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A Flower Pot Fairy Garden

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Flowerpot fairy garden

Sometimes it’s the smallest things that capture a child’s imagination, and in this case, it’s the smallest garden with the smallest fairy inside.

We made this little flowerpot garden using a kit which we bought from a craft fair at Calderstones Park last weekend. Amongst other things, it came with a tiny ladder made from wire and twigs, a teeny washing line, moss-effect rock and the best bit – some little handmade toadstools for the fairies to frolic between.

Now if you’re thinking fairies are just for little girls, think again because it was actually my son whose imagination it captured first. When he saw it alongside lots of tiny gardens and terrariums made up by a lady called Crafty Mrs Christmas, his eyes widened and he didn’t stop talking about it until I bought one.

My arm wasn’t difficult to twist as I have been thinking about how we could make a miniature garden outside and this seemed like the perfect, easy and very affordable option.

Flowerpot close-up http://rainbeaubelle.com

Flowerpot with bunny http://rainbeaubelle.com

As soon as we got home the garden bits and bobs were out of the box and Sam was busy arranging them on a tray in the lounge as a bit of a practice run. You could say it was a bit of training in early garden design, which is good if you ignore the fact my floor became sprinkled in gravel in the process! Sam being Sam, he wasn’t content with the materials he was given so after a bit of browsing on Pinterest (yes, really, he is a true maker and loves it!) he whipped up a cardboard tree stump house for the fairies to sleep in.

This led to a trip to the garden centre for a new pot to house the garden, and a few flowers to go in this and my other pots, which badly needed doing after being neglected over the winter.

We came back with some little pink and white daisies for the fairy pot – I was looking for an alpine or something similar but perhaps they are more suited for indoor gardens. If you’re making your garden in a terrarium (a glass bowl or box which you keep inside) apparently plants which like humidity are best, like succulents, but if you’re using a pot outside, then choose something easy to look after and relatively small.

Once the daisies were in, Sam and Flo tried to share the job of arranging the fairy ‘furniture’ alongside. Sharing isn’t the easiest for either of them but they got there in the end – Sam likes to direct and Flo is quite happy to help, so long as she’s helped to think it’s her idea. We planned to buy a little fairy to go in but we were luckily given one by our kind neighbour Liz, and the little lady (now called Violet) is now installed and chilling in her happy place by the front door.

So there you have it – our flowerpot fairy garden. All you need to do now is make a wish…

x Julia

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    Anne
    April 24, 2016 at 7:32 pm

    Oh that is lovely, I want one myself. Well done to Sam and Flo. And congratulations on reaching the finals, good luck x
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    Amy Christmas
    April 24, 2016 at 8:41 pm

    Love it, Julia, and the pictures are wonderful! Thank you so much for sharing. May it bring you many many months of excitement and interest. And I completely agree that fairy gardens are not just for girls! My 8 year old son loves his, and his little friends who come to visit, both boys and girls (and feline). x
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    Mini Travellers/Mini Ventures
    April 25, 2016 at 11:31 am

    These are so so cute aren’t they! lovely.
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    mummyofboygirltwins
    April 25, 2016 at 11:37 am

    Gorgeous and such a good idea 🙂 I do love seeing children in the garden and planting, they just adore it don’t they xx
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    Tracey Williams
    April 25, 2016 at 5:32 pm

    What a lovely idea and I can just imagine their imagination running wild with who would visit in the fairy garden. It looks so pretty xx
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    sarah christie
    April 26, 2016 at 8:42 pm

    Ah these are are so pretty, what a great idea. Do you know what? Joe is exactly the same only on board if he thinks it his idea x
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    Rachel @ The Ordinary Lovely
    April 28, 2016 at 9:12 pm

    I adore this idea, Julia!! It’s simply so cute. I think my boys would love it, too. I might have them make one each next half term. The washing line and larder are just lovely. I totally want to do one for myself, too.
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    Nancy Straughan
    May 4, 2016 at 9:40 am

    This is so adorable, I love it. I bet it was so much fun to make it together 🙂

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    Karen
    May 4, 2016 at 12:36 pm

    This is TOO cute!
    I’m definitely bookmarking for when my little girl is old enough so we can make something like this together 🙂

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    Fionnuala Three Sons Later
    May 4, 2016 at 8:56 pm

    Oh this is just so cute. I think my middle son would like this. We’ve a bank holiday here tomorrow, so I might make one with him.He loves rooting about for sticks and we have a whole heap of pine cones. Thanks for sharing this idea.
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    Caro | The Twinkle Diaries
    May 5, 2016 at 9:41 am

    Aaah THAT kind of fairy garden!!!! 😉 It’s absolutely enchanting Jubarb — I love it!!! This is the kind of thing that would have had me spellbound when I was a little girl. I still have the full range of Flower Fairy books — this kind of thing is gorgeous!! Really looking forward to creating something similar when the boys are a bit bigger 🙂 xxxx Thanks ever so much for sharing with #HomeEtc — Caro xx
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    Kerry
    May 8, 2016 at 6:33 pm

    This really is too cute!! My kids would love this idea. I would be great for me too as all I seem to do with my pot plants is kill them!! xx
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    mummyofboygirltwins
    May 9, 2016 at 12:00 pm

    Thanks for linking up and sharing, love jess xx

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    Lins @ Boo & Maddie
    May 10, 2016 at 3:08 pm

    I adore this, although I think Maddie would nibble away on all the pretty things. It reminds me of being little in school and making easter gardens with the fluffy yellow chicks Xx #HomeEtc
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