8 Magical Ways to Celebrate International Fairy Day

Pixie dust optional, but strongly suggested.

Mythical, magical and the subject of some of our favorite stories, fairies have captured our imaginations for centuries. And today we celebrate them! International Fairy Day falls during the week of Midsummer — a week-long event centered around the Summer Solstice — when it's believed that the veil between our world and Tír na nÓg, the fairy land of eternal youth, is temporarily lifted. Be on the lookout at dawn and dusk, when fairies are the most active, to catch a glimpse of one of these magical creatures!

Little Fairy

Little Fairy

Fairy Princess in a sea of Bluebells deep in the woods. Floral headdress and backlit by sunlight.

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iStock

Celebrate this enchanted time with some of our favorite fairy-friendly garden projects, recipes and costumes. 

Build a Fairy Garden

Photo by: Chelsea Faulkner

Chelsea Faulkner

Grow a Fairy Ring in Your Yard

Fairy Ring Illuminated with Painted Fairy Lanterns

Fairy Ring Illuminated with Painted Fairy Lanterns

Little girls enjoy their homegrown Fairy Ring with their handmade fairy lanterns hanging from overhead tree branches.

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2010, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Um, I would have LOVED one of these as a kid... Who am I kidding? I still would.

Play Dress Up

Fairy Princess Halloween Costume

Fairy Princess Halloween Costume

Make a standard tutu skirt (very easy) long enough to serve as a dress. Add a halter ribbon, a set of wings, adorn it with a floral belt and a pretty halo. Design by Jess Abbott.

Photo by: Brian Patrick Flynn

Brian Patrick Flynn

The Pups Can Play Too!

Adorable Dog in Fairy Halloween Costume

Adorable Dog in Fairy Halloween Costume

Photo by: H. Camille Smith

H. Camille Smith

Make a Flower Crown

Flowers in Hair for a Wedding Look

Flowers in Hair for a Wedding Look

A halo of vines complements the casual style of this dress

Photo by: Image courtesy of Jeremy Harwell

Image courtesy of Jeremy Harwell

Eat Some Fairy Bread

Fairy Bread

Fairy Bread

Bread with butter and sprinkles.

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iStock

This sweet Australian treat is a combo of white bread, butter and TONS of sprinkles. When you've had your fill, be sure to leave out a few slices overnight with a glass of milk for the fairies to enjoy.

Make This: Fairy Bread Recipe

Or Whip Up Some Pixie Dust Gelatin Shots

Photo by: Daniel Collopy

Daniel Collopy

Just sprinkle a little edible glitter over your favorite gelatin shots for a boozy treat any fairy would love.

Make These: Gelatin Shimmer Shots

Read a Fairy Tale

Reading Princess

Reading Princess

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iStock

Or watch a fairy movie! 

Spot a Fairy

Hydrangeas in Fairy Gardens

Hydrangeas in Fairy Gardens

At just 30 to 36 inches tall, dwarf hydrangeas like 'Bobo' are a great choice for fairy gardens. Grow them in a secluded nook, so visitors will feel as if they've discovered an enchanted spot. Add low-growing plants and ground covers, or let moss make a natural carpet in a wooded garden.

Photo by: Courtesy of Proven Winners

Courtesy of Proven Winners

Fairies are most visible outside during the "'tween" times - dawn, dusk and midnight - especially near water or after a rainstorm. While looking for fairies, keep your eyes unfocused, directing your gaze just to the left or right of places that fairies like to frequent — thick tree roots, moss covered rocks, shorelines and underneath large, green leaves.

How will you know if you've spotted a fairy? Watch for glowing orbs of light, listen for strange, melodic music and, if you see a dragonfly, unfocus your eyes. The fae often disguise themselves as dragonflies when they suspect they're being watched!

25 Fairy Tale Garden Sheds

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Pretty Cottage

Corral your gardening tools and potting projects into an attractive structure, like Rate My Space user MeadowsweetDays' garden shed.

Photo By: Rate My Space, MeadowsweetDays

Red Shed

This adorable red garden shed, a mini barn, is the focal point of the backyard. Encircled by a picket fence, the shed could be used to store gardening supplies or as a child's playhouse.

Country Shed Provides Storage in Cottage Garden

A rose covered shed looks at home in a country style garden. This storage shed was designed to be part of a garden landscape, blending in with the setting and giving a place to store lawn equipment, planting supplies, and outdoor furniture.

