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Miniature Fairy Garden Ideas [29 Whimsical DIYs!]

A miniature fairy garden never goes out of season or runs out of style. Just as front yard gardening is popular in homeowners, miniature gardens are nevertheless doing the same for everyone. These smaller copies of whimsical gardens are also a creativity-inducing project for everyone in the family. Even if you lack the space for a proper garden, these setups are easily achievable and, in every way, enjoyable.

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Today you can find online stores dedicated to selling miniature plants, figurines, and tiny garden ensembles. But with a wide array of materials, you can also create miniature gardens from scratch. Just take a look at some of these fascinating miniature fairy garden ideas.

How To Create A Fairy Garden Design

First off, you’re going to want to trigger your imagination. This being said, here are manageable steps to creating a miniature fairy garden design:

  • Decide on the container that you’ll use.
  • Sketch out the layout of your garden with a stick, or draw it out on a piece of paper.
  • Pick a tiny tree as a focal point for your garden. You can also use woody herbs like sage, rosemary, or lavender.
  • Add the tiny accessories, and you will be well on your way!

Now, these are just some quick tips to get you started, and here is some visual inspiration to get those creative juices flowing!

Ethereal Miniature Fairy Gardens

Broken Pots to Steal the Spot

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Terracotta pots are not just rustic plant holders, but they also make excellent lawn edging ideas. And, if you fancy some miniature fairy garden, you can absolutely turn it into one too. This broken pot makes a cute and creative fairy garden with little steps and layers. Succulent plants complete the surrounding look of the mini castle, and a dainty ladder to top it all.

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Don’t let broken pots keep you from being innovative in bringing to life your lovely, mystical tiny garden. Give your home decor accessory the illusion of climbing up to that childhood place of safety by using each and every broken section to help visitors reach your imaginary abode.

Fairies will particularly appreciate reaching the top of your miniature garden and looking down at your uniquely gorgeous creation. Easy to assemble, simply use every available open space in your broken tiny garden pot and fill it with small plant cuttings and pebbles. A couple of curious fairies will add a sense of enchantment as well.

An Upcycled Magical Birdbath

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Broken birdbaths are also the best avenue for showcasing your miniature gardening skills. So, if you have one lying around that can no longer hold water, you know what to do. Give your herbs and succulents a new place to thrive, then throw in some rocks and pebbles. This birdbath miniature fairy garden gets a playful twist with added DIY fairy garden furniture.

Clay Pots and Paint Fairy Garden

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Want a low-maintenance fairy garden that you can finish easily with your art supplies? Get inspired with this DIY gnome house using clay pots, paints, and a few strokes of your paintbrush. You can stick in some moss as a garden component and add cute gnomes and some accessories. This miniature fairy garden idea will add interest and a focal inspiration to your front lawn.

No-Mess and Simple Miniature Fairy Garden

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Here’s another DIY fairy garden idea that even kids can put together. Without plants and soil, this no-maintenance garden is more of a make-and-go. All you need is a glass bowl, some pebbles, and miniature fairy furniture. Sea glasses and crystals will also add a flowy vibe to your cute garden. If you don’t want to burden yourself tending real garden plants, this mini fairy garden is a great idea.

Fairies Go A-Camping


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Do you love the feel of the great outdoors? Then reflect your passion and inspiration with cute pieces like this camping-themed fairy garden. It has a teepee tent, faux plant, succulents, and even miniature camping essentials. Those dainty fairy figurines sure exude the blissful life of backyard fairy campers!

A Bucketful of Fairies and Plants

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A miniature fairy garden in a rustic galvanized bucket never fails to impress, and rightly so. It offers enough space for plants, figurines, and other ensembles that you wish your garden to bloom. This shabby-chic miniature fairy garden exudes a hopeful feel to the deck. That lovely fairy and cute llama adds instant interest to this stunning garden collection.

Have a Teacup

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A fairy garden is not about space. It is all about the creativity of turning big or small fixtures into amazing artwork. So, even a little teacup can create such a charming beauty with the right organization. What can you put in it other than your tea? Fill it up with pebbles and soils, with moss and ferns on the side. Top it up with shells and colorful stones, then set up your fairy garden’s bits and pieces of accessories.

What city doesn’t need a fixed park area to revive its residents? Well, if New York City needs one, then so do you. An easy-to-make and easy-to-display exhibition, this undersized miniature garden is waiting for a visit from fairies and visitors alike.

