*rolls her sleeves up*
Catch-up! It doesnt have to be YOUR idea of perfect for a fairy garden. Let the kids go wild. We made one a few years ago (time we made another methinks!.... perhaps not... this house gets snakes
We cut out shapes from styrofoam stuff that came around something or other as packaging, and went to the nursery (landscape supplies) and got some riversand. They actually gave us a bucket for free when they found out what it was for. Glued the styrofoam together into a fairy "sandcastle" but any shape will work then painted it in PVA glue and dipped the wet pieces in the dry
sand and let it dry out of the weather. Then we glued on shells and baubles and shiny things.
Heres the good part....... that was over eight years
ago. It lasted out in the weather for two years and is still under the back deck at this place in one piece. And when a bead or pearl ever did fall off well then
.... blame THAT on the fairies!!!! Climbing all over the darned fairy garden while we sleep!!!!!
Buy air drying clay (most craft shops have it) or even oven dried clay to make the tiny things fairies need and when its VERY dry paint it with paints and finish it with PVA glue or clear varnish. Adults tend to get all finicky about these things but kids just love the "doing". And if some things don't last then they get to make more. (sometimes I do believe the fairies take them to their fairy homes) We made the path out of sand and would smooth it down some nights and lo and behold if we didnt find fairy footprints up the path some mornings.... (pssst....chopsticks)
Get some tiny fake flowers from a thrift store if you dont have those cheap $2 import shops that seem to florish here; with those and some fake tiny ivy leaves (or use small leaves off the stems of fake flowers) you can cover the roof of the hut and glue tiny flowers all over the rocks and just about anywhere with a hot glue gun (mum supervising but not taking over).
A clipped pretty teacup or teapot bought for a few pence in a thrift shop can have an opening VERY carefully chipped into it and sanded smooth for a door for the fairies is good too. Or you can use loads of glue from the hot glue gun to make the edge of the opening child friendly, then glue on a few little fake leaves.
We dont have room for a fair sized fairy garden in this house but we did upend a small pretty garden urn we got for near nothing that already had a big piece out of it and put it near a hollowed out log in a garden bed.
It cannot be too cluttered or overdone!
The most magical thing happened one morning..... we found a perfect set of dragonfly wings on the edge of the garden.
and NO I had nothing to do with it.
Just keep swimming... just keep swimming.. just keep swimming....