These beautiful fairy garden cottages can become the focal point for a miniature landscape decorated with cast-off corks and other repurposed items. Given an assortment of raw materials, children (or adults) can create all manner of lovelies, such as this fairy sleeping in a mossy woodland bed.
Gather an assortment of natural and manufactured materials, trying not to be too literal about shapes and composition. Twigs, wood knots, mosses, stones, dried botanicals (purchased or foraged), and metal, glass, or plastic odds and ends can become ingredients for tiny furniture or features. Even though it might be impossible for anyone to prove it, fairies surely must need a nap now and then. Salvaged metal labels become headboard and footboard in the little bed.
A fairy baby with a daisy-fresh face naps in a mossy bed.
Make a fairy for your little garden using a combination of purchased and found items, as the young artist here did. Materials include skeleton leaves, an old earring, sola wood flower, bleached bakuli pod, cane cone. Attach with low-temp glue gun or with a quick-drying adhesive.
Not many full-size gardens can boast a swing made from old clothespins, or garden walls and paths from a hollow log and small stones. And the best part? You can easily take things apart and completely change your design.
Walls of outdoor rooms needn’t reach to the sky -- they can be outlined with anything, such as wine corks.
Silk flower petals become wings, and twigs become arms.
Give a small vintage oil can a natural costume using pods for its face and hat.
Glass ramekins become little ponds in the garden.
A tire from an old toy truck makes a perfect sandbox for this playful fairy.
Skeleton leaves become gossamer-light wings for fairies but could also become curtains, blankets, capes, and more.
Twist florists wire into fairy fingers or curly hair.
A tiny umbrella table and chairs come to life using a cast-off gear as the base and a small metal baking mold as the umbrella. Wine corks provide comfy seating for fairies.
A cushion of moss makes fairy furniture more comfortable.
This fairy garden can be wheeled to a front door to welcome guests, or it can be moved to a patio, where it becomes a party conversation piece.
Much of the charm of fairy gardens is the whimsy of finding "secret" treasures among the plants. This newly planted ivy will soon fill out the pot and shelter the nest and the fairy among its leaves.
There is no rule that a miniature landscape must have a fairy in it, and many gardeners prefer to create vistas that are smaller versions of real, life-size landscapes.