Fairies, gnomes and other magical garden creatures love sparkle and shine, but they also love earthy things as well. Fairy gardening is all about capturing the magic of nature and what a better way to instill that in the next generation than a scavenger hunt for fairy garden items. Earlier this morning we went on a small hike looking for lovely natural items for my fairy garden, here’s what we found along the way:
First off, we found some shells, these must have been left by previous persons because two of them were probably gathered from a trip to the ocean. We bet fairies LOVE seashells, especially if they don’t live near the sea. There are so many options of how they could use them, tiny bird & bug baths, little containers for tiny succulents…
Then this lovely little tuft of Usnea was found, which is used in herbal medicine. Perhaps the fairies are great herbalists and love having healthy herbs around. If so they’ll appreciate this beauty, if not, it’s truly captivating simply because of it’s wonderful texture and shape.
Next up some acorns were spotted along the path. No doubt fairies have many uses for these little things. We’re pretty sure they use the caps for bowls all the time.
Then a lovely slice of birch bark caught our attention, one can imagine that this would be very handy for pathways or perhaps for a natural roof. Maybe even a little teepee could be constructed using this as the outside skin, can’t you see it? Birch is a magical tree for sure and we’re pretty sure it’s a favorite of the fairies!
There’s never a shortage of interesting rocks everywhere we go. We loved the way this one was triangular in shape and had two parallel white veins through it. This would be perfect for paving a pathway or perhaps to perch up somewhere as a centerpiece in a tiny garden. So many other things made it into our bag, tiny pinecones, a few feathers, money plant seeds and dried grass heads. We’re pretty sure all of these would be right at home in a fairy garden.
The wonderful thing about a scavenger hunt, that this activity can be done any time of the year and anywhere, with people of all ages. Even though it’s winter in some of your gardens, grab those hats & mittens and head on out looking for a little natural wonder for your Fairy Garden! When you head out, make sure you take a photo of your finds and post it to our facebook page, we’d love to see what caught your eye.
Which of the above items is your favorite? Do you have any found items in your fairy garden? What are they and where did you find them?