When I think of the time between Easter and Mother’s Day, I get really excited about my garden. Easter beckons in spring and celebrates new beginnings. This year, we added a precious feature to our list of gardening to-dos: an Easter fairy garden for kids! I’m not sure who is more excited about this: me, or my daughter. But if we were betting, I’d definitely bet on me. I’m such a nerd when it comes to garden stuff, and I love learning new things.
I am NOT an expert gardener (I wouldn’t even consider myself an intermediate level green thumb), but I did ask an expert fairy gardener at my local nursery to help on this project. No joke, this nursery offers classes dedicated to fairy garden creation. They know their fairy gardens and they have an amazing selection. Read their fairy garden tips here.
Rest assured, the Easter fairy garden I’m sharing is a total beginner’s project. And it’s just a whole lot of fun. So why not!?
Easter Fairy Garden Supplies
- Container (we used a terra cotta pot)
- Sealed container base (we used a sealed terra cotta plate)
- Small pot or other container (to make the cave)
- Plants (we used baby tears, angel vine and mini kalenchoes)
- Fairy garden accessories (optional)
Assemble the Easter Fairy Garden
The best part about assembling the fairy garden? You can be creative! We wanted ours to be Easter themed, so we included a cave. We started by adding our soil to our container (leaving about an inch of room below the lip of our container). Next, we selected where we wanted our cave. We placed the pot on it’s side and covered it with dirt. Next, we placed rocks collected from our yard to make a path to the cave. We made sure our large rock was big enough to cover the cave.
Next, we started planting! Our angel vine went in first. We placed it next to the arbor in hopes that it will climb and cover the arbor with time. I love that we used angel vine and how that ties in with our Easter theme. Dig a hole slightly deeper than your plant, and then plop it into the spot. Cover over the top with soil and gently pack it down.
With our angel vine planted, we placed our flowering plants (kalenchoes) to make sure we liked how they looked. We put one towards the front of our stone path, and one towards the back. We added the baby tears last. Baby tears make great ground cover and I love their texture.
We choose baby tears because they are a hardy plant. Would you guess that based on their delicate texture? Thank goodness that the gardener at our nursery pointed me in the right direction. She also mentioned that moss, although a fun and festive choice, tends to brown over time. She recommended baby tears to avoid browned moss.
Last but not least, we added rocks to the top of our cave and placed our little fairy garden accessories. We chose a set of bunnies, chipmunks and a bird bath.
Retelling the Easter Story
I’m not sure how we will retell the Easter story with this Easter fairy garden just yet, and I’m ok with that. We still have about a month to decide. I like the idea of making crosses from sticks and adding them near our cave and arbor. I also like the idea of taking the stone off the cave to reveal that the tomb is empty(!!) and to remind us of the miracle of Jesus’ resurrection.
After Easter, the Easter fairy garden will transform into a regular fairy garden. My four-year-old daughter is in LOVE with pretend play right now. She loves playing pretend with miniature toys (think Shopkins, Calico Critters, etc). I’m really looking forward to seeing what adventures she dreams up in this little garden. We may even take a fairy garden class this spring to get those creative juices flowing.
Do you have a fairy garden? Have you seen any neat fairy garden ideas? Share them below! I’m collecting ideas for our fairy garden update this spring!