Fairies are easily attracted to gardens. They enjoy both wild areas and well-manicured areas of gardens. Alongside your other plants, you should have a small area of your garden that is left unkempt. Placing statues or small fountains in these wilder areas will serve both as a gift to the fairy folk and add a lovely touch to what might otherwise seem only an unkempt area. Fairy houses can be built to welcome the little people. Certain plants are especially favored by fairies and will help attract them to your garden.
Making Fairy Houses
Fairy houses are easy to construct and don’t cost a lot of money. You can use making fairy houses as a rainy day project. Begin by buying small, unfinished bird houses from a craft store. Make sure that they do not have many holes in the sides that will allow water in. Remove the roof from the fairy house. If it is nailed or glued, you can knock it off with a hammer and glue it back later. Paint the inside of the house any way that you wish. It can have pictures on the walls or mirrors. Dollhouse furniture can be useful for your fairy house project. Sprinkle glitter on the inside walls of the house. Make little pillows out of lovely silk or satin cloth. You can decorate the cushions with beads, sequins or glitter. Place tiny gifts inside the house such as iridescent marbles or little glass pieces. Fairies love anything shiny. On the outside of the house you can use tempera paints to paint it any way you want. You can paint it to look like bricks or stone or paint ivy growing up the sides. Paint the roof to look thatched or shingled. After the house is painted, coat it with at least four layers of shellac to keep it from fading and to keep the rain out. Buy a piece of round flat wood to use as a door. It should be slightly larger than the opening in the fairy house. You should also buy a small hinge and a tiny latch to close the door. These can also be purchased from craft stores. Placing a door on the house will keep rain, insects, spiders, and birds out so that the fairies will be able to use it. Paint the door and shellac it. Attach the door with the hinge so that it opens and closes. Then fit the latch on the outside so that the door can be closed and locked. You might also wish to place the roof on with hinges so that it can be opened and cleaned once a year. Place the houses in your garden where you feel they will be slightly hidden.
Creating Fairy Places in Your Garden
You can also create tiny places for fairies in your garden. A birdbath or a fountain is a perfect place for fairies to bathe. You can make tiny caves using rocks. Hide them under rose bushes and beneath ivy. Tables and chairs can be made from stone. Make a table using a flat piece of rock such as slate. Use four smaller stones at each corner for table legs. You can set stones around the table to serve as chairs. If the stones fall over, you can glue them with hot glue or super glue to the bottom of the table. Line your fountains with small stones and place stones in the water on which fairies can sit.
Set aside a place where you will honor your guests. Welcome them by leaving honeycakes and other goodies for them to eat. Fairies are fond of sweets. Leave a place on a flat stone where you can leave a plate of treats for your visitors. Just remember to change them often. The fairies may or may not take the actual food. Remember that they live on the spiritual plane and can take the essence of the food and leave the empty shell behind.
Fairies will appreciate if you leave one small area of your garden unkempt. Placing a statue there will help it look more decorative and can even make the area look older and more wild. If you cannot afford a statue, you can make rings of nine stones or tiny replicas of Stonehenge. Tiny temples can be built with just a little imagination.