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Miniature Fairy Gardens: Ideas and Pictures

Updated on September 20, 2015
Miniature fairy gardens or enchanted gardens are a fun and creative way to add whimsical container gardening to your home or patio. See a variety of pictures and ideas for creating your own magical fairy garden.
Miniature fairy gardens or enchanted gardens are a fun and creative way to add whimsical container gardening to your home or patio. See a variety of pictures and ideas for creating your own magical fairy garden. | Source

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 to 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.

Pictures of Fairy Gardens

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Bird houses come in various styles, shapes and colors. These are made of heavy stone and have a wonderful rustic and authentic look.
Bird houses come in various styles, shapes and colors. These are made of heavy stone and have a wonderful rustic and authentic look. | Source

Fairy Garden Tips

Suggestions and Ideas for Accessories

Accessories:

  • birdhouses
  • miniature table fountains
  • miniature furniture
  • miniature garden pieces
  • miniature insects and creatures
  • miniature fairies
  • aquarium pieces: castles, bridges, wood or treasure chests
  • carpet moss
  • succulents
  • ground-cover
  • variety of rocks: choose different sizes and colors for your garden's terrain.
  • wood chips

Ideas:

  • 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.

Making your own fairy garden

How I made my own fairy garden: materials, picture tutorial and instructions.

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.

Follow the picture tutorial below and see how I transformed my garden container into my own fairy garden.

Materials:

  • terra cotta container
  • gravel
  • quality potting soil
  • hollow castle (I'll be adding flameless battery operated tea-lights in the evenings)
  • bridge
  • reptile rock
  • a variety of decorative rock: consider rivers, paths and borders
  • ground-cover
  • succulents
  • toy fairies and insects (I used a Disney collection)
  • carpet moss (available in most floral departments)

DIY: Fairy Garden Photo Tutorial

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My miniature fairy garden.Choose a container and fill it with about one inch of gravel. This will help improve drainage.Cover the gravel with good quality potting soil. Leave about one inch between the edge of the container and the top layer of soil.Place a few of your larger accessories in your container and begin visualizing a rough draft of your design. Determine the best placement for the plants and articles you have selected.Suggestion: you may want to move the container to the location you intend to keep it in. It will become heavier as you add your plants and rocks. Begin adding your greenery and any accessories. It does not take long to get carried away. I added aquarium rocks for my moat and bridge. I edged these areas with larger, polished river rock. I used a roll of carpet moss to cover any exposed dirt. I used an old bridge from an aquarium set over my moat of blue aquarium rocks. The inspiration for my garden began with an old rugged castle. The windows are hollow and will look magical in the evening with my flameless tea-lights.Miniature fairy garden ideas. Close ups. Miniature fairy garden ideas. Close ups. A toy set of Disney themed fairies were the perfect addition to my enchanted garden.Miniature fairy garden ideas. Close ups. I eventually decided the castle was too dark and I spray painted it a cinnamon color.
My miniature fairy garden.
My miniature fairy garden. | Source
Choose a container and fill it with about one inch of gravel. This will help improve drainage.
Choose a container and fill it with about one inch of gravel. This will help improve drainage. | Source
Cover the gravel with good quality potting soil. Leave about one inch between the edge of the container and the top layer of soil.
Cover the gravel with good quality potting soil. Leave about one inch between the edge of the container and the top layer of soil. | Source
Place a few of your larger accessories in your container and begin visualizing a rough draft of your design. Determine the best placement for the plants and articles you have selected.
Place a few of your larger accessories in your container and begin visualizing a rough draft of your design. Determine the best placement for the plants and articles you have selected. | Source
Suggestion: you may want to move the container to the location you intend to keep it in. It will become heavier as you add your plants and rocks. Begin adding your greenery and any accessories.
Suggestion: you may want to move the container to the location you intend to keep it in. It will become heavier as you add your plants and rocks. Begin adding your greenery and any accessories. | Source
It does not take long to get carried away. I added aquarium rocks for my moat and bridge. I edged these areas with larger, polished river rock.
It does not take long to get carried away. I added aquarium rocks for my moat and bridge. I edged these areas with larger, polished river rock. | Source
I used a roll of carpet moss to cover any exposed dirt.
I used a roll of carpet moss to cover any exposed dirt. | Source
I used an old bridge from an aquarium set over my moat of blue aquarium rocks.
I used an old bridge from an aquarium set over my moat of blue aquarium rocks. | Source
The inspiration for my garden began with an old rugged castle. The windows are hollow and will look magical in the evening with my flameless tea-lights.
The inspiration for my garden began with an old rugged castle. The windows are hollow and will look magical in the evening with my flameless tea-lights. | Source
Miniature fairy garden ideas. Close ups.
Miniature fairy garden ideas. Close ups. | Source
Miniature fairy garden ideas. Close ups.
Miniature fairy garden ideas. Close ups. | Source
A toy set of Disney themed fairies were the perfect addition to my enchanted garden.
A toy set of Disney themed fairies were the perfect addition to my enchanted garden. | Source
Miniature fairy garden ideas. Close ups.
Miniature fairy garden ideas. Close ups. | Source
I eventually decided the castle was too dark and I spray painted it a cinnamon color.
I eventually decided the castle was too dark and I spray painted it a cinnamon color. | Source

