There is something really magical about working with your children to make a Fairy 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 moss and miniature is always charming. As is working with your children, especially when you are invited into their imaginations and can glimpse a little of 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.
Making a Fairy Garden has become a family tradition for us. Each Spring, we start to collect ideas and little treasures. And then, at Spring Break, when the children are home, we start our new garden.
1. Selecting the right container for your Fairy Garden
We have been reading 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 really 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 make sure your container has good drainage. As you will probably be planting moss, your children will be watering it a lot and adequate 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 deathly opposed to water and soil going onto wood (it will rot in a month, he said), so we decided to do our best to waterproof our treasure 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 waterproof most containers that need waterproofing… a few coats should do the trick.
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 each have a turn to make them think they were doing all the hard work, but in reality each only painted a few strokes.
Make sure the drainage holes stay open and are not clogged with rubber paint. Let the Rubber Coat dry fully as per the instructions on the pail.
2. Designing your Fairy Garden
While our paint was drying, we designed our garden.
Kitty and Teddy discussed the features they wanted in their garden. A tree of course. And a pond. Kitty thought it would be great to have some height and I suggested we use an old tree stump that had already (for some reason?) been cut into a quarter. Teddy wanted a cave. While we discussed all manner of Fairy Garden details, Kitty drew our design on a piece of paper and marked where each feature would go.
Then, with our design drawn, we made a list of the plants that would best suite our design.
3. Choosing the right plants for your Fairy Garden.
When choosing plants for your Fairy Garden, be mindful of the scale you are after. You want it to look like a miniature garden, a place where fairies and gnomes look totally in place. Moss is often the main ground cover and too many other plants may detract from the mossy atmosphere. Let your imagination run wild as you choose plants that you think might attract the fairies in your neighborhood.
Also, keep in mind the color combination … silvers, light greens, dark greens, browns… we like as many colors as possible as it adds texture and interest to our Fairy Garden. Plants that have little flowers are perfect.
Make sure the plants you choose all like the same amount of sun and water. If you are going to be using moss, remember that moss likes sun to part 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 ideal with a little trimming. In the past, we have used a Tea Tree which stays wonderfully small if trimmed 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 a TALL tree and so we chose a honeysuckle instead. We fashioned it into the perfect tree by taking away the lowest branches, giving it the appearance of having 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 decided upon…
Moss (as our treasure chest is large, we needed two flats)
white Sea Pinks (we love how their white flowers stick out above their greenery)
A Strawberry plant (which BunBuns ate before we had time to plant it)
A miniature Pansy (which BunBuns ate before we had time to plant it)
4. Planting your Fairy Garden.
Then, with our Rubber Coat paint dry, we filled our treasure chest with soil. We used old soil from a pile in the garden for the most part and then potting soil for the top 3 inches.
Teddy stomped it well so that the soil compacted to about 2 inches below the top of our chest.
As per our design plan, we laid the plants in the places they would go.
Then we planted them, leaving the moss for last.
The moss can be cut to shape and size using a sharp knife.
With the moss in, the garden is level with the top of the chest. Perfect for easy playing.
Published: May 25, 2015 · Modified: May 24, 2015 by Christina Dennis · This post may contain affiliate links · This blog generates income via ads · 11 Comments
My girls and I have been LOVING the gorgeous spring weather we’ve been having here lately! It’s been so therapeutic to be out in the sunshine, work on our yard, and do a bit of gardening. One of our recent projects was a fairy garden for our front steps. It’s been in the works for a while, and I thought I’d share it with you today. My daughters and I made this potted fairy garden over the course of a few weeks, adding things on as we went and making most things ourselves out of things we had on hand or things we found in our yard. This fairy garden was inexpensive and easy to make, and I think the result is just as cute as something you might spend more money on. Plus, it’s fun to make all of the little props!
We chose to feature simple annuals in our fairy garden – alyssum, pansies and carnations – because I liked their small scale and their price! You could use any sort of plant for your garden depending on your area. I’ve seen sweet fairy gardens that have featured succulents and even herbs.
