How To Create A Fairy Garden | Fairy Garden For Beginners

Creating a fairy garden combines the serenity and sense of accomplishment of gardening and the playfulness of letting your imagination run wild. It is easy, fun and educational. we get you started.

AIf you haven’t heard of a fairy garden, you’ve been out of touch with one of the fastest-growing aspects of the hobby of gardening. This is a fantastic hobby that’s guaranteed to enchant both children and adults alike. It’s so much fun and so cute that it popularity soared like a rocket.

What is a fairy garden?


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It is a miniature garden of plants, figurines and accessories of make believe, usually having a bit of a story line. Some people like to focus on fairies, some on gnomes, and some on woodland animals. Using your imagination, you can create a world of wonder.

You select the plants plants that you want to have in this garden – but in this world, these plants take on a different meaning to the fairies. Instead of being just ordinary plants, they become a home to the fairy or they’re places of shade just like a real life large tree is for a human.

Allow your imagination to run wild by creating the fairy garden. This is a really creative, unique, and fun aspect of gardening that is just starting to gain popularity. This is a great project to get the kids or grandchildren involved in. The parent in me says that these present wonderful teaching opportunities. The child in me says “wait a minute, I want to play to”.

How to Create a Fairy Garden (Perfect For Beginners)

The first thing you need to bring to the table is a sense of play and a sense of imagination. After all, this is a fairy garden.

I love the fact that even beginners can get involved with as much or as little or money and time involvement as you want to put into it. Most beginners will start with small vignettes. From that, you can move on to another or simply expand the base garden you have started. They are really easy to put together.

One of the things you might want to do in getting started with your fairy garden is to enlist the help of your kids or grandchildren. Most are eager to have input into something so cool. I think they are perfect fun family activity.

Whether you want to have girls at a slumber party each make their own little fairy garden in a jar, or you want to have a slightly larger one in your yard, they can be a wonderful way to spend a weekend.

From the container you choose to which fairies you include, the garden is entirely up to you and your imagination.

Choose a Theme

A good way to start your fairy garden before the next planning stages is to choose a theme. You can go with a traditional fairy garden theme, or get a little more imaginative. For example, you might have a house by the ocean and want to go with a coastal fairy garden theme. This might include small, blue marbles and rocks to create water, real sand and seashells, and little fairies decorated in their swimsuits. The rest is entirely up to you. Some other fairy garden themes include:

  • Farm
  • Carnival
  • Wizard of Oz
  • Enchanted Forest
  • Playground
  • Gnomes
  • Zombies
  • Zen
  • Woodland

Select the Right Scale

After you have your theme picked out, the next most important consideration is to choose the right scale for your fairy garden. Take into consideration the size of the plants in the figurines you will be using.

Pick a starting point, or an anchor point, and build out from there. For instance you might choose a rock cavehouse or a bonsai tree to be the focal point of your fairy garden. Once the central point is established you can build out from there.

For example, if our fairy is 4 inches tall, the house obviously needs to be larger than that. This is an important distinction to make, since different houses, flowers, plants, fairy figurines, and furniture will all fit different scaling.

Choose Your Fairy Garden Container.

Picking out a fairy garden container is one of the first exercises are your imagination. You can keep it simple by using a pot or you can be creative by using something like a hollowed out log, or half a whiskey barrel.

Whatever type of container you decide to use, make sure it has some holes in the bottom for drainage. Don’t forget you will be watering the plants.

You’ve done your homework so far and you have a theme in mind. The next important step is making sure that the container you select fits in with the theme. The container will set the backdrop for your fairy garden

Once you know the theme and scale, it is a lot easier to choose the right container. This is going to be the basis for your entire fairy garden, so it is an essential decision to make.

Your container will determine the type of fairy garden you have, how much space there is for accessories and plants, and where would be a good location to have it in your garden. Some good containers to choose from include pots, bird baths, tree stumps, and right in the ground. Here is more information about each of these types of containers.

Here are some examples to get your imagination going.

1. Pots

One of the most popular and best type of containers to use for fairy gardens are pots. Since there is an almost infinite variety in terms of style and size of pots you’ll surely find one that will fit your needs.

Helpful Tip:  Open your mind and imagination and go there with a view toward re purposed thing any container that looks interesting.


You can get a more authentic look by choosing an old clay pot, since it really adds a look of history to the fairy garden. However, if you don’t have an old one, you can visit a local garden store or search online for a pot of your choice.

Clay pots are good because it gives you as much space as you need for the fairy garden, but also provides holes at the bottom for proper drainage. Try to choose a clay pot since they tend to last a long time and can handle a lot of weather elements. These are very durable, so you can fill them with soil and plants of your choice without causing too much weight or stress on the pots.

There is a huge movement to re-purpose broken clay pots into fairy gardens. We love the idea!

Check out this 1 minute video to see it done.

2. Bird baths

Bird baths are a wonderful way to get a little more creative with your fairy garden. They are a perfect size for a starter fairy garden. This is an ideal choice if you want to put the garden, out on the balcony or out in the middle of your yard as if in a natural landscape.

Helpful Tip: Think about not using the pedestal and just using the tray. Now you can have your “birdbath” indoors or as a centerpiece on a picnic or patio table.


Bird baths are usually strong enough to handle as much as you need for the soil, plants, and figurines. It also adds a more unique look for your new fairy garden. Consider a decorative bird bath that might show the signs of aging as it will often be more affordable for you.

3. Tree stumps (natural or artificial)

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If you are one of the few people have a tree stump in your backyard that you’re not sure what to do with it, you’re lucky? Why not turn it into a fairy garden! You will need to dig a hole in the center of the stump so you can make room for the different plants and accessories you want to include.

