There are tons of inspirations out there for creating a fairy garden. I originally got the idea from HGTV's Family Gardening Club (it was their July project). Then I came across The Magic Onion who apparently hosts a Fairy Garden Competition with tons of fun ideas. I recommend both if you want to create your own.
Here's how we tackled it. After a little shopping trip and some quick "shopping" around the house and yard, we surveyed our materials and came up with somewhat of a plan (or at least as much of a plan as a 4-year-old can have).
We then filled our bowl with soil and planted our fern "tree" and our little "bush".
And then we just played until we had what we wanted... a beach, water, a little walking path...
flowers along the picket fence...
birds "hiding" in our tree...
and even some butterflies flitting about.
And this leads us to garden #2. After finishing the above, Little Princess realized that there was no place for the fairies to eat. So, we found an empty pod in the shed, found some herbs that needed to be planted anyways (leftover from a summer preschool gardening program she was in), and began a "dining garden."
This really became fun. We glued rocks into chairs and tables and even glued beads into shell "bowls".
After we added shell "planters," the only thing missing was a bridge to connect the two gardens. Popsicle sticks and floral wire remedied that problem, and the garden was ready for its Open House. (Actually, Little Princess has decided that we are still missing a house and a bed, but Mommy said that will have to wait for another day.)
Enter Tinker Bell, stage right...
First, Tinker Bell has to scope things out. She starts down by the beach, and after playing in the water, is ready to explore.
I think I'll rest for a moment.
Where does this bridge lead?
What a perfect spot for a snack.
(You might notice that at this point Tinker Bell apparently got tired of her wings ;) )