How to Make Fairy Gardens & Great Family Memories

How to Make Fairy Gardens & Great Family Memories

Hi Ya’ll, I’m Beth Moore and I love Fairy Gardens because as a Sandtray Therapist, creating a world with miniatures can be a fun and easy way to express yourself & boost mental health! So why not create Fairy Gardens with your family for Mother’s Day? My mom and I both love Fairy Gardens so this is a win-win for both of us! Our kids and grandkids all love it, both boys and girls! Just give it a try. Create gifts & memories as a family!

In this Article:

  • Boost Mental & Relational Wellness
  • Fairy Garden Ideas
  • How to Make Fairy Gardens (with YouTube video)
  • Fairy Garden Ideas
  • Fairy Garden DIY Party
  • Miniature Fairy Gardens

Boost Mental & Relational Wellness

Building family memories and expressing yourself creatively can help boost your mental and relational wellness! Thanks to Suzi @ StartaMomBlog.com for teaching me the tools to create a blog to share my creativity and passion boosting wellness!

Relational wellness includes building and maintaining relationships with family and friends. Every moment you choose to be present with your family and friends, and invest in time creating special memories, you are choosing the value and importance of relationships & friendships.

Good close relationships help people live longer, live happier, and live with more purpose. Invest in your relationships, create together!

Fairy Garden Ideas

So the idea came around through my cousin who created the cutest fairy garden. She sent us the cutest picture and we all oohed and ahh-ed.

MooreWellness.Life shares how to make fun fairy gardens, ideas with DIY miniatures, and gifts for family memories.

Then her mom (who is my aunt) made an outside fairy garden, with a beautiful water garden. Don’t you just love the water features?

MooreWellness.Life shares how to make fun fairy gardens, ideas with DIY miniatures, and gifts for family memories.

Wait, it didn’t stop there! Another aunt got excited about making a fairy garden and made one celebrating Easter for her church! How creative!

MooreWellness.Life shares how to make spring fairy gardens & even ideas for celebrating Easter for families of all ages with miniatures.

That’s when my mom and I got so excited about our idea… why not have a Fairy Garden Party!

MooreWellness.Life shares how to make fun fairy gardens, ideas with DIY miniatures, and gifts for family memories.

How to Make Fairy Gardens

Okay, now to the fun part… making your own fairy garden!! The good news is you can make a Fairy Gardens that are affordable & easy, as well as amazing and unique!

That’s what this article is about: Fun & DIY Fairy Gardens for families! The ideas as limitless, woohoo!

How to Make Fairy Gardens with the Entire Family

There are so many fun ways to make fairy gardens with the entire family for holidays, 4th of July, birthdays, and any family gathering!

All ages can create fairy gardens, let the fun begin!!

YouTube Fairy & Mini Garden by Garden Answer

Wow, thanks to my aunt for sharing this video with me from Garden Answer, who makes amazing YouTube videos about how to garden.

The video shown here is the cutest Fairy & Mini Garden by Garden Answer. Check out that amazing water feature, now that’s one I’d like to add to my fairy garden!!

Green Thumbs & Fairy Gardens

Those with green thumbs can choose beautiful plants with such variety! I’ll show you some more pictures soon.

The options seem limitless for fairy gardens when you have a green thumb. It’s amazing what people can create!

MooreWellness.Life shares how to make fun fairy gardens, ideas with DIY miniatures, and gifts for family memories.

Plant Materials for Fairy Gardens (by Better Home & Garden):

  1. Silver Sprinkles
  2. Spikemoss
  3. Weeping Fig
  4. Polka-Dot Plant
  5. Gray Lavender Cotton
  6. Mexican Heather
  7. Golden Japanese Stonecrop
  8. Wood Sorrel
  9. Fuschia Begonia
  10. Elfin Thyme

Fairy Garden Ideas for Non-Gardeners

It’s totally okay if you are a non-gardener and still like the idea of creating a fairy garden. I have good news, there’s plenty of ideas about gardens created with alternatives, so you don’t have to use plants

†Materials (non-plants) for Fairy Garden:

  • Artificial plants 🙂
  • Floral foam
  • Pebbles, Marbles
  • Fabric
  • Fairy Garden Decor (have fun:)

Fairy Garden DIY Party

Who’s coming?

