Make a Terrarium Fairy Garden

Some days just need a little extra magic.  My husband has been traveling a lot recently and to make the time without him go by faster, I have been making an effort to have an “adventure” every day with the twins.  Some days we go explore a new place or visit an old favorite, and other days we just cuddle up and home and do a special activity together. One chilly afternoon last week was a stay home day, and luckily I had a special surprise tucked away for just such an occasion- a Terrarium Fairy Garden kit from Horizon Group USA!  Being a blogger means I occasionally get the chance to review products that I think my children and my readers might enjoy- this kit was provided to us for free in exchange for a review, but all opinions are completely my own. Please see my Disclosure Policy for more information.

Make A Fairy Terrarium (product review)

Gathering the materials for this activity was fairly simple- the Terrarium Fairy Garden kit came with the requisite fairy and most of what we needed to make her a comfortable home.  Included in the box was a round glass planter, a package of pebbles and another of “magic fairy glitter,” our fairy maiden (promptly named “Blue” by Sydney), a bench for her to sit on, a toadstool, and a little frog to keep her company.  Unfortunately, the little frog hopped away during the setup process and did not make it to the photoshoot 😉

All we needed to provide was soil and any plants we wanted to include.  We borrowed some potting soil from one of our dormant pots in the garden and selected a $2 lemon thyme plant from a local store to provide Blue with some greenery- the twins liked the tiny “fairy leaves” and the tangy aroma added a nice sensory element.  We will most likely be adding some more plants to our terrarium come spring as pickins are a bit slim at this time of year in the foliage department.  More herbs and/or some tiny succulents would be perfect for our little terrarium.

Make A Fairy Terrarium (product review)

After our materials were gathered, we got right to work. We placed a few rocks from our garden in the bottom of the planter for drainage and then filled it with a layer of our potting soil.

Make A Fairy Terrarium (product review)

Adding our lemon thyme plant was a perfect chance to talk about the roots of the plant and how the plant gets its water and nutrients.

Make A Fairy Terrarium (product review)

Next we carefully added our plant and then “tucked him in” with more potting soil.

Make A Fairy Terrarium (product review)

We placed Blue and all her accessories in her cozy home, making up stories about her the entire time.

Make A Fairy Terrarium (product review)

Copious amounts of glitter and pebbles were added, along with various other natural items from around the home including seashells, small pinecones, seed pods, and sticky balls.

Make A Fairy Terrarium (product review)

Eventually the twins left Blue to her fairy daydreams and went off for a nap of their own.

Make A Fairy Terrarium (product review)

During nap time, Mommy couldn’t resist having a bit of her own fun with the terrarium.  I temporarily replaced Blue with some cheerful gnomes who were all ready to welcome winter with a cozy cottage, a snowflake garland, and a miniature Christmas tree (all made from items in my crafty stash).  Who says the little people get to have all the fun?

Make A Fairy Terrarium (product review)

About the Terrarium Fairy Garden

This Terrarium Fairy Garden kit is part of a trio of fairy garden kits that will be available at Walmart stores for a limited time this holiday season- you can also find a Traditional Fairy Garden kit or a Fairy Tea Garden kit.  If someone on your Christmas list (child or adult) enjoys gardening, fairies, or pretend play, this would make an excellent gift. It retails for $19.97 and can be found in the garden center.

Horizon Group USA is the company behind two great websites for craft ideas and inspiration; CraftProjectIdeas.com and MyNextStyle.com.  I work most often with CraftProjectIdeas.com, a source of photo and video tutorials to inspire and educate children with arts and crafts.You can find them on FacebookTwitterPinterest or YouTube.

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  1. Here’s a similar idea that is done by a preschool teacher:
    Have the child fill a plastic disposable bowl with potting soil. Plant one lima bean seed and sprinkle grass seed over the top. Place a kids’ meal toy in the center of the grass seed. Water the dish and set in a sunny window sill. Keep the soil moistened every other day or so. As the grass grows, the toy will look like it is hidden in the jungle, with a lima bean “tree” growing over the top. The children can use a scissors to trim the grasp when it gets too tall.

  2. What magical little worlds you created. Lovely :)

  3. I love this! We tried to make a fairy garden in the spring outside in the yard, but after we spent an hour creating our perfect fairy land, the dog came out and totally wrecked it! I was so upset. Luckily my girls handled it better than I did. This seems dog-proof! Thank you! :-)