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Smaller than other gardens, it’s an ideal fit as a centerpiece or a corner piece on a picnic table. You’ll have to get some tiny accessories like the lamp post and little park bench, but it’ll be worth it as visitors stop by for ice tea and ask about your Central Park mini-garden.

Where Do Little Elves Go?

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Do elves really live by the mounds with grasses all around? Here’s another idea to turn your chipped teacup and saucer into a quirky garden. It has moss and stones and a welcoming elf by the wooden door. And of course, it also has some mushrooms and flowers believed to be thriving with them. This rustic piece is an excellent ensemble to tease your little space.

Of Pastel Mini Birdhouses and Fairies

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Kids and kids at heart will love this artsy, colorful, and happy miniature fairy garden. It is also a no-mess mini garden filled with pastel-colored birdbaths and colorful fairies. Painting these mini birdbaths is an exciting idea that little kids will surely love. You can get crafty with embellishments adding moss or maybe some pebbles at the bottom of your holder. Just go on ahead and let your creativity and imagination run wild.

A Whimsical Miniature Garden Affair

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This miniature fairy garden highlights an elegant cottage that almost gives you that relaxing farmhouse feel. It is also highly imaginative with its cute topiary, fish pond, and stepping stones. It even has a fire pit and Adirondack chair set for fairies to lounge in! The surrounding rock wall and stone stairs complete the look and make this garden every inch beautiful and fascinating.

Home in a Wicker Basket

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English cottages are popular with their beautifully landscaped front lawn, colorful blooms, rustic furniture, and wicker fences. Get the pieces together and pool them into this wonderful miniature fairy garden. You will love the inspiration of this wicker basket garden with a suburban English theme. It has plants in various colors and shapes that mimic a proper garden. This homey and welcoming fairy garden is an enviable décor set to ever graze your home.

Growing a Garden in an Old Drawer

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Repurpose your throwables into a garden container and make them your blank canvases. Here is another witty miniature fairy garden from an old and peeling wooden drawer. This magical garden also conveys a classic English garden ambiance with its greenery and vintage arch. Metal garden furniture and pieces are also reminders of a chic and amazing rustic garden scene.

Made by Fairies, For the Fairies

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Natural materials that look as if the fairies themselves created them are fabulous resources for the miniature fairy garden. This unique and well-designed treehouse from foraged materials speaks for itself. It has an awesome staircase of wooden disks and twigs with dripping mosses everywhere. Even the broken kettle base blends well into the surroundings. It makes you think about JRR Tolkien’s Lothlorien and the fair Galadriel living there somewhere.

Sweet Little Fairy Garden

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Here’s everything you need to make an exquisite fairy garden: a house, a garden sign, and a walkway. Add in a fence and fountain, then bring out the fairies. Put a backdrop of blooming greenery, and you will have your very own magical garden suit for the fairies. Let your imagination take over and organize it the way you feel how things should go.

Spruce Up a Terrarium

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Terrariums are the first thing in mind when we talk about miniature gardens. Those green things and succulents can thrive there, and they are precious items to adorn your windowsill. But you can still add more drama and story to your terrarium by turning it into a fairy garden. Some mini fairy ornaments will do the trick. Say hello to this lovely terrarium filled with lanterns, butterflies, a fairy, and a bench.

Wicker Basket Garden

Tiny slices of branches and pebbles are used for these sweet pathways, and live plants fill out the look of this charming wicker basket garden. It’s a great way to repurpose extra baskets you have around the house.

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Mason Jar Garden

A Mason jar and decoupage combine for a simple but darling fairy garden. You probably already have the supplies on hand! Use it as a planter or vase.

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Window Box Garden

Pretty up a dull window box with this darling cottage that’s made from found materials, along with flowers, a pebble path, and wood slices. Bits of sticks become tiny trees in this beautiful window box.

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Metal Lantern Garden

A metal lantern with the glass removed becomes a garden that would look great indoors or out. Make it in less than an hour and add your own finishing touches, like this teeny bench.

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Galvanized Washtub Garden

This lovely garden sits atop a vintage galvanized washtub. Live moss, gorgeous purple lobelia, and sweet alyssum round out the plants, while a pink birdhouse with a penny-covered roof completes the look.

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Pumpkin Fairy Garden

Real pumpkins are hollowed out to form the base of this charming village that fairies (and people!) will adore. There’s even a clothesline with tiny felt clothes hung out to dry. Materials such as pine cones, sticks, and acorns complete the look.