Consider how many people will be creating fairy gardens, just you or your whole family or a few friends? This will determine how many supplies you’ll need to gather and buy, or ask everyone to bring certain items.

What type of miniatures?

Choose miniatures based on your age group (breakable/older, plastic/younger) & the type of gathering space (small, large, indoors, outdoors). Have fun 🙂

DIY Fairy Gardens

Creatives (people who love to create) can have a fantastic time at creating their on Do-It-Yourself fairy gardens & accessories!

There are so many DIY fairy gardens, the ideas are really limitless.

Want more ideas? Browse through 200+ pins about Fairy Gardens on my Pinterest Board:

Fairy Gardens

Keep reading for the HOW TO STEPS & DIY FAIRY GARDENS …

Shopping for Miniatures & Fairy Gardens 

Miniatures and Fairy Garden supplies/accessories can be bought almost anywhere! Here’s a few places I love to shop for miniatures and fairy garden supplies:

  • Amazon (fast shipping and so many items to choose)
  • Dollar General
  • Dollar Tree
  • Hobby Lobby
  • Michael’s
  • Big Lots

Some of the best customer reviews on Amazon were given to these top 4 miniatures for fairy gardens:

Joykick Fairy Garden House Kit – with Opening Doors

This is one of the cutest houses & fairy kits. It has over 200 reviews with 5 starts, unbelievable!!

Buy Now!

Joykick Fairy Garden Ancient Tree Kit

I just love big trees, and this one’s features are adorable. Look at the climbing trees for fairies and animal creatures.

Get it here!

Joykick Fairy Garden Caravan Kit 

Glamping, RV’ing, and Tiny Houses are all popular right now! Create your own miniature caravan with this kit!

Get it now!

Mood Lab Fairy Garden Fish Pond Kit 

Beautiful pond with fish, 3 fairies, plus a swan & bridge!

Yes, I want it!

How to Steps & DIY Fairy Gardens

Now we are getting exciting!!

Your whole family can make fairy gardens together! Seriously!!

How to make a Fairy Garden in 4 easy steps:

  1. Choose indoor, outdoor, miniature, gardening or non-gardening. There is no wrong choice, you can decide whatever fits your wishes.
  2. †Gather fairy garden supplies & accessories. You can get supplies from many stores, around your house, and even in your yard.
  3. Get your soil and plants. You can keep it simple or go a little (or a lot) crazy on the plants and flower selection(s).
  4. Create your fairy garden & have fun 🙂

Gather supplies & put them in all in cute containers, like my mom did here in planter trays; creative & functional.

  • Fairy Houses & Huts
  • Animals, Birds, Snails, Dogs, Horses
  • Fairies, Gnomes, Angels
  • Unicorns, Pegasus
  • Pebbles, Stones, Gemstones, Sticks
  • Signs, Decor, Furniture, Swings, Chairs
  • Trees, Water, Creeks, Ponds, Mountains

Ok, so now you get an idea of all the different kinds of fairy gardens you can make.

Let kids & all ages have fun!

This is the perfect opportunity to create fun lasting memories with all ages in your family, from little kids 2 years old to aging adults, all ages can enjoy creating fairy gardens.

Even my two-year old grandson had a blast creating his own fairy garden out of wild animal miniatures. Look how cute his fairy garden turned out.

MooreWellness.Life shares how to make fun fairy gardens, ideas with DIY miniatures, and gifts for family memories for all ages.

You can create a fairy garden out of so many materials for any age. Young children can play for a long time with dirt and miniatures, let them have fun. They are building life-long memories with their family, how beautiful is that!

