How to Make a Fairy Container Garden

Overview

Invite fairies to your yard by creating their very own garden. This is a project that's fun for children and adults. Use your imagination and add bits of whimsy to the fairy container. Keep the plant choices small with dwarf plants and flowers that have very small blooms. Leaves and needles on the bushes and plants should be small to keep the garden in proportion.

Step 1

Hollow out the rotted log so that it's 6 inches deep. If the log has low places in the sides or on the ends, stack up flat stones to hold in the soil. Lay an inch of crushed gravel in the bottom of the log to improve drainage.

Step 2

Mix slow-release plant food into the potting soil per label instructions. Fill the log with potting soil. Water to settle the soil.

Step 3

Mark off a path with two parallel pieces of string that curve from one end of the log to the other. It doesn't have to curve a lot, but it should not be straight.

Step 4

Trim the lower branches off the dwarf blue spruce so it takes the shape of a mature tree. Leave 6 inches of stem without branches from the soil to the first set of branches. Plant the spruce at the end of the log.

Step 5

Trim the lower branches off the two dwarf lodgepole pines. Snip the tops off so they are a few inches shorter than the blue spruce. Plant the pines on either side of the spruce.

Step 6

Rub copper metallic paint on a few pieces of white quartz so it stays in the crevices of the quartz but doesn't cover it. Place one larger piece of quartz in front of the blue spruce.

Step 7

Trim the Mexican heather so it resembles a flowering tree. Plant it on the other end of the log. Place three smaller pieces of copper rubbed quartz around the Mexican heather. The string path should lead from the Mexican heather to the blue spruce.

Step 8

Plant baby's tears on one side of the path and Scotch moss on the other side. Tuck in plants of lobelia and sweet alyssum around the edges of the log.

Step 9

Fill in the path with white round pebbles, the kind used for fish tanks. Here and there sprinkle a bit of copper or gold glitter so the path sparkles.

Step 10

Saw a branch that has a diameter of 1/2 inch into two 1-inch pieces and one 2-inch piece. Saw a branch that has a 2-inch diameter into a 1/2-inch-thick slice. Glue the slice to the 2-inch long piece to make a round table. Let dry. Push the bottom of the table into the soil so it stays 1 inch above the ground. Push the two 1-inch pieces into the ground to become fairy-size chairs by the table.

Tips and Warnings

  • Wear goggles when chiseling out the log.

Things You'll Need

  • Hollow log
  • Chisel
  • Flat stones
  • Crushed gravel
  • Slow-release plant food
  • Potting soil
  • String
  • Pruners
  • Dwarf blue spruce
  • Two dwarf lodgepole pines
  • Metallic copper paint
  • White quartz
  • Mexican heather
  • Baby's tears
  • Scotch moss
  • Lobelia
  • Sweet alyssum
  • White tiny smooth pebbles
  • Glitter
  • Branches
  • Saw

References

  • "Garden Ideas"; Carol Spier and Warren Schultz; 1996
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