The 20 Most Creative Fairy Garden Ideas

Best Of Hometalk
by Best Of Hometalk

Creating a unique fairy garden is not only an extremely popular trend but also one of the most fun and easy to personalize projects you can do!


Though store-bought fairy garden kits are popular and easy to find, they don’t allow for the same virtually endless possibilities as using various unique supplies and accessories to create one from scratch. Limited only by your imagination, a fairy garden is such an adorable way to express creativity and create interest inside and outside of your home.

Most Creative Fairy Garden Supplies

While you may know the basic necessities for starting a fairy garden—a container, accessories, and a fairy— did you know that helpful supplies include clothespins, spatulas, old CDs, and spray foam? Searching through your home for decorative accents that will make great accessories results in your own uniquely designed creation. From simple and quick creations to more involved DIY projects; if you need inspiration, take a look at these 20 amazing fairy garden ideas from Hometalk users!

1. Spray Foam Waterfall

While some people look at an old aviary and have no use for it, the most creative DIY crafters see its potential and imagine how to turn it into a waterfall! This fairy garden waterfall was created from a recycled wooden aviary frame; completely wrapped in window screen for support and covered with one of the most unexpected items—Great Stuff spray foam sealant. After building layers of foam, it was spray painted tropical-hued colors to achieve an island look. Moss, gnomes, and other accessories complete the spectacular waterfall project. 

How to Build a Fairy Garden Waterfall with Spray Foam in a Can (Janet Arceneaux)

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2. Clothespins for Anchoring Staked Accent Pieces

Fans of using staked accent pieces to create areas of interest in a fairy garden will love this clever trick to keep them secure and standing upright. Attach a clothespin at the base to anchor the staked accent piece under the surface and lessen the worry that wind or accidentally bumping the container will topple the decorative object! Conceal these clever supplies by burying the clothespins under dirt, pebbles, sand, faux moss, or another material of your choice.

Fairy Garden (Sarah M)

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3. Curated Fairy Garden Supplies

A fairy garden—where the only rule is that anything goes—is the ideal place for a collected look. Special pieces collected over time evoke memories of places, people, and moments. Buying a large number of supplies all at once may be tempting and easy to do but tends to create something that looks thrown together whereas patiently curating a collection will look eclectic and tell a story each time you view it. From the gnome relaxing on a swing to the beautiful colored glass mushrooms, this fairy garden is overflowing with charm.

Fairy/Hobbit/Gnome Supplies Collected on My Trips (ByLightOfMoon)

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4. Battery Powered Lights

The glow from battery powered moon lights brings such a wonderful feel to this two level succulent fairy garden. Dirt was piled higher on one end to add height to the container and separated by a faux moss border with a picket fence edge. Using succulents for garden plants provides a lovely contrast to brightly colored fish gravel. This project is a great reminder to add lights to your supplies list!

Succulent Fairy Garden (Tori Grant)

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5. Horseshoe Fairy Door

Most people settle on a container and then choose accessories when planning their fairy garden, but this creation arose from a backyard tree stump that made a perfect woodland fairy home. After tracing the horseshoe on plywood and cutting out the shape, the horseshoe was spray painted gold and attached to the stained and sealed cut out. Miniature golden hinges from a hardware store are the finishing touch for this fairy door. When searching your home for objects, keep in mind how items such as a horseshoe can easily become a door like this one! 

Horseshoe Fairy Door (Evelyn @ My Turn For Us)

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Most Creative Fairy Garden Accessories

6. Adorable Beach Themed Fairy Garden

The accessories chosen for this garden—blue glass stones and white sand from Dollar Tree—create a beach theme so well. Complete with beach chairs, a seagull, a beach umbrella, and sand dune-like fenced border, this use of accessories to design a beach theme is clever and adorable. Fairy garden plants and large rocks mimic a grassy dune and rocky coastline perfectly and the blue stones make an ideal ocean for the mermaid to float in.

