I enjoyed making my own fairy garden. It really brought out my creative side, and now I'm totally addicted.
Miniature fairy gardens are fun and adorable. In some regions, miniature fairy gardens are called enchanted gardens. Regardless, they are a delight to create. Who says you are too big to play with fairies? Try it and you just may be hooked on a new hobby.
If you like creating village scenes for Christmas, you will definitely enjoy getting creative with your own personal enchanted fairy garden. Fairy gardens can be created in small containers, or they can be expanded into rock gardens and multiple containers. Choose plants that can be easily trimmed and suit the lighting of your patio or deck. You may want to place your garden near an outlet and add a few extras, such as miniature lights or miniature water fountains.
How to Make Your Own Fairy Garden
I can see how this can become an addicting hobby. It was a calming activity that not only sparked my creativity; it brought out my inner child. Here's how I made my own fairy garden, including materials, picture tutorial and instructions.
Follow the tutorial below and see how I transformed my garden container into my own fairy garden.
- terra cotta container
- quality potting soil
- hollow castle (I'll be adding flameless battery operated tea-lights in the evenings)
- reptile rock
- a variety of decorative rock: consider rivers, paths and borders
- toy fairies and insects (I used a Disney collection)
- carpet moss (available in most floral departments)
DIY: Fairy Garden Photo Tutorial
Basic Fairy Garden Instructions
Fairy gardens are basically fancy and creative, fun-filled container gardens.
- Choose a container: consider rustic or vintage pieces for added character.
- If your container does not have any holes you should drill in a few for drainage.
- Layer the bottom of your container with about one inch of gravel.
- Cover the gravel with a good quality potting soil. Leave about one inch of space between the edge of your container and the soil.
- Begin placing the larger decorative pieces first.
- Visualize how you would like your garden to evolve. Determine the placement of any paths, rivers or water features (miniature water fountains).
- Add low growing ground-cover or succulents to your garden. Choose plants that require the same amount of water and sunlight.
- Continue adding additional accessories and plants. Alternate and adjust your design as needed.
- Cover any exposed soil with carpet moss, wood chips or rocks.
- Create edges and borders with crystals or decorative rocks. Consider adding miniature fish figures to your riverbeds.
- Add your own miniature insects, furniture and decor.
- Water and trim plants as needed.
Suggestions and Ideas for Accessories
- miniature table fountains
- miniature furniture
- miniature garden pieces
- miniature insects and creatures
- miniature fairies
- aquarium pieces: castles, bridges, wood or treasure chests
- carpet moss
- variety of rocks: choose different sizes and colors for your garden's terrain.
- wood chips
- Castles or hollow pieces can be enhanced in the evening with flameless tea-lights or miniature stringed lighting.
- Choose a theme for your garden: rustic, birds, butterflies or insects. Perhaps an English Garden or old farmland.
- Consider using accessories from your Christmas village.
DIY Fairy Garden Picture Gallery
Miniature and Fairy Garden Ideas
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2012 Marisa Hammond Olivares
Mercedes Nieves on May 20, 2017:
povanes on June 07, 2016:
its so lovely.... i start with indoor fairy garden...its great.......
Marisa Hammond Olivares (author) from Texas on July 14, 2014:
Thank you for all the wonderful comments. These fairy gardens are so much fun to create and the ideas are endless. You can adapt them to your growing zone, sun/part shade and water needs. Have fun, its like being a kid again and playing house. :)
Raimer Gel on July 12, 2014:
That is very cute! I can't wait to have one at home.
Kelly A Burnett from United States on March 04, 2014:
I just saw this at my girlfriend's home. She has three airdales and in the minature garden, yes, you guessed - three airdales! Amazing new world of gardening! Thank you!
Nicole Perezcassar from Windermere, Florida on July 14, 2013:
This is such a cute idea! Can't wait to build one of my own!
marion langley from The Study on July 02, 2013:
voting up...awesome, well written, and completely inspiring...I've got so many ideas...gotta go and write them down!
