A Disney Fairy Garden is something even I can do to add a little Disney magic to our yard!
Welcome to this month’s Blogorail Red Loop. Today we are sharing ideas to add a little Disney to your yard.
When my daughters turned three, my mother-in-law presented them with the most beautiful gift: a real fairy garden. We had never heard of such a thing – though I’m not sure whether that’s an indication that they were “new” or that we were just out of the loop. Since it has something to do with gardening and yard-type stuff, the latter is very possible. My thumbs are lots of colors sometimes, but they are rarely green!
As I was thinking about what kind of Disney-fying we could do to our yard this summer, I immediately thought of a Disney fairy garden. There were so many possibilities. Besides, our fairy garden has been played with solidly for the 5 years we’ve owned it… which means that the pieces have been played with in the yard and the landscaping. The plants definitely didn’t last that long, I’m sure in large part thanks to the aforementioned thumbs.
The kids were super excited to help pick out new decorations for the project, though they made certain they could still keep their old pieces, too. It would seem we are starting a fairy neighborhood! No complaint here, it keeps them busy and working together. That’s a summer win in my book.
We rounded up our supplies from the nearby stream – and the nearby Michaels – but you can put together your fairy garden in a number of different ways. Fairy Gardens are as unique as the individual or family making them – so there really are no rules. My mother-in-law really enjoys finding perfect rocks, plants, etc as she goes about her day; this could be a really special way to collect a shell, rock, or other item from places you visit, perhaps! If you prefer to buy something specific, it seems that they’ve become quite a popular hobby – so you can find fairy garden accessories readily available at craft stores, and even many big box stores. Amazon also has lots of really cute, super affordable options.
Your fairy garden may have live plants, plastic plants, no plants – whatever suits you. (I actually decided through this process that I want to make a totally indoor version the kids can play with whenever they want! Stay tuned?) It may have a house or a gazebo, a bench or swing, trees and animals – anything! Your basic steps will be the same:
- Pick a container: Do you want to use a flower pot? barrel? wooden box? Your space and supplies on hand may limit you, but otherwise there is no limit! I have seen some adorable fairy gardens in terrariums and some that utilize broken pots.
- Pick out accessories: Does your fairy need a house (so many options!), or is this an outdoor play space for her? Is it a beach setting or a forest? Does your fairy have any hobbies? Does she like to play with the animals? If you’re using real plants, what grows well in the area you plan to place the garden? Don’t forget to decide what makes your Disney Fairy Garden, well, Disney!
- Map out your plan: Place the items loosely in or near the container, to get an idea how you’d like to arrange everything. This may have been our favorite step!
- Assemble your Fairy Garden: Paint, glue, and otherwise embellish your pieces before placing them in the garden, lest you end up spraying paint sealer on brand new plants. Not that anyone would ever do that… (ahem). Then plant your plants, arrange your accessories, and welcome new fairy friends
Of course there is also no limit to the number of ways in which these could take on Disney flair. We went a simple route and chose to include some of our favorite Disney Fairies… and a few hidden Mickeys! Really though, you could recreate a theme park land. You could paint and decorate with your favorite movie-inspired color palette. The possibilities are endless!
Check out these lovely fairy gardens and more from our most recent creation for inspiration of your own!
check out the other great posts from the Blogorail!
Here is the map of our Magical Blogorail Red | My Yard Goes Disney Loop:
- 1st Stop – Home is Where the Mouse Is | My Yard Goes Disney | Inspiring Landscaping Ideas
- 2nd Stop – The Delightful Life | You are Here!