A Fairy Container Garden

Learn how to create a miniature world where things are small in scale and huge with possibilities.
A View From Above

A View From Above

A bird's eye view of a tiny world below.

A bird's eye view of a tiny world below.

A little while ago, I shared how to make a Coastal Fairy House. Today, I thought I would share how you can easily make a miniature sized garden in a container. 

It is incredibly easy to do, as many garden centers are now catering to customers' cravings for miniature items. Most garden centers now have areas entirely devoted to this fairy garden hobby. From the tiniest of trees, plants, succulents and accessories anyone can make a garden like this on their own. A project like this is for the young and old alike. But be forewarned, for some reason, many find these gardens highly addicting!  Here is what you need to get started:

Supplies:

  • A container—I used a basket approximately 20 inches x 16 inches
  • Plantings, such as fairy vine, 'Platt's Black', brass buttons, dwarf grasses, ferns, miniature evergreens, hens and chicks, succulents, wooly or creeping thyme, lavender, miniature roses, miniature daisies, Selaginella, miniature African violets, dianthus.
  • Moss
  • Potting soil
  • Accessories—purchased or homemade.

Take a peek at the gallery below on how you can get started.

Planting a Fairy Garden

See All Photos

Shop This Look

To care for your fairy garden, be sure to water it regularly. Also, feel free to give a gentle pruning to any plantings that seem to outgrow their space. If you happen to lose a plant or it is not doing well, just gently remove it from the garden and replace it with something else. These gardens are always growing, changing and evolving—just like our regular gardens.

When you think about adding accessories, the only limit is your creativity.  In all of my miniature gardens, I like to incorporate both store-bought and homemade items.  When I am out and about, I seem to always have my miniature gardens in mind.  I love discovering fun little items at thrift stores, garden centers and even recycling found items in nature.  Acorn lids make perfect plates.  Leaves are natural blankets and place mats.  Sheets of moss can be transformed into rugs for houses.  Take a peek at the craft store too and be sure to stroll down the dollhouse aisle.  You will be amazed at what you find. Some people even like to decorate their gardens for the holidays. 

Fairy Garden Decorations

See All Photos

Shop This Look

If you are crafty and would like to make a few items that are unique to your garden, then take a peek at the gallery below. There you will find 5 simple ideas that you can make for your garden—a shell pool, a table set for tea, a fairy bed, a picture frame and a miniature basket of eggs.  

DIY Fairy Garden Accessories

See All Photos

Shop This Look

Next Up

Make a Coastal Fairy House

Inspired by the coastal pine forest, sand and sea, a fairy house is crafted for the tiniest of folk.

Spin Control: Make a Spiral Planter

Quick and easy steps for making a striking vortex-planter.

Create a Fairy Theme in Your Garden

Creative gardening lets you sprinkle a little enchantment in your outdoor space.

Novel Idea: Make a Succulent Planter From Vintage Books

Turn an old book into a sassy succulent planter.

A Fall Kid's Craft: Leaf People

Easy steps for creating a whimsical cast of garden characters.

A Child's Quick and Easy Garden Tote

Nothing encourages a child to join you in gardening tasks like creating this inexpensive carryall together.

Play With Your Food: A Tropical Bird

Make some garden art you can eat with this great craft for kids.

DIY Cinderblock House Number Planter

Add a modern edge to your front stoop.

Play With Your Food: A Mother and Baby Bird

Make some garden art you can eat with this great craft for kids.

Play With Your Food: Make a Mouse

Make some garden art you can eat with this great craft for kids.

Go Shopping

Refresh your home with stylish products handpicked by HGTV editors.

Watch Live TV

Don't miss your favorite shows. Live stream HGTV now.

Follow Us Everywhere

Join the party! Don't miss HGTV in your favorite social media feeds.