Have you ever heard of, seen or made a fairy garden? Do you have one? I do and love creating new ways to make it special, each season. If you don’t know what they are, today is your lucky day! I’m going to show you how to make a fairy garden of your own!

A miniature fairy garden sits in a ceramic pot on a wooden table.  The garden includes a small red house with a thatched roof, surrounded by colorful flowers, pebbles, and a tiny white fence.

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What is a Fairy Garden?

Fairy gardens are tiny gardens full of magic, built inside a container or nestled in a shady spot outdoors. They’re designed to spark the imagination, featuring tiny plants, charming accessories, and fairy houses – all waiting to be discovered by fairies (or anyone who believes in a touch of magic).

A friend made one for me. So much thought and detail went into that little garden. She created mine in a shallow planter and started by adding a beautiful miniature cottage, which sat right in the center. Leading up to the cottage was a pretty mosaic pathway. That pathway was made from mosaic tiles that belonged to her mother. She added a Celtic cross stone, a scripture stone and some miniature plants. I will never forget how special getting that garden was or the thought that went into each piece.

Over the years, the garden has changed.

But isn’t that the way with most things in life?


“It is frightfully difficult to know much about the fairies, and almost the only thing for certain is that there are fairies wherever there are children.”
― J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan

Today, I am going to show you how to create one for yourself. If you’re looking for a meaningful activity to engage in with your grandchild, or simply want to add a touch of whimsy to your own garden this is the perfect project!

Remember, this doesn’t have to be a break the bank project. It is a small fairy garden and you can easily find items you already have to use. Especially items like stones and shells. If you do need to purchase some items, remember it’s a good investment because you can use them year after year.

Who doesn’t like purchasing something that keeps on giving you joy??

Fairy Core Supply List

Here are some items you will need:

-A shallow container

-Potting soil

-Fairy Supplies/Decor

-Small plants

Creating Your Fairy Garden

First, you want to find a shallow container to work with because the garden will be easier to see and enjoy. Also, drainage is key. For healthy plants, select a container with drainage holes at the bottom to allow excess water to escape.

Fairy garden - dish planter

After selecting your container, fill it with potting soil. Terrarium moss can also be used – it’s not essential but adds a magical touch, and I like to incorporate it sometimes.

Place your largest piece in the container next. For me, my pretty fairy cottage is the biggest piece. I always place it in the center. This gives me the ability to easily decorate on either side of the planter. 

Fairy garden - supplies

The next and last step is my favorite. If you love to create and decorate it will be your favorite, too! 

Grab your plants and all your little core fairy garden items and put them in place. Fairy garden supplies are plentiful! Explore your local garden center or browse online retailers to find just the right pieces. Remember, you can also get creative and use household items to add your own unique touch, as I mentioned before.

Fairy garden - creating the garden

I always put the fairy in last.

She’s the finishing touch!

After all it is her garden!

Fariy garden - close-up
Fairy garden - chair and house

Enjoy!

Now that your garden is finished, place it where you can enjoy it all season! I use mine as the centerpiece on my patio set. It’s a great conversation piece, too.

You can see the finished fairy garden and my patio set-up in my Easy Breezy Summer Home Tour.

Fairy Garden - Full table setting

I hope this inspires you to create your own Fairy Garden and you find the magic in the process. I hope you come visit me again!

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28 Comments

  1. This is so adorable. I love the idea of a fairy garden but don’t think I have the patience. Have you seen the ones that Laura makes on the Garden Answer YouTube Channel? They are amazing.

  2. Your wee little garden is so sweet! Love the cottage, it makes a beautiful centerpiece that will last all summer.
    Checking out the links. I’ve enjoyed the Summer Home Tour.

  3. How cute! Fairy gardens remind me of my grandma. Fairy gardens weren’t really a thing then, but she would love to put little trinkets in her pots.

  4. So cute! This is something I have always wanted to do but alas, weeding takes precedence. Pinned it to my Faerie Gardens board for hopefully a future project.

  5. I live in an apt, can you make one for indoors without real soil or is that not what this garden is about?

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