Craft: Bird Bath Fairy Garden

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Ever since my dad thrifted this rustic bird bath for me, I’ve had visions of creating a magical little fairy garden in it with my kids. The school year always feels so rushed and busy, that I look forward to the memories we create as a family in the summer. At the top of our summer bucket list this year was to create a fairy garden together. We recently crossed that off our list and I’m so excited about how it turned out. It’s so fun creating magical childhood memories for our kids! Whether you are playing in the pool or creating a fairy garden, don’t forget the sunscreen before you head outside with the family this summer.


Bird Bath
Potting Soil
Moss Sheet
Marker & Scissors
Decorative Rock & Gems
Fairy Garden House & Accessories
Plants & Flowers (optional)
Banana Boat® SunComfort® Lotion Sunscreen


Step 1: Head to Target to purchase Banana Boat SunComfort (available in 30 & 50 SPF) and don’t forget to apply the sunscreen before you head outside to create this project with your family. This is our favorite kind of sunscreen because it stays on and does its job with UVA and UVB protection. It is actually tested to stay on in 7 real life conditions: sun, pool water, ocean water, wind, sweat, sand (the sand doesn’t stick to it!) and even 100 degree heat.*

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Step 2: Fill the bird bath with potting soil. The amount of soil will depend on how large your bird bath is. If you aren’t planning on planting flowers or plants, you can fill the bottom with floral foam. I wanted to have the option to plant succulents in our fairy garden when it isn’t so hot outside, so I used soil. 

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Step 3: Gather your fairy garden house and accessories, and come up with a plan for your garden as a family. You may want to draw a mock up before you start placing items in the garden. You don’t have to follow my design, you can be creative! 

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Step 4: Trace a circle, slightly larger than the house, onto the moss sheet and cut around the line. 

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Step 5: Place the moss circle on top of the soil and the house on top of the moss. I added a white picket fence around the moss. You can place several moss circle patches in your garden, if you wish.

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Step 6: Cover the soil completely with decorative rock paths, glass gems or flowers and plants.

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Step 7: Add in other accessories. Miniature mushrooms, small wells and little fairies would make great additions. 

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Step 8: Play. The fairy garden is a magical little area, meant to grow and be moveable. My kids love when they wake up in the morning to find their fairy garden shuffled around a bit – a mushroom out of place or the “water” gems spilled onto the moss. They want to catch the fairies moving stuff around. Don’t forget to reapply Banana Boat sunscreen at least every 2 hours, while you are playing! 

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Learn more about sun care with Banana Boat. What’s on your summer bucket list?

*7 Conditions does not apply to tanning or oil products, SPF 100 lotions, lip balms, Kids FREE, and Zinc Faces.

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Hi, I'm Vanessa!

Welcome to See Vanessa Craft! I’m Vanessa, an MSSW and mom of two in Arizona, and I’m happy you’re here to get inspired with me. It’s my mission in life to spread creativity through crafts, recipes, travel and more in order to live a life well lived.