Thelma Alberts from Germany and Philippines on June 24, 2013:
Awesome!!!! I would love to follow this idea of making a miniature fairy garden. Your steps by steps instructions are easy to follow. I have seen myself making this garden now in my mind. I´ll look for miniature fairies and dwarfs soon in some of the flea markets in our place. Thanks for sharing this. Voted up and pinned.
John Paolo B.Magdaluyo from Philippine on March 13, 2013:
wow! small, cute,adorable and all other things to say were in! Great hub and ideas!
Marie Hurt from New Orleans, LA on March 11, 2013:
Really cute ideas. These are small enough that they could even fit into my apartment. I love the idea of little fairy villages.
Subhas from New Delhi, India on March 11, 2013:
Very nice and lovable idea! Surely this is going to become an eye candy for my place!
India Arnold from Northern, California on March 11, 2013:
These are simply adorable! What a great project for anyone who loves fairies or garden-style creations. Great pictures and information! Consider this shared like crazy!
Catherine Taylor from Canada on March 11, 2013:
I love, love, love this idea and your hub was so informative. I look forward to making a few of these with my girls. Voted UP and sharing.
Carol from Greenwood, B.C., Canada on March 11, 2013:
These a wonderful! I must admit I'm a little prejudiced as my husband carves whimsical houses from cottonwood bark and these little setups would be great as an accompanyment.
Thanks for a fantastic idea!
anglnwu on March 11, 2013:
This is terribly cute. I could see myself doing this. Thanks for sharing your fabulous ideas. Rated up.
Cynthia Calhoun from Western NC on March 11, 2013:
Seriously beautimous! I love the miniature size and everything is so whimsical. Fabulous hub and photos!
Barbara Badder from USA on March 10, 2013:
I love these little gardens. I think I'll finally make one. I have the perfect place as long as my animals stay away.
Kathryn from Windsor, Connecticut on March 10, 2013:
That is an adorable and charming idea! I love miniatures. I want to try that sometime.
Victoria Lynn from Arkansas, USA on March 10, 2013:
This is so neat.What a fun spring project. I love my miniature Christmas villages, and I think I would love to try this. Great photos. Awesome hub!
Gina145 from South Africa on March 06, 2013:
That's beautiful. I'm trying to think how I can tie this in with my interest in growing bonsai. I'd love to come up with something creative for one of our club shows but would hate to upset the members who are purists.
DreamerMeg from Northern Ireland on March 04, 2013:
What a fantastic idea. Have never seen these before. This would be a great idea for my granddaughter who is always talking about "the house and garden I am gong to build".
Better Yourself from North Carolina on March 03, 2013:
Love this idea! So enchanting and imaginative - a great project to do with kids! Great hub - thanks for sharing!!
Gail Meyers from Johnson County, Kansas on March 02, 2013:
I love miniture gardens! This is beautiful and with great instructions. Thanks for sharing it. Voted up, awesome and pinned.
shahpriya on February 13, 2013:
This is so damn beautiful!! I want to make the same tooo...really love it!! Love the idea and its so much of fun...and yeah i love fairy tales!! :D
Great stuff...keep sharing!! Thanks..
Marisa Hammond Olivares (author) from Texas on January 07, 2013:
idigwebsites, I do hope you give this project a try. It is fun, relaxing and a great conversation starter.
Anna, the fairies I used (last photo collection above) are actually from the Disney collection. I found them in the toy department at Wal-Mart. Best of luck to you.
Anna on January 06, 2013:
Where can I buy the miniature fairies like yours? I've looked everywhere!
idigwebsites from United States on October 01, 2012:
Hi missolive! I admit I'm clumsy when it comes to crafts and stuff, but I think I can do these cute miniature fairy gardens. My imagination is the only limit. Thanks for sharing your ideas and photos! :)
Marisa Hammond Olivares (author) from Texas on September 30, 2012:
Eiddwen, thank you so much! Aren't they cute? So many ideas. Glad to see you, take care, Marisa
Eiddwen from Wales on September 29, 2012:
Beautiful,interesting and useful.
Enjoy your day.
