Fairy Gardens for Kids

Fairy Gardens For Kids: kids can paint their own fairy houses, choose plants, and create their own fairy garden containers to grow and play with all summer.
Fairy Gardens For Kids: kids can paint their own fairy houses, choose plants, and create their own fairy garden containers to grow and play with all summer.

It’s spring and time to make fairy gardens for kids. My little girls couldn’t wait to get started on making theirs this year.

Making Fairy Houses

We started out with little bird houses from the dollar store. I’ve seen lots of others use the bird houses too, but I think the key to really making them look like fairy house is to cut off the little bird perch, and replace it with a little fairy door.

I made my doors out of a paint stick. I cut off a small piece with a hand saw and nailed it on with a finishing nail, leaving the nail out a little to resemble a door handle. After we added our doors, my kids painted them up with craft paints.

painting fairy houses

We added glitter to some of the houses, and then sealed them with a spray varnish. We also removed the little hook in the roof that came with the houses to hang them up, and replaced them with little ribbon flags, made from ribbon, hot glue and a plastic toothpick. I love how pretty they all look in their pastel colours.

Fairy Garden Containers

After the houses were built it was time for the fun part, creating the planters.  Containers especially  perfect for making fairy gardens for kids, since they can create their own unique space.  The containers are also great for kids to be able to play in them, and see and reach everything really easily once they’re planted.

I like to use vintage containers, like galvanized buckets, and old enamelware. I’ve picked it up over the years at second hand stores and antique fairs.

adding drainage holes to make a container garden

Just make sure that you add some holes for drainage so excess water can drip out. Just use a sharp nail and a hammer to make lots of small holes -obviously a grownup job.

kids fairy gardens

Easy Fairy Garden Plants

We planted ours with small basket filler plants. Remember that the plants will grow, and you still want to be able to see the scene you’ve created, so don’t over plant the planter.

fairy gardens for kids

My daughter Maddie made the yellow fairy house and picked her own yellow plants.  It’s fun to bring kids to the garden centre and let them pick out their own plants for a project like this.  You might have to steer them a little in terms of sun or shade loving plants, annuals, and price.  It’s always fun to see what they pick out, and many nurseries now have their own fairy garden plant section to help select ones that will do well.  I usually just go with small annuals in cell packs.  The price is right and they usually have lots with small flowers that bloom all summer.

Adding Fairy Garden Accessories and Decor

We added some fun details like a rock pebble path to the door, and a sweet little clothes line with tiny clothes pins, and silk flower petal clothes hanging on the line.

fairy garden clothes line and silk flower petal clothes

My other daughter Paige also made her own garden, in her favourite colours.

how to make a children's fairy garden

We used some small log rounds to make the path to her fairy’s door. I also used some chalkboard plant markers to make a sweet little street sign.

how to make a fairy garden for kids

The miniature shovels, watering can, and baskets are all from a miniature store.

fairy garden shovel

Create a Fairy Village of Containers

I did my own little houses too.

how to make a miniature fairy garden

I love this pink one, with the button pathway.

diy pink fairy garden house

The mushroom is a dollar store mushroom, with a spray paint makeover. I love the sweet little garden chair, and rubber boots -both found at a miniature store.

fairy garden

After everything was all arranged I wanted to add some moss.  I also dug up some creeping thyme for my birthday party scene –see all the details of how I made it here. I didn’t have enough thyme to do everywhere.  So I also dug up some moss from a spot on the far side of my house where it’s very shady, and some moss grows. The moss and thyme were the perfect finishing touches.  If you didn’t have any that you could dig up around your house you could buy either of these at the garden centre.

birthday party fairy garden

I really like how all the gardens look together, running down the stairs of the deck. Some are filled with just flowers, and some have the fairy gardens, with all the galvanized pots and enamelware mixed together. 

It’s the perfect spot for my kids and their friends to play with them.  We’ve had so much fun creating them and now looking after them and watching them grow.  Fairy gardens are the perfect way to get kids interested in gardening.

fairy garden container gardens

old teapot flower pot

children's fairy garden containers

With pots filled with fairy gardens, life really is a party!

You might also like our Camping Fairy Garden here.

Camping Fairy Garden: a tent, a hammock, an outhouse, and a campfire to roast marshmallows make the perfect miniature fairy size campground.

Also check out our Teacup Fairy Garden here.

You might also like How To Make A Fairy Garden here.


  1. I Love these – are they filled with soil all the way down to the bottom of the planter, or do you have stones or something else in the bottom?

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