Excuse the “rustic” porch and construction mess we have going on here – our porch is one of our current projects this summer. We’ll slowly and steadily continuing to finish Our DIY House as we’re able to. It’s been a massive, fun, exhausting & wonderful project!
Here’s how we built our easy + inexpensive potted fairy garden:
First, I found a wishing well garden ornament made out of bark and twigs at my local antique shop. The girls and I embellished it with twigs, moss, leather, faux flowers and leaves to make a little fairy house. We simply planned the project out, and glued everything on with a glue gun.
We decided we wanted a fairy garden featuring three pots of different sizes. For the first pot, my hubby cut a “U” shape out of the front of a cheap terra cotta pot. Then, I smashed the part he cut out into a few pieces, and put the cut piece inside the main pot as shown. I filled it with soil and my mom and I had a fun afternoon arranging stones and plants in the broken pot. We placed the fairy house we had made in the center of the pot and designed everything else to fit around it. We found some moss in our forest to fill in the empty soil patches. I love how the plants are settling in and growing in this pot!
For our next largest pot, I found an antique steel bucket at our local antique store, filled it with gravel and then with soil, and planted four little plants inside. My daughters and I then covered the soil with found moss, and made a wee river out of blue marbles. We made a bridge from willow twigs and a glue gun, and a banner from twigs, twine and fabric scraps. We had these leftover little mushroom ornaments from this project.
In the final and smallest pot, we used a little planter we had on hand, filled it with soil and planted a couple of flowers inside. Then, we made a miniature pond out of a blue Tupperware bowl with a recycling bag smushed inside and some rockes glued around its perimeter. We covered the bare soil with moss.
The girls absolutely adore playing with their fairy garden, and we’ll probably keep adding and rearranging things in it as we go along. I think that’s the fun of fairy gardens – you can tinker and fiddle and keep changing them around.
What I’m really liking about our simple version is that it didn’t cost us much at all, and it’s completely kid-friendly. The girls can actually take their little plastic fairy toys and wander through their tiered magical garden and PLAY!
Happy fairy gardening! If you have any fun fairy garden ideas, please 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, there would be no need to spend a dime or go out of your way to accumulate the materials because everything would already be at your disposal.
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 your home for simple unused items like a wheelbarrow, a bucket, box or plant pot. If you don’t want to work within a confined space, then consider building a miniature wall or picket fence. Then again, a hammer, some nails and some small planks of wood can be just the thing you need on a tight budget.
When deciding on what the outline of your fairy garden should look like, consider the origin of these mythical creatures. It is said that in ancient times, these Fae were regarded as deities. With this in mind, a garden depicting a royal setting would seem well in place as would dressing up each doll to look like royalty. Nothing looks more beautiful than a terrarium with miniature furniture and plants looking like a magical world created and set aside from reality. Establishing this would requires patient and delicate hands, free time, but most all, a fun-loving passionate desire for creative innovations as such.
Today I’m sharing a fun and simple way for a Fairy Garden DIY with Kids.
After a loooooong day of visiting the doctor, driving 90 miles to San Francisco for an expedited passport, a trip to the garden store, and an active playdate with friends, we treated ourselves to a relaxing evening of Fairy Garden Planting. 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 store, my daughter and I spent a lot of time discussing the need to choose small-scale plants, and we worked together to select moss and succulents to fill in our tub.
When we finally got home last night, the enthusiasm for setting the garden up had mounted to such a level that bedtime was delayed by almost an hour!
The Moss — sooooo pretty. I love this stuff.
Getting Ready to Plant — It’s all about the knee pads.
Completed DIY Fairy Garden
Imaginative play holds an enormous place in the lives of toddlers and preschoolers, and it seemed like a great idea to bring dollhouse-style play outdoors. For today, we had fun designing and building the garden (a worthy goal in and of itself), and my long-term hope is that my daughter and her friends will find themselves immersed in the magical miniature garden for countless hours of play.
