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Creating Your Own Fairy Garden

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Minature fairy garden in a wagonI have a confession…I have a “tiny” obsession…I love miniature things! (Are ya loving the word play?) I adore fairy gardens! Even before they were popular I loved them. They are magical and whimsical, and transport us to imaginary wonderlands. (I warned you it was an obsession)

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I love them so much that I announced to “Mars” (I’ve decided this is his new nickname…cause… he’s out of this world! I know, I know..Gag,gag, gag!), a few years back, that one day my yard would be filled with fairy gardens! I wanted my grandchildren to enjoy their magic.  (I believe the response was eye rolling and head shaking! Humpf! Rude!)  If you have dreamed of having a fairy garden I want to share mine with you.  Perhaps I can share a few “helps” I have learned over the last few years…

In my quest to create a fairy garden… I confiscated the old Radio Flyer wagon! (I was so glad “Mars” hadn’t chucked it out!) I just knew it was perfect!

My first attempt was…Okay. It contained some of the elements I desired. I gathered a few handful of rocks, I had a miniature hut and some plants.

The following year I added a few more pieces. Things I had found around the house or in thrift stores. The key, I found,  is to look at something ordinary and imagine what it could be if it were used by a “fairy”!

I’m sure I’m dating myself but, does anyone remember the book “The Borrowers?”  I loved that book as a young child. The pictures of everyday things they used to make a “home” is magical. (Sorry, it’s the only word I can think of when it comes to miniature things)

It’s the same premise with a fairy garden. Go to the dollar store and let your mind go wild! Dig through that “junk” drawer! (We all have one…come on!) Check yard sales and thrift stores. You’ll be surprised what you find!

But, first things first. Pick out the container you want to use to create your garden. You can just mingle it in among your existing plants or flower beds but, I recommend some type of planter . It will give you a “canvas” to work with. Mine is the old wagon. Then make sure you have picked out 4-5 small plants. I like to get a couple that have tiny flowers.  Keep in mind plants can be “trimmed” back to remain small. Check with your local nursery.  Also have ready all the different pieces you have collected that you want to add to your garden. Okay let’s get started…

Fairy Garden Set-up Collage

Fill your container with a good quality potting soil (I like miracle grow but, any good potting soil will do).

Next you want to create your pathways. This year I had the idea to use a “pebble” tile square from Home Depot to create mine! (Like in the photo above. Can you see the netting?) It was a stroke of brilliance! (That doesn’t happen often people!)

 I will admit cutting it will take a box cutter and patience but, it works perfectly! So much better than lose stones. Trust me! I have found over the years that having a “stone pad” to place your houses or furnishing on is much better than using the soil. It adds stability.  So, after you have your paths in, create your “stone pads”. Use your dirt to fill in where the “grout” would go.

Fairy Garden Prep

Now for the fun part! Start adding your various design pieces. I like to do my big pieces first. The house’s, arch ways, gates etc. Then time to plant the plants. If you have to move something that’s okay. You can always move it back…and you will! I love that you can create your own little world in just a matter of minutes.

Fairy Garden Set-up close up

The “eye roller” gave me some really cute fairy garden kits this year from Home Depot .  (I think I have converted him! Hooray!!!) It was seriously one of the BEST gifts he has ever given me! I was so excited!!

I used rocks around all my plants to help keep the moisture in plus, they came in the kits so why not? I like the finished look it gives to the garden.

As you can see I have placed the house and furnishings on the pebble pads.

Next, I wanted a “fairy” and a few little “extras” this year. With fairy gardens gaining in popularity there is a plethora of trinkets to chose from. I know from the beach lantern project that Jo Ann’s carries fairy garden supplies and they are on sale right now! So, I headed on down to my local store and purchased a few additional little pieces.

Fairy Garden Fence

Next, I wanted a “fairy” and a few little “extras” this year. With fairy gardens gaining in popularity there is a plethora of trinkets to chose from. I know from the beach lantern project that Jo Ann’s carries fairy garden supplies and they are on sale right now! So, I headed on down to my local store and purchased a few additional little pieces.

Fairy Garden Frog Bird Bath

Don’t you just love the bird bath with the “toad”. We kind of have a toad joke in this nest so I love it!

After I added all my new pieces I laid down sheet moss.

