An Enchanted Garden in a Bathtub

fairy garden in a bathtub

Back in May 2013 we purchased an old workers cottage where, in the backyard,  sat an old bathtub full of putrid, thick slimy stuff. Not only did it look horrible but it was also a safety issue, it could easily fill with water and Elliott could fall in. I thought long and hard about ideas to reuse the bathtub. I originally thought of making a fairy garden, but then decided to call it an ‘Enchanted Bathtub Garden’ just because Elliott doesn’t really have any fairies, but he does have plenty of animals. Elliott absolutely loves to water the plants and to play with the animals that live in the garden.

Before the Enchanted Garden – A bathtub full of slime. Yuck!
Elliott helping Mummy plant the plants in the bathtub garden.
The Enchanted Garden before the residents moved in. They will live amongst Strawberries, Lavender, Pansies, Little White flowers (not sure of name) and a ground cover plant called Hibertia Vestita which will eventually have lovely yellow flowers.
The residents of the Enchanted Garden have moved in. Leo in his Lions Den along with his friends, Gerry Giraffe & Laurie Leopard relaxing besides the strawberry plant and pansies.


Laurie Leopard on the prowl.


Ellie Elephant has just moved in too, down near the pansies.
Elliott playing with his Enchanted Garden.


The view of the Enchanted Garden  looking towards the Lions Den. Lavender on the left, pansies on the right and strawberry in the top left.
Eva Lewis (The Multitasking Woman)

Eva Lewis (The Multitasking Woman)

Eva is the Editor and Owner of The Multitasking Woman. She always has her fingers in many different pies but wouldn't have it any other way. Eva is a freelance writer, a social media manager, a Mum to her six-year-old son, one-year-old daughter, six chickens and Benny the dog and wife to Mr G. They all live happily in their little worker's cottage in Ipswich, Queensland, Australia.
Eva Lewis (The Multitasking Woman)

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  1. September 1, 2013 / 8:52 pm

    What a brilliant idea Eva! The Lions den is so cute… I also love Elliott’s hat!

    • September 2, 2013 / 10:32 am

      Thanks Lauren! I sort of stole it off Pinterest, but ours looks completely different. Hat is from Seaworld! It’s a shark!

  2. September 1, 2013 / 11:04 pm

    That’s such a cute little garden. My mum had a slimy putrid bath at her place when they bought it too! I hope you get lots of strawberries 🙂

    • September 2, 2013 / 10:32 am

      Thanks Alicia. It was so disgusting, there were tadpoles in it and a small toad. I got my husband to do that part! haha

  3. September 2, 2013 / 7:46 am

    Lovely ~ and great re-purposing! Fairy gardens are enchanted aren’t they, hours of delight!

  4. September 2, 2013 / 9:29 am

    What a gorgeous idea – I love it! I want to get myself a bathtub now so I can have one too 🙂

    • September 2, 2013 / 10:34 am

      Thanks Lizzy. Yes, there’s so many cute things you could do with an old bathtub although I do with it was an old claw food and it was not in the ground, ah well.

    • September 2, 2013 / 10:34 am

      Yes Jay, Elliott really enjoys it. Now it’s Spring and Elliott is regularly watering it, I’m sure it’ll grow heaps in no time!

  5. September 2, 2013 / 9:31 pm

    Love that stick feature!!!!

  6. September 3, 2013 / 1:14 pm

    We’ve done a gnome garden before , your one is so cute!
    I love the littlehut & stepping stones. Very magical & to think it was an old tub

  7. September 4, 2013 / 12:20 am

    What a great idea for a garden ! I am sure that he will get heaps of pleasure from it – and so much safer too !
    Have a great week !

  8. September 4, 2013 / 3:36 am

    Nice idea Eva and looks like Elliot loves it. Kids get such a kick out of watching things grow and you will create your very own jungle for his animals. Thanks for visiting me over at yinyangmother too.

    • September 8, 2013 / 11:32 am

      Thanks so much Kathy. Yes, he really does love it and it will be great to show him how things grow as we look after it week to week.

  9. September 4, 2013 / 11:27 am

    Wow that is so cool!! We love gardening here, the kids are on at me to grow strawberries so I might get some this weekend!!

    • September 8, 2013 / 11:33 am

      Thanks Ann! We love gardening here too, especially with our new big yard, there’s an endless number of plants to watch grow.

  10. September 6, 2013 / 1:00 pm

    You did such a great job. Well done.

  11. September 7, 2013 / 5:14 am

    Such a fabulous idea! I love these ideas because I’m planning out some spaces in our yard for Miss Daisy to have her own enchanting play scapes! 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  12. September 7, 2013 / 11:10 am

    Looks fantastic! We’re making a fairy garden too, the kids love watering the plants and seeing them grow 🙂 Love that it’s in a bathtub.

    • September 8, 2013 / 11:35 am

      Thanks Kate. Have fun making your fairy garden! Yes, I’m so glad we were able to save the bathtub, just a little quirky and different.

  13. September 8, 2013 / 12:40 pm

    I just love everything about this…wonderful! pinning now!

  14. September 8, 2013 / 3:25 pm

    That is wonderful! One of the loveliest fairy gardens I’ve seen. Love the pebble path.

  15. September 9, 2013 / 12:11 am

    Just gorgeous! What a lovely idea to use the old bathtub for.

  16. September 9, 2013 / 12:11 am

    I loved looking through these photos. What a beautiful space you have created. Fantastic use for an old bath

  17. September 10, 2013 / 12:13 am

    What a gorgeous garden, so magical. My little ones would love this.

  18. September 12, 2013 / 5:04 pm

    I love the elephant! A fun post, and now I had a bathtub in my backyard. 🙂 Thanks for sharing on Magic Moments Monday!