How to create a fairy garden (2024)

Why create a fairy garden?

It may not be something you’ve considered before, but there are plenty of great reasons to give it a try…

  • A fairy gardenignites creativity and imagination: through designing and making the garden and talking about the little visitors who may come and use it.
  • It's a project to do together: involve your grandchild in planning the garden and keep adding to it as time goes on.
  • It introduces young children to gardening: and also gets them outdoors.
  • You can recycle broken pots/old gardening stuff: a quick search online will give you lots of ideas to use old flower pots, lolly sticks and scraps of fabric.
  • Different themes to appeal to all: it doesn’t have to be a fairy theme – think about gardens for hobbits, gnomes, baby dragons etc.
  • Flexibility: if you don’t have a garden, why not create an indoor garden in large pots?

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Planning your fairy garden

Before you start, spend some time looking online for inspiration. Pinterest is a great place to get fairy garden ideas – just type in ‘fairy garden ideas’ and scroll through the images. Do this with your grandchildren to involve them in what you create.

Write down the things you both like (or save the Pins if you have a Pinterest account) and then draw out a loose design of how it will look. If your grandchild enjoys drawing, then this stage will be an enjoyable part of the process.Once you have a design and a list, think about what you will need to create it. There are lots of websites selling ready-made kits, such as Fairy Gardens UK, or blogs, such as The Magic Onions, to offer DIY advice to create it from scratch.

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Attach small doors to the base of tree trunks to create little fairy houses.

What you will need

Here are some of the things that will come in handy:

  • Pebbles
  • Soil
  • Old flower pots
  • Paint - acrylic craft paints work well on terracotta
  • Logs/pieces of tree trunk
  • Twigs
  • Glitter
  • Old scraps of fabric
  • Moss
  • Small, flat piece of wood for a fairy door
  • Small plants
  • Toy fairies/gnomes etc
  • Dolls house accessories – search for these in charity shops

How to make your fairy garden

1.Look at each element of your design and plan out the bits that may be difficult or boring for your grandchild to do. For example, if you’re making a door yourselves you could cut the shape out without them and then paint it together.

2.If you are using containers, get them prepped for drainage by placing stones or broken crockery at the bottom and filling them up with soil.

3.Will you be planting anything? If so, find the best plants for the environment where your fairy garden will be.

4.Lay out the decorations, plants and ornaments loosely before properly planting or fixing anything securely.

Remember that you can keep adding to your garden – treat this as an ongoing project to do with your grandchild and make things when you get together. Try out miniature garden benches, made with painted lolly sticks, baby bunting with old scraps of fabric, clothes lines with little sticks and miniature pegs and toadstools made with painted pebbles. The ideas are limitless, so encourage your grandchild to think up lots of new ideas.

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Creating a little extra magic

Have the fairies been to visit their new garden yet? Your grandchildren will be desperate to see, so spread a little magic with tiny footprints in the soil, trails of glitter and by moving things around. It will all be worth the effort when you see their faces light up with excitement!

Fairy gardens to visit

There are some beautiful examples of fairy gardens open to the public across the UK and they make wonderful days out with children.

Furzey Gardens, New Forest,
Wookey Hole Mystic Fairy Garden, Somerset,
Trentham Estate, Staffordshire,
Gypsy Wood, Snowdonia,

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How to create a fairy garden (2024)


What is needed to make a fairy garden? ›

(Choose a few fairy garden figurines you like best to start your fairy garden and add more later.) Stones, pebbles, marbles, gems, sea glass, wood slices, sand, twigs, moss, popsicle sticks, twine, etc. (Use the items you like to make the fairy garden the way you want it to look.)

What are the rules for fairy gardens? ›

  • Don't use iron or nickel in the fairy garden as they will repel your fairies.
  • Fairies appreciate when you recycle, compost and garden organically.
  • Perfect playmates for fairies are fireflies, ladybugs and butterflies.
  • Fairies have an affection for honey, sugar and sweet cakes.

How do I attract fairies to my fairy garden? ›

Rocks—fairies are attracted to all kinds of shiny stones like agate, quartz, or crystal. Use them to decorate your garden and give the little ones a place to sit. Shiny things—fairies love to look at their reflection, so include shiny things like a mirror or a dish of water in your garden design.

