How to Make the Best DIY Miniature Fairy Garden and the Supplies you Need

Humans have been fascinated by fairies for centuries.  Although concrete proof of the actual existence of fairies is of course difficult to find, adding a fairy garden party to your landscape, or fairyscaping, can be a very charming way to become involved in this very old tradition. With imagination and some classic lore, and a small area of space, you can create a whimsical green spot to invite fairies to frolic and play.

wheelbarrow fairy garden

A creative way to use a Wheelbarrow!

The Miniature Fairy Garden craze is a relatively new phenomenon for people who typically have human-sized gardens, or lack the outdoor space for one. They are a type of miniature garden, with their tiny plants, mini fairy garden houses and furnishings; they give off the illusion that small creatures are living there.  You can make one any shape or size that you want, from and elaborate fairy village for garden areas to very tiny scenes in a pot. They can be peeking out from underneath a large hosta leaf, built into an unused birdbath, underneath a shrub or near the base of a tree.

Quite often miniature gardens are recreations of pre-existing landscapes, in a smaller form, that includes decorative handmade items. Making fairygardens is different; they are a type of small-scale world that is created in a container or green space using mostly natural plants and small furnishings, accessories and fairy houses, to hopefully entice garden fairies to the area! Most importantly, the craft is an excellent gateway into gardening for individuals who have never gardened before. Those who are searching for a project they can do with their children, a DIY fairy garden is an excellent idea. Kids have a tendency to love them since it allows them to tap into their creativity and learn about nature. Parents also really love them since they are projects that the entire family can work on together (particularly during the cold winter time — also, winter fairy garden themes are fun!).  However, not everyone does it for the fairies sake — those whom love gardening and have a limited outdoor space can create one within a day or two and no aching back.

Where are the Miniature Fairy Figurines Going to Live? A House of Course!

fairy garden planters

Looks like a great spot!

1.  Selecting the Site – According to Celtic lore if you offer accommodation to a faerie and place it within a secluded area of a wooded area, or place of honor inside your house, this encourages them to come and visit. They will show their gratitude and appreciation by bringing you joy and luck.  Always make sure the privacy of the fairies and the environment is respected. You can design a fairy garden for the available space that you have, small or large, shade or sun; as part of a colorful flower bed or in a damp woodland.  You can build a shelter or small home from scratch for your fairies, or buy pre-made fairy garden houses for sale (just be certain they weather resistant if using outdoors), or attach windows and a door to a living tree or old stump for the Little People to use.  Fairies don’t need a lot of amenities. However, they like a place that is dry and warm to lay low in whenever the weather is bad. 😉

2.  Design – First of all, will you be constructing outside or indoors?  Will be confined within a window box or a general landscape? Like miniature gardening you can layout a plan or mock your arrangement before positioning items, accessories and plants. An outdoor fairy garden is able to have a wider diversity of plants and expand over time but there is a limited selection of weather-proof accessories on the market. On the other hand, indoor ones can be enjoyed all year around, are not impacted by weather and are easier to maintain. Indoor fairy gardens can act as motivation for children to jump out of bed to check on!

3.  Housing – You can have your fairy homes be the centerpiece for your miniature domain. Choose a house that will appeal to your theme. You can go with a modern cottage, traditional fairytale house made from a boot, or anything else you can convert. The solar fairy garden tree house is a popular item this year (this item will be available in our store soon). When it’s nightfall, they watch over your garden! Your fairy home can be as simple or as fancy as your financial considerations, time constraints and imagination dictate. The charmed door of course is a very important element at all times since it is thought that a miniature door provides an easy portal for the wee folk to enter our world from theirs. Another popular product is the fairy garden terrarium kit. They are somewhat self-sufficient and you should understand the natural biome you are creating before planting one. Click here to understand more about terrariums.

Fairy Garden Plants and Flowers

Fairy Garden Plants4.  Plants – fairy garden plants are ones that flower, can attract hummingbirds and butterflies, and frequently attract fairies! 🙂 Fairies feel comfortable in wild spaces that are not overly manicured. Selecting the best plants for fairy gardens are critical since it is very important to purchase plants that fit with the scale of your garden. Herbs such as marjoram, thyme, sage, chamomile and small-leaved basil all work very well. For shade outdoor gardens, Miniature Rush, Miniature Hosta and Baby Tears are a couple of them that can work quite well. For an area that gets a lot of sun, Irish moss with small flowers (Sagina subulata – which really isn’t a moss) or low lying creeping thyme can make excellent base plantings. These can be accented with foxglove, lavender, wild strawberry, violets, pansies or chives in sunny areas. In shady areas, penny royal or mosses can be used for a ground cover. They can be complemented with native woodland plants like trillium, ferns and wild columbine or shade tolerant violets. Fairies also love primrose, coreopsis, aster and yarrow. If you want to have your garden underneath a tree or anyplace that isn’t contained within a pot, carefully choose plants that aren’t trying to take your garden over.  Stick with plants that are indigenous or typically sold in your local area to help ensure that takeover won’t happen.

5.  Accessories – Put on your creative cap and add miniature chairs and tables, maybe even a hammock, a tea set made from acorn tops, a pond made out of a seashell or any other accessories that you think fairies may enjoy. Why not go for a walk out in the woods to see what kinds of fairytale objects you are able to find to use in your garden. Some people have been successful finding miniature items and doll furniture at thrift and second hand stores. You can also purchase pre-made miniatures, or fairy garden kits. The kits offer an excellent starting point to build a mini-project in a container that doesn’t require much attention — and if you’re craving more after it’s up and growing, then expand your horizons! The faeries will appreciate it!  

enchanted fairy garden design

Creativity on a Rock Wall!

Making Fairy Homes and Gardens Outdoor and Indoor

The sprite folk have a reputation for being quite mischievous but not seen very often. You will know they have been there when things start to go missing, items are rearranged, you hear soft laughter being carried by the wind or see shimmery trails on the ground. If you and your family would like to meet fairies, you need to attract them. If there is not place for putting a faerie garden at your garden or in your home, you could always place it on your back deck or patio table. Although not very secluded, the magical creatures will still appreciate it, along with the adults and children who encounter your fairy garden pots!

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