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Miniature Fairy Garden…..guest writer Ariella of Childhood Magic

04.17.2010
Found!!!!

The perfect weekend project!

A miniature Fairy garden complete with grass and wings and other pretty things. …Whimsy in it’s most magical form.

I came across this charming garden when I was browsing through Ariella’s blog.  The title says it all….Childhood Magic..A space so full of color and fabulously fun things to make and do with kids.

A bit about Ariella…

Raised an unschooler in Miami Florida. Mama to two soulful magic children, married to a wonderful man. I love homeschooling, family, nature, the ocean, art, beauty, taking photos, Waldorf inspired crafts and natural living.
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Miniature Fairy Garden

We made a miniature fairy garden this week, with great success. One of my children’s all time favorite projects. Some things just really capture and spark their imagination, and mine too!
As it happened we made our garden on a rainy day, so even though I planned for it to be an outdoor project, it became an indoor one—and let me tell you, an indoor gardening project is not for the faint of heart. Dirt, everywhere! Totally worth it, and actually made it more fun.
We used a shallow container for the garden, with a layer of activated charcoal (from the pet store) on the bottom, a layer of sphagnum moss in the middle and potting soil on top

we planted mostly Chia seeds—we bought them at Whole Foods, soaked them in water until they became a like a paste, and then spread them over the top of the garden (it’s roughly 1/3 Chia seeds, 2/3 water and then soaked for 10-30 minutes. If you can’t buy Chia seeds locally, there’s plenty online—or you could just plant grass seeds)
Here is our garden on the day we planted it. You can see the Chia seed paste spread over the top. We also planted a tiny fern and impatiens flower, and added lots of treasures, stones and decorations.

A favorite decoration is the fairy swimming pool, filled with jewels.

Here it is 5 days later (make sure you keep your chia seeds damp by spraying them with water quite often, the chia paste can dry out rather easily) That Chia is some powerful stuff, look how fast it grows! Lots of oohs and ahhs from the mesmerized kids.
And the perfect book to read with this project? The Story of the Root Children, by Sibylle von Olfers.

Did you know Chia seeds are being hailed as the new superfood? Check out this link to read about it’s health benefits.
And yes, it is the same Chia as THIS.

One more photo, this one is of a chia fairy garden we made last year. This was the first project that inspired me to consider homeschooling my children. It was such a simple little garden, but it brought so much sweetness and wonder to our lives, and I started to think, hmmm… I want to do magical things like this everyday!
And so now we do!

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Thank you so much Ariella for sharing your family magic with us.

To learn more about Ariella please visit her at her space…..Childhood Magic

7 Comments leave one →
  1. 04.17.2010 4:42 am

    I have been really wanting to try this since I first saw it. Thanks for the reminder. So beautiful!!

  2. 04.17.2010 5:41 am

    this is oh so inspiring. there is a local garden center that set up two very large elaborate fairy gardens that we just adore. yours makes it seem doable! thank you so much.

  3. 04.17.2010 7:04 am

    love this! i want a bejeweled fairy swimming pool!

  4. 04.17.2010 9:50 am

    oooooh… my daughter is going to LOVE this. it is all of her favorite things combined. thank you for the fantastic idea!

  5. 04.18.2010 6:33 am

    Wow…thanks for linking this! I love it~and you!

  6. 04.18.2010 9:41 am

    Muy Bonito!!!

  7. 08.12.2010 6:44 am

    I wish to publish these photos on my blog, with a link back to this site. TYI, Ariella has since taken down her blog, including her photos of the miniature fairy garden.

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