I assume that every gardener tries to attract garden fairies (faeries in England) to their garden.
This is done by letting a few places in the garden grow a little bit wild so they fairies have a place to hide and by planting their favorite flowers. I think they are partial to fairy lilies of all things and foxglove.
Which brings me to the 4th idea for handmade gifts for the gardener… a fairy door.
What gardener wouldn’t like to add a bit of whimsy to their garden by finding some place to put a fairy door?
I made this one using a ‘stock’ wood cutout from a local craft store. I believe it was really supposed to be painted to look like a slice of watermelon, but I thought it had a door shape. Any cut out that looks like a door will work. I painted it with regular water-based craft paint and made a door knob by gluing a button to a wood screw. Then I decorated it with a ready-made leaf cutout.
The only thing I might change on this one is to apply a protective coating since it is outside in my miniature garden.
But this fairy door inside my house doesn’t need anything to protect it from the weather.
I put this door inside so that if a garden fairy accidently gets into the house, they have a way to get out. Occasionally, around the holidays, I will find a few decorations around the door, making me think that the garden fairies are enjoying the garden outside in the summer, but coming inside for the winter.
Come back tomorrow for the fifth idea for a handmade gift for your favorite gardener. I’ll post it in the evening, unless a garden fairy does something like hide my laptop or interfere with my wireless network, or more likely, overturn a house plant, leaving me with a mess to clean up. You can never trust those garden fairies!