A few years ago, I moved into a new neighborhood in Chicago, where I saw a gorgeous fairy garden for the first time. I’d heard of them before, but when I saw this beautiful one with glowing colored ball lights, tiny fairy houses, and gorgeous plants of many varieties, I fell in love. And I knew I had to create one of my own someday. This past year during the pandemic, I finally had my chance to start with a balcony fairy garden. Now I’m creating a patio fairy garden with even more loveliness all around.
But everyone has different space options, different climates, and different skill sets, so I thought I’d create a list of DIY fairy garden ideas rather than a specific “how-to”. This way, you can create the right garden for your home, with all the available resources for your home and garden. You might even get some ideas for what to ask for on your holiday wish list.
Gathering the Supplies
Before you start creating your fairy garden, I highly recommend gathering all of your supplies together first. It can help you plot out space, how many plants you want, what types of plants you’d like to grow, and can help you determine if you’re missing any supplies to get started with.
For my garden, I brought together these supplies for my initial thrust into planting.
- Fairy houses.
- Planters in a range of colors and styles and sizes.
- Plants and seeds.
- Fairy garden accessories.
- Potting soil.
- A water goblet for a “fairy bath”.
- Decorative garden stakes.
- Fun solar lights.
- Fairy lights.
- Gardening tools.
- Up-cycling materials (I used an old floor-to-ceiling shower storage rod and some old bricks).
- Watering can.
- Gardening wire.
Outdoor Fairy Gardens
Most commonly, fairy gardens are created outdoors. We generally have more space for some creative spread of these unique aesthetics.
Adapt Birdhouses Into Fairy Houses
If you’re artsy but not so much craftsy, you can grab some pre-made birdhouses and convert them into fairy houses. They’ve already got windows, doors, and everything a fairy needs, except your handy touches with some paint and maybe even some glue. Paint some flowers, attach some moss or even add some other decorative pieces you think the little flying beauties will love.
Install Some Doll Furniture
Do your fairies need someplace to sit? Well, why not dig through some dollhouse furniture or miniatures to find the perfect pieces for your fairies to lounge about on?
Craft Fairy Houses from Popsicle Sticks
If you’ve got some kids involved in creating your fairy garden, you might want to craft some fairy houses together using some popsicles or craft sticks. They’re easy to put together with some epoxy or even Elmer’s glue, and they’re easy to paint how you want them.
Add Some Cute Statuary
One of my favorite things as I’ve crafted my fairy garden has been finding some fun, unique statuaries. From frog kings to solar light owls, there’s been a ton of options to choose from at a wide range of prices. And each unique piece adds a touch that helps your garden stand apart from others.
Convert an Old Watering Can
Another fun upcycle option is converting an old watering can into a fairy house. Obviously, the one in this picture was created from resin, but the concept is still there. Clean up the old can, add some decorations with hot glue, add some paint, or whatever else that adds glamor to attract some fairies.
Add a Cheeky Bird Bath
Fairies love their fellow flyers, so why not add a birdbath? The bath draws in some birds for additional winged creatures to enjoy in your gorgeous place of serenity and peace.
Add Colorful Flowers to Draw in Hummingbirds
One of the most magical little fairies we see on the regular is the hummingbird. I love seeing them hoovering and humming around in the garden, keeping the fairies company as they delicately sip nectar from the hummingbird feeders and flowers they adore.
Convert a Goblet Into a Fairy Bath
One of my favorite touches in the garden I have is a simple, inexpensive plastic cocktail glass that has become the fairy bath in my little patio garden. I keep the glass cleaned and filled with sparkling water to attract the fairies and often see squirrels and birds taking a sip, too! Add some glass marbles to help stabilize it and add some texture and fun, too.
Build Your Own Fairy House
If you’ve got some woodworking skills, you can craft your own fairy house from scrap materials. Use some bark or veneer, maybe some gnarly wood like this photo includes. Add some moss or dried leaves for an extra touch of natural beauty.
Install Some Water Features
Most of us can’t create an entire fairy village like this one, but we could potentially add in some water features like this stream. You can build your own creek with the help of a DIY tutorial, and who knows? Maybe you’ll attract some ducks to hang out with your fairies while you’re at it.