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Solar-Powered Fairy House

A recycled plastic bottle is the base of this tiny home. A solar-powered lid makes this charming pebble-covered house glow softly at night.

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Brick Fairy Garden House

Cut tiny styrofoam bricks to size and glue them together for an indoor fairy house, or use real mini bricks and mortar for an outdoor house! Small sticks and pieces of cedar are used to create the roof of this darling structure.

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Metal Trough Garden

This vintage metal trough makes a sturdy foundation for plantings of ivy, calibrachoa, and succulents set around a meandering stone path. The house is constructed from bark and sticks, with a handmade popsicle stick door.

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Wheelbarrow Garden

An old wheelbarrow becomes this lovely garden with the addition of a decorative birdhouse, tiny clay pots, and an itty-bitty stick fence. Add LED lights to the house to make it even more welcoming!

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Light Up Fairy Garden

Creative, attractive, and absolutely fascinating, this creation for your fairy garden is something you can use during all the year’s seasons. Once Christmas time arrives, simply substitute the tiny blue flowers for striking red Poinsettias, and put some cotton on top of your roof for some faux snow.

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During spring and summer, leave the landscape as shown initially, and let your imagination do the rest. Fill your miniature fairy garden with pebbles, larger-size stones, or coffee beans if you have any handy.

Add a Beach Vibe

You couldn’t get it much easier than this–or more laid back and casual. A variation on our number 6 in fairy garden ideas, this one is even easier to put together as you simply gather a metal rim container from some device or metal wash pan, plant a tiny palm tree, and string out the beach lights across a piece of thread or dental floss.

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An old toy van or yellow school bus adds the finishing touches as you get your porch ready for an all-day fun-packed trip to the beach. Put in tiny, shimmering, turquoise marbles, and you have a beautiful oceanfront design for your DIY fairy garden presentation.

Here are a few tips to make sure your miniature fairy garden is a success.

Choosing the Proper Container

There are many exciting and fun things that make great fairy gardens. From teacups to toolboxes, old birdbaths to antique wheelbarrows, the choices are endless. Just be sure to select a container that isn’t too deep.

The Right Soil

Try to always use a good weed-free potting soil. Never use topsoil or black earth, as plants cannot breathe in these heavy soils that lack nutrients. It is crucial to wet your soil before pressing it into your container. This makes it more manageable to design your garden and mold it with hills and valleys, and is better for the plants.

Good Light is Key

It is often hard to have an excellent, bright light source indoors without grow lights. The sunniest window with the most extended amount of daylight is your best choice. This can be a challenge in winter months. If your seedlings start to lean towards the window, turn them in every few days. Grow lights are optimal.

Fairy Garden Plants

Once you have your base, you can begin to plant your fairy plants, selecting low-growing varieties for filler and spillers and at least one accent plant for a thriller. Your fairy garden will not be covered entirely in plants at first, and that is fine. They need room to grow. You can cover the exposed soil with pea gravel or colored stones. Most garden centers carry an expansive line of fairy garden plants now. Polished stones can make excellent paths and accents in fairy gardens.


If you have an expansive front lawn to boast, turn it into a charming space with the best garden ideas. If you don’t, bring the outdoors in with some indoor gardening concepts. But if you want to add a charming flair or have no place for planting, set up a miniature fairy garden. This gardening concept also has endless designs that could kindle your imagination. So, gather up your materials and start your fairy garden today.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

A Fairy Garden is a small container garden or a small cultivated space near a tree with miniature-sized plants and elements, the purpose of which is to be a place for fairies to live. Fairies can be hand-picked and placed in the garden. Or the habitat can be built so that fairies visit when no one is looking.
For most types of fairy gardens, a standard soil recipe is two parts commercial soil and 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.
Many fairy gardens use planters, terra cotta pots, or galvanized buckets as their base, but anything that holds dirt will do. Preferably, it would be something with drainage holes in the bottom to prevent your plants from getting waterlogged.
Throughout the summer, you can mulch plants to help control weeds in the fairy garden and keep the soil temperature moderated. We recommend high-quality hardwood mulches spread in a 2-3-inch later. Of course, in the summertime, you can expect to weed! Pull weeds before they flower or seed in your miniature garden.

Ann Marie Bantigue

I write for decoist.

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