There is nothing more charming than a garden is there? Well, possibly one thing…a Leprechaun or Fairy garden! A fairy or leprechaun garden is a miniature garden that can be outside or inside, that uses very small scale plants, cottages and furnishings giving the illusion that wee small creatures live there!
Fairy gardens can be any size or shape and can be built outside nestled by a tree trunk, or in a larger garden almost as a secret until someone really looks! Or as a tabletop display similar to the one I chose to create inside our house!
Because St. Patrick’s Day was just around the corner while I was making this- I went with a leprechaun theme! A leprechaun is a type of fairy in Cletic folklore, usually taking the form of an man, clad in a red or green coat, who enjoys partaking in mischief! Sometimes in Irish mythology leprechauns have a pot of gold they are protecting! That might be a fun addition to a garden!
Some Things to Consider for your Leprechaun Garden:
- Is it meant to withstand the elements outside or can it be more delicate and an indoor display?
- Do you have children or pets that will want to play with it?
- Do you want to hand make everything in your garden, or find treasures to use?
- Is your cottage for a fairy, or a leprechaun, an elf, borrower, or some other mythical creature? A boy or a girl?
- Do you want your setting to light up or glow at night?
- Just how small scale do you want? Want everything super tiny? What about sculpting your own mini furniture or miniature food?
- Is there a cultural or literary history you’d like to make a nod to?
What I did:
- I used this project as a fun way of talking about St. Patrick’s Day with my preschooler, and decided because of that to make the cottage for a leprechaun!
- I used sculpey clay needed into balls and then pressed out in the shape of walkway path stones. I baked them in the oven and then arranged them. I used glow in the dark sculpey, so they would illuminate at night! I’m glad I did, in a happy accident the glowing color is actually green!
- I found a chair, ceramic house and mini lantern at my local garden store, Calloways. (The lantern’s light is made of a marble!)
- I had leftover plants from this succulent wreath project I made, so I used the small ones as set dressing. And the moss as the leprechaun’s “lawn.”
The ceramic leprechaun house was hollow inside, so I put a battery operated votive in it so it would glow at night. That combined with the glow in the dark path stones, makes for a really fun little fairy/leprechaun vignette!
Have you ever made a garden for wee folk? Tell me about it!