There’s somethingtruly magical to work with children in creating a fairytale garden. As with most things magic, I can’t quite put my finger on what makes it so. Perhaps it’s a combination of many things… working with below and miniature is always charming. So is working with children, especially when you are invited to their imaginations and can see what is true for them. This is a gift we don’t often get. Add some creativity, thoughts of fairies and gnomes, a little pixie dust and it’s an enchanting experience for all of us. I’m super excited to share this Fairy Garden tutorial with you on how we made our magical garden this year.
Creating a fairytale garden has become a family tradition for us. Every spring we start collecting ideas and little treasures. And then, on spring break, when the kids are home, we start our new garden.
1. Choose the right container for your fairy garden
We read Treasure Island as our bedtime story and Kitty thought it would be fun if we could find an old treasure chest to plant our new Fairy Garden in. ‘Yea’, I thought skeptically… as if we can just find an old treasure chest. But, as often happens when you truly want something, an old treasure chest we found! We have a swap meet in our area with all sorts of odds and ends and A Good Man knew that’s where we’d find just what we were looking for. He was right!
It is important to ensure that the container has good drainage. Since you’ll likely be planting moss, your kids will water a lot of it and proper drainage is a must. Our treasure chest had no drainage, so I put my ‘big bit’ onto my drill (that I got from Father Christmas 🙂 and drilled 8 holes into the bottom.
A good man is a carpenter and is loyal against letting water and dirt fall on the wood (it will rot in a month, he said), so we decided to do our best to secure our chest. We bought a pail of ‘Rubber Coat’ (found at most hardware stores) and painted the inside of our chest with this water proofing substance. It’s not totally waterproof by any standards but hopefully it will do the trick and keep our chest strong and sturdy.
You can use this paint to impregnate most containers that need impregnation… just a few coats should be enough.
Use it in a well ventilated area and let children use it with caution… it’s very sticky and will ruin clothes and stay on hands for days. I let Kitty and Teddy take turns making them think they were doing all the hard work, but in reality each only painted a few strokes.
Make sure the drain holes remain open and unobstructed by the rubber paint. Let the rubber liner dry completely according to the instructions on the bucket.
2. Design your fairytale garden
While our paint is drying, we have designed our garden.
Kitty and Teddy discussed the features they wanted in their garden. Of course a tree. And the pond. Kitty thought it would be nice to be a little tall and suggested using an old trunk that has already been (for some reason?) Cut into quarters. Teddy wanted a cave. While we covered all the details of Fairy Garden, Kitty drew our design on a piece of paper and marked where each feature should go.
So after we have drawn our design, we have compiled a list of plants that best suit our design.
3. Choose the right plants for your fairy garden.
When choosing plants for your Fairy Garden, remember the ladder you are looking for. You want it to look like a miniature garden, a place where fairies and gnomes seem completely in their place. Moss is often the main ground cover vegetation, and too many other plants can get in the way of a mossy atmosphere. Unleash your imagination by choosing plants that you think will attract fairies to your area.
Also remember the color scheme … silver, light greens, dark greens, browns … we like as many colors as possible because it adds texture and interest to our Fairy Garden. Plants that have small flowers are perfect.
Make sure all the plants you choose get the same amount of sun and water. If you are going to use moss remember that moss likes the sun separating the shade and lots of water … choose other plants that like the same. If you are going for a desert garden look, pebbles, rocks and various cacti look wonderful, but do make sure that too many prickles won’t deter your little ones from playing in their magical creation.
We find that a tree is often the focal point of our Fairy Garden and it’s important to choose a plant that ‘looks like’ a tree from a fairy’s perspective. There are many plants and shrubs that are perfect with a little pruning. We’ve used a tea tree in the past, which stays wonderfully small when pruned regularly. And, a Tea Tree has such pretty and small flowers which are sure to become integral parts of your little one’s Fairy Garden play… water lilies that float in the pond, confetti or gnome food, to name just a few.
But this year Kitty wanted her tree to be HIGH, so we chose honeysuckle. We molded it into a perfect tree by removing the lower branches, giving it the look of a nice strong trunk. I know we will need to ‘bonzi’ it regularly to keep it manageable but fairy garden-work is one of the continuous joys to your child’s Fairy Garden.
Here are the plants we have decided to buy …
Moss (as our treasure chest is large, we needed two apartments)
White Sea Pinks (we love how their white flowers protrude above their greenery)
Strawberry plant (which BunBuns ate before we could plant it)
Miniature Pansy (which BunBuns ate before we could plant it)
4. Plant a fairytale garden.
So after our rubber cloak dried, we filled our treasure chest with earth. We mostly used old potting soil from a pile in the garden, then potting soil for the first 3 inches.