Basic Fairy Garden Instructions

Fairy gardens are basically fancy and creative, fun-filled container gardens.

  1. Choose a container: consider rustic or vintage pieces for added character.
  2. If your container does not have any holes you should drill in a few for drainage.
  3. Layer the bottom of your container with about one inch of gravel.
  4. Cover the gravel with a good quality potting soil. Leave about one inch of space between the edge of your container and the soil.
  5. Begin placing the larger decorative pieces first.
  6. Visualize how you would like your garden to evolve. Determine the placement of any paths, rivers or water features (miniature water fountains).
  7. Add low growing ground-cover or succulents to your garden. Choose plants that require the same amount of water and sunlight.
  8. Continue adding additional accessories and plants. Alternate and adjust your design as needed.
  9. Cover any exposed soil with carpet moss, wood chips or rocks.
  10. Create edges and borders with crystals or decorative rocks. Consider adding miniature fish figures to your riverbeds.
  11. Add your own miniature insects, furniture and decor.
  12. Water and trim plants as needed.

ENJOY!

The castle and it's setting before painting it a lighter color.
The castle and it's setting before painting it a lighter color. | Source
I'm glad I opted to paint the castle a lighter color. I think it blends in nicely in this setting.
I'm glad I opted to paint the castle a lighter color. I think it blends in nicely in this setting. | Source

Miniature and Fairy Garden Ideas

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      Mercedes Nieves 5 months ago

      Love it.

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      povanes 16 months ago

      its so lovely.... i start with indoor fairy garden...its great.......

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      Marisa Hammond Olivares 3 years ago from Texas

      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. :)

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      Raimer Gel 3 years ago

      That is very cute! I can't wait to have one at home.

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      Kelly A Burnett 3 years ago from United States

      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!

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      Nicole Perezcassar 4 years ago from Windermere, Florida

      This is such a cute idea! Can't wait to build one of my own!

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      marion langley 4 years ago from The Study

      voting up...awesome, well written, and completely inspiring...I've got so many ideas...gotta go and write them down!

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      Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

      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.

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      John Paolo B.Magdaluyo 4 years ago from Philippine

      wow! small, cute,adorable and all other things to say were in! Great hub and ideas!

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      truthfornow 4 years ago from New Orleans, LA

      Really cute ideas. These are small enough that they could even fit into my apartment. I love the idea of little fairy villages.

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      Subhas 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Very nice and lovable idea! Surely this is going to become an eye candy for my place!

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      India Arnold 4 years ago from Northern, California

      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!

      HubHugs~

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      Catherine Taylor 4 years ago from Canada

      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.

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      Carol 4 years ago from Greenwood, B.C., Canada

      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!

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      anglnwu 4 years ago

      This is terribly cute. I could see myself doing this. Thanks for sharing your fabulous ideas. Rated up.

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 4 years ago from Western NC

      Seriously beautimous! I love the miniature size and everything is so whimsical. Fabulous hub and photos!

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      Barbara Badder 4 years ago from USA

      I love these little gardens. I think I'll finally make one. I have the perfect place as long as my animals stay away.

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      That is an adorable and charming idea! I love miniatures. I want to try that sometime.

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      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!

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      Gina145 4 years ago from South Africa

      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.

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      DreamerMeg 4 years ago from Northern Ireland

      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".

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      Better Yourself 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Love this idea! So enchanting and imaginative - a great project to do with kids! Great hub - thanks for sharing!!

