Today was Fairy Garden making day. Astrid and I started with a pile of dollar store finds (marbles, rocks, moss), four plants she picked out at the garden center, and a selection of her own little miniatures and trinkets.
By the time she finished, she had created a beautiful and very personalized fairy garden. I was also told that this was "the best craft idea you've had yet Auntie 'Nay" so I'm going to count that as a win.
There is a fairy cottage, a wishing well, a river and a pond complete with ducklings, a dragon with his treasure horde, cats, lizards, a mushroom, butterflies, and various other "easter egg" type surprises, including a small packet of saltine crackers "in case the fairies get hungry" and a bottle of bubbles for them to play with.
She even made a sign for the dragon (I think this is her favorite feature of the garden.)
But I think my favorite is the little cottage we made. Its constructed of a plastic container, covered in fabric, with a moss roof, bark door, and decorated with flowers. She also asked me to paint a cobweb on it with the hot glue gun.
The whole thing is quite delicate and I will have to figure out a way to get it home safely. Most items are just placed in the garden and a light breeze would knock them sideways. There really isn't a way to hot glue gun the cottage to the dirt.
There might be more of these in the future, as my own interest is piqued and I have spent some time browsing this adorable book on how to build fairy furniture from found objects.
|"Fairy House" by Mike & Debbie Schramer|