This serves two purposes. One, it keeps all the soil covered so that the plants will hold their moisture and two, it makes everything look beautiful, green, and finished. I’m almost done. I have one more special addition to this years garden…fairy lights!

Fairy Garden at Night top view

Kick up the magic!! Oh my goodness I was dancing in the yard with joy when I was finished! (Thankfully no one could see me cause I’m sure I looked silly!)

I used small wooden dowels, 8 inches long, for the light poles and “washi tape” to make flags on both the lights and the poles. (The tape holds the lights onto the poles. By placing one flag above the light wire and one below the string.)

I found my fairy lights at TJ Maxx for around $4.99 for a 10 ft. strand. I was really impressed by how much light they throw off. It lights the garden perfectly at night. So fun! Wooohooo!

Fairy Garden Fairy Close up

This year I added an actual “fairy” to my garden. Isn’t she sweet? This is her home. Now, I only have one problem … what to name her? Can anyone think of a good name? I think she is so sweet!

I love how my fairy garden turned out this year!

I hope, in some small way, I have inspired you to make your own. Remember, just use what you have on hand. I have spent the last 4 years collecting things. Get creative! In the beginning I had a painted bird house for the main hut, wooden spools for chairs and tables, and old pots. I used rocks from my yard (I still do!). You don’t have to spend a lot of money to create a garden.  Have your children and grandchildren help you. It is such a fun project to do together!

I think I need to have a fairy party for my favorite little girls. Can’t you see it…Maybe at night with twinkle lights, fairy wands and crowns of flowers. A quilt laid out next to our wagon and some yummy cupcakes and tea! Oh, I love summer time! School’s out! Make some amazing memories…have fun!

As always, Thank You SO much for stopping by! I love visiting and sharing with you. If you have any questions or comments please feel free to ask me and I’ll get back to you as quick as I can. Happy creating!!

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Monday 2nd of September 2019

Just found your blog. What do you do with your plants from your fairy garden in the winter? My 3 yr old granddaughter and I created a fairy garden this summer. It has been such fun. I'd like to winter it over but it's planted in big half whiskey barrel so can't bring inside. Suggestions?

Tuesday 3rd of September 2019

Hi Janet! I'm so glad you found me! I love that you and your granddaughter made a fairy garden over the winter. I usually pack mine away every summer and tell my little granddaughter that the "fairies" live inside the tree's during the winter. However, if I were going to leave them out during the winter in a big barrel I would try to create a "green house" cover using plastic and maybe a tomato cage! Cut a small vent hole on the sides. It's worth a try right? Hope that helps in some small way! I'd love to see a picture of your fairy garden! They are so much fun! Thanks so much for stopping by and visiting with me. Hope you have a great week! Happy Nesting! Norine


Wednesday 10th of January 2018

Oh Lord I love this idea!!! I just stumbled across your blog today looking for the perfect carrot cake recipe (I will be trying your's out next week!!), and found this wonderful little craft idea. Like you, I love tiny/miniature EVERYTHING. I've made a few fairy themed terrariums in my day, but this idea is far greater than anything i've ever done!! I will be trying this out this weekend with my girls--thanks so much for the idea, its magical and cute as ever!!

Wednesday 10th of January 2018

Hi Stefanie! I'm SO happy to have a new friend who loves miniature fairy gardens as much as I do! I had another post I wanted to do from this years gardens and didn't get to it. My collection doubled this past summer. It was so much fun. It's my favorite thing to do each spring.

If you do this with your girls I'd love to see a photo! Also...enjoy that carrot cake. It's truly my favorite cake! Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing with me! You made my day! Happy Nesting! ~Norine

Marci Downing

Thursday 7th of July 2016

I have a large hollowed rock from my husbands family and I started a fairy garden for my grandson with a koi pond and a wishing well...after most of the rain has stopped in the spring I sprinkle fairy dust (glitter) on whatever want then as It rains again i re-sprinkle! I love your recipes...making potatos tomorow!!!

Thursday 7th of July 2016

Oh my Gosh Marci! I LOVE the idea of the fairy dust! Your entire fairy garden sounds SO fun! Thanks so much for sharing.I'm going to go find some "fairy dust" for my garden! Good Luck with the potatoes...I should warn you...they are addicting! ;) Have a great day!

Laura Hall

Friday 27th of May 2016

Absolutely adorable Norine!

Monday 30th of May 2016

Thanks Laura!