Watch the magic grow  

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Fairy gardens are a creative way for children to unleash their imaginations. 

Spring is a season of rebirth marked by flowers pushing through the soil and tender green leaf buds appearing on trees.

As adults begin tinkering in their gardens and clearing away signs of winter, children also can get into the spring gardening spirit — with a touch of whimsy mixed in. A fairy garden is the perfect project.

Fairies are mythical beings of romance and folklore that appear in ancient stories passed down by various cultures. Diminutive in size, fairies are often depicted as spiritual or supernatural beings in possession of magical powers who live in close proximity to mortals. Fairies tap into the imaginations of children, who may be enticed by fairies’ mischievous and/or magical attributes. A desire to capture fairies can inspire a great spring crafting project.

Fairy gardens can be constructed in just about any container and make an enchanting addition to a home landscape, patio or child’s bedroom. It’s easy to get started today.

Begin by collecting the materials needed. Materials will vary depending on each individual project, but some good suggestions include:

  • A container, such as a flowerpot, basket, wine barrel or another vessel that will hold soil
  • Potting soil
  • Stones, pebbles and glass baubles
  • Pea gravel
  • Small plants, such as clover, moss and succulents
  • Twigs
  • Miniature garden accessories and figures

Begin by filling the container with the soil. Then arrange the plants as desired while they are still in their individual potting containers to get an idea of the layout. When the design is established, use a spoon or small trowel to plant the greenery.

Now is the time when the whimsy can set in. Children can create a fairy home, a garden, walkways and much more with natural materials. Many crafts stores sell ceramic and plastic fairy furnishings. Gravel and stones can add color and extra appeal. Some peat moss or trailing Spanish moss can serve as finishing touches.

Once completed, it’s time to wait to see if the fairies will come for a visit.

Show us your fairy houses

Once you’ve made your fairy house, it’s time to show it off.

Send us a photo of your house — recently made or an established one — and tell us how you built it, where it’s located and some of the special things you “planted” in it. Be sure to include your name, age, hometown and parents’ names, too.

Email your submissions to Sonya Vartabedian at svartabedian@northofboston.com or mail them to The Eagle-Tribune, Kids Corner page, 100 Turnpike St., North Andover, MA 01845.

We’ll share some of your fairy houses on an upcoming Kids Corner page.

Happy fairy watching!

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