How to Make a Winter Fairy Garden
Tammy at Tennessee Wholesale Nursery in Altamont Tennessee offers hope to those with unsightly landscaping and gardens in the winter months when trying to sell a home. A winter fairy garden will not only look excellent but it will also attract potential buyers in the months where outside landscaping is not so lovely.
Whoever said Fairy Gardens were only for the summer? Where do those people think fairies go for the winter -- and how are they supposed to keep on spreading joy and good luck if you don’t take care of them all year ‘round?
Well, we know fairies love winter as much as we do -- and we’ve got ideas for the best Fairy Gardens this side of Christmas (and none of these would make a bad Christmas craft with the Grands during a holiday visit either, just sayin’!) Come on and take a peek to see what works in your garden:
Gather your supplies
What type of Fairy Garden will you make? There are so very many options. We broke our supply list down into sections so you can see what appeals the most to you and your crafty pals.
Jot down your supply ideas and sketch out your plan
Have some idea of where you’re going with your creative juices with a quick sketch of your vision. Your vision may change as you begin working with your supplies, but it’s always helpful to start with a tentative plan.
Choose your base
You can use anything you like from a large ceramic bowl to an old country chair to a giant tree stump. Anything that holds its own in the wind and snow (or can be brought inside if necessary) and will be large enough to fit all of your selected Fairy Garden accessories will be just fine!
Soil or Snow
If you want a living Fairy Garden, make sure to create your main surface with top quality soil. Keep enough on hand to securely place your greenery and other living plants on, and make sure your base is deep enough for roots to grow.
If your entire Fairy Garden will be artificial (or you’re using the natural earth underneath as your soil), grab some real or decorative snow (we used grated Ivory soap in a pinch) for a nice soft layer for the base.
Real and artificial greenery, like baby fir trees, pine garland, small ferns, decorations from an old fish tank, even strands of fresh, fragrant rosemary can find a pretty spot in a Fairy Garden.
Tuck some Fairy Garden moss or moss balls around to fill in corners and edges (they have some lovely varieties on Etsy, but you can just as quickly find some in a bag like this at Walmart)
What type of house would your little fairies like best? Some live in treehouses while others live in mushrooms, windmills, or other types of dwellings -- some even have homes with lights that work on them! Give it some thought and see what you can find or make.
Crystals and Sparkles
If you know a thing or two about crystals, you’ll know what belongs in your Winter Fairy Garden. Rose quartz (pink) heals the heart, so toss some in there for the broken-hearted nearby. You can find crystals all over the internet, at most malls, and even at some department stores. If you have trouble, give this site a peek.
Here are a few other crystals you might want to add to your Fairy Garden, based on their healing properties:
For warming up the chilly: Fire-Opal
For fighting fatigue and winter illnesses: Red Jasper and Carnelian
For purifying the environment: Amethyst
For stress management, insomnia, and depression/anxiety: Howlite
For healthy skin in the drying winter air: Snowflake Obsidian
For eliminating negativity: Chrysoprase
A Splash of Colorful Beauty
String miniature Christmas lights across your Fairy Garden, or plant bursting poinsettia blooms on each corner or in the center.
Little wrapped gifts, snowmen and women, reindeer, and other related figures are perfect in a Winter Fairy Garden, as are some of the fairies themselves (although they’ll often be hiding!),
Cute Little Creatures
Use as many little creatures and their accouterments as you wish. Make your Fairy Garden scene beautiful and authentic. Tiny ceramic animals climbing small fairy ladders, miniature painted mushrooms, a painted and glued (or pre-made) stone path, little wishing wells, polar bears and penguins, etc., can fill your Fairy Garden out nicely.
Even your favorite characters like Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, Elsa and Anna from Frozen, Tinkerbell, or other figurines, can play an essential role in your joy and luck-bringing Winter Fairy Garden!
Share your work with us!
When you’ve finished, take a picture and send it in or upload it in the comment section. We’d love to see how creative you go with this fun family creation, the Winter Fairy Garden. Happy crafting!
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