Saturday, June 2, 2012

DIY Kids: Mini Fairy Garden

Day 2 of What’s the Word June
Word of the day: mushroom

Creating a miniature fairy garden is a fun, and creative activity you can do with your kids. Most of the materials for this craft can be found in your yard!

  • Bottom of a planter (plastic, decorative or terracotta) 

  • Potting soil
  • Rocks/Gemstones 

  • Acorns 

  • Glass beads 

  • Garden fairy *tutorial below
  • Mini animals or bird eggs

Fill the bottom of the planter with potting soil. The bottoms of planters are shallow, so you don't need to add too much potting soil. Leave a tiny space between the trim and the potting soil. Next, your child can arrange all the items that they collected from their nature hunt in the planter. Along with nature items, you may also want to add a small flowering plant in the fairy garden.
Extra tips:
- Using acrylic paints, choose vibrant colors and paint the rocks prior to adding them to the fairy garden.
- You can create a pond by pushing a small plastic lid, like the top of a yogurt container, into the soil, and adding a little bit of water.
- Make a fairy house out of bark and other pieces of scrap wood! Simply collect small pieces of wood and build a mini house formation, securing the sections into place with your glue gun.
- Fairies need a colorful mushroom to hang out on! Mold a mushroom out of clay and add it to the garden.

Don’t Forget the Fairy
  • Circular wooden bead 

  • Oval shaped wooden bead 

  • 3 craft pipe cleaners 

  • Glue gun  

  • Scissors 

  • Colorful yarn 

  • Sharpie

Start off by gluing the circular wooden bead (the fairy's head) onto the larger wooden bead, which will be the fairy's body. While you are waiting for them to dry firmly together, cut off small sections of the yarn for the fairy's hair. You may also begin bending and shaping two of the pipe cleaners for the fairy's wings. The third pipe cleaner is for the fairy's arms. You'll only need to clip two small sections from the pipe cleaner for the fairy's arms. Adhere the yarn and pipe cleaners to the body with the glue gun. You can also draw a face onto the circular bead with a sharpie. Be sure to lightly draw the face on, if pressed too hard, the lines from the sharpie will be thick and could run into each other. Your child can "dress up" their fairy with any other crafty items they have.

When the fairy garden is complete, it can be displayed outdoors or near a window indoors!


Julie Baugh said...

A good idea for the school holidays, might try this with my son.

TabiDee said...

Oh, my kids are going to love this! Do you have a picture of a completed fairy garden?

Sage said...

Sadly the photos I had disappeared when our laptop crashed! We used a rectangular shaped planter so we had room to add a few pansies. It was adorable.

We're making a list of summer crafts we want to do so if my girls end up making another fairy garden, I will definitely post the pics & link back to the tutorial :)

My Misadventures in Motherhood said...

My kids would love a fairy garden! Especially my daughter. Except I have a feeling they wouldn't be able to leave it alone...we'd build it and then they'd take it apart again and scatter the materials everywhere! And then the fairy would somehow get accidentally run over with the lawnmower...and my kids would be scarred for life...LOL

Perhaps in a couple of years. Anyway, I'm popping in from KarmaBloggers! Following you!

Smiles, Jenn @Misadventures in Motherhood

Carolyn M said...

Cute cute cute!!

Anna said...

Sounds really cute.