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- Use a pine cone as a house. Help your child paint on a door and some windows onto the exterior.
- Make a house structure out of sticks and twine — just like in the Three Little Pigs!
- Paddle Pop sticks and glue make a great resource for crafts. doudoune moncler pas cher Seal the final structure with some varnish and it should last the weather.
- Old jars can be painted up and connected to build a fairy fortress or buried in the soil to provide a pond or well for their pixie pals.
- Decorate the sprites’ space with some solar fairy lights or purchase some glow in the dark stones to build a path to the front door.
The options are endless so this project won’t just stretch your child’s imagination! STEP 4 A fairy garden isn’t complete without the garden! Decide on the flora you want to include. ugg pas cher Small plants and succulents are a great idea for this project, or perhaps you want to make your fairy garden practical by planting herbs! STEP 5 Assembly. Lay out all the facets of the fairy garden so you can methodically fit them into the base. Now you can play, arrange and rearrange to your heart’s content until you decide on the final landscape.
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Be careful when trimming While it is possible to trim more of a plant off if you decide it needs it, it is very difficult to stick branches back on if you realise that you shouldn’t have cut them off.
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