Waldorf inspired Fairy Garden craft for kids and adults

Waldorf Inspired Fairy Garden Kids Craft!

Ever since I visited the wonderful site The Magic Onion I have been inspired to make a Waldorf inspired “fairy garden”.  Normally I have what I call “A black thumb”.  I seem to kill any garden I create.  Hopefully, this will be my gardening niche, because it was really easy and fun!  Here’s what I did to make this great kid’s craft…

1: I took my daughter to the back yard and had her choose her favorite empty planter.  I have many thanks to my “black thumb”.  She chose a 15 inch diameter glazed blue pot.

2: I went to my local nursery and purchased:

  • a flat of irish moss
  • some alyssum
  • a tiny little perennial plant that looked like a miniature tree
  • small white rocks
  • a tiny terra-cotta planter
  • total cost about $30
white rocks

irish moss

 

alyssum

 

3: Once we were home we took all of these things to the back porch which has part sun and part shade (as required according to the little plastic insert on all three plants).  It is important to have plants with the same requirements of sun and shade in your fairy garden.

4: I put some dirt from my yard into the fairy garden pot.  I filled it about 3/4 full and then topped it off with some potting soil stopping about 3 inches from the top.

 

dirt in planter

 5: Using a small gardening spade, I cut the irish moss into manageable squares and put them in the pot.  In one spot instead of using the moss I planted a small clump of alyssum (the small white flower) as a “fairy bush”.  The lady at the nursery told me to leave a bit of space between the irish moss squares in order to allow it to spread.

 

irish moss in planter

 6: I forgot to mention that I also took a brief trip to the craft store and bought a tiny bird house and a tiny wheel barrel.  I place them on the “grass” and made a tiny path using the small white stones leading to the house.  I also took the tiny planter and put in a tiny clump of the alyssum as a little flower pot.  The house is unpainted, but I plan to paint it today.

 

waldorf inspired fairy garden

 

7: My kids loved this garden so much that we decided to do a second one “next door” to it using the left over moss, alyssum and tree.

two fairy gardens

 

8: In the second garden we made a tiny wishing well by gluing some white rocks to a terra-cotta planter and burying it.  We planted the “tree” and put a stone path leading from the tree to the well.  My two year old son has taken over as helper at this point!

 

yoda in the fairy garden

child playing in waldorf fairy garden

 

Notes:

Yes, that is a figurine of Yoda by the wheel barrel.  Try telling a 2 year old that a plastic doll does not belong there.  At least the Force is with this garden…

-This whole thing would probably look great with other plants included.  I was just starting off simple!

– If any seasoned gardeners would care to comment with advice I would love that!

– If anybody tries this at home please post a link!!!

In conclusion, this makes a very great kids craft.  Shopping for the plants and tiny fairy accessories was great fun, and my daughter’s imagination was in full gear as she picked out the fairy tree, the fairy bush and the beautiful fairy stones.

Making the garden took only about a half hour, and so far both kids have played with it quite a bit.  I love that my daughter is constantly thinking of ideas of new things to add to the fairy garden.  Her latest idea is to add “googley eyes” to the fairy house when we paint it.  She told me that it will make the fairies laugh, and that when a fairy laughs it makes magic.  How can you argue with that!

 

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