If you’re looking for a fun project to do with your kids and want to spend some quality time outside this summer, then consider creating a fairy garden outdoors. The best part about these gardens is they can be customized to suit any size or shape of space because the plants are typically small. You can choose from tons of different flowers, succulents, and other small plants that are easy-to-care for so you don’t have to worry about having a green thumb!
How Do You Make a Fairy Garden Step by Step?
Save broken shards of plant pots, because they’re great for a project like the following:
- Use a Dremel saw or a hammer to bust pottery if you don’t already have broken shards
- Dust the edges of the shards off to reduce sharpness
- Lay the shards inside of a full complete planter
- Put potting soil in the nooks and crannies this creates
- Coat the insides of the pots evenly with the soil
- Add plants going in several different directions – make sure that they’re suitable companions for one another
- Water your new seedlings
- Add a few fairy-like details here and there
- Move the planter into an area that gets moderate sunlight
- Care for your garden as normal
Fairy Garden Ideas
Chances are that if you’re planning on putting together a fairy garden, you’re just going to lay some special enclosures outside. Arranging them in one of these ways is a good idea.
• Retaining wall fairy garden
Building a fairy garden into a retaining wall is easy and cost-effective, assuming that you already have one.
• Campsite garden
Those who live on campgrounds or manufactured home communities might want to create a container-based fairy garden. Using Ajaka basil can help to keep the cost and difficulty way down.
• Housed fairy garden
While it’s harder than most, you can incorporate miniaturized architectural features into a garden to give fae spirits a place to live.
• False door garden
All it takes is a single faux door to add a place for fairies to phase in and out of.
• Fairy rock garden
Succulents do quite well in a rocky bed, which makes this an attractive pick for those who want a low-maintenance garden.
• Raised bed gardens
Though it’d be the toughest to build from scratch, anybody who already has a raised bed can easily add fairy-like features to it.
• Planter garden for fairies
The same idea that’s become popular at campsites is relatively easy to build at home too.
How Do You Waterproof a Fairy Garden?
- Add gravel to the bottom of planters to increase drainage
- Provide plenty of holes at the bottom of planters
- Place architectural features above plants to avoid getting them wet
- Use broad leaf plants to catch rain
- Add sand to soil for plants that need extra drainage
- Don’t over-water your garden
- Put any figurines out of the way of water
If you’re growing any sizable plants, then you’ll want to make sure that you don’t restrict them from getting water.
What Kind of Plants Do You Put in a Fairy Garden?
While you can use any kind of plants, it’s best to try and go with something that makes sense to the area that you’re gardening in. If you’re in an arid climate, then succulents planted in rocky soil will do quite nicely.
Ornamental plants or even vegetables might be suitable in more temperate climates. Some vegetables, like tomatoes, will actually produce flowers that are decorative enough for both purposes.
How Do You Make a Cheap Fairy Garden?
Perhaps the biggest thing is to use items you already have lying around. Try re-purposing them as follows:
- Use broken bits of pottery to layer gardens
- Plant common seedlings that grow well with water
- Try to use natural rain when possible
- Utilize natural free fertilizers, like what comes out of your compost box
- Reuse other gardening containers
- Work with native species if at all possible
- Reuse architectural features from previous gardens or yard sale finds
- Add fairy elements to an existing garden to reduce upfront costs
- Stock up on interesting dollar store finds
- Go easy on pesticides and any other chemicals – they raise prices and aren’t good for the soil
How Do You Attract Real Fairies?
As they’re natural spirits, fairies don’t like to be exposed to many synthetic things. Make sure that your garden is as natural as possible to make a welcoming environment for them.
Do everything in your garden with love and care, because fairies can tell how sincere you are about planting things. While it’s nice to give them a dedicated shelter to live in, you don’t want to crowd the place with too many accessories.
Welcome the appearance of certain types of natural fungi as well. Many people say that the rings of mushroom caps that appear after rainstorms are the result of a group of fairies dancing back and forth in a giant circle.
How Do I Protect my Outdoor Fairy Garden?
Make sure that any fairy accessories are out of the general elements or are made of a material that’s strong enough to endure them. Biological plants should be protected in whatever way is best for their species.
You may want to plant broad leaf plants up at the top of any planter to help protect other organisms that you have growing underneath. That’s especially good in rainy climates that get regular deluges.
How Do You Attach Fairy Garden Pieces?
Weighty fairy pieces might be able to stand up on their own. This is how garden gnomes have traditionally been incorporated into a scene.
Smaller pieces may have a point at the bottom, which will push into soft earth. Any adhesives used to hold pieces in place should only be attached to planters on the exterior side to avoid contact with the plants themselves.
Do You Use Real Plants in a Fairy Garden?
Indoor fairy gardens will sometimes consist of faux plants, but you’ll probably want to use real ones when working in an outdoor setting. Avid gardeners who already have a designated space for their plants may not even have to make a new garden.
You can usually find creative ways to incorporate fairy accessories into whatever your current environment looks like.
Where Can I Buy Fairy Garden Accessories?
Hardware and garden stores are starting to stock them as these gardens have become more common. You’ve always been able to find supplies from local artists as well as online.
Dollar stores and other discount places are starting to have a relatively wide selection of accessories, so you’ll want to keep your eyes out when shopping.