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Small Garden Shed

A small shed is painted with bright trim and accented with window boxes and a container garden.

Garden Shed Pond

An outdoor shed faces a pond with small deck. A stone path leads away from the shed, which is set back in a lush garden filled with red flowers, ornamental grasses, and shrubbery.

Turquoise Garden Shed

This turquoise shed is surrounded by a lush garden filled with flowering plants, ornamental grasses, shrubs, and trees. A stone bird bath is nearby as is an iron gate used as garden decor.

Rooftop Garden on Shed

Even a garden shed can be home to a rooftop garden.

Outdoor Dining

This outdoor oasis is complete with a pergola-covered deck and a blend of modern and bungalow architectural styles. Hanging curtains keep pests away when enjoying an outdoor meal and cafe lights illuminate the yard below.

Rustic Gardening Shed

The gardening shed on Blackberry Farm is full of seeds, tools and a potbelly stove for those cool mountain mornings.

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Sublime Shed

A charming garden shed strikes an almost Asian note in this Charleston garden otherwise steeped in European aesthetics.

The Tokyo E Shed

A striking flat roof design and a sliding room for easy access make the Tokyo E shed a popular backyard choice. Clear or frosted glass is available for the door panels and you have the option to paint the structure any color you desire.

Photo By: Image courtesy of Garden Affairs, www.gardenaffairs.co.uk

The Potting Shed

Built from hand-thrown brick with a tempered glass roof, this elegantly designed greenhouse by CFS Architects blends in perfectly with its idyllic surroundings. 

Photo By: Image courtesy of Cheatham, Fletcher, Scott Architects, Augusta, Ga.

The Shed as Guest House

Fitness room, art studio or guest house, this dazzling addition to the yard and garden is typical of the wide variety of prefabricated shed options available today, most of which offer customization from the shape, size and materials used to special features like cedar tongue and groove ceilings and interior partition walls.

Photo By: Image courtesy of Modern-Shed, Inc.; photography by Dominic Arizona Bonuccelli / AZ-Foto

New Life for Old Shed

In creating a garden for her granddaughters, Katie Sanstead made the existing shed a focal point with new paint and blue French doors (that echo the color on the main home's front door), which replaced solid metal doors in an uninspiring green. Around the garden, birdhouses are on stands crafted by her husband, Bob, who also added beadboard and electricity to the shed-turned-playhouse.

Photo By: Photo by Angela West

The Propagation Shed

A beautiful work space specifically designed just for planting.

Customize Shed with Stained Glass Window

Stain glass windows can add a personal touch to a garden shed.

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Garden Sheds Good for Keeping Tools Protected

Weather-proof storage in a shed or tool locker is recommended, because tools last longer when kept under cover.

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Fairy Tale Shed

Sweet Autumn Clematis climbs around the shed door. Yellow flowers of Golden Glow Rudbeckia show off the potting shed

Dayglow Green

One appealing aspect of most contemporary prefabricated sheds is the option to be as creative as you like with color designs such as this Dayglow green creation which is made from such eco-friendly materials as FSC certified lumber and mixed-source recycled metal.

Photo By: Image courtesy of Studio Shed

Barbara's Shed

We love HGTVGardens community member Barbara's adorable shed, which she calls "Peter Rabbit-themed."

Santa's Workshop

During the Christmas season, HGTVGardens community member Barbara Stanley transforms her prizewinning garden shed into a magical holiday house.

Storage Sheds Good for Keeping Tools Close at Hand

Backyard sheds are convenient for storing items such as tools, compost, toys and bicycles. Fit shed with a sturdy padlock, and consider where it will be placed so as not to be in full view.

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Fit For a Fairytale

HGTVGardens community member Barbara's potting shed looks like it was plucked from a brothers Grimm tale.

Enchanted Cottage

Nestled in the woods, this garden cottage looks like something out of a fairy tale but it is actually on the grounds of the Botanischer Garten der Technischen Universität Darmstadt (Germany).

Photo By: Image courtesy of Karl Gercens III, www.karlgercens.com

Wee Well House

This adorable outbuilding by HGTV fan pleasantplace is flanked by hollyhocks to lend additional cottage-y atmosphere.

Photo By: Image courtesy of pleasantplace

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