By now you probably see that putting a fairy garden together is super easy once you grasp the concept. All you need to do is gather some plants and mini accessories, put them in a flower pot or any container you like and let your imagination go wild! The focus of a fairy garden is mainly on the accessories and fairies so don’t sweat the plants too much. When choosing plants, you want to pick those that will start relatively small or that will grow low to the soil. I like to walk around Lowes or my local nursery and just see what catches my eye because there truly are no rules and if something doesn’t work in your garden, you can always pull it up and try something different.
Here’s a short list of some plants that I have found that work great in our fairy garden:
1. Succulents (these are really hard to kill if you don’t have a green thumb, like me)
2. Autumn Fern
3. Mexican Heather
4. Baby Tears
5. Dwarf Mondo Grass (anything that has the word “dwarf” in the name is a good choice for a fairy garden)
Once you have your plants arranged the way you want, go ahead and plant them but be sure to leave lots of room for the accessories because after all, that’s the important part of all of this!
Now I’m going to show you a cute and inexpensive pennant banner that you can do to fancy up your garden. I used supplies that I already had at home so this didn’t cost any extra money which is a bonus in my book!
Here’s what you need:
• 2 sticks/twigs the same length (or use can use dowels)
• A piece of twine
• Fabric scraps in coordinating colors/patterns
• fabric glue
First, you want to take one stick and tie the twine on to the top of it, about an inch from the top. Set this aside, then get all of your fabric ready. I cut the fabric pieces in a diamond shape so when they are folded in half, they look like a triangle, or pennant in this case. Mine ended up being about 1 inch across the top after they were folded.
After you decide what pattern you want your pennants to follow, place your first diamond piece under the twine as pictured above and put a little glue along the edges of the bottom half. Then fold the top half over the twine and press the edges. It should look like this:
Continue adding your fabric pieces until the banner is the length you want and then tie the other end of the twine to your second stick. At the end, it should look something like this:
Then you can add it to your garden for a little punch of color!
Remember, your fairy garden will probably never really be “complete” because you can always add and take away as you see things while you’re out and about to add to it. My kids have enjoyed these gardens so much and it has filled our afternoons outside with so much fun and learning!
If you’ve been inspired to start a fairy garden (or man cave) make sure you post a picture to instagram and tag us in it (@sheisblankspace) so we can see!
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