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Miniature Fairy Garden Spring Dioramas

Miniature Fairy Garden Spring Dioramas: Easy to make spring diorama in a mini tuna tin, Altoids tin, and sardine tin tutorial.
Miniature Fairy Garden Spring Dioramas: Easy to make Dioramas in a tuna tin, Altoids tin, and sardine tin, with free miniature printables.

If you know me you know I’ve become slightly obsessed with the whole Fairy Garden trend.  But it’s still too cold here for gardening.  I decided to create some little miniature Fairy Garden Spring Dioramas.  

I think miniature doll houses are on the rise, and have to admit I’m kind of into it.  Maybe it’s fulfilling childhood fantasies, or maybe it’s just that anything tiny is just so very, very cute.  I love these little dioramas because they make me think of little fairies getting ready for spring, but they’re not too precious since they’re made of old tins.  And you know, fairies really are master up-cyclers, 😉

So here is how I made them, they’re pretty simple to put together, just a bit of gathering up supplies…which was pretty fun in itself.

Altoids Garden Diorama

The gardening diorama is made out of an Altoids tin -which I found at Shoppers Drug Mart if you’re Canadian and wondering where to get one.

Diorama in an altoid tin

I found the little garden tools at Michaels, and they inspired the gardening theme of this first little diorama.

how to make a diorama in an altoids tin

The background for this one is a free printable of an antique seed package…I chose carrots because of Easter.  You can play with sizing on your printer…I think I printed this one at 60% for the perfect fit.

I’m loving moss right now, so spring-y and perfect here behind the little hand tools.

how to make a diorama in a altoids tin

On the other side, I printed out a Bible page for the background.  Spring makes me think about seasons, and “a time to plant…”  Ecclesiastes Chapter 3 is where it’s found.  I resized it, printed it, and then antiqued it with just a little brown paint rubbed in.

The adorable fairy sized seed packages were found at a miniature store, and are really cute.  When I came home from that little shopping trip I realized I could have probably used a free printable like this one, so  here’s the link for you.

Spring Diorama in a Altoids tin

I added in a little toy bunny, and his tiny carrot.  I think the fairies would approve.

Mini Tuna Can Spring Nest Diorama

The little nest diorama was inspired by some tiny Easter nests at the dollar store.  The nests had little yellow Easter chicks in them, I removed them and added some foam eggs I had, and a feather.

spring nest diorama

The nest is resting in a tuna tin.  Not a regular size one, a mini one.  I used mod podge to make a background of torn old book pages.  The spring banner is made with rubber stamps.

miniature nest diorama

I found the perfect twig to hold my little nest.

sardine tin diorama

Sardine Tin Easter Egg Diorama

Lastly, and probably my favourite is the little Easter egg dying scene diorama.  I was inspired by something similar I spied at the miniature store.  Here is my DIY version.

I picked up the tiny cups, one plate, and the sweet little basket there.

how to make a diorama

The eggs are made out of white polymer clay. I used paint on some to make them look dyed.   Also, I added some paint to the cups for the dye.  

A little mod podge added to the paint in the cups helps to make it a little more shiny.  The penny will give you an idea of the scale.  The Easter grass is regular Easter grass that I just cut to a smaller width and length.

Spring Diorama in a sardine tin

The newspapers are a free printable from here.  I added just a dab of the paint so it would look more real, like the Easter egg dye had spilled on the newspaper a little.

This scene all takes place in an old sardine tin.  I have to confess I threw out the sardines, I just wanted the cute little tin, be sure to leave the lid attached for a cute effect.

Easter egg Spring Diorama in a sardine tin

These are definitely my favourite little project of late.  I love how tiny they are, how sweet, how detailed, and how spring like these dioramas turned out.

These are so little I would place them somewhere where they’ll catch your eye.  I thought they looked great as a little grouping on the wall, or perhaps placed on a little shelf together, or even on the mantel.

spring dioramas tutorial

With Miniature Fairy Garden Spring Dioramas, life really is a party!

You might also like our Fairy Gardens in a Jar tutorial here.

How To Make A Miniature Fairy Garden In A Jar: Tutorial using polymer clay to make adorable mushrooms and a fairy house, and then arrange in a teeny, tiny glass bottle.

Also check out our Mini Hearts in a Bottle here.

You might also enjoy our Felt Mushrooms tutorial here.

DIY Felt Mushrooms: easy to sew red and white polka dot mushrooms with felt, and cork and wooden spool stems. Perfect for your spring decor.


  1. As a confirmed dollhouse-aholic, I just loved these! I made 2 Christmas arrangements today (Yeah, I know it’s mid January) with 1/2 off after Christmas treasures for this Nov. church bazaar using cardinals and faux nests! I love all minis and use them in my houses, dioramas, and roomboxes. Several years ago I made a treehouse for my fairies in my front door rosebush–to save my arthritic knees from bending to get to them at ground level!

  2. Kathy, I so glad you like them. All things mini are so popular these days, I love the dollhouse trend so much too!
    All the best,

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