Variety of gardens to create Small Worlds:

  • Dinosaur World
  • Mystery Island
  • I Spy My World
  • Miniature Memories
  • My Family
  • My Favorite

Here are more pictures of fairy gardens our family created from 2 years old to aging adulthood, we all loved it!!

MooreWellness.Life shares how to make fun fairy gardens, ideas with DIY miniatures, and gifts for family memories.

What’s Your Favorite Fairy Garden?

Have you created a fair garden? I’d love to see it, send me a picture on my FaceBook page.

Do you have another favorite fairy garden? Is it one you saw on this blog?

Did you make a fairy garden? Post below and share it with us, we’d love to see it! Share your Fairy Garden with me:

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SUMMARY OF THIS ARTICLE:

  • Boost Mental & Relational Wellness
  • Fairy Garden Ideas
  • How to Make Fairy Gardens (with YouTube video)
  • Fairy Garden Ideas
  • Fairy Garden DIY Party
  • Miniature Fairy Gardens

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  • relaxation skills
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Sandtray Therapy Miniatures Help Trauma Survivors Heal

Sandtray Therapy Miniatures Help Trauma Survivors Heal

Sandtray Therapy Miniatures

As a Mental Health Professional & Registered Integrative Sandtray Therapist I love how Sandtray Therapy Miniatures help people heal.  Have you heard of the movie, Welcome to Marwen, and how miniatures can help bring healing and hope to trauma survivors?

Seriously, this movie is inspired by a true story & I have my own story of how miniatures bring healing.

Want to know how Sandtray Therapy Miniatures help Trauma Survivors heal? Read more…

This blog post:

On this page, I’ll covers the who, what, where of Sandtray Therapy & Miniatures. I’ll also post an update on my FaceBook page when I find new & unique miniatures, woohoo!  

  1. Welcome to Marwen (movie)
  2. Why Sandtray Therapy?
  3. New Miniatures & Sweet Deals
  4. Miniatures for What Ages?
  5. 14 Places to Find Miniatures
  6. When to Find Miniatures
  7. Most Popular Miniatures
  8. Your Favorite Miniatures
  9. Join Moore Wellness

Important: This article has resources about restoring wellness, and is based on my research and my experiences.  This information is not meant to take the place of counseling or therapy.  If at any time you feel uncomfortable or need to talk to someone, wellness resources can help you find a counselor and resources that may be helpful.

Welcome to Marwen (movie)

“Putting together pieces from his old and new life, Mark meticulously creates a wondrous town where he can heal and be heroic.”

https://www.welcometomarwen.com/synopsis/

Oh how I am so excited to see this movie!! Inspired by a true story, this is how how miniatures can help bring healing and hope to trauma survivors.

Universal Studios and Forest Gump’s director have created a movie about artistic imagination “restores the human spirit.” The main character, Mark (Steve Carell), finds hope again after meeting an empowering woman. He creates a fantasy world of miniatures that also equips him with strength in his real life.

This is how I help people, by having a safe space for them to create their world of miniatures. Teens and adults come to me for counseling because they are in a crisis and they’re overwhelmed.

People process their pains, their struggles, their dreams through miniatures in Sandtray Therapy. They find meaning, strength, and resiliency to bounce back from life’s adversities. They heal, they love, they live.

Why Sandtray Therapy?

Well, I was introduced to Sandtray Therapy in graduate counseling school getting my masters in Mental Health Counseling. There was one day that changed my life and specialized my calling.

I remember sitting down with my chosen miniatures representing my family. It was my turn to share about my family, and I enjoyed sharing. Then we took turns processing, one example is asking clarifying questions.

My fellow graduate counseling student asked me one simple question, “Where is your miniature?”

My Own Miniature

I was shocked, I mean, surely I was in the family. Before I could speak, tears welled up in my eyes.

I had forgotten myself, I was not in the miniatures of my family. The whole time, I had carefully chose each family member, and I had forgotten myself.

This reality was exactly what I needed. For years, in fact my whole time being a mother, I had put others first. This is all good, until you forget about yourself completely.

Miniatures are Visual Images

Nobody needed to say a word after that moment. I could clearly see that I had forgotten myself.