Where is the best place to put a fairy garden? ›

It is best to put it in an area where you can view it up close. Many fairy gardens have small accessories and small details that are best enjoyed up close. Once a location is chosen you can begin the fun. The easiest is to place your largest feature first.

How do you layout a fairy garden? ›

Fill your pot/container with potting mix and plant your plants. I prefer to plant the tallest plant (miniature tree) towards the back of the pot, shrubs to the side and ground cover at the front. TIP: You might like to play around with the arrangement of your plants while they are still in their pots.

How do I make a cheap outdoor fairy garden? ›

Add soil or sand, and build your garden using found objects such as pine cones, sticks and stones, or miniature decorative items you've made or purchased at a craft store. Stick with a certain theme, such as a cottage garden, the beach or the woodlands—or not!

What does a fairy garden symbolize? ›

In literature and art, garden fairies serve as powerful symbols of innocence, wonder, and the magic of the natural world. Their presence in stories and paintings often evokes a sense of nostalgia for childhood, when the boundary between reality and imagination was more fluid.

What do garden fairies eat? ›

Favorite foods include nectar, morning dew, flower buds, honey, nuts, fruit (especially berries of all kinds), fresh baked bread, fruit jams and jelly, syrups, candy, and fruit pies. Some are also quite fond (addicted even) of alcohol, especially wines and sweet liqueurs.

Is it good to have a fairy garden? ›

A fairy garden is actually a great option to place in hard to grow areas. Other than some small garden plants, most items that make up a fairy garden will be things that don't need to worry about direct sunlight or good soil. Fairy gardens are a great place to let your creative juices and imagination run wild.

What flower is associated with fairies? ›

Another Welsh legend explains why foxgloves bend and sway so gracefully. It has nothing to do with the wind, but that as the flower is sacred to the fairies, it has the power of recognising them, and indeed all spiritual beings who pass by, and that it bows in deference to them as they waft along.

What flower represents fairies? ›

Foxglove used to be known as goblin's gloves in the mountains of Wales, where the flowers were worn by hobgoblins. In Scandinavian lore, foxglove is associated with both foxes and faeries, for the faeries taught foxes to ring the bell-like flowers in warning when hunters approached.

What flower do fairies like? ›

Fairies have a particular liking for foxgloves and cowslips. It is said that the Fairy Queen even sleeps in a soft bed of fragrant thyme! Those searching for "fairy sight" will want to plant lavender or rosemary.

What is a good base for a fairy garden? ›

Add your base layer

You can use a thin layer of rock at the bottom for additional drainage or just skip straight to soil if you have a pot with proper drainage already. The soil you use will depend on what kind of plants you are using. For succulents and other more tropical plants, we suggest using a more aerated soil.

How do you start a mini fairy garden? ›

"Fairy gardeners can create their own DIY fairy homes and accessories by finding interesting stones, twigs, leaves, flowers, and trinkets outside in nature and around the house,” says Chung. Hobbyists will twist and shape these found items into tiny chairs, tables, sofas, and other minuscule pieces.

How to make fairies happy? ›

11 tips to attract fairies
  1. a water fountain in your home that clatters on crystal or a rock.
  2. a plant near your pond.
  3. a plant that grows out of or on a rock.
  4. a herb garden mainly with old stone formations.
  5. shrines and altars to nature gods.
  6. wine cellars (yes don't ask me why but it seems to work)
  7. fantasy altars with offerings.
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What kind of soil do you use in a fairy garden? ›

For most types of fairy gardens a standard soil recipe is two parts commercial soil, one part peat moss or compost. Never use soil excavated from your outside garden as container plants are pickier and that dirt might be prone to weeds. Fill the container halfway with the soil mixture and get ready to plant.

How to take care of a fairy garden? ›

Caring for your Fairy Garden

Now how are you going to keep this wonderful little garden thriving? Always water gently, but thoroughly using a small container with a spout. If your garden is inside a good watering once a week is enough. If it is outside then it may need water every day.


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