How to make your own fairy garden

Quite a lot of fairy talk goes on in this household.

I introduced a fairy door a few years ago and the girls have been obsessed with the magic of fairies ever since. They write letters to the fairies regularly leaving notes at their door riddled with questions. How big are you? How many of you are there? How old are you? Do you know Tinkerbell? Why can we never see you? Can I have some fairy dust? Can I have your magic wand?

On and on the questions come, keeping Mummy the fairies busy replying.

Last school holidays, I decided to run with the fairy theme and create a fairy garden for each of the girls. I have absolutely no talent in the crafting / gardening fields, but the fairy gardens turned out beautifully.

If you’re looking for something to create on the weekend or school holidays with the kids, this whimsical activity will keep the magic of fairies alive for … as long as you can keep the garden alive!

Choose a pot or container

I took the girls on an adventure to Bunnings and bought a terracotta pot and saucer for each of them. I chose a wide pot to allow the girls plenty of room to create their fairy scene. You can use any old pot you have at home, a free patch in the garden, or even a wooden or plastic storage box or container.

Prepare the foundation with potting mix

I bought your standard potting mix, also from Bunnings, and some sphagnum moss to help keep the plants moist.

Pick your plants

I let the girls choose their plants, within reason. We wanted something colourful, but we also needed something hearty that would last the Queensland heat. We opted for a couple of bright and cheery succulents.

The fun part – create your fairy wonderland!

You can use whatever bits and pieces you have around the house here. We opted for some white and blue pebbles and a few fairy decorations I picked up at our local Dollars and Sense.

Let’s put it all together!!

Grab your pot and cover the bottom of it with sphagnum moss, then add the soil to within an inch of the top.

Time to get planting. We planted our flowers around the edge leaving plenty of room for fairies, fairy doors, and magical bits and pieces to be added within.

The girls loved adding their own personal touches to their fairy gardens.


They look pretty special, don’t you think?

This was a great activity which entertained us for hours – no whining or moaning, just an enchanting morning with my girls.

If fairies aren’t your thing – get creative. How about a beach scene or dinosaur garden?

Have you made a fairy garden before? Are you counting down to the school holidays as much as I am?

Linking up today with Kylie Purtell for IBOT.

13 comments on How to make your own fairy garden

  1. Sammie @ The Annoyed Thyroid
    March 21, 2017 at 6:37 am (3 days ago)

    This is just magic! I want one! I’ve been friends with my bestie Jasmine since we were three years old. She has always believed in fairies, and probably always will. I hope there’s not an age limit on fairy gardening!

  2. Min@WriteoftheMiddle
    March 21, 2017 at 8:32 am (3 days ago)

    Those are so cute Renee! I recall doing something similar with my daughter when she was little. She was SO into fairies back then – always wearing her fairy wings around the house. 🙂

  3. Jody at Six Little Hearts
    March 21, 2017 at 8:54 am (3 days ago)

    Gorgeous! We have been doing lots this way at our house in recent months. The youngest kids love it. It’s so nice to finally have the time to do it too, now that our baby is 4. (A total fairy lover.)

  4. Toni
    March 21, 2017 at 11:16 am (3 days ago)

    I really want to do a fairy garden, I’m just not sure it would end well having 2 cats {I can imagine they’d destroy it and I’d have a very upset toddler on my hands}. Might have to do some more fairy small world play though.

  5. Erika @ Ever-changing Life of a Mum
    March 21, 2017 at 11:52 am (3 days ago)

    So cute and timely too! I have been thinking about relocating our fairy garden from a small patch in the garden to a pot on the front porch that needs to be refreshed and replanted. I don’t think our fairies would mind a new look, renovated home 🙂

  6. Robyna May
    March 21, 2017 at 7:22 pm (3 days ago)

    Just beautiful. I think my boys would enjoy a dinosaur or Pokemon themed one.

  7. Life At 101
    March 21, 2017 at 8:08 pm (3 days ago)

    This has been on my to do list for ever!! Will have to give it a go soon.

  8. Tash @ Gift Grapevine
    March 22, 2017 at 1:18 am (2 days ago)

    I love fairy gardens. Both my tornadoes made one each but unfortunately they were both hit by a flood of rain. I told them the fairies weren’t home when it happened (and fairies can also swim and fly!) – we need to start a major rebuild!

  9. Bec Senyard
    March 22, 2017 at 7:43 am (2 days ago)

    My girls would LOVE this! So very creative and clever. x

  10. Tegan
    March 22, 2017 at 8:20 pm (2 days ago)

    Aww that is gorgeous!


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