Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Fairy Gardens

The four girls were off last Friday. They came to the studio to do a project.

Supplies: We bought four large plant saucers, potting soil, and bedding plants with tiny flowers. We also bought miniature birdhouses and birds, as well as some wooden shapes. Kerry and I got out lots of our studio supplies for them to use, too.

  • pistachio shells
  • silk flower petals
  • glass pebbles
  • rocks
  • sea shells
  • chunky potpourri
  • buttons
  • small wooden shapes
  • paints
  • glass and plastic beads
  • hot glue to make permanent "ponds"
  • colored sand
  • moss

The girls were thoughtful in their planning. They collected more materials from the yard. They were very diligent in painting their fairy houses and creating interesting items to attract fairies to their new little homes.

  • mailboxes
  • sea shell and pod boats
  • nut shell dishes
  • "food" for the fairies
  • twig fences and arches
  • ponds and rivers
  • twine nests
  • houses with chimneys
  • shingles
  • shell treasure chests
  • gardens
  • stepping stones and pathways
  • bark bridges
  • benches and seats

The results of the day were fabulous! The girls (ranging in age from 6 to 10) worked steadily for 2 hours. They each came up with original ideas, their own magical vision of what a fairy house should look like with its own sparkly magic.

What fairy wouldn't choose one of these lovely homes?