Secret Garden Fairy Hangout!

This is the last week of the Think Outside The Toy Box series, but that doesn't mean you should stop!

Never stop, always push the limits!
What can you do with milk jugs?
#ThinkOutsideTheToyBox and make a Secret Garden Fairy Hangout!

This is a simple activity that is fun, exciting, encourages creativity and gets the kids outdoors!
First, send the kids outside to collect things!
Remind them that things need to be “fairy sized”. This is a great way to teach ratio and perspective.
First, cut the milk jug and place dirt in the bottom.
Then, let your kids get creative!
My kids added umbrella seating, a pool and a roaring fire for the fairies to enjoy!
You'll also want to camouflage the top of the milk jug, that way the fairies feel safe!
Find a lush tree or bush to place your Secret Garden Fairy Hangout in. I attached a string to mine, so we could hang the hangout. (hahaha!)
There you have it!
Make one and enjoy it with your family!
This is part of the Think Outside The Toy Box series! I have adored this series so much and I hope that you have too!


  1. What a fabulous idea! And I love that you have asked others to share their ideas! I'm a grandma and I work in child care. I'll certainly be following you!

  2. I pinned the heck out of it! I was looking for something like this actually.
    My kid can't get enough of the fairy garden theme.

  3. In love with this!! They did a great job! I love the seating area and walking path!

  4. Janine Huldie

    I love it Echo and your kids did a great job on this one. sad that this series is ending, because you always came up with some awesome ideas for it! 😉

  5. Sara S

    Super cute idea! We're currently redoing our backyard and will have a huge planter area and along with the bunches of flowers I want to have there, I told my husband we will include a little fairy area for our 2 girls, I know they'll love it!

  6. Ana Lynn Amelio

    These are absolutely adorable! I think my daughter would have oodles of fun with it!

  7. Aw! This is so adorable!! One of the problems I have with craftiness is that I don't have crafty supplies…but we have these things! My daughter would *love* to do this! I'm setting aside a milk jug for her to do this tonight! (I'm also pinning this immediately so I can refer back to your awesome pictures! –Lisa

  8. Jhanis V.

    This is cute! I was just telling Becka I have not seen milk jugs this big over here, or where I do my grocery shopping anyways. 🙂 Powdered milk is the in thing over here! LMAO

  9. WorkingMomMagic

    What a great idea! My son would have so much fun decorating his milk jug! (but it did make me realize, I rarely buy jugs anymore!! I need to get some!)

  10. Thanks Janine! I am super sad to see this series end as well! It was so much fun, but never fear, we have another kid series starting soon!

  11. My kids had so much fun! They are also easy to paint and color on! I wish I didn't have as many jugs as I do, LOL!

  12. YES! I was hoping someone would get the "hangout" part! Hahaha! It is always fun to make things out of what you can find!

  13. That is the best part of this project. You can make it out of what ever you can find! Thanks Lisa! I hope you guys have fun!

  14. Hehe, they truly are endless! Each one will be different! It is totally not weird, I made one too! LOL!

  15. Crochet Hooks

    I think this was my fav so far! What an awesome idea to repurpose the jug and found materials into your own Fairy Garden Hangout! Funny that you hung yours lol 🙂

  16. Sarah Haney

    These are really neat, and much more fun than the 'normal' fairy gardens. The possibilities are endless, seriously!… is it weird I want to make one for me? LOL

  17. Christy Garrett

    This looks like a great idea. Very creative too. 😉 I hope your fairy garden enjoys her new home.

  18. Kristen Hewitt

    AAARGH! I need milk jugs…this is soooo cute! Now I need to figure out how to make fairy's…any ideas?

  19. What a cute kids craft!!! Of course, I love anything fairy-related. 🙂 Thanks for linking up at Snickerdoodle Sunday- I hope you'll come back again next week! 🙂

    Sarah (Sadie Seasongoods)

  20. Catherine Holt

    This is such a fun project for the kids to make. They would have a ball and certainly keep them quiet!

    Thanks for sharing at Marvelous Monday on Smart Party Planning 🙂

  21. Jennifer - The Deliberate Mom

    This is delightful! I do something similar with a large flower pot. I call mine a "play garden". The girls love it.

    Thanks for sharing!

  22. Jennifer - The Deliberate Mom

    I'm delighted that you shared this on the #SHINEbloghop! Thank you for linking up!

    Wishing you a lovely day.

  23. Sarah A

    Very cool idea… forget the kids I cant wait to start on my own fairy garden! 🙂

  24. It is a great way to get the kids involved with nature, up-cycling and found items! I love it! Thanks for the invite, I will definitely come link up!

  25. Adrian Peterson

    I love this! Great way to get the kids outside and enjoy nature:)

    Thanks for linking this up to the Teach Me Tuesday Linky Party. I hope you will join us again tonight starting @ 9pm est!

  26. Katie Pinch

    Hi Echo, I love the recycling aspect of this craft! Thanks for sharing at the Love to Learn Linky Party. I hope you will visit again this Thursday to link up. Have a great day 🙂

  27. Kristina & Millie

    We finally worked on our fairy garden – we ended up using tp rolls instead of jugs and turned out cute! I love these and the fact the kids did their own and did such a great job is awesome!!

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