It only takes a little magic to make a fairy garden school come alive!
Recently, my friend bought me a beautiful birdbath for my birthday. After a couple of months, I found the top of it on the garden floor with a large crack in it. I’m guessing a possum had tried to get a drink and had knocked it down. The crack wouldn’t seal and so it sat there, forlornly, waiting for a new purpose.
One day my daughter decided she wanted to make a school for her garden fairies and had spent time choosing the perfect accessories. The trouble she was having was finding the perfect spot, somewhere safe and elevated where she could admire the fairy school each time she was outside. Then inspiration struck. The birdbath was the perfect location because it was just big enough to create her fairy school complete with a playground and a garden of its own.
Fairy garden school
We choose pieces that focused on school like getting to school, play, and the buildings we learn in at school. Here’s what we used:
- Upcycled birdbath
- Succulent mix
- Flowering succulent cuttings
- Decorative stones
- Artificial moss
- Tooth Fairy School
- Blue Fairy Bicycle
- Fairy Slippery Slide
- Hopscotch Stone Pathway
- Fairy Tree Swing
- Skater Boy Fairy
- Fairy Seesaw
- Fairy lights for extra magic
She set about putting the birdbath Fairy Garden school together. Firstly, filling the bowl with a good quality succulent mix, after all, all fairies need plants in their schoolyard. Then she placed the Tooth Fairy School in position. With my help, we planted beautiful flowering succulents around the back and sides of the school. We also gave them a spray of water to settle them in.
Next, we added lovely decorative green stones and then cut a piece of fake moss into the shape of grass to give the fairies somewhere to sit. A bit of time was spent arranging all the amazing play equipment inside the playground area.
The blue bicycle and rack were a favourite specially selected because the fairies needed to keep fit cycling to and from school. The fairies also got a slippery slide, a hopscotch stone pathway leading to the school, a fairy tree swing with a fairy swinging happily on it, a skater boy fairy who is always up to mischief (or so she tells me!), and a fairy seesaw.
The best part was when night fell and the solar-powered Tooth Fairy School lit up, all the windows and door glowing. It really felt as if the fairies had moved in and were settling down for the night.
We are really happy with our Fairy Garden school and it continues to delight us, especially at night as our Tooth Fairy lights up the school before preparing to fly around to the children who have placed a lost tooth under their pillow.
Not only that, but we have saved a birdbath from landfill and given it a beautiful new purpose. Now, that’s magic.