I love fairy gardens, and always thought it would be fun to make a Christmas one. This sweet little fairy home is all decked out for the holidays, complete with real plants. Today I’m sharing how to make a Christmas Fairy Minature Garden.
I’ve made lots of fairy gardens in the past -little container gardens for the summer. Check out some of my other fairy gardens here. So this year I thought it would be really great to make an indoor winter version.
I love the little cypress trees that you see this time of year, and they really are the perfect fairy Christmas trees.
How To Make a Christmas Fairy Garden
I started with a great container. This one is made from old lath, and the perfect spot for our fairy home. Since I’m using it indoors, I was sure to line it with a plastic bag first to ensure that the water didn’t damage my table when I water it. Remember though when you’re looking after a garden like this though that there is no drainage, so don’t over water it.
Next I filled the container with soil and added in my plants. I chose a cypress tree, a lemon cypress tree, and a frosty fern. I thought the cypress trees looked like little fairy size Christmas trees, and the frosty fern looked like a frost covered fern in the forest. I would try to choose plants that look winter-y.
Once the plants were in, I covered the soil in white sand. I didn’t really want to use deep faux snow, since I didn’t think it would be that good for the plants. The sand was the perfect solution. I did also sprinkle a little faux snow over top of the sand, but this way I only needed a little.
Next it was time for the fun part -adding the fairy details. I started out with the house. I’ve made several fairy houses in the past, with a mini wooden bird house for the base.
To make the bird house into a fairy house, I cut off the bird perch, and created a little fairy door. I usually use a piece of a paint stick, but for this one I used a little birch bark.
The house was painted white, with a birch bark door, and roof. For the roof I created shingles with birch bark rectangles and used hot glue to attach them. I gave the roof a coat of mod podge to help protect it too. The chimney is made out of some very thin wood from the craft store that I just cut with scissors and hot glued into place. I love my little cotton batten smoke. Can’t you just picture the fairies snuggled up inside beside the fire? I also added a tiny little wreath to the window.
I used a little garden arch, and added real greens to it with a little wire. Once the greens were on I added some little fairy lights, and then wound the rest of the light string around the plants.
I used some little fairy stepping stones to create a path to the front door. And then I used a little axe and some twigs cut with garden clippers to create the perfect little fairy wood pile.
With a Christmas Fairy Garden, life really is a party!
And now it’s time for some more Christmas craft inspiration from 20 other Canadian Bloggers! With special thanks to Shannon form Aka Design for putting this all together.
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