! Complete with gnome figurines, toadstools, and teapot houses.
There is a lot of room for creativity when designing your gnome garden. You could even try and incorporate similar fantasies such as the seven dwarfs from Snow White or create a miniature Shire filled with Hobbits.
6. Jurassic Park
Whether you create an actual dinosaur theme park or a miniature world where dinosaurs roam free, your children will have fun regardless. It provides a great opportunity to learn more about the different types of dinosaurs your children love and watch their excitement as they create a land before time.
This style of fairy garden does best with lots of plants to create a jungle landscape. Below are some great ideas for different types of props to include in your garden:
- Dinosaurs of all types and sizes
- Lava (red pebbles work well)
- Dinosaur bones
- Lots of plants and greenery
- Fencing (if building a dinosaur theme park)
- Danger signs
- Dinosaur egg
- Dinosaur Footprints
- River or watering hole
7. A Day at The Beach
There’s nothing I love more than sitting on the warm sand listening to the ocean waves. Well, now you can bring that same feeling to your back yard with a beach themed fairy garden.
Different shades of blue pebbles or gems create a great ocean landscape. Sand is the obvious choice for your beach foundation as its affordable and brings realism to your beach garden.
Here are some great suggestions to include in your beach themed garden:
- Miniature shark
- Sun umbrella
- Beach chair
- Toy Seagulls
- Toy van
- Star fish
- Miniature finishing gear
- Palm trees
- Jet ski
- Toy people that are enjoying the beach
- Beach ball
8. Bird House Garden
Kids just love bird house fairy gardens as they are able to see real birds come and enjoy their creation. Wrens, bluebirds, and sparrows just love building nests within birdhouses which are the perfect size for a miniature garden.
Center the landscape of your garden around the birdhouse with a trail of pebbles leading up to the door and some flowers along the perimeter. Just think about your own house with a pathway, patio bench, water fountain, bushes, tire swing, or anything else that makes your house unique.
Add some snails and a welcome home sign and your new bird friends will never want to leave their new home.
9. Old MacDonald Had A Farm
Kids love farm animals and love trucks and tractors. What better way to include everything you love about farming then to make your very own fairy farm! This style of fairy garden has the flexibility to be as big or small as would like with very little modifications.
Here are some great ideas to include in your very own fairy farm:
- Barn and Silo
- Farm animals (cow, chickens, pigs, sheep, dogs, ducks etc.)
- Fake produce (corn, wheat, pumpkins, cabbages etc.)
- Fairy Farmer and his wife
- Hay bales
- Picket fence
10. Teacup Fairy Garden
Teacup gardens are great because they are small and portable. To create a teacup garden, you simply fill it with soil or pebbles, and add your plants of choice and other trinkets. Common additions are toadstools, succulents, moss, miniature ladder, toothpick bench, fairy characters, tiny animals.
11. Tree Trunk Garden
Tree trunk fairy gardens can be created in a couple of different ways. The simplest method is to find your favorite tree and create your garden at the base. Placing little doors and windows on the tree can create the appearance that your tree is now a unique little house.
You can then surround the base of the tree with greenery, and other trinkets like a table and chairs, steppingstones, water fountain, flowers, ladders, toadstools and of course some fairies.
A more intricate method is to use a tree stump. You can carve a hole in the stump and add indoor furniture, or you can leave the stump as is, and build your garden around it.
12. Medieval Fantasy
Kids love fantasy as it feeds into their imagination and provides an endless source of entertainment. The possibilities are endless when it comes to creating your own medieval fairy garden.
One unique idea is to use water within your garden, by creating a moat around your castle or a small river. I hope that the below suggestions will help to inspire your imagination to create your own fantasy world filled with medieval legends your kids will love.
- Moat or River
- Sword in the stone
- Draw bridge
- Characters (fairies, knights, king/queen, trolls, goblins)
- Horses and unicorns
- Vines and moss
- Rapunzel in her tower
- Jack and the beanstalk
- Robin hood and his merry men
13. Indoor Fairy Terrarium
Why not combine two of my favorite things? Fairy gardens and terrariums! Indoor fairy gardens are a great addition to any counter or bookshelf. They require little to no maintenance and can be enjoyed all year round.
Simply use an open cased terrarium container and add your soil/pebbles, plants, and fairy trinkets. You can keep it as simple or complex as you like. Some ideas for open containers are using a vintage lantern, creating a teacup garden as mentioned earlier, a fish tank, an old suitcase, a mason jar, or a traditional terrarium glass bowl.
14. Heritage/Culture Inspired Garden
Our heritage and culture are part of who we are and what better way to involve your kids in their own heritage then by incorporating it into a fairy garden. Culturally inspired gardens are also great for anyone that wishes to include other cultures within their home.
If you happen to be wondering which culture you would like to include within your own home, here are a few ideas to get you thinking:
- Japanese garden centered around a bonsai tree
- Polynesian/Pacific Islands garden
- Indian garden
- Australian garden
- Chinese garden
- Incorporating Religion
- African Safari garden
- North American garden
- South American garden (Mayan/Aztec, Latin America, Mexican, Brazilian)
- European garden (such a variety of cultures throughout Europe)
There are so many amazing cultures throughout the world. The above list is by no means all inclusive and is simply meant to act as a starting point to help inspire ideation.
15. Spooky Garden
Every child loves Halloween and the mountains of candy that often comes with it. Although a spooky fairy garden may not include candy, there are plenty of fun, scary ideas that will keep the family entertained year-round.
- Hansel and Gretel theme
- Graveyard theme (gravestones, skeletons, ghosts)
- Stone path
- Crooked fence
- Old lantern
- Fairy lights
- Trick or treat sign
- Fall/Autumn leaves
- Fake spiders web
There is such a wide variety of options to choose from when creating a fairy garden but the key thing to remember is to make sure your children are involved in the process. Kids have a bottomless supply of imagination and creativity. By working together, you will be able to take those thoughts and mold them into a garden that can be enjoyed by the whole family.
I hope this article has helped to spark some great ideas that will lead to great memories and amazon fairy gardens!
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