Who doesn’t love the idea of a fairy garden? I’ve been wanting to make these cute little fairy doors for a long time now – and was determined to get my art and crafty on, with or without my just-turned-four year old’s help! As it happened, he and I had so much fun making these easy, recycled fairy doors together; and even more fun choosing spots for them in our newly made over little potted garden. Let the imaginative fairy garden play begin!
B has always loved a bit of gardening magic, and this craft was intended to add even more incentive to play outdoors, amongst the plants. You can tell just how long I’d been waiting to make these fairy doors, by the number of baby and cleansing wipes lids I’d collected! Recycled crafts are my absolute favourites, and this project is super easy and fun too!
The transformation from baby wipes lid to garden fairy doors took place over a few different ‘sittings’. On each occasion, he initially didn’t seem very interested, preferring to finger (hand, arm, body) paint, and ‘cook’ burritos with play dough! However, once I’d set up, and he’d watched me a bit from his activity space on the other side of the table, he couldn’t resist joining in for a few minutes here and there.
After cutting out the lids and painting them, we had a lot of fun using random craft bits as decoration!
Glitter, popsicle sticks, sequins, washi tape, rocks/stones, Sharpie pens, buttons, little beads …
I just adore B’s very own fairy door designs!
Glued onto our pot plants, fence, and other surfaces, our fully operational fairy doors add a touch of fun to our potted garden and small outdoor area.
Regular craft glue seemed to work well for some doors/surfaces, and not so well in others… I’d recommend a little trial and error. Superglue may be required for a few tricky attachments!
I can’t wait to see what adventures take place in this new ‘pop-up’ fairy village!
I can’t decide which is my favourite, but one thing is for sure – they were lots of fun to make…
… and tucked away in so many little secret spots outside, I’ve no doubt they will spark lots of fun, outdoor, imaginative play too!
Do you have a fairy garden where you live? If you know someone who might enjoy fairy small world play, you might like to check out our simple Kids’ Magic Wand too!
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