After we set the little garden up, it occurred to me that we could easily extend the garden into other areas of our yard, giving our fairies loads of places to hide and play.
The scale of this garden naturally lends itself to planters and tiny containers, and the Fairy Garden is also a fabulous route to go if you want to set up a gardening experience for your child and you’re short on 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:
The Magic Onions: How to make a Fairy Garden: Fabulous photos of an inspiring oak barrel garden.
Martha Stewart and Julie Andrews make an Indoor Fairyland (Text and 19 minute Video): This is not a hands-on garden, but seeing 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. Loads of ideas here.
A View From Above
A bird’s eye view of a tiny world below.
A little while ago, I shared how to make a Coastal Fairy House. Today, I thought I would share how you can easily make a miniature sized garden in a container.
It is incredibly easy to do, as many garden centers are now catering to customers’ cravings for miniature items. Most garden centers now have areas entirely devoted to this fairy garden hobby. From the tiniest of trees, plants, succulents and accessories anyone can make a garden like this on their own. A project like this is for the young and old alike. But be forewarned, for some reason, many find these gardens highly addicting! Here is what you need to get started:
- A container—I used a basket approximately 20 inches x 16 inches
- Plantings, such as fairy vine, ‘Platt’s Black’, brass buttons, dwarf grasses, ferns, miniature evergreens, hens and chicks, succulents, wooly or creeping thyme, lavender, miniature roses, miniature daisies, Selaginella, miniature African violets, dianthus.
- Potting soil
- Accessories—purchased or homemade.
Take a peek at the gallery below on how you can get started.
Planting a Fairy Garden
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To care for your fairy garden, be sure to water it regularly. Also, feel free to give a gentle pruning to any plantings that seem to outgrow their space. If you happen to lose a plant or it is not doing well, just gently remove it from the garden and replace it with something else. These gardens are always growing, changing and evolving—just like our regular gardens.
When you think about adding accessories, the only limit is your creativity. In all of my miniature gardens, I like to incorporate both store-bought and homemade items. When I am out and about, I seem to always have my miniature gardens in mind. I love discovering fun little items at thrift stores, garden centers and even recycling found items in nature. Acorn lids make perfect plates. Leaves are natural blankets and place mats. Sheets of moss can be transformed into rugs for houses. Take a peek at the craft store too and be sure to stroll down the dollhouse aisle. You will be amazed at what you find. Some people even like to decorate their gardens for the holidays.
Looking for fairy garden kit and ideas on how to make your own fairy garden? If you need some inspiration to share with you kids, this is your list!
12 Cutest DIY Fairy Garden Ideas and Kits
I can still remember the day when my daughter and I made a fairy 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 pretty much order a fairy garden kit and with a little imagination and creativity, make a DIY fairy garden for your backyard. 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 guidance, here are 7 Tips for Making a DIY Fairy Garden I’m sure you’ll find useful.
1. Bird Bath Fairy Garden
Got an old bird bath? Add some soil and turn it into a lovely fairy garden. See it here.
2. $20 Fairy Garden
Create something beautiful without having to break the bank. See it for yourself here.
3. Miniature Fairy Garden Starter Kit
Need a little something to get you started, this starter kit will get the job done. Get it here.
4. Stump Fairy Garden
Do you have a stump lying around? It may sound like a weird question but it makes a stunning fairy garden. See it here.
5. Teacup Fairy Garden
This may be the sweetest ever. Great indoor, outdoor or even as a gift. Check it out here.
6. Miniature Succulent Garden
A garden with succulents. A great hit for your garden and with the kids. Get the tutorial here.
7. Tide Pool Container Fairy Garden
Fairies like to wade in a pool too and how can I ever forget to use a mason jar for a fairy garden DIY? 🙂
8. Backyard Fairy Garden
Create a magical place for the fairies on your backyard by having your kids assemble this fairy garden. It’s great for their development. Check it here.
9. Broken Pot Fairy Garden
No need to throw away 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. View it here.