Teddy stroked it well, so that the ground compacted about two inches below the top of our chest.
In accordance with our design plan, we have placed the systems where they will be located.
Then we planted them, leaving the moss for the end.
Moss can be cut into shape and size with a sharp knife.
With the moss inside, the garden is level with the top of the crate. Perfect for easy play.
Released: May 25, 2015 Modified: May 24, 2015 by Christina Dennis This post may contain affiliate links This blog generates revenue through advertising 11 comments
My girls and I LOVE the nice spring weather we had here recently! It was so therapeutic to be in the sun, working in our yard, and doing some gardening. One of our recent projects was: a fairytale garden on our entrance stairs. We’ve been working on it for a while and thought I’d share it with you today. My daughters and I did it fairytale garden in potsin a matter of weeks, adding things along the way and doing most of the things ourselves from the things we had on hand or the things we found in our garden.This fairy garden was inexpensive and easy to makeand I think the result is as good as something you can spend more money on. Plus, it’s fun to make all the little props!
We decided to put simple annuals in our fairy garden – alyssums, pansies and carnations – because I liked their small scale and price! You can use any type of plant for your garden, depending on the area. I’ve seen sweet fairy gardens with succulents and even herbs.
Sorry for the “rustic” porch and construction mess we have here – our porch is one of our current projects this summer. Slowly and systematically, we will continue to finish our DIY home as much as possible. It’s been a massive, fun, exhausting & wonderful project!
Here’s how we built our easy + inexpensive fairytale garden in pots:
First, I found a garden ornament for a wishing well made of bark and twigs at my local antique shop. The girls and I decorated it with twigs, moss, leather, artificial flowers and leaves to create a fairy tale house. We just planned the project and glued everything with a glue gun.
We decided we wanted to have a fairytale garden with three different sized pots. For the first vase, my husband cut a “U” on the front of the cheap clay vase. Then I broke the cut piece into several pieces and put the cut piece into the main pot as shown. I filled it with earth and in the afternoon my mother enjoyed arranging stones and plants in a broken pot. We placed the fairytale house we made in the center of the vase and designed everything else to fit it. We found moss in our forest to fill the empty patches of land. I love the way the plants settle and grow in this pot!
For our next larger pot, I found an antique steel bucket at our local antique shop, filled it with gravel, then earth, and planted four small plants inside. My daughters and I covered the ground with the moss we found and made a small river of blue marble. We made the bridge out of willow twigs and a glue gun, and the banner was made out of twigs, twine and scraps of fabric. We have these little mushroom decorations left over from this project.
In the last and smallest pot we used a pot that we had at hand, we covered it with earth and we planted some flowers. We then made a miniature pond from a blue Tupperware bowl with a recycling bag hidden inside and some stones stuck around the perimeter. We covered the bare ground with moss.
Girls love to play with their fairy garden and we will probably add and change layouts as we advance. I think that’s the fun in fairytale gardens – you can tinker and play with them and change them constantly.
What I’m truly liking about our simple version is that it didn’t cost us much at all, and it’s completely kid-friendly. Girls can take their little plastic fairy toys and wander their magical multi-level garden and PLAY!
Happy fairy gardening! If you have any fun ideas for a fairytale garden, let me know in the comments below!
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If you’re not the ‘diy crafty person’ then coming up with fun ideas for your kids to engage in during their spare time might seem a bit of a task. Kids love to act out in reality what they see on T. V, which is why constructing a fairy garden with them would be an adventure you both won’t want to pass up. The best part is that you shouldn’t spend a dime or go out of your way to collect material as everything would already be available to you.
The project itself takes little effort, that is if you’re not planning to make a garden as seen in #11 picture of this article. Look around the house for simple, unused items such as a wheelbarrow, bucket, box, or vase of flowers. If you don’t want to work within a confined space, then consider building a miniature wall or picket fence. On the other hand, a hammer, some nails, and small wooden planks may be just what you need on a tight budget.
When deciding what the outline of your fairytale garden should look like, take into account the origin of these mythical creatures. It is said that in ancient times these fairies were considered gods. With that in mind, a garden depicting a real scenario would look perfect, as would dress up each doll to make it look real. Nothing looks more beautiful than a terrarium with miniature furniture and plants that look like a magical world created and removed from reality. Determining this would require patient and kind hands, free time, but most of all a passionate and fun-loving desire for creative innovation as such.
Today, I’m sharing a fun and easy way to do itDIY fairytale garden with children.
After a long day of visiting a doctor, driving 90 miles to San Francisco to get a quick passport, a trip to the garden shop, and an active date with friends, we treated ourselves to a relaxing evening.Plant a fairy in the garden. Because, ya know, that’s what some people do after a marathon day. We just got it started and our Fairy Garden will no doubt go through multiple iterations, but I think we’re off to a pretty good start and I wanted to share the results.
