Hooray, spring is probably here now for good, and we can take our crafting and making back into the great outdoors 🙂 So much easier especially when your supplies come from there and are a tad messy. Today our little lady decided she was going to build a fairy garden. Cue 2 little boys wanting to make one as well, and before I know it we have triple the amount of fairy gardens we had before we started. So, to lighten my load a little, I suggested the mini men worked together on this one, and then I was only being pulled in 2 directions at once (although our little lady is fairly independent!).
To start with we needed to construct the fairies a little home for their fairy garden. You can make these very neatly with crafting lolly sticks (all the same length and easier to handle), but we decided to go for a more rustic look with twigs. The method is the same either way. Have 2 sticks going horizontally, and place glue on them (PVA glue just doesn’t work in these scenarios, hence why the twins need help, as we have the adult glue out!!). Then lay your pre-broken to size twigs vertically on top. Make as many walls/roofs as you need (you can use 2 to make a pointed roof, or one for a flat roof), and then leave them to dry in the sunshine while you work on the rest of the fairy garden.
Next you need some sort of tub, and if there are no holes in the bottom, just poke some in so there is drainage. I was lucky and had three shallow plant bowls in the garage so I used two of these. We filled them with soil before moving onto the next phase. We then placed our walls into the soil, making them into a square, but you can do any shape. You can pre-glue your walls together and make the house in its entirety before placing it in the soil, but as we’d used twigs, they pushed in really well and held firm.
Then the garden is left to your creativity and imagination! My trio placed moss on top of the soil for a lawn, and small stones for a garden path. We then took 2 twigs, and tied string around to make a mini washing line. Cutting up an old duster, they made towels, blankets, dresses, and even a deckchair. We made pegs by snapping very small twigs, and slicing a small vertical line in the middle so it would hold onto the washing line. The trio also added pieces of fir tree (to look like trees), and the odd crocus to brighten it up!! The sky is your limit with what you can do. Lego birds, mini barrels, mini plastic pegs, make a mini pond etc. My trio were really chuffed with their finished results, and we’ve tucked them away somewhere that is not so exposed, for them to play with out there 🙂