The best fairy garden fairies — the ones who make a gardener’s wishes come true — are those made from the garden’s own flowers, like hollyhocks.
It takes just a few minutes to transform an ordinary hollyhock blossom and bud into a fairy flower all dressed up in a ballgown and ready to dance around the garden.
Fairies made from hollyhocks are a bit elusive because of the plant’s biennial nature; they have a two-year growth cycle. The first year they develop deep roots and a rosette of leaves and the next year they send up a flower stalk. That’s the perfect time to get your hands on one of these flower fairies.
For each fairy flower you’ll need one hollyhock in full blossom, one hollyhock flower bud that is ready to open and a toothpick or sharp stick.
Step one: Peel away all the green leave-like foliage (called sepals) from around the bud. Be sure to leave the colored petals intact. Use the toothpick or sharp stick to widen one of the V-shaped indentations into a larger opening. The other indentations will become the fairy’s eyes.
Step two: Pinch the tip of the open flower stem to create a point.
Step three: Insert the pointed stem into the widened indentation on the flower bud. Place your flower fairy in the fairy garden — and then make more fairies to keep her company.