Marisa Hammond Olivares (author) from Texas on July 29, 2012:
Ron Hawkster, Thank you! What a great compliment.
Ron Hawkster from United States of America on July 28, 2012:
This is good enough to be part of a book. It's fun and fact filled. Excellent.
Marisa Hammond Olivares (author) from Texas on July 28, 2012:
Sharyn's Slant: Sharon, I bet she is walking a garden far more beautiful than we could ever imagine. Complete with angels. :) Thank you for reading and commenting.
Jenna Pope, Thanks so much! I just fell in love with this idea when I saw them. The possibilities are endless.
Jenna Pope from Southern California on July 28, 2012:
I had never seen a fairy garden, but these are adorable! Great hub. Voted up.
Sharon Smith from Northeast Ohio USA on July 28, 2012:
I love this idea. I honestly can say that I have never heard of a fairy garden. Things like this remind me of my Mom. She loved pampering her yard. I wish she was still here to enjoy projects like these.
Marisa Hammond Olivares (author) from Texas on July 12, 2012:
ananceleste, Thank you! They are really cute and fun to make. Glad you enjoyed it.
Anan Celeste from California on July 06, 2012:
This is so cute! And such a good idea for a gift. thanks.
Marisa Hammond Olivares (author) from Texas on July 04, 2012:
jpcmc, thank you! Yes, this would be a great parent, or grandparent child activity. They are definitely fun and easy to make. Glad you liked them.
blairtracy, aren't they though?! I'm thrilled to hear you are inspired - have fun!
Tracy B from Canada on July 03, 2012:
Oh my goodness these are so cute!! I think I may have to put one or two together sometime in the near future! Thanks for the idea!
JP Carlos from Quezon CIty, Phlippines on July 03, 2012:
They are so adorable. What’s even fantastic is that you can easily make one on your own. This can be a great project for kids.
Marisa Hammond Olivares (author) from Texas on July 01, 2012:
WOW! So many wonderful comments! How can I ever respond to each and every one of you? I'm thrilled to see many hubbers liking this fun project. It is really is enjoyable and I'm already planning for another garden. I'll update my photos when I do.
Again, thank you so much for your support, votes and comments. Enjoy your gardens!
prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on July 01, 2012:
This was so beautiful. I love your tips and I really enjoy all pictures here. Thanks for writing and share with us. Voted up :-)
thebookmom from Nebraska on July 01, 2012:
What a darling idea! Can't wait to try it with my girls :)
Jenn from Pennsylvania on July 01, 2012:
What a cute and fun idea! Love this.
Patty Inglish MS from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on July 01, 2012:
I enjoy the idea of a mini fairy garden and think your step-by-step photos are awesome!
SilkThimble from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on July 01, 2012:
Love this idea! And it would be really easy to adapt the plantings to different climates.
Teresa Coppens from Ontario, Canada on July 01, 2012:
Beautiful hub and a grand idea for inside or outside the home. Dragonflies and butterflies are a theme I would use but you have provided endless possibilities!
breakfastpop on July 01, 2012:
What a charming idea. I love fairies.
Susan Zutautas from Ontario, Canada on July 01, 2012:
These miniature fairy gardens are so cute! What a great idea. I'd love to make one for my porch.
L M Reid from Ireland on July 01, 2012:
Wonderful ideas for miniature gardens. The one you made yourself is great. I like the way you have the tiny white stones on the bridge.
Shared on Twitter, voted useful and awesome
Ishwaryaa Dhandapani from Chennai, India on July 01, 2012:
Wow! An extremely wonderful idea to create a gorgeous fancy minature fairy garden! Your own miniature fairy garden looks very pretty and well-arranged! Your directions, tips and photos are very helpful & handy! My one of most favorite hobbies is indulging in creative activities that brings out my inner child! I would like to give this a try to check out some mentioned by you on Amazon. Well-done!
Thanks for SHARING. Pressed all the buttons except funny(sorry). Voted up & Socially Shared.