These miniatures represented my reality, my life, my own choices.

I had forgotten about the importance of taking care of myself so that I could take care of others.

Whenever I fly, the flight crew explain that parents need to put on the oxygen mask first. Because if you as the parent, put on your child’s oxygen mask on them first, you may pass out before getting your own oxygen mask on. Then your child will have no parent to help them survive.

During an emergency, put the oxygen mask on yourself first.

Sandtray Therapy Miniatures

Trauma Recovery & Sandtray Therapy

Sandtray Therapy Miniatures represent real life, emotions, visual images stored in our right brain.

During Trauma Recovery, this is so important to have therapy that can help survivors heal. Sandtray Therapy is a non-directive, client-centered therapy that focuses on the client’s needs, client’s strengths, and client’s goals.

Miniatures are used as tools to help client’s process what is going on in their lives, their struggles, their relationships, their dreams. Clients choose miniatures and share their interpretation of wha the miniatures represent to them.

Miniatures are safe representations, client’s can bury them in the sand, box them up, and even take them out of their world.

Sandtray Therapy & Integrative Brain Experiences

The right brain matches the visual image with what’s going on internally, then the left brain finds words to identify what the images mean. Sandtray Therapy integrates the right and left parts of the brain together, bringing healing from the start.

It’s a magical and healing experience. Client’s come away amazed at how this works. And my clients are usually adolescents and adults of all ages.

So, that is why Sandtray Therapy Miniatures mean so much to me, both personally and professionally. People can process difficult experiences and practice coping skills using miniatures for trauma recovery.

Miniatures are wonderful healing tools integrating mind-body-spirit.

Beth Moore, PLPC, Registered Integrative Sandtray Therapist

New Sandtray Therapy Miniatures

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New Deals on Miniatures

These are fantastic deals on Miniatures, which can be used for Sandtray Therapy and Play Therapy. I hope you have as much fun as I did finding favorite Miniatures for your play therapy room.

DC Comics Multiverse Justice League Mera Figure, 6″

The Incredibles 2 Mr. Incredible 6″ Action Figure

Calico Critters Families and Cottage

Sandtray Therapy Miniatures for what ages?

It’s important to know who the Miniatures are for, so you know what specific miniatures can be the most helpful.

Yes, I find treasures for me and I find Miniatures for my clients, too!  You don’t want a therapy room full of stuff you don’t use or need, so it’s important to know who you client is and will be in the future.

What ages are your clients?

Think about your average client population. What population group do you usually see in therapy sessions?

Miniatures by Age Group

Developmentally, if you see young children vs. teenagers, you’d choose different types of resources.  So, let’s look at a few resources examples from various populations.

  • Children: animals, babies
  • Teens: fantasy, princesses
  • Adults: gardens, mystery

I see a lot of teens and adults, so I am always looking for abstract miniatures. It’s great to think creatively and be flexible, so I look for miniatures that represent emotions & struggles.

What culture(s) would your clients identify with?

We live in southern Louisiana so the Mardi Gras culture is very big. Be sure to have spiritual & religious miniatures to represent your community where you practice.

This all matters because the type of Sandtray Therapy Miniatures will depend on your clients’ age group, interests, and culture.

14 Places to find Miniatures

I’m still growing my collection and I’ve been doing this for a few years.

There are tons of places to find Sandtray Therapy Miniatures!!  Everywhere I go I look for miniatures. Here’s my list of where to look for those awesome treasures, and this list is always growing.

1. Estate Sales — I find the most unique miniatures at estate sales: collectibles, small houses, metal animals, fairy houses, garden miniatures

2. Garage Sales — This is the cheapest place to find miniatures, I usually pay 25 cents per miniature at garage sales. Sometimes there’s a box of McDonald’s toys that can be perfect for Sandtray Therapy.

You can find garage sales in your local newspaper, and through garage sales apps.

