Crafting a Home for Small Fairy Visitors

By Colleen Sypien, GSHPA

As children we save our lost teeth to give to the tooth fairy, and they leave us something in return. When Tinkerbell needs us to believe, we clap and say “I do believe in fairies!”

I think a lot of us dreamed about having a fairy godmother like Cinderella! Or maybe you know that the best time to see fairies is during a Midsummer’s Eve, thanks to Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” 

For thousands of years there have been stories and folklore of fairies, or fey, as they are also known. Those stories can bring about superstition, and a desire to try to see fairies for oneself.

Maybe these stories resonate with us because they allow our imagination to explore the magical lands and fairy mystique.

For several decades now the craft of creating fairy gardens has become increasingly popular.

A fairy garden is meant to be a place for a fairy to live or visit. They can simply be a little house, or they can be as elaborate as having little furniture, small wishing wells, or even ponds.

Fairy gardens are meant to be little fairy worlds created in any inside or outside space. A flower bed corner, at the base of a tree, anywhere!

The steps below share how to create your very own fairy garden! There are so many supplies you could use for your fairy garden, so I recommend seeing what you have in your house that you can use. Remember to think about what will hold up in different weather if you will be putting yours outside. I love crafting, so all of my materials were recycled from past projects. Get creative and find ways you can recycle items!

I used moss, tiny rocks, puffy paint, terra cotta paints, a tray and craft sticks from the dollar store, old spools, string and a tiny felt flower I made for my supplies. There are so many options!

My supply list.

Once I gathered all of my supplies, I started creating the fairy house first. I built my fairy home and garden on top of the dollar store tray, so that I could easily move it around to find the best spot for it. My materials are best kept out of weather elements, so it will either sit on my front porch by my door under cover of the roof, or inside! After adding some moss and tiny rocks to my fairy home, I started to lay out the tray. If you are only making a fairy house, you might want to spend more time on it and make it more elaborate. If you are planting an actual garden outside for your fairy, your steps will look a little different than mine!

Have fun creating your design!

Once I planned out and covered my tray with moss and a little walkway for my fairies, it was time to add a few extra touches to this garden. I used old spools to create a little outdoor seat or table. I also used a little felt flower that I made a long time ago to add some florals to this garden. I also had a tiny little frog friend that I added to my fairy garden, but I did not glue him down, so that he can hop around to different spots of the garden! Can you spot him in my finished garden?

A walking-path has taken shape.

Fairy Gardens are wonderful ways to connect nature and the imagination together. Your garden could take up just a corner of the flower beds in your backyard, or as much space as the entire backyard! These are meant to be resting places for our fairy friends, and if you’re lucky you might just spot one. If you make your own fairy garden, be sure to share pictures with us!

It’s fun to see it come together.

If you loved our fairy garden craft, you might also love checking out the upcoming Enchanted Fairy Festival happening right in our council footprint in York! On Sept. 19, you can come in everyday attire or dress up as your favorite mythical creature and become part of the enchantment. There will be live music, strolling minstrels, magic, face painting, a unicorn, giants and so much more. You can do crafts, learn to belly dance, be a part of a drum circle, or visit some of the unique craft vendors.

Tickets can be purchased here, or if you would like to volunteer as a Girl Scout to help with decorations or to be day of help, please reach out to Claire at cgilbert@gshpa.org. We cannot wait to see all of the magical fun that day!

Catch the Colors of Fall with this Fun Craft!

Bring the beauty of fall indoors with these fall leaf sun catchers! This is a fun craft that can be easily made with a few materials that might already be in your kitchen.

All you need is:

  • White round coffee filters
  • Liquid watercolor paint or food coloring
  • Paper to make leaf template (You can draw your own or use ours)
  • Scissors
  • Paint brush or dropper

Steps:

First create your leaf template! It will be used as a guide to cut the coffee filters into leave shapes! Once you have your leaf guide grab your coffee filters and start cutting! Due to the thin nature of the coffee filters you can pile 3-5 filters to cut through at once to speed up the process.

After you have your leaves cut out its time for the color! To have fun without extra mess we recommend using a plate or a tray to put underneath the leaves you are painting! We made our own trays out of aluminum foil. Now, begin painting your masterpieces! Liquid watercolors or food coloring (diluted with a few drops of water) work best for coloring the leaves. We used red, yellow and orange to stick with the fall theme. Once your colors are ready, use an eyedropper or paintbrush to apply to the paint to the leaf.

When the leaves are finished you may want to gently move them to a safe (liquid resistant) surface to dry. A plastic bag or aluminum foil would work well! And be careful when moving your leaves they are a little delicate when wet. After the leaves have been moved to a safe location allow them to dry fully!

Once the leaves have fully dry pick them up and add some tape! You will want to create a tape loop and stick it to your creation. After that simply stick them to a window with a loop of tape sticky side out. My girls got excited about the fall theme and ended up adding a few pumpkins too.  Once the colorful creations are hung up, stand back and enjoy the beautiful color shining through!

We hope that you enjoy this fun colorful craft and would love to see your creations so please send us pictures!