DIY Miniature Fairy Garden: Ideas and Pictures
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 TutorialClick thumbnail to view full-size
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 GalleryClick thumbnail to view full-size
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