How to Make a Fairy Garden

How to Make a Fairy Garden

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If you are big into gardening, something you may have considered making for your home is a fairy garden. Now, for those of you who don’t know, this is not just any kind of garden. This is not where you grow fruits, veggies, herbs; it’s not intended to provide you with food.

Instead, a fairy garden is a little garden filled with fairy figurines, little fairy houses and chairs, and everything else you could imagine being present in a little world of fantasy and adventure.

You probably wouldn’t make a fairy garden the same size as a real garden, but maybe in a large planter or in a small corner of your existing garden. Either way, today we will be discussing how to make a fairy garden. They look really neat, they let you escape reality for a while, and they make for great conversation starters.

How to Make a Fairy Garden

Before we get started with talking about how to put your fairy garden together, let’s first go over the list of materials you will need to make it all happen. There is really not all that much you need, but it does depend on how large you plan on making the fairy garden and how intricate you want it to be.

Materials Needed

  • A container with drainage holes – something like a large planter
  • High quality potting mix
  • Glass marbles, pea gravel, pebbles, or anything else of the sort
  • Some flowers, small plants, twigs, and other such things
  • Small garden decorations – fairies, fairy houses, small tables and chairs, etc.

Step 1: Choose the Theme

The first thing that you need to do is to choose the theme for your fairy garden. You don’t want to mix and match here, or else it will look incohesive. You can choose from some really cool themes, things like the interiors of trees, a fairy city, a fairy castle, a wooded play area, a fairy cottage, a beach theme, or anything else that your imagination can think of. Just make sure that it’s cohesive.

Step 2: Choose Your Location

Now it is time to choose the location for your fairy garden. These things are cool because you can set them up indoors and outdoors. It really doesn’t matter, just wherever you think that it will bring you the most enjoyment. Just make sure that the container you choose will fit the location. On a side note, providing your fairy garden with a good amount of sunlight is never a bad idea.

Step 3: Choose the Container

What type and size of container you go for is totally up to you. It depends on how intricate and large you want your fairy garden to be. However, it will definitely help if you choose a container that looks nice, is durable, and in terms of color, will match the theme you are going for.

Also, as long as the container has drainage holes in the bottom, you should be fine. Options here include tin buckets, wheelbarrows, planters, large pots, wagons, and anything else of the sort. You want to go for something that is at least 6 inches deep and 12 inches across, although larger is better, or else you won’t be able to fit many decorations.

How to Make a Fairy Garden

Step 4: Build the Fairy Garden

Now it is time for you to assemble everything.

  1. Put some high quality potting soil in the container of choice. If you want to ensure that the fairy garden has good drainage, adding some pea gravel under the soil will help.
  2. Now it is time for you to get some small plants in there. Good plants for fairy gardens include baby tears, small ferns, woolly thyme, small violas, rosemary, bonsai trees, ivy, and anything else small enough for this purpose. Make sure to plant them in good locations, so you can still fit the actual fairy stuff afterwards.
  3. Add all of the fairy decorations, things like small houses, small castles and cottages, toadstools, pails, water cans, mini wheelbarrows, some lanterns, bird houses small animal figurines, and yes, of course the actual fairies too.

The cool thing here is that how awesome your fairy garden looks is limited by one thing only, and that is your own imagination.


A cool hack is that instead of using normal plants for your fairy garden, you could grow some herbs in it. This way, you can pick the herbs to cook with whenever you need them.

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