DIY Fairy Garden Ideas

Fairy Garden Supply List

I haven’t tried buying plants online yet, but I thought I’d provide these sources because some of you might not have easy access to fairy garden plants. Before buying online, I’d suggest calling a few local garden centers first.  You might be pleasantly surprised to find a local source for these lovely plants.

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My Favorite Fairy Garden Plants

Pick your plants according to where you’ll keep your container. I’ll be keeping my fairy garden in a spot outside that gets 4 to 6 hours of sun a day, so all of the following plants like partial shade.

Boxwood is awesome in a fairy garden because it’s tree-sized to a fairy.  Boxwood is a slow grower so you can buy it small and keep it small.  These plants are often used in bonsai gardens for the same reason.  To make it look more like a tree, just take off some of the lower branches.

Mini Oak Leaf Creeping Fig

Mini Oak Leaf Creeping Fig

Oak Leaf Creeping Fig is probably my favorite fairy garden plant; if you put it by a little fairy house it will climb just like Boston Ivy.  It gets lost in a large garden but suits a miniature garden perfectly.

Mexican Heather

Mexican Heather

Mexican Heather is a profuse and constant bloomer. It has tiny purple flowers and glossy deep green leaves, and you can easily prune it to look like a little tree.

The Polka Dot plant, other wise known as Freckle Face, looks like the fairy kind of over did it with the pink paint. Pinch back polka dot plants to keep them cute and compact.

This is Blue Star Creeper is another favorite for the fairy garden because it is a profuse bloomer and its little blue flowers are the perfect size for a fairy bouquet. Even when it’s not in bloom the dense mat of tiny leaves still look amazing in a fairy garden.

And then there is the Creeping Fig. I especially like to prune this one because the new growth is really pretty. You can easily train creeping fig to climb topiary forms to create an English fairy garden look; it’s a great clinger and a fast grower.

Baby Tears is another favorite fairy garden plant of mine. Again, I love the delicate compact leaves.

DIY Fairy Garden Accessories

shabby fairy houseI like using natural and found objects to make fairy garden accessories. Here I used hardware from an old door to make a whimsical entrance for the fairy’s house.

Use polymer clay to make mushrooms, ladybugs, fairy food, fairy hats, fairy shoes, the list is endless. Polymer clay is weatherproof so have at it. Just remember if you paint your clay creation, you’ll need to varnish it with a polymer clay friendly varnish.

Making your own accessories can be a really fun activity to do with kids.
Since natural materials look best, start your fairy crafting day with a nature walk. Look for twigs, acorns, dry bark, dried out pine needles, pine cones, and stones.

I also use materials from the craft store like dried eucalyptus, jewelry charms, dried moss and flowers, and sea shells.

Make your fairy garden accessories weather resistant by using a silicone glue, garden wire and varnish. You still want to bring them in for winter though.

How to Make a Fairy Garden

Fairy GardenFirst pick a pot that has a hole at the bottom so the plants can have proper drainage, and fill it with organic potting soil. Potting soil has nutrients that dirt from your yard doesn’t have, so it’s worth a trip to your local garden center to pick up.

Pick your plants according to where you’ll keep your pot. I’ll be keeping this in spot outside that gets 4 to 6 hours of sun a day.

In addition to the growing requirements, I chose my plants thinking of the composition. The fairy’s house was tall. So I wanted one plant that looked like a tree in comparison to the house. And another ‘tree’ that was just a little shorter than the house. I wanted a plant that was the height of a bush in her world, and then a variety of ground covers with a trailing plant to hang over the side of the pot.
Remember to loosen the roots a little before planting.

Once I got the plants arranged the way I wanted, I laid out the stone path.
And then laid bits of moss around the stones. Look for moss growing around your yard, or in the woods, and bring it home for your fairy, because what’s a fairy garden without moss?

with love, Caroline

 

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