Beach Themed Fairy Garden (Sarah M)

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7. Fairy Garden Outhouse

Even the most whimsical scene can include practical ideas with DIY accessories like this charming outhouse. A ready to paint and build with board kit found at the craft store formed the outhouse walls and tongue depressors became roof shingles. Using silicone to attach small rocks to the outside of the walls is one of the most unique aspects of the outhouse design.

Fairy Garden Outhouse (Sarah M)

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8. Miniature Tools for Fairy Gardens

What fairy garden would be complete without fairy-sized gardening tools? This darling set of miniature gardening tools made from soldered metal shows how creativity and imagination combine to form unique, personalized home decor that is as fun to design as it is to look at. This project is a wonderful example of DIY accessories that bring a special and personal touch that can’t be matched with store-bought supplies. 

Making Miniature Tools for Fairy Gardens (Dan330)

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9. Fairy Swimming Pool with Spatula Diving Board

For fairies who are more into relaxing than working in their garden, why not use fairy garden accessories to create a tropical oasis with a swimming pool? This surf shack theme includes tropical looking flowers, a miniature clothesline with towels, and a small plastic pool with a spatula for a diving board. Fresh mint leaves float in the pool like lily pads for fairies to rest on. A clear plastic pot saucer found in any garden supply section makes a perfect fairy swimming pool. Just fill with water and attach an old spatula for a diving board!

A Surf Shack Just for Our Garden Fairies (Lisa @ Sweet Tea N’ Salty Air)

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10. Winter Fairy Garden with Faux Snow

Using fairy garden accessories to reflect the changing seasons is as simple as adding faux snow and icicles to sprigs of pine and cedar garden greenery. Decorative beaded branches mimic the look of frozen-over twigs and flakes of faux snow dust on the branches for a winter forest vibe. Take a look at the wedding decor aisle of a craft store for beaded-look decorative stems and accents to create a similar version of these icicles. A glass container or terrarium and any winter pine boughs or fresh greenery would work perfectly to recreate this look.

Winter Fairy Garden (Kristine(Teeny Ideas))

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Best Fairy Garden Pot

When it comes to container gardens, there are so many options. Take a look at some of these ideas for an anything but ordinary fairy garden pot!

11. Reinvented Old Sink Fairy Garden

A bathroom remodel left a homeowner with an extra sink that eventually made an ideal fairy garden pot. The sink’s existing drain provides ideal conditions for housing plants including herbs, ground cover plants, and Lobularia. A fairy, flat paver rocks, and a rustic looking lantern fill out the rest of the garden so perfectly, it is easy to forget it was once a sink!

Dianes Fairy Garden Collection (Diane)

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12. Broken Chair Fairy Garden

A DIY lover can find—and more importantly, repurpose—fairy garden supplies anywhere. This broken chair turned garden container proves how many creative alternatives exist to the traditional fairy garden pot. After fully removing the broken seating material, a garbage bag lined chicken wire frame provides a sturdy base for potting soil. Accessories including a fairy cottage and gravel walkway mix with a lovely variety of plants in this broken repurposed broken chair.

Fairy Garden Chair (Desiree G)

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13. Birdbath Fairy Garden

No time for caring for plants? This repurposed bird bath fairy garden pot is low maintenance but full of charm and creativity. Moss and other decorative items were fastened to a pizza pan that sits inside the birdbath basin. An old cd was spray painted blue and covered with clear vase fillers to create a fairy pond with a bridge that makes a lovely focal point among the other stones.

Repurposed Bird Bath (Beverly Roderick at Across the Blvd)

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14. Repurposed Broken Clay Pot

Why throw a broken pot in the trash when it can become the perfect fairy garden? After gluing the broken pieces together, plants are used to completely conceal the rough edges and any trace that it was ever broken. Succulents and moss climb the border of this terraced fairy garden with ledges to rest on and ladders to climb. The house sits at the top with greenery planted behind it to resemble a large towering tree in this cleverly repurposed fairy garden pot.