A lot of people in urban environments won’t have a handy dandy natural tree stump. I was checking online and Amazon has a lot of natural tree section planters. These would be ideal for getting that natural would look onto a patio, deck, balcony or even as an interior design feature.

4. Near trees

Some people may want the fairy garden to actually be in the ground, you can definitely make this happen! Instead of a container, you are actually planting it close to a garden or tree. They can even be placed near a stone wall. You will use a small area of land where you want to add the figurines, accessories, plants, and flowers. You can also use a shallow container for the area, but not actually have it on the ground where pests can find it.

Selecting Appropriate Fairy Garden Soil and Plants

Okay, let’s recap your fairy garden progress so far. You have selected a theme, know what scale you want to work with, and have also chosen the container to use!

The next step in making your fairy garden is to select your soil and plants. This should be done before adding your fairies and other accessories as it is going to take up the most space. Once everything is planted, you know how much room is left for your accessories.

Choose soil with organic matter. Since you want the fairy garden to appear as natural as possible, the soil isn’t just going to be any generic plant soil. You should choose one that has a lot of organic matter, since it will look more like what you imagine a real fairy oasis to include. Instead of just a uniform color of soil, it should have dark and light parts with plenty of bits of plants and other organic matter. This will not only look natural in the fairy garden, but it will keep your plants nice and healthy.

Include real plants and trees. With a fairy garden, you don’t want to use fake foliage, otherwise it isn’t much of a garden! Use real plants and trees, all in mini versions. If you want to keep the fairy garden indoors or in a covered patio or sunroom.

Here are some suggested indoor plants:
  • False cypress
  • Parlor palm
  • Norfolk pine
  • English boxwood
  • Small succulents
For outdoor fairy gardens, the following plants and foliage is ideal for the fairy garden:
  • Ivy
  • Wooly thyme
  • Aloe succulents
  • Primrose
  • Mini roses
  • Blue spruce
  • Licorice plant
  • Oregano
  • White star creeper
  • Baby’s tears
  • Boxwood topiaries

In the end, you can choose any types of plants you want, as long as they are easy to care for and they are small enough to fit in your chosen container.

Adding Fairies, Decorations And Accessories.

Now comes the fun part! At this point in your fairy garden project, you are already finished with the plants. It is finally time to add your fairies and decorations! Let your imagination guide you in the right direction, considering the theme you are going with. Remember, you don’t need a unique theme to have a beautiful fairy garden. A traditional garden is still tons of fun!

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Add the big accessories first.

It is a good idea to start with the larger accessories first, such as a fairy house, fence around the outside of the garden, or some furniture items. You might want to add some outdoor picnic furniture, an arbor, or little chairs and table made of twigs.

Try to choose accessories that look like something fairies would make if they were real, not something generic made of wood. Try not to use furniture items for dollhouses, as it looks too perfect and modern. You really want it all to be fitting for an outdoor space.

Start adding decorations

Going down in size, you will then reach the accessories that are a little smaller. Once the house is in place, you will be able to start adding decorations like stones scattered around the garden, acorns, or dried flowers and leaves. You can find little figurines of mushrooms for a traditional fairy garden, or little umbrellas if you are going with the coastal theme. You can create your own little garden within a garden with a small shelf that has small ceramic pots and topiaries.

Some items that work really well with fairy gardens include:

  • Marbles and stones
  • Popsicle sticks
  • Twigs
  • Dried flowers and leaves
  • Dried herbs
  • Wire and steel
  • Copper
  • Gemstones
  • Pine needles
  • Gravel
  • Moss

Set up your fairies last.

Your fairies should be the last thing you add. You won’t really know where to place them until the garden, house, furniture, and decorations have found their rightful place. In addition to the fairies, you can also add small woodland creatures, birds, and other friends for the fairies.

Additional Tips For You And Your Fairy Garden

While you may be more than ready to get your fairy garden started, it helps to know just a little bit more. Here are some easy and helpful tips that will give you the fairy garden you want!

  • Add the house near the back. When you first start setting up the garden with accessories, you will be starting with large items, such as the house. While it can sometimes be difficult coming up with a good layout, a good rule of thumb is to place the house first. Put it near the center-back of the container to get started with your layout.
  • Use pebbles or marbles for paths. Having a path or two in the fairy garden really brings it up a level. You can make paths with just about any material you find, those flat marbles and pebbles are ideal. You can get these in a lot of different colors, from cool blue and purple, to natural shades like yellow, green and brown.
  • Create a pond. A fun feature to have in the fairy garden is a pond. This is a great place to have a fairy standing, overlooking it. You can use any type of blue or green materials you find, from pieces of glass to marbles, stones, and even plastic beads.
  • Use moss for natural landscape. In addition to the plants you will have for natural landscape, you can improve it by adding some moss. Take some scissors to cut the moss into small pieces, the scatter it around the garden, such as going around the fairy house, in front of mushrooms, or in front of the fence.
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The purpose of this article was to show you how simple and easy it is to get started fairy gardening. I hope your imagination and inspiration were fired up.

One thing that became readily apparent for me in researching and writing this article is that it is absolutely perfect for people who wanted to start a garden, but thought it was too much work.

Creating a fairy garden (along with keeping a few houseplants), is an easy way to get an introduction into the satisfaction of growing things.
This makes a great family project in is a great way to engage children.

Don’t just think about it, get started and do it. Start small, and if you like, you can grow your garden out to a larger size. Or simply move on and create a different theme to garden.

I hope you enjoyed “How To Create A Fairy Garden | Fairy Garden For Beginners”.

Happy gardening

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