Don’t have enough room to plant a full sized garden? Miniature gardens, also known as fairy gardens, are a whimsy and fun alternative. This would be a great project to work on with children. Use your imagination to think of what tiny objects you can turn into fairy-sized furniture and accessories.
What You Will Need:
- Hot glue gun
- Variety of small plants (examples below)
- Planter pot/ terra cotta pot
- Polymer baking clay
- Acrylic paint
What You Will Do:
1. Create the main accessories for your miniature garden. We chose to build a tiny chair and table out of sticks and hot glue.
2. Create complementary accessories, such as vegetables, terra cotta pots, and kitchenware, out of clay.
3. Bake your clay in the oven for the amount of time on the package. After they have been pulled out and cooled off, color them with paint. If you don’t like working with clay, an alternative would be to purchase miniature accessories from a craft store like Michael’s.
4. Now that you have your accessories, it is time to go outside and gather your plants of choice for the garden scene. Plants that work well include baby tears, irish moss, fairy fern, creeping angel vine, succulents, miniature daisies, heron’s bill, dwarf mondo grass, and many more. You can even use herbs such as rosemary and cilantro! Find even more plant ideas online.
5. Plant your chosen plants in the pot starting from largest to smallest. Think about the arrangement of plants and variations of height. Taller plants look nice in the back. You can even plant a clipping of succulent in a miniature terra cotta pot made in step 2.
6. Arrange your accessories in the scene that you have planted. Find a nice spot for your new miniature garden and let your imagination go wild.