Friday, June 14, 2013

A Fairy Garden

We've been seeing fairy gardens around for quite awhile. And my mom has inspired Grace to have a green thumb, so really, we have my mother to thank for all of this. However, I MAY have been the one to get a bit obsessed after Grace decided she indeed needed a garden.

You see, typically fairy gardens are in a large pot, a dresser drawer, or something of the sort. I saw one planted in an old trunk and loved the height of it. I loved that Grace would be able to stand next to it and tinker around planting and fairy imagining.

Cue: large vegetable planter box. Cue: living in Pierre, South Dakota with very few shopping options. Cue: husband received a power tool for Christmas, and my idea must become a reality.

I decided that building a large coffee table style planter would be a great option for a fairy garden. Cody told me to figure out my plan, buy the wood and he'd help assemble. So I did. I figured out how big I wanted it, about 3 feet long, 2.5 feet long, 2 feet tall and purchased the wood. We got crackin' on building it on a Friday evening. As you can see, everyone was involved, Annie was trapped up in her pack-and-play, only she was currently out on a stroller walk with our lovely neighbors (who surely also think I'm going crazy along with my husband) and Grace.

For those that are interested in building something simliar...I used 4x4's for the leg posts, a 2x4 for the top side board, 2 2x6s for the bottom two side boards, then put some wood in the bottom for a base for the garden. I left spaces between the boards for drainage, in addition to drilling holes sporadically into the wood for additional drainage. We screwed these boards in at the bottom of the first 2x6 so it wasn't so deep.

I then put weed block down to prevent the dirt from falling through. Piled about 2 inches of gravel on top of that, and another layer of weed block. On top of that layer of weed block we filled the rest of the planter with potting soil, to provide the best environment for our plants. 

And of course, we were so antsy to build and plant the thing that we did it in the garage on a rainy weekend. That meant that Cody and I had to transport this thing around to the back of the house, and up the flights of stairs to get to the deck where we wanted it to live. I may not have mentioned yet, but it weighs more than 100 pounds we think! Yes, my husband must love me like crazy. 

Doesn't it look nice there?

And this little girl is quite proud of it.

A view of the planter, pond, bench, a few ducks, a tire swing, the side of the house and our fencing!

I told you we got obsessed right? Ya, we made a tire swing from a toy tractor tire, furniture including a bench, 2 chairs, a table and a house front out of sticks and glue, a flat board swing, and fencing with popsicle sticks spray painted white and twined together with picture hanging wire...etc!

I love this wire vine for the garden
...and below, our (unnamed) hedgehog friend. Grace doesn't like that he keeps moving around.

A view of the front of the house! A coworker friend of mine found lots of treasures for our fairy garden. Including the shells for the pond, a fish bead for the pond, this clock, and lock and key set for the front. Grace loves that they have a "key"...even though their door doesn't exist. :)

Oh, we might have also built a ladder. :) Their wings might get tired!!!!
(is what I had to tell her when she asked why they would need a ladder if they can fly?!!)

Ok, the hubs can't complain too badly when it also serves as a coffee table on the deck which we never had before, right?

So, that is the start to our fairy garden. It's only been around for about a week, so we're still adding little things here and there. I've already managed to kill a couple pieces of moss that I snagged (the gal said I could) from a plant on a greenhouse here in town. We still are debating if we'll try to fill in with real moss, sedum, or if we'll just put down artificial moss.

We're on the hunt for trinkets! Mom, Michele, Aunt Linda, and Jen = my furious antique hunters. If you gals find anything scoop it up for us! Because, I didn't mention earlier, but Grace thinks that real fairies are coming to visit EVERY night (which I am totally on board with) and thinks they might leave a surprise EVERY time they come. Eekkkk. We've figured out they don't come every night, but it's awfully exciting when they come and leave something...a trinket, a note, anything. :) This is really similar to what our Elf on the Shelf Snicklefritzy has been up to...only he's only around for 25 days, not 4+ months.

We're excited to watch this thing grow. More plants. More trinkets. More infrastructure...bridges, trellis, more rock, you name it. And I need to stain it. We're excited.

And for the record, my hubs has been a very supportive fairy gardener assistant. We love him.

Oh, and I got a lot of my ideas from this I thought we may as well share our garden here...
Fairy Garden Contest 2013 on The Magic Onions


****Another update (lots of new pictures) to the fairy garden****

There will surely be more fairy garden updates to follow!


  1. I LOVE this!! Very cool. You guys are great parents! I'll keep my eye out for trinkets ;-)

  2. Kailey and I had so much fun looking at these pictures!! What an awesome fairy garden! You have great ideas- I'm feeling inspired. :)

  3. Congratulations, Katlyn... your magical Fairy Garden is the 3rd place winner in the Fairy Garden Contest on The Magic Onions. It's so delightful!!! Please send me an email (on my 'contact' page) with your details and I'll get them off to The Miniature Garden Shoppe for your prize :)
    Thanks for participating.
    Blessings and magic,

    1. Wow Donni, thank you for this great news today! We have been hard at work in our fairy garden recently it's great to hear that we have been recognized on your page among many, many other BEAUTIFUL gardens!

      I can't wait to compose a post regarding this news.
      I'll be in touch,


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