At the garden shop, my daughter and I spent a lot of time discussing the need to select small-scale plants and worked together to select moss and succulents to fill our tub.
When we finally got home last night, the enthusiasm for organizing the garden was so great that bedtime was delayed by almost an hour!
The Down – really nice. I love it.
Preparation for planting: it all comes down to knee pads.
Completed DIY Fairy Garden
Creative play occupies a huge place in the life of children and preschoolers, and it seemed like a great idea to move the fun into an outdoor dollhouse style. To date, we have had a lot of fun designing and building a garden (a worthy goal in itself), and I hope that in the long run my daughter and her friends immerse themselves in the magical miniature garden for endless hours of fun.
After setting up a small garden, it occurred to me that we could easily have extended the garden to other areas of our yard, giving our fairies plenty of places to hide and play.
The size of this garden naturally lends itself to pots and small containers, and the Fairy Garden is also a great tour if you want to organize a gardening experience for your child and have little outdoor space.
I’m not sure where I first got the idea to make a fairy garden, but I’ve since found a TON of creative people who’ve made and documented their magical wonderlands for all to enjoy. Here are some of my favorites:
Magic Onions: How to Make a Fairytale Garden: Great photos of a majestic garden with oak barrels.
Martha Stewart and Julie Andrews create Indoor Fairyland (19-minute text and video): It’s not a practical garden, but watching Martha and Julie work side by side is a pretty rare treat.
Flickr Group: Miniature Backyard Fairy Gardens: Holy cow, there’s a Flickr group dedicated to this very concept. Lots of ideas here.
View from above
A bird’s eye view of the small world below.
Some time ago I shared how to make the Coastal Fairy House. Today I thought I’d like to share how you can easily make a miniature garden in a container.
It is extremely easy to do as many garden centers are now satisfying customers’ appetite for miniature items. Most garden centers now have areas entirely dedicated to this fairytale gardening hobby. Anyone can make such a garden by themselves from the smallest trees, plants, succulents and accessories. Such a project is intended for young and old. But be warned, for some reason many people find these gardens very compelling! Here’s what you need to get started:
- Container – I used a garbage can that is approximately 20 "x 16"
- Plantations such as fairy, ‘Platt’s Black’, brass buttons, dwarf grasses, ferns, miniature evergreens, hens and chicks, succulents, hairy or creeping thyme, lavender, miniature roses, miniature daisies, Selaginella, miniature African violets , dianthus.
- Potted soil
- Accessories: purchased or homemade.
Check out the gallery below to learn how to get started.
Planting a fairytale garden
Get this look
To take care of your fairy garden, remember to water it regularly. We also encourage you to gently trim any plantings that seem too large for their space. If you happen to lose a plant or it’s not doing well, gently remove it from your garden and replace it with something else. These gardens are constantly growing, changing and evolving, just like our ordinary gardens.
When you think about adding accessories, the only limit is your creativity. In all of my miniature gardens, I like to include both store-bought and homemade items. When I’m out and about, I always think about my miniature gardens. I love discovering little fun items in thrift stores, garden centers, and even recycling items found in nature. Acorn lids are perfect dishes. The leaves are covered and natural pads. Moss sheets can be made into rugs for the home. Also, check out the craft shop and be sure to walk down the dollhouse aisle. You will be amazed at what you will find. Some people even like to decorate their gardens for the holidays.
Are you looking for a fairy garden set and ideas on how to create your own fairy garden? If you need inspiration to share with your kids, this is your list!
12 of the cutest DIY fairy garden ideas and kits
I still remember the day my daughter and I created a fairytale garden. We didn’t have any kits then, just a couple of her old toys and a large garden pot. It was a great bonding experience. Now you can order a fairy garden set and, with a little imagination and creativity, create a fairy garden for your garden. It’s a great crafting project for kids and kids at heart alike. So if you’re looking for some, continue scrolling. And if you need some advice, here it is 7 tips for creating a DIY fairy gardenI am sure you will find it useful.
1. A fairy garden for bird baths
Do you have an old bird bath? Add some soil and turn it into a beautiful fairytale garden. Check it out here.
2. A fairy garden for $ 20
Create something beautiful without breaking the bank. See for yourself.
3. A starter kit for a miniature fairytale garden
You need something to start with, this starter kit will do the job. Get it here.
4. Fairy garden of stumps
Do you have a lying stump? It may sound strange, but it creates a beautiful fairytale garden. Check it out here.
5. A teacup in a fairytale garden
It might be the sweetest ever. It is great for indoors, outdoors, or even as a gift. Check it out here.
6. A miniature succulent garden
Garden with succulents. Świetny hit do ogrodu i z dziećmi. Download the tutorial here.