11. Fairy Garden Pot
A cute and magical DIY project that’s perfect for your garden decoration collection. Tutorial here.
12. DIY Fairy Garden Kit
Holding your little girl’s party? These fairy garden kits will be a great giveaway idea.
Want to share some fairy garden hacks to your kids? Then watch this video from DreamWorksTV:
Did this list inspire you to make your own fairy garden? Let us know below in the comments!
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Make a Cute Fairy Farm for Your Fairies and Kids in the Garden
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Invite the fairies to visit your Fairy Farm this summer! Complete with a little country home and clothes hanging on the line ot dry. Check out these fun and simple ideas to make the garden even more special for the kids! 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 we set up our little country home and fairy farm, Ella swore she saw a glowing light zoom past it at night! She is so excited to see evidence of fairies each morning. They always leave a little pixie dust behind to let us know they’ve visited. So fun!
Here’s What We Made for our Barnyard Set Up:
- Hay bales
- Tire Swing
Here’s What You’ll Need for the Barn Section of this craft:
- A small birdhouse barn
- Red paint pen
- white paint pen
- moss for the roof
- natural raffia
- floral wire
- an old lego car tire
- some string
We also had:
(I found these at Michael’s Craft store)
- A small tractor
- a weather vein
- cut a bunch of raffia into strips that are about 2 inches long – bunch them together
- wrap the floral wire around the raffia on both ends
- I used paint pens to paint a barn birdhouse – The kids also painted birdhouses with paint pens. It’s so nice to have paint pens. Very little mess, and they can really get creative with embellishments
- we added moss to the roof with a warm 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 arm extending out to tie the swing onto
The farm comes complete with a little country cottage for the fairies. They can hang their clothes out to dry on this fun clothesline. We even have a little garden gate to welcome them home.
Here’s what was made for the country home:
- A house
- Clothesline with clothes
- a garden gate
- a butterfly
- a miniature birdhouse that has a little fence (found mine at Michael’s)
- white paint – a white paint pen, or white spray paint
- 5 medium sized popsicle sticks
- a Sharpie
- felt cut into clothes
- mini clothespins
- pipe cleaner
- a silk flower petal that has 4 sections
- paint the house completely white and add moss to the roof with warm glue
- paint the popsicle sticks white
- arrange the popsicle sticks like the picture of the gate and glue the sticks together – I used a warm glue gun
- write welcome with a Sharpie
- wrap a piece of pipe cleaner around two sticks – one on each end of the pipe cleaner
- push the sticks into the ground
- attach your felt clothes with mini clothespins
- pin a mini clothespin in the middle of a 4 petal flower and clip it to a leaf nearby
We have a sign posted to show the fairies just where to find everything, like the pixie dust in the picture.
Here’s What You’ll Need For the Fairy Sign:
- medium colorful clothespins
- fine tip paint pen – white
- a sturdy stick
Pixie Dust – I found mine at Michael’s Craft Store
- use the pen to write destinations and arrows on the clothespins
- attach the clothespins to the stick and push it in the ground
Need fairies for your Fairy Garden? Here’s a link to these Pipe Cleaner Fairies
Aww, your fairy gardens are so sweet! I shop for my supplies at the dollar store too. 🙂
Kathleen they’re both adorable. I love the bistro set too, how cute and I like the bridge too. 4.99 isn’t too bad for the door and you are right every fairy garden needs the perfect door.
These are so adorable. All the fairy pieces are so cute too.
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I really enjoyed your fairy gardens. I crafted one last year with faux plants in a vintage pink planter that had a crack so it wouldn’t be good for 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 from a CD crate for my flying fairies–attached to my tall rose bush with fish line so I could view it at eye level!
Your fairy gardens are so cute. I have wanted to make on for a while but haven’t because of the cost. I have looked at fairy items at Hobby Lobby and they were just too expensive even when they are on sale. I didn’t realize they sold fairy supplies at the dollar store. I will have to check that out the next time I go there.