You might remember that one of the things I wanted to do this year was to build a fairy garden with the kids. We finished ours this past weekend and had a lot of fun doing it. Over the past couple of months I got some inspiration on Pinterest and then set about our own version.
We got four wine boxes at our local LCBO. With a donation to their charity you can pick them up at any of the stores. We stacked them in a staggered fashion and drilled a couple of drainage holes. I wanted to add some gravel for additional drainage, but didn't have any on hand, so I just filled the boxes with soil. The top one buckled for some reason, but I think it's still fine.
At the garden store I chose a variety of smaller plants, some of them are ground covers, others are larger. I have no idea what they are, but I liked the colours, shapes of leaves and looked at the sun/shade requirements. I planted them with enough space to add our fairies and in a way that allows them to grow and drape down the side of the boxes.
We found our princess castle (now butterfly fairy castle) at Michaels as well as the horse, fairy and tiny flower pots. Once the castle was placed I covered the different surfaces with sand, broken shells, left-over fish tank pebbles, glass pebbles and moss. I made sure to cover the soil as best I could.
We added a 'pond' with a pot I had made last year and D added his little fishing boy and dog. M decorated the castle with butterfly stickers, which is why we didn't paint it. We also have a PEZ Tinkerbell, a treasure chest, a princess bride and some pink miniature doll with purple hair - sometimes a helicopter brings in new inhabitants and often the dog goes for a swim.
I might attempt to build a small fence for part of the garden, but for now we're set. Have you ever built a fairy garden?