3. Children’s toys — when you’re kids or a friend’s kids outgrow their toys and don’t play with them anymore, they may be more than happy to give them to you for free or a good deal

Local U.S. Stores to Find Miniatures

4. Grocery Stores — We all have to eat & we all go to grocery stores often, or at least I do!  Well, check out your grocery store toy aisle, they’ll occasionally mark down toys on clearance to make way for new toys.

5. Thrift Stores & Goodwill –– this can be a great place to find amazing deals because miniatures go for $1-$2, just have to keep your eyes open

6. Pharmacy — clearance toys and miniatures can be found here

7. Gas Stations — you can find tourist miniatures, like state emblems, state animal, college mascots, cultural miniatures

8. 2nd hand stores (Once Upon a Child) — I love to shop at Once Upon A Child in the toy section! I can find Sandtray Therapy Miniatures and children’s books, blocks and play therapy toys here.

9. Hardware & Garden Stores — Great garden miniatures & cool Sandtray Therapy tools, such as specialty sand buckets & shovels.

National U.S. Stores with Miniatures

10. Hobby Lobby — Fantastic toys and miniatures here at one of my favorite stores, yeah!!! You can always find Toob miniatures for $10 each, use the 40% off coupon on one, so it will be $6.

There are phenomenal animals, fantasy, and dinosaurs, plus other miniatures here! Good quality and anywhere from $4-$10 each. I just bought a beautiful unicorn and a pegasus here.

Every time I go to Hobby Lobby, I buy one miniature and use the 40% coupon on their webpage.

11. Dollar Store — Great toys and miniatures here, you just have to look for the good ones the will last for awhile. I just bought some Incredible miniatures and Winnie the Pooh miniatures recently for $1 each.

In the summer, this is a great place to get sand buckets & shovels.

Also, buckets or baskets are great here for your clients to carry around while they choose what miniatures to put in the Sand Tray.

12. Big Lots — I love the fairy miniatures here in the garden section, plus pretty cool miniatures in the home section sometimes.

13. Walmart & Target –– popular toys and classic miniatures are almost always stocked: family figures, Disney characters, DC Comic Superheroes, Legos, doll houses, dress up clothes, play kitchens

14. Sam’s Club & Costco — here’s where popular toys will be at good prices usually: doll houses, Marvel characters, cars, play kitchens & houses

When to find Sandtray Therapy Miniatures

The best time to find deals is around holidays, on clearance or close-outs, and online. 

Holiday Seasons

Look before, during, and after Holidays, that’s when Miniatures will go on sale.  The biggest clearance sales will be after the holidays.  Just know that’s also when there are less items.  

So, if you have any particular items you really want & need, get it when you find it, even if it’s before the holiday.

  • New Years
  • Valentine’s Day
  • Mardi Gras
  • Easter
  • Independence Day
  • Thanksgiving
  • Christmas
  • Hanukkah

Look for Themes in Stores & Online

  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Vacation
  • Fall
  • School
  • Halloween
  • Winter

Clearance section at stores — check out stores’ clearance sections for deals

Coupons at stores — Hobby Lobby has a 40% coupon on their website’s home page, you can pull it up on your phone while checking out and they’ll apply it to one regular price item

Most Popular Sandtray Therapy Miniatures

 What are Your Favorite Miniatures?

What are some of your favorite miniatures?  Do you have any other places or ways to find great miniatures? Please share on our FaceBook page, we’d love to help find more miniatures for all.

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Join the Wellness Tribe

I’d love to hear about your journey towards wellness!  What helps you gain wellness?

I hope you join us on your journey of improving your wellness.  This tribe is a gathering place to improve wellness & connections, receive life-giving coping skills, and restore health in mind, body, and spirit.

Join the Moore Wellness Tribe

I’d love to hear from you, please leave me a comment, or join me on FacebookPinterest, or Instagram.

Blessings,
Beth

Need help finding a counselor?

If you need someone to help to talk to, counselors and mental health professionals can help provide support resources on:

  • time management
  • stress management
  • procrastination
  • relaxation skills
  • goal setting
  • personal development

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