My First Fairy Garden (Sarah M)

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15. DIY Papercrete Fairy Garden Container

If you have an idea for the perfect fairy garden container but can’t seem to find it anywhere, you can make it yourself! Papercrete is essentially a paper pulp and cement mixture that can be shaped and patterned into whatever you choose; including a pot! Papercrete pressed into a scalloped edge bowl as a mold results in a lovely container that can be sanded, drilled, and withstand the elements outdoors. 

Papercrete for Fairy Gardens (The Fairy Garden)

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Best Miniature Fairy Garden

Because they fit in smaller containers, a miniature fairy garden can be easily transported from one location to another. This is a great benefit for live plants in a garden that may need to be moved to an area with more or less sun or shade. With the same type of supplies as larger gardens and some smaller scale accessories, a miniature fairy garden is an adorable accent to any indoor or outdoor decor!

16. Fairy Garden with Painted Mushrooms

This awe-inspiring miniature fairy garden sets the bar high for enthusiasts interested in DIY garden accessories. Walnut shell halves painted red and attached to small sticks are a clever way to create whimsical forest mushrooms. Nestled among rocks, acorns, moss, sticks, and other natural elements found in the woods; a hedgehog and small gnomes complete this amazing miniature fairy garden.

My Miniature Fairy Garden (Home Factory)

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17. A Less is More Miniature Fairy Garden

This miniature fairy garden tutorial describes how easy it is to create a theme within a small container that can be easily transported if live plants require a new location. Using artificial moss for the garden bedding alleviates any worry of drying or fading greenery. Adding the largest items to the garden first prevents clutter and allows for the right balance of smaller pieces to fill in around them. The cottage and wishing well are placed first and other small accessories including pebbles, chairs, plants, and dogs finish the theme. 

Miniature Fairy Garden in a Planter (Phyllis)

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18. Miniature Fairy Garden for a Gift

Who wouldn’t be delighted to receive such a darling and thoughtful handmade gift as these miniature fairy gardens in vintage containers? Rather than a bouquet of flowers; a fabric scrap bunting and birdhouse combine with small indoor plants and moss for a gift idea that will last and be sure to charm the recipient. This is a great way to involve children in a fun activity while creating a meaningful gift that they will be proud to give.

Mini Fairy Garden Gifts in Tins (Christina Dennis)

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19. Two-Sided Miniature Fairy Garden Wall

Painted plywood and a plastic bottle form a wall with a window and show how a fairy garden can fit into even the tiniest space. Both sides of the wall are covered in pebbles and decorated with accessories including moss, a small bench, decorative ivy, and lavender. 

Miniature Fairy Garden Wall… (Sarah M)

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20. Miniature Fairy Garden Terrarium

Scout thrift stores for glass containers—preferably with lids—to make a miniature fairy garden terrarium. Glass allows for displaying and viewing layers of stones and other interesting bedding supplies at the base of the garden. Small pebbles, glass stones, and soil make beautiful layers to build on with moss, mushrooms, accents, and other fairy garden accessories.

Tip: Be sure to choose a container that has a large enough mouth to be able to place all of your supplies inside!

DIY Miniature Fairy Garden Terrariums (AnnMarie @ Musings of a Vintage Junkie)

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Although retail stores carry everything from fairy Ferris wheels to ice cream trucks, take some time to look around the house and see what can be repurposed for your unique fairy garden supplies. Succulents, tropical flowers, and even winter greenery make for great plants depending on the desired theme. The horseshoe that never found a place in your home decor may make the perfect fairy door or the extra spatula that sits in the kitchen drawer could be just right for a fairy diving board.

What items have you repurposed, recycled, or reinvented for a fairy garden? Get more inspiration for home and garden projects of your own on Hometalk!

Written for the Hometalk community by: Kate Griffin | Eating in the Shower Blog

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