I’m so excited to show you this delightfully creative nighttime fairy garden.
It’s one of the entries in this year’s Fairy Garden Contest, which is hotting up, friends! When you are finished squealing over these magical photos, be sure to visit the contest page to see the other enchanting gardens.
Look at this beauty. It’s a mossy oasis on the forest floor.
It has the most delightful log cabin, a string of purple fairy lights and even a sweet little well for the fairies to collect spring water.
And, there are fairies! Look how cute they are, going about their daily business.
Look at the turquoise pebble pathway. And do you see the fairy painting… how delighted we were to discover she is painting Kitty’s fairy drawing!
Please don’t miss taking a peek inside the cabin… delight abounds! Fairies having tea, a Tinkerbell portrait in a wooden frame and a particularly lavish bed decorated with colorful guinea fowl feathers.
See if you can spot other enchantments… there are many!
This fairy garden was made by 10 year old, Una.
Here’s a letter Una’s dad wrote to me about their fairy garden experience… it WARMS my heart :
this was the second fairy house that una (age 10 1/2) and i built together. when she found your site and saw all the beautiful fairy gardens, she decided that for our second attempt, we should spend more time on the garden and not just the house, and submit it to your contest.
she is incredibly artistic, and i am so proud of her skills in drawing, painting, and even engineering. she just has a natural understanding of how things work.
i’m afraid i don’t have more info on the fairies themselves, as they were a gift from santa last christmas. una wanted to pose them in the house and garden, so that the real fairies would see what kind of fun things there are to do there. so, they are kind of like stand-ins, until the real fairies move in.
some of una’s main criteria for this to be a great place for fairies included: a wishing well, a fireplace/woodstove (made from a wasabi tin), a mailbox (made from an altoid’s tin), some beautiful windchimes, a comfy bed, and furniture to entertain with.
a couple of trips to the fabric store, the bead shop, and artist and craftsman supply, as well as some time gathering sticks at a local park, and we were ready to go.
we would have loved to build the fairy house entirely out of sticks, but that would take A LOT of trial and error, so we hot-glued the sticks to a papier-mache hat box, and glued some pretty wrapping paper to the inside as wallpaper.
the base of the garden is a framed wooden painting panel (like a canvas, but wood). to make the little hills and give it some texture, we carved out some styrofoam sheets (neither of us like how not natural that is; if anyone has advice for more nature-friendly material, we would love to learn…), and covered it in sheet moss from the craft store.
of course, we were delighted to find the tiny strings of LEDs at the fabric store for only a few dollars each. they each operate on two watch batteries, so the battery cases were easy to hide away. they definitely lend a bit of magic to the garden.
of course, it is some of the littlest details that will cause a fairy to love a new house, and one thing i thought of was to put some art on the wall. naturally, i thought tinkerbell would be their favorite celebrity, so i chose her portrait. as una is very artistic, together we though that an easel out in the yard would make the fairies happy, too. a few days earlier, una had asked me to print out your daughter’s beautiful fairy drawing for her, and when we made the easel, she thought that it would be a perfect piece to display there, so we printed a smaller version. we hoped that kitty wouldn’t mind us using her wonderful art in that way, and were delighted to find out that she liked it.
thank you so much for the wonderful writeup and the kind words. we are both very honored. i absolutely love spending time with una, especially on creative projects, and this has been an extremely exciting and rewarding experience.
Thank You Una, for sharing your magical garden with us.
For everyone else, please enter your fairy garden into the contest… and check out all the other amazing entries.
For tips and fairy garden ideas, please visit the Fairy Garden Page on The Magic Onions Blog (my other home)… there is so much to see there.
And, don’t forget to visit the Fairy Gardens Shop for magical fairy garden goodies.
Blessings and magic,