I hope you are having a good week! This week, we have been busy tackling our summer fun list! On Monday, we took a trip to the craft store and loaded up on a few supplies for some crafts we have been wanting to do. I’ll share some of our fun projects but today I am going to talk about our first project of the week–our little fairy garden!
Every year, for at least the last eight years, we have created a fairy garden with our kids. It started as a fun project with my daughter when she was so little and the magic of fairies was very real. Today, we are pretty much past fairies (with the exception of the occasional tooth fairy) but we still keep the fairy garden tradition alive! Some years we go big and create a large fairy garden in the yard or a big container. This year we opted for a small tabletop size garden and I am loving it! So today, I share how to make your own small fairy garden in a pot!
Miniature Fairy Garden Supply List
Most years, we have created fairy gardens right in our own flower beds. This year, we thought it would be fun to make a smaller, table top garden. It adds some charm to our back patio. This garden is out of the elements because our patio is covered. So we didn’t have to worry about any of the fairy garden accessories getting ruined by rain or sun.
This is one of those projects where anything goes! I love that there are no “rules” to making a fairy garden although it can also be overwhelming to narrow down the choices.
To get started you will want to find a good container. I was able to find a container on clearance for $3. I have also used a galvanized bucket (like this) or other large planter in the past. If you are going for small garden, than a terra cotta planter like the ones I made HERE or a small galvanized bucket would be great!
Other must-haves for this project include dirt fill for the bucket. I have always used potting soil but sand could also be fun if you went with a beach themed fairy garden! I actually saw beach themed accessories at my local craft store–so fun!
We load the container full with potting soil and then layer it on top with moss, pebbles and a finer, cleaner dirt (like this).
Now for the fun part, you get to decide how to decorate the fairy garden. We usually opt for a mix of items instead of a particular theme. But there are so many cute accessories out there, that you could easily create a “theme”.
As usual, I let each of the kids pick one or two items this year, so it would be too hard to agree on a particular idea. But, we are very happy with how it turned out!
Some years we have opted for live greenery like succulents and ferns. But, this year we opted for low maintenance with faux greenery.
Fairy Garden Shopping List
Planter or Pail
Dirt (This kit includes it all–dirt, pebbles and moss!)
Faux greenery or real plants (Or a mix of both types)
Rocks and Pebbles
Accessories (Pick a theme or go for eclectic!) Shop craft stores sales and look in Target dollar bins.
It is fun to change things up in the fairy garden and add little accessories as time goes on!
Backyard Fairy Garden
I couldn’t resist using our left over fairy supplies to create another garden at the back of our yard. Every year we accumulate new fairy garden supplies and some items don’t last more than a year or two (depending on how much exposure they get to the elements). This little spot is part of a large garden bed.
It’s nice to have a few little happy spots in the yard!
Create your fairy garden now and enjoy it all summer long! I like the tabletop fairy idea because you can bring it inside in the winter! Tell me..do you and your family make a fairy garden?