7. Tide pool container Fairytale garden
Fairies also like to wade in the pool, and how can I forget about using a DIY jar in the fairy garden? 🙂.
8. A fairytale garden in the courtyard
Create a magical fairy place in your garden by asking your children to build this fairy garden. It’s great for their development. Check it out here.
9. A fairytale garden with a broken vase
It is not necessary to throw away the broken pots. Here’s a great way to upcycle them.
10. Circus themed fairy garden
Life’s a circus. This is a great theme for your garden. Check it out here.
11. A flowerpot from a fairytale garden
A cute and magical DIY project that’s perfect for your garden decoration collection. Tutorial here.
12. A set for an independent fairytale garden
Holding your little girl’s party? These fairytale garden sets will make a great gift idea.
Do you want to share the tricks of the fairytale garden with your children? Then watch this video from DreamWorksTV:
Did this list inspire you to create your own fairytale garden? Let us know below in the comments!
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Create an adorable fairy farm for your fairies and kids in the garden
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- Post published: April 28, 2017
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Invite the fairies to visit your fairy farm this summer! Complete with a small country house and clothes hanging out to dry. Check out these simple and fun ideas to make the garden even more special for children! Come on in and I’ll show you what we’ve been up to and why my kids are so excited about these ideas:
After setting up our fairy tale little farmhouse and farmhouse, Ella swore she saw a bright light flying at night! She is so excited that she sees fairy tracks every morning. They always leave a little pixie dust behind to let us know they’ve visited. So funny!
Here’s what we did for our garden setup:
- Hay bales
- Tire oscillation
Here’s What You’ll Need for the Barn Section of this craft:
- A small bird barn
- Red pen
- white marker with paint
- moss on the roof
- natural raffia
- floral thread
- old lego car tire
- some string
We also had:
(Found them at Michael’s craft shop)
- Small tractor
- has lived through time
- Cut the bunch of raffia into strips about 2 inches long – tie them together
- wrap the floral thread around the raffia on both ends
- I used markers to paint the birdhouses in the barn – the children also painted the birdhouses with colored markers. It’s so nice to have paint pens. Very little mess, and they can truly get creative with embellishments
- we added some moss to the roof with a hot glue gun
- I pulled a tire off of one of the kids old toys and tied some string to it
- we found a twig that had an outstretched hand on which to tie a swing
There is a small fairy farm on the farm. They can hang their clothes on this fun belt loop to dry them. We also have a small garden gate to welcome them at home.
Here’s what was done for a country house:
- Clothes line with clothes
- garden gate
You will need:
- miniature birdhouse with a small enclosure (found me at Michael’s)
- white paint – a white marker with paint, or white spray paint
- 5 medium-sized ice cream sticks
- felt cut into clothes
- mini clothespins
- pipe cleaner
- silk flower petal, which has 4 sections
- paint the house completely white and add below to the roof with warm glue
- paint the ice cream sticks white
- arrange the ice cream sticks like in the gate photo and glue them together – I used a hot glue gun
- write welcome with Sharpie
- wrap a piece of pipe cleaner around two sticks – one on each end of the pipe cleaner
- stick the sticks into the ground
- attach your felt clothes with mini clothespins
- pin a mini clothespin in the center of the 4-petaled flower and attach it to a nearby leaf
We have an inscription showing the fairies where they can find anything, like the fairy dust in the photo.
Here’s what you need for a fairy sign:
- medium color clothespins
- pen with fine tip – white
- solid stick
Pixie Dust – I found mine at Michael’s craft shop
- use a pen to write destinations and arrows on the clothespins
- attach the staples to the stick and push it into the ground
Do you need fairies for your fairy garden? Here’s a link to these Pipe Cleaner Fairies
Oh, your fairytale gardens are so cute! I also buy my supplies at the dollar store. 🙂
Kathleen, they’re both cute. I also love the bistro set, how nice and I love the bridge too. 4.99 isn’t too bad for a door and you’re right, every fairy garden needs the perfect door.
They’re so cute. All the fairies are so cute too.
Happy new week.
I truly enjoyed your fairy gardens. Last year I created one of the artificial plants in a vintage pink vase that had a crack in it so it didn’t fit real plants! Last week Michael’s had their f. g. section 50% off so I treated myself to several things–a pick with a flying pig tickled my fancy! Two years ago I made a tree house with a CD case for my flying fairies, attached to my tall rose bush with a fishing line so that I can see it at eye level!
Your fairytale gardens are so cute. I wanted to make money for a while, but I didn’t because of the cost. I looked at fabulous items in the Hobby Lobby and they were just too expensive, even when they were on sale. I didn’t realize they sell fortune teller items at the dollar store. I will have to check it next time I go there.