How To Make A Fairy Garden
How To Make A Fairy Garden: which plants to use, how to make a fairy garden house, DIY fairy arbour, mailbox and DIY fairy accessories and decor.
It’s that time of the year again, where my mind starts thinking about fairies and building little fairy miniature gardens. It’s becoming a bit of a tradition for my girls and I to make them each spring -see last year’s mini garden here, and here, and the year before that here. Today I’m sharing how to make an outdoor fairy garden.
How To Make A Fairy Garden House
I usually start out making a fairy house with little dollar store or craft store bird houses, and make a few minor adjustments to make them into the perfect little fairy homes.
Start by using a little saw to cut off the perch. Then use your saw to cut off the end of a regular old paint stick to make a little fairy door. Attach the doors to the tiny houses with a little finishing nail. Leave the nail sticking out a little for the perfect tiny door knob. You could also use a bit of wood glue as well.
Then we usually paint them in pretty colours and add a little glitter here and there for a the perfect fairy touch. You can use ordinary acrylic paint. To make the houses work in your outdoor space, you can seal the houses with some spray on sealer. It’s also a great idea to get kids involved in in the painting. I often let my kids each make their own, with their own colors and their own fairy garden design. This is a great way to let kids add a little imagination and create a really magical garden.
Pinecone Fairy House
This year I wanted to change it up a little and I’ve added a few more fun details to the house construction. I may or may not have watched a few too many Tinker Bell movies over the last few years, and I found myself thinking “what would the fairies use”? They seem to use anything they can find -at least in the movies, so I incorporated a few things these magical creatures might have on hand too.
The first house I made this year has a shingle roof made with pine cones. I just bent little pieces of pine cone off with my fingers, and hot glued them in an overlapping shingle style to create the roof. Afterward I gave it a coat of glitter paint for a little fairy sparkle in our whimsical fairy garden.
The finishing touch was a front door made of twigs with a tiny little rock handle glued on. It is so much fun letting your imagination run wild with these cute fairy garden houses.
Birch Bark Fairy House
For the second DIY fairy house, I made some sweet little shingles out of some birch bark, trying to alternate colours and textures for a little variation. The door of this one is another piece of birch bark. Birch bark is really easy to work with, and all attached with hot glue, and finished with some glitter paint. This was such a fun project. It’s a great idea to go a little walk in the woods and find natural materials like this, and let them inspire you for your own garden.
Seed Package Fairy House
The third DIY fairy house might be my very favourite, with three sides of it covered in seed packages. I just trimmed the empty seed packages to size and modge-podged them onto the tiny fairy houses. This one has a full glitter roof too. Seed packages are so beautiful, and this is the perfect way to upcycle them.
Fairy Garden Containers and Plants
After the houses were made it was time to place them into the container fairy garden. I like using old galvanized steel, and enamelware containers I’ve picked up mostly at antique shows as flower pots. Just make sure to add some drainage holes with a nail and hammer first before planing. Clay pots are a great option too. I love using containers for my fairy gardens, because you can really get up close and see them. I usually add one house to each pot and group them together like a little fairy neighbourhood. They make a great focal point on your deck or patio. You can also make your fairy gardens in your flower beds if you prefer.
I’ve used some sweet little annuls in my gardens this year -just try and pick flowers with smallish blooms, and remember they’ll grow, so give them some room, and be sure to leave space for the houses and accessories too. Small plants work best so look for miniature plants of your favourite varieties. You can also include tiny trees or bonsai trees. Look for these are garden centers. Another option is to make a succulent garden. Succulent gardens are also a great choice for fairy gardens. Succulents are small and slow growing, so they work will in a fairy landscape.
After the plants are in, I like to add moss to mine to make the fairies yard. I just dug up some from a shady spot in our side yard where it was growing. Another great option if you want create a green fairy lawn is to plant something like thyme.
Fairy Garden Decor
Then it’s time to add your houses, and pathways, and fun little fairy garden accessories. I used some that I already had from other years, and added a few new ones too. It’s a good idea to invest in or make a few new tiny accessories each year and add to your collection.
