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Designing an Indoor Fairy Garden – Step-by-Step Tutorial
Whimsical fairy gardens are not limited to summertime gardens, but can easily be brought indoors and even given a winter theme. Young and old find fairy gardens enchanting and charming, and having a small garden to tend during the cold months is more fun when it has a bit of whimsy. Let imagination run free to create a tiny garden that can be tucked into any corner.
With just a few supplies, creativity and time, it is possible to have a fairy garden sprouting and thriving in just a couple weeks. The trick is to make it look natural, using things that might already be found in the wild alongside trinkets that fairies would stumble upon and drag back home.
DESIGNING AN INDOOR FAIRY GARDEN HOME
Your fairy garden is going to need a home. Anything that is natural looking, cast off, reclaimed or weathered should be your first choice. Reclaimed boxes, like this reclaimed barn wood planter box is ideal and fits well outdoors and indoors.
RECLAIMED BARNWOOD PLANTER BOX – WEATHERED RUSTIC FLOWER, HERB & HOUSE PLANT GARDEN BARN WOOD PLANTER WITH DRIP TRAY
The Reclaimed Barnwood Planter Box – Weathered Rustic Flower, Herb & House Plant Garden Barn Wood Planter With Drip Tray can be left as is or painted to help it blend in or make it stand out.
In addition, a living indoor garden is going to require a healthy potting soil to get your garden growing and keep it thriving.
I think that the soil is important. We use Miracle-Gro Garden Soil for everything. Start with a good base like this and your garden will thrive.
Your fairies will need a home to come back to every night, and the kind of home you give them is up to you. Anything from overturned teacups to tiny birdhouses to earthen mounds can be used to create the tiny dwellings the rest of your garden will be designed around. Because the garden is going to be indoors, any plants used to create the home must be able to tolerate a level of sun based on the garden’s location. This Fiddlehead Mushroom Cottage Fairy House is the perfect abode.
You can also create your own growing fairy house using seed grass and porous materials, like sponges. Children will love watching their garden and houses grow using these instructions to create a little grass house.
Just like a regular garden, you need to add plants, flowers and landscaping to create an entire space. Use Miniature Fairy Garden Mini River Rocks to help you create paths, dry creek beds and a foundation for your fairy house.
Dainty flowers that stay low to the ground, provide color, interesting texture and fragrance should be your first option. Seed grass is a great choice, but don’t discount herbs like lemon thyme and a groundcover like creeping phlox. A single hens and chicks plant can also add a lot of interest to a fairy garden. Look over the nursery choices you have available to you, but don’t overlook herbs and plants that you can find in the grocery store, or seeds that can be sowed. Whatever plants you select, make sure they can survive in the indoor conditions you will be keeping them in.
There really is no right or wrong way to adorn a miniature fairy garden, it really is a personal part of the design process. To keep the look and adornment search easy, you can choose a theme and purchase or reuse found items that fit your theme. It is also okay to use random items you find to create a garden, after all, most fairy possessions are items they find around your own yard. To get you started, check out the Echo Valley Fairy Garden Starter Accessory Kit, which includes a tiny bird bath, fence, trellis, bench and other goodies.