Tim Mitchell from Escondido, CA on July 01, 2012:
It's about time you believed in the little people, JK . . . I like this idea. I have 3 pots I have to plant sometime. I think I will do this. Great idea. (P.S. I have real little ones in my back garden, shhhhhhhhhhhhhh)
QudsiaP1 on July 01, 2012:
This is so gorgeous! Love love love it!
Liz Rayen from California on July 01, 2012:
Absolutely Beautiful! I want to create one soooo bad.. I have all the makings for one.. Very very cool my little olive! Thumbs way up!
Patsy Bell Hobson from zone 6a, SEMO on July 01, 2012:
Pinned, tweeted, voted up. Like your post. It is a sweet idea, I just never knew how to go about it.
Melanie from Midwest, USA on July 01, 2012:
Wow! These are some really pretty pictures. I've always loved miniatures, now you've got me wanting to make my own fairy garden. I am going to really have to try this out... and soon!
Gypsy Rose Lee from Daytona Beach, Florida on June 30, 2012:
Voted up and awesome. These fairy gardens are so lovely. Thanks for sharing and the pics are great. Passing this on.
snowdrops from The Second Star to the Right on June 30, 2012:
Wow! the fairy garden looks so amazing and beautiful!
Laura Izett-Irwin from The Great Northwest on June 30, 2012:
such a cool idea. I'm going to do this with my 4yr old. i voted up and everything else!
Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on June 30, 2012:
I love Terra cotta planters. Thanks so much for these really cool ideas. I like making themed gardens. Voted helpful! Sharing!
moonlake from America on June 30, 2012:
Great idea. I have a dish with rocks and plants in it but never thought to put a little house in it. I think I have some small houses packed away. Great Hub. Voted up.
Mary Hyatt from Florida on June 30, 2012:
I love this idea! I enjoy doing crafty things, and this looks like a perfect project for me. I voted it UP, etc.etc. and will share. I hope you "pinned" this!
cactusbythesea from Seattle on June 30, 2012:
I'm going to save this for later, it's a great guide with beautiful pictures. I think I might try to do something with cactuses. Thank you for the inspiration!
Grace D. from Missouri on June 30, 2012:
Those are beautiful, such a great idea. They seem easy enough to make. Thanks for the great post.~Grace
Ron Hawkster from United States of America on June 30, 2012:
That is just adorable. I love the idea. Opens things up to creativity. Most excellent.
Tammy from North Carolina on June 30, 2012:
This is outstanding Miss O! I love fairy gardens. You just have to be careful to make sure it isn't a dark fairy dwelling or you may invite a dark fairy. Your presentation and photos are just wonderful. This looks likes a Hub of the Day to me. :)
Terrye Toombs from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map. on June 30, 2012:
I *love* fairy gardens. I saw a kit at Runnings a month ago, but it was $50 and didn't include the plants! If I had the time this year, I would have created one from scratch. It's on my to do list for next spring and you can bet I'll be coming back to this hub for instructions! :) VUMS!
Nancy Yager from Hamburg, New York on June 30, 2012:
I once made a fairy garden. It was so much fun. But my husband would not let me put it outside. Voted Up and Shared.
Deborah Brooks Langford from Brownsville,TX on June 30, 2012:
Ms Olive.. I love these ideas.. what a great hub..
I am sharing every where.. lol and pinning and tweeting
Joshua Zerbini from Pennsylvania on June 30, 2012:
Ok, I have to be honest, and hopefully I will not be judged by it LOL. I have always loved to do things like creating Christmas villages, like you mentioned. I think it would be a little odd for me to create a fairy garden, but the pictures are awesome! I also enjoyed your step by step pictures with captions. This is awesome missolive! :) voted up, across the board, and sharing!
Mary Craig from New York on June 30, 2012:
Love, love, love it! First you have to understand I am a fan of miniature anything and second you need to know I am fascinated by fairies and little people...your fairy gardens are the perfect combination of both.
Your directions and photos make the task seem easy enough and I can see small children loving them as well. 'Tis a grand idea!!
Voted up, useful, awesome and interesting.