A Fairy Container Garden
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:
- 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.
- Potting soil
- Accessories—purchased or homemade.
Take a peek at the gallery below on how you can get started.
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.
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.
Fairy Twinkle Lights
What's better than a fairy-gnome get-together? Create cafe lighting for a friendly gathering, fairy campsite or garden with battery-operated twinkle lights. Wrap the lights around skewers for lighted posts and create an atmosphere that fairies are certain to enjoy.
Make It: Camping-Inspired Gnome Garden
Wish I May, Wish I Might
Reuse a bottle cap to create a wishing well. Glue two skewer pieces into the base of the cap on each side, then cover the sides of the bottle cap in small pebbles. Secure a short piece of twine to another small piece of skewer then wrap the remaining twine around it, letting a small piece hang loose. Attach this piece horizontally to the front of the wishing well posts. May all the fairy wishes come true!
Flickering Fairy Flames
Fairies love s'mores too! Using craft foam, sticks and pebbles, construct a firepit with hot glue. Cut a circle of craft foam, cover it with glue, then top with moss. Glue a circle of pebbles around the perimeter to create the firepit. Add small logs and additional craft foam pieces for some flickering flames.
Craft a fairy-sized door from a small piece of scrap wood. Stick a pushpin into the wood piece to create a perfect mini doorknob and add pebbles to finish off the enchanting entryway.
Make It: DIY Fairy Door