My children had all been mad keen to make their own fairy gardens so after much research on Pinterest by my 7yr old, a trip to the local op shop and Mitre 10, we had all the things we needed for stage one of our fairy project.
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The baskets we found at the op shop, the glass beads and river stones we already had so most of our money went towards plants.
We chose native violets, lobelia, alyssum (for the smell), a creeping ground cover and some shade loving, variegated leafed plant in lovely colours.
The children had such fun going shopping for the plants. I just pointed them in the direction of the punnets rather than the pots to keep our costs down.
Then they set to work, the kids that is not the bears.
We lined the baskets with some old plastic shopping bags to help protect them from the water a little longer but we cut small holes cut in the bottom to allow for drainage. After that we half filled them with quality potting mix then in went their plant choices followed by a little more soil then came paths, ponds/creeks, seats, trees, washing lines, dandelions....
Their fairy baskets so far....
With our left over bits we also made one together from a bigger pot we had.
To see what we used as inspiration visit Kid's garden ideas at Pinterest