9.7.12

MINI FAIRY GARDEN TERRARIUMS

Yes, it's been a while...

Just a whole lot going on over here at FGB headquarters.  Not the least of which a rather major hernia op and it's recovery that has taken me a little by surprise and landed me on my backside along with a yearning for a much slower pace of life.  I am so grateful for the kind support of family & friends in the form of delicious dinners and most of all to my Mum & husband who have taken on quite an extra load.  Thank goodness for the school holidays and the slower days they bring.  We are cherishing them.  

This is what we got up to over the weekend...


What to do when the dampness of winter is creeping into your pavers?  Make mini fairy gardens of course!  I distinctly remember from my own childhood that fairies have quite a fondness for moss.



There are tutorials a-plenty on pinterest, but we found this one particularly simple and easy to follow and we happened to have everything we needed!


First we found some pebbles from our driveway & popped them in the bottom of our jars.


Then a layer of activated charcoal.*


Then a layer of soil.


And finally a layer of moss.


So that's four layers - pebbles, charcoal, soil & moss.  All for drainage, etc so the moss will (hopefully) survive.  We gave it a little spray of water when we were done.


Then it was time to add a touch of 'fairy'.


We had a small amount of clay left over so we put our hand to making toadstools.  We pushed a small toothpick into the clay to join the top to the stem and left the pointy end out to help it stand in the mossy garden bed.


We painted them red with white dots, of course.


Then added them to the fairy gardens, along with some pebbles, handmade clay signage


and miniature toys.


The kids were thrilled with their masterpieces!


 Some nasturtium umbrellas in case it rains.


We did add lids to ours later to save on watering and they are now being kept out of direct sunlight.


Have you made terrariums before?  Or fairy gardens?  How did they go?

For more kids craft ideas to occupy your kids these school holidays you might like to have a squiz at the FGB kids craft page.



* yes, we actually had that laying around!  Leftover from the filter of the abandoned fish tank of the long since deceased Fishy & Bishy.

16 comments:

Claire said...

How gorgeous arem those fairy gardens? What a wonderful idea.......love the toadstools.
Oh to be a child again!
Hope you are recovering well Emma, good to slow down a bit and take time out from the hustle and bustle enforced or otherwise.
Enjoy the rest of the hols......

CLarie :}

Claire said...

How gorgeous arem those fairy gardens? What a wonderful idea.......love the toadstools.
Oh to be a child again!
Hope you are recovering well Emma, good to slow down a bit and take time out from the hustle and bustle enforced or otherwise.
Enjoy the rest of the hols......

CLarie :}

sister outlaws said...

Brilliant!! Love it!

LionessLady said...

Welcome Back Gorgeous Lady! Hope you are feeling much much better after your operation!

Those fairy gardens are the cutest thing! I took some of your previous advice and bought those coloured beads from Ikea yesterday.... have not seen the kids since we bought them home, so busy are they creating patterns and pictures!!!

Maxabella said...

It's so good to see you, Em and back with a beauty! x

Fiona said...

Hope you're feeling better Emma. Enjoy your holidays. We've sadly returned to school routine today.

Catherine said...

It's so nice to see you back I'm glad to hear that you've had so much support to help you after what sounds like a pretty stressful time. These are such a gorgeous project for children to do. I've never made a terrarium before. I hope you're enjoying the school holidays. x

annie said...

Love this idea. The sisters can bond on this one!

ally said...

I'm glad you are on the mend.
Super cute idea...but aerated charcoal?....who has that lying around??!?!?
I love your crafty/cute world...in my head I'm like that....but I'm not really
x

Jane said...

Oh Em, I'm so pleased to see you back here. I was going to send out a search party! Utterly gorgeous idea - you are such a kind mama. J x

Cat from Raspberry Rainbow said...

I hope you are feeling better soon.
These are gorgeous, you make the best things with your kids!

belinda.moonmum said...

Love!!!

Posie Patchwork said...

Too adorable, we've not had much success with our homegrown terrariums, wishing you luck, but they are too adorable to be ignored or die, love Posie

Brenda @ Mira Narnie said...

Em, those fairy garden's looks amazingly beautiful! Do you have to use activated charcoal...or do you think normal top soil would do the trick?? I think your fairies look very happy indeed xx

The Monko said...

these are super cute - and what a great way to use unwanted moss

RedTedArt said...

Oh my! So precious. So cute. I love the little mushrooms. I WILL make these with my little girl!

Thank you for sharing on Kids Get Crafty!

Maggy

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