A miniature fairy garden is a small decorative garden usually cultivated in containers, flowerbeds, or at the base of a tree.
These magical gardens are usually filled with small plants and accessories, which updates your home design by being the perfect magical addition to any porch, backyard, garden, or on a tree stump.
In addition to decorating your garden, these small landscapes are also designed to ‘attract’ fairies. Some believe these gardens have supernatural powers and they attract fairies to their abodes.
A miniature garden also offers your children an enchanted space to develop their creativity and imagination when fairies, gnomes, and cute little fairy houses are incorporated.
It also serves as the ultimate fun sensory play area for your children, one where they can manipulate and play with the soil, plants, accessories, and figurines, thus learn the basics of gardening and plant care.
This article walks you through the steps to follow in order to build a fairy garden that will enchant you and your kids.
Decide your fairy garden theme
The first thing you need to start with is deciding on a theme. Once you decide on the theme, it all seems to fall naturally into place because it narrows choices so they are more manageable.
Your project theme provides a focus for both the design, plants, and accessories. Pick a theme that matches your existing garden or your imagination. You can also do it the other way around using your existing materials to come up with a theme.
When you chose a theme, you will be able to select the necessary elements and materials to create the miniature world of your fantasies that comes to life before your very eyes.
Whether you accommodate your garden to the different seasonal celebrations such as mother’s day or Halloween, you go for a fantasy-themed tea party, or celebrating the summer with a beach day Fairy garden; use your creativity to make the best use of your space. The possibilities are endless!
Choose a suitable location for your fairy garden
In this step, you will need to find the most suitable location for your miniature fairy garden depending on the plants you have in mind and the theme you will go with.
You can also think about whether you would like to build your garden indoors or outdoors.
The location for your miniature fairy garden also relates to the size of the vessel used and considering decorations to fit within those proportions.
If you decide to make a miniature fairy garden outdoors as many people do, you will need to plan accordingly.
Who said your outdoor mini garden has to be a flat space? Add dimension and curves to your garden by incorporating mounds for hills or large rocks for a mountainous look.
Find fairy accents
Once you have decided on a theme and a location for your miniature fairy garden, it is now time to collect the materials necessary to fit your project idea.
Home décor stores, craft stores, and online websites are the best sources for fairy garden materials.
There is no shortage of places to find fairy furniture and garden accents. Try Ebay, Amazon, Etsy for a variety of choices.
Make your garden stand out with accessories such as bird feeders, gazing balls, river rock, glass marbles, and mini wind chimes.
We advise you pay attention to any Christmas miniatures as the houses and furniture make great fairy garden additions.
You can even find great craft items and garden elements in garage sales and thrift stores such as twine, wire, and sticks for do-it-yourself projects.
Want to go to a beach-themed garden? Pick up sand and shells from your local beach and add miniature umbrellas and beach chairs.
Choose a proper container
To select a container, you may need to take into consideration how much space you have and where you’re building your miniature fairy garden .
Indoor gardens require smaller containers, while outdoor gardens allow larger containers. Choose any available containers for your project such as an old pot, a drawer from an old desk, or any glass bowls or terrariums.
For outdoor gardens, you can use larger containers. Broken pottery, flowerpots, wooden boxes, or large bowls are good choices. This project could also be a great way to recycle damaged pieces you may have around, such as an old bathtub and a bed frame sunk into the soil.
Whatever container you pick, you will need to account for the plants grown. Pay attention to have drainage holes because you’ll be making use of live plants. Some plants may need extra drainage, so you should find a container that allows that.
Keep in mind that the larger the surface area of the container, the larger your fairy garden’s landscape.
Build your miniature fairy garden
After completing the previous steps, it is now time to build your fairy garden and assemble the following ingredients: soil, plants, and accessories.
By choosing composted soil with organic matter and small pieces of bark, you help give your fairy garden the most “alive” look.
To make sure your container has good drainage, include a layer of pea gravel in the bottom and add a layer of charcoal to keep the garden-fresh. If your container does not drain properly, keep it out of the rain and excessive watering and treat it like a terrarium.
Keep in mind the special care live plants will require. Additionally, make sure your garden’s aesthetic touch is not at risk.
Primarily, miniature fairy gardens should be beautiful and neat, and you can restore that by adding colorful gemstones alongside the pebbles. It will add some color and give off a fairytale vibe to your garden.
Fairy garden plants
Once you have chosen the location of your miniature fairy garden, it is now time to consider plants to grow.
Select plants and colorful flowers with interesting shapes and texture that appeal to your taste and visual interest.
Keep in mind that different plants require different amounts of light and sun exposure. If your little garden is in a sunny location, focus more on succulents like sempervivums and sedums.
Similarly, if your garden is in a shady spot, incorporate a lot of ferns and grapevine garland. Many herbs make for beautiful fairy gardens like mint, sage, and miniature roses.
Don’t overcrowd the container because you’ll be adding additional items and accessories to make your garden a fairy home. However, clumping plants together in some areas make for good fairy hiding places.
Additional plants that can be added are baby tears (for ground cover), rosemary, tiny violas, and succulents. Then, you will need to water thoroughly and set a schedule for watering based on your plant’s water needs.
Fairy garden accessories
Now we have reached the fun part! Decorate your garden with the purchased accents and accessories and unleash the child in you.
To decorate your miniature fairy garden with a fantasy theme, make little benches, a fairy house, and fairy lights from everyday objects; use toothpicks to make a small fence for example. Use sculpting clay to make a table or mushrooms, use a small stick glued to marble to design a mini garden gazing ball.
Add more garden decorations such as chairs, lanterns, animals, and of course the fairies themselves. If your fairy garden fills your yard, find larger pieces of décor like absurdly large mushrooms to fill up more space.
Some miniature fairy garden ideas
- Your miniature fairy garden can be used as more than just a pretty addition to your garden. It can also be a clever way to send messages to friends and family in parties or family gatherings. Play with items and decorations around the fairy garden landscape to puzzle them and try to figure out the answer to the message.
- Make your miniature fairy garden stand out with unusual ideas and get your visitors intrigued. The more unusual it is the better.
- Use a wagon to build different fairy gardens and move it around your properties.
- After finishing your miniature fairy garden, make sure you care for it and maintain it. Keep it trimmed and manageable by getting rid of plants that grow too large.
- Watering your garden is vital for its survival. Water when the garden feels dry to the touch without drowning it.
- Try not to fertilize your mini garden. Fertilizers encourage excessive growth and it is not adequate for a miniature fairy garden. Use a mild fertilizer if your garden looks dull and droopy.
- If you will be setting up your fairy garden on an existing vegetable garden. Make sure you use proper soil, one that is not too sandy as it will not be able to hold the moisture long enough for the roots to extract water and your plants will not be encouraged to flourish.
- The key to a perfect miniature garden is using your imagination. Some plants can be cut and used to look like tiny trees. Rosemary is a fine example of this strategy.
- Once you have mastered the art of making miniature fairy gardens, experiment with new themes, accessories, and plants. There is no limit to what your imagination can achieve.