Fairy gardens are us

I wrote about being at a crossroads earlier, and I’ve moved down the road from the crossroads. Still looking at all the cars driving by and the towns that I pass along the way. One place at the crossroads was a unique garden experience store. It offers fairy garden supplies. As I prepared to give a fairy garden workshop, I had to make my own as an example.

Fairy Garden, HLR Programs by Three Sisters, fun homeschool events

 

Because it’s a sampler, I used everything, even if it wasn’t a cohesive design. I have “tree cookies” and branch rounders, flat and on their sides as edging. I put twigs upright as fencing and on their side as a walkway. I felt that I needed to show something to the students for ideas, but they really came up with their own brilliant ideas.

  • Pea rocks originally intended for drainage were laid down like  a concrete patio or path
  • Tree cookies were set on their sides like a wall
  • Branches were split lengthwise as fencing and as a bridge
  • Wire was used to hang acorn caps
  • Pine cones were placed to make an archway
  • Decorative pebbles were lining walkways
  • Pine cones were upended for a table and chair (or would that be a stool if it was a seat only, no back or arms?)

The kids did many things that I didn’t even think about! Just giving them material and time yielded spectacular results. Hopefully they’ll be able to spend hours rearranging and adding and subtracting elements as time goes by.

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2 Responses to Fairy gardens are us

  1. Stephanie says:

    i love, love, love this idea! Definitely making one of these with my daughter.

    • julia says:

      Thank you for the comment! Both of you will -love- making a fairy garden. My daughter used a chip and dip bowl so she could have a pond. The tiny twig furniture is fun, too.

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