I was so pleased to see that Michaels craft store is carrying some miniatures now. We found this cute wagon and mushrooms there.
also found this little mailbox there too. Any accessories or fairy furniture is a great to add personality to your tiny garden.
And, every busy fairy household needs a clothesline for the washing. We made this one for our fairy friends with some string and miniature clothespins, it’s a great place for fairies to hang out their fresh laundry.
Stepping Stones and Pathways
It’s fun to add some stepping stones and pathways to your small garden. We’ve used different items in different gardens here. One path is made out of buttons. Another path is made of smooth stones. Glass gems work well too. Another path is log wood rounds from the fairy accessory section of the store, but you can also of course use real wood rounds too. Tiny pea gravel is a good option too, or aquarium gravel if you want bright colors. Try to think outside of the box when it come to decorating your cute garden. Old toys can make great additions too.
DIY Fairy Garden Arbour
I came up with a few new decorative items too. I made this sweet little arbour by hot gluing a few twigs together, I think it makes a sweet garden entrance.
Tea Party for the Fairies
The arbour made the perfect entrance to a little fairy tea party in the garden.
I made the fairy cupcakes last year out of some polymer clay -see a tutorial on how to make miniature polymer clay cupcakes here. The polymer clay really held up great…makes me think about what else I could make using polymer clay.
The china tea set is from a miniature dollhouse store, I’ve had it outside in a fairy garden during the summers for three years now and it still looks great.
The table is a new addition from a local nursery selling some garden furniture this year, and what better seats than a couple of thimbles, which I just picked up in the sewing the section of a big box store.
DIY Fairy Garden Mailbox
The shell mailbox is new too. I used a seashell, and added the flag with a little piece of birch bark, coloured red with a sharpie and hammered in place with a little finishing nail. If the flags up -you’ve got mail! Little ideas like this really make this into a magical fairy garden.
Fairy Garden House Number
And, every house needs a little house number so your friends can find you when they drop by.
I love making these little gardens and using them in pots along with some other flowers on my deck.
You might have noticed the black cords too, it’s an irrigation system -read how we installed it here, that is on a timer, and will hopefully mean that it’s impossible for me to forget to water these.
I hope these easy fairy garden ideas inspire you. Traditional fairy gardens like these are so fun to make. Kids of all ages will love doing fairy garden crafts like these with you.
With DIY fairy garden ideas like these, life really is a party!
More Fairy Garden Inspiration
Check out our Teacup Fairy Garden here.
You might also like our DIY Fairy Garden Gazebo post here.
Also check out How To Make A Fairy House here.
You might also enjoy our Camping Fairy Garden here.
Eeeeeek!!! Oh my GOODNESS, I am dying of the utter cuteness! I adore these! Thanks so much for the inspiration and how-to’s! Time to pin! 🙂
This fairy garden is so adorable. I totally enjoyed all of the photographs! I am inspired to make my own one day! Pinning!
I saw this on the Re-Treat link up and had to come see what you’ve done! I’m so eager to buy a house this year just so I have a space to do things like this! Your attention to detail is absolutely amazing! Pinned!
Hi, visiting from the makers party,
They are adorable,so cute,looks like you have great connection with your inner child:)
Oh, these are sooooo cute. Thanks for sharing! I bet my little girls would love these.
Oh. My. Gosh. That is the cutest thing I’ve ever seen! I must make one now!
Goodness those are adorable! Why didn’t I know about fairy gardens when my girls were young?
very cute collection of fairy gardens. I like how you arranged them on your steps.
This is just an incredibly fun idea. I love it! All the attention to detail, the way you have created a little village… just perfect!
I love each an d every one of them…and love the fact that you made most of the Fairy Garden embellishments yourself! One question; did you somehow drill oles in the galvanized containers?
Yes I made holes in the galvanized containers for drainage with a nail and hammer. You can see how here http://www.lifeisaparty.ca/2013/fairy-gardens-2013/ Hope this helps,
Love your wonderful, imaginative fairy gardens. I hope to make one before the summer is over.