By Diane Ako
Olivia and I saw a fairy garden display and wanted to have one for ourselves. Of course, I've seen adorable little worlds of miniature gardening before, but it struck a different chord with me as a mother of a girl.
It's a great DIY project - far better, I think, than buying one. The joy is in the journey of making it, spending wonderful quality time with the kiddo.
I'm a gardening hobbyist, so I have a lot of what we need at home on the plant front. She's eight, so she has a lot of what we need at home on the decorations end.
However, there were still a few things we wanted to pick up specifically to make it enchanted, so we drove to Ben Franklin Crafts Hawaii to buy some fairies, bridges, wishing well, and LED lights. (We failed to find a woodland home.)
You can make a fairy garden simple with just a couple of figurines, and it will still be charming. Or, you can get crazy like we did, which adds up unexpectedly fast. I wasn't looking at the prices and we just excitedly threw things in the basket.
If you're inspired to DIY, you've been reminded! Little things can cost a lot. $80 later...
Including travel time to the store, the project took us about four hours. We loved it so much, we played with it for the rest of the day and night.
We invented a whole fantasy world involving a quest riddled with challenges- a bit like the Hobbit. Every little item in the garden has a role and a backstory. So much fun letting out my inner child!
She suggested we make this our new hobby and that we keep an eye out for accessories all the time. I love the idea.
Olivia was so happy about this. "Best day ever! You're my best friend!" she chirped. My heart melts
And for me, that's the real magic of the fairy garden.
Have fun making yours!