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      Gail Meyers 4 years ago from United States

      I love miniture gardens! This is beautiful and with great instructions. Thanks for sharing it. Voted up, awesome and pinned.

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      shahpriya 4 years ago

      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..

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      Marisa Hammond Olivares 4 years ago from Texas

      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.

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      Anna 4 years ago

      Where can I buy the miniature fairies like yours? I've looked everywhere!

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      idigwebsites 5 years ago from United States

      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! :)

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      Marisa Hammond Olivares 5 years ago from Texas

      Eiddwen, thank you so much! Aren't they cute? So many ideas. Glad to see you, take care, Marisa

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      Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

      Beautiful,interesting and useful.

      Enjoy your day.

      Eddy.

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      Marisa Hammond Olivares 5 years ago from Texas

      Ron Hawkster, Thank you! What a great compliment.

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      Ron Hawkster 5 years ago from United States of America

      This is good enough to be part of a book. It's fun and fact filled. Excellent.

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      Marisa Hammond Olivares 5 years ago from Texas

      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.

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      Jenna Pope 5 years ago from Southern California

      I had never seen a fairy garden, but these are adorable! Great hub. Voted up.

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      Sharon Smith 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      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.

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      Marisa Hammond Olivares 5 years ago from Texas

      ananceleste, Thank you! They are really cute and fun to make. Glad you enjoyed it.

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      Anan Celeste 5 years ago from California

      This is so cute! And such a good idea for a gift. thanks.

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      Marisa Hammond Olivares 5 years ago from Texas

      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!

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      blairtracy 5 years ago from Canada

      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!

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      JP Carlos 5 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

      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.

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      Marisa Hammond Olivares 5 years ago from Texas

      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!

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      prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

      This was so beautiful. I love your tips and I really enjoy all pictures here. Thanks for writing and share with us. Voted up :-)

      prasetio

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      thebookmom 5 years ago from Nebraska

      What a darling idea! Can't wait to try it with my girls :)

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      jennzie 5 years ago from Lower Bucks County, PA

      What a cute and fun idea! Love this.

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      Patty Inglish 5 years ago from North America

      I enjoy the idea of a mini fairy garden and think your step-by-step photos are awesome!

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      SilkThimble 5 years ago from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

      Love this idea! And it would be really easy to adapt the plantings to different climates.

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      Teresa Coppens 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      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!

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      breakfastpop 5 years ago

      What a charming idea. I love fairies.

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      These miniature fairy gardens are so cute! What a great idea. I'd love to make one for my porch.

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      L M Reid 5 years ago from Ireland

      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

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      Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 5 years ago from Chennai, India

      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.

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      Tim Mitchell 5 years ago from Escondido, CA

      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)

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      QudsiaP1 5 years ago

      This is so gorgeous! Love love love it!

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      Elizabeth Rayen 5 years ago from California

      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!

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      Patsy Bell Hobson 5 years ago from zone 6a, SEMO

      Pinned, tweeted, voted up. Like your post. It is a sweet idea, I just never knew how to go about it.

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      Melanie Shebel 5 years ago from New Buffalo, Michigan

      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!

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 5 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and awesome. These fairy gardens are so lovely. Thanks for sharing and the pics are great. Passing this on.

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      snowdrops 5 years ago from The Second Star to the Right

      Wow! the fairy garden looks so amazing and beautiful!

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      Lizett 5 years ago from The Great Northwest

      such a cool idea. I'm going to do this with my 4yr old. i voted up and everything else!

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      Rebecca Mealey 5 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      I love Terra cotta planters. Thanks so much for these really cool ideas. I like making themed gardens. Voted helpful! Sharing!

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      moonlake 5 years ago from America

      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.

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      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!

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      cactusbythesea 5 years ago from Seattle

      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!

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      Grace D. 5 years ago from Missouri

      Those are beautiful, such a great idea. They seem easy enough to make. Thanks for the great post.~Grace

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      Ron Hawkster 5 years ago from United States of America

      That is just adorable. I love the idea. Opens things up to creativity. Most excellent.

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      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. :)

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      Terrye Toombs 5 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      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!

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      Nancy Yager 5 years ago from Hamburg, New York

      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.

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Ms Olive.. I love these ideas.. what a great hub..

      I am sharing every where.. lol and pinning and tweeting

      Debbie

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      Joshua Zerbini 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      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!

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      Mary Craig 5 years ago from New York

      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.