Go For an All-Natural Shelter
If you prefer the old-timey fairy houses you’ve seen in old novels and newspapers, consider finding some simple supplies in the backyard for creating an all-natural fairy house. You just need some twigs, sticks, moss, or grass clippings, and a little bit of creativity.
Create a Vertical Patio Fairy Playground
For those of us tight on space, a vertical fairy garden is ideal. I found some old bricks on Freecycle to add some levels and a glass and metal table in an alleyway. I purchased some lovely little pre-made fairy homes and garden stones. I inserted my solar lights and garden stakes. I planted an assortment of flowering plants, decorative leaf plants, and some herbs and veggie plants. It’s all pretty easy and inexpensive. You just need a little time.
Go Totally Floral
One of the most important components of your fairy garden is the plants. You need some lovely greenery and flowers to attract fairies into their homes. Think bright, vivid colored flowers and lush ferns where they can catch some shade in the hot sun.
Here’s an easy one for the kids to make. Grab some sticks and a little string, and find a knot towards the bottom of a tree trunk in the backyard. Add the wood pieces to create a doorframe, maybe pile some pebbles at the doorway for a walking path or steps up to the doorway. Then, in the “back”, string up some of the smaller sticks to create a fenced-in yard for your fairies to keep their pets in.
This idea works indoors or outdoors. Find some old milk jugs, soda bottles, yogurt containers, or practically anything else and cut doors and windows into them with an Exacto-knife. Then, add some Sculpy to create some texture around the doors and windows, paint as desired, and finish with some moss, twigs, or just about anything else for the perfect and easy fairy garden home. Easy fairy houses the kids can make!
Pre-Made Fairy Garden Pieces
For my garden, I purchased some fairy garden pieces from Dollar Tree and Amazon to get things started. I’m handy with certain things and have spent many hours painting ceramics, but I wasn’t ready to commit to a ton of creative pieces this past year. So, if you’re tight on time or not incredibly crafty, you might want to consider doing the same to flesh out your fairy garden quickly and easily. Then maybe you can expand as you develop some skills and find other ideas you love.
Fairy Boot House
Solar powered light-up boot-shaped resin fairy house
Pretmanns Fairy Garden House
Resin fairy house with steps
Indoor Fairy Garden Ideas
For those who don’t have much space outdoors in their yards, balconies, or patios, an indoor garden for fairies can be a lot of fun. I’ve crafted an indoor garden with some of my more delicate plants and pieces for a nice touch in the office.
Create Fairy “Yards”
For each potted plant you’ve got, you can create a fairy yard. Set up a home, some fencing, maybe adds some toadstools or a fairy bench. Then, in the next pot, choose a different house, pathway stones, and a swing. Each one can be as unique as each fairy you’d love to have taken up residence inside.
Fill a Farmyard
One of the fairy garden kits I got came with some little farm animals like sheep. So, I crafted a farmland gathering in an herb plant pot for the fun of it. You could mix the critters with a combination of kits or a specialty kit, like this adorable one from Etsy.
Broken Pot Fairy Garden
If you haven’t gotten around to disposing of some broken pottery, you can put those pieces to good use, creating an indoor oasis for those fairy friends. If you’ve got multiple sizes, you can create a multi-depth garden by placing successive pots inside each other, filling the edges and sealing them, then building up in each layer with decorations, plants, and more.
Teacup Fairy Garden
Another “collection” of fairy garden pieces you could create for the home is by using teacups and saucers to create little vignettes to place around. Make sure to glue the saucer to the teacup to avoid any catastrophes!
Here’s another fun one to do with the kids. Get out that Sculpy clay, craft some little critters like snails and frogs and unicorns, and decorate your indoor fairy garden containers with these tiny creatures who love hanging out with fairies. There are some great Sculpy animal tutorials that you can follow. For extra fun for the kids, toss in some Lego characters.
Sculpy III Oven Bake Clay Sampler
Sculpy brand polymer clay, multi-colored kit
Picnic Basket Fairies
For an extra indoor fairy garden, up-cycle an old picnic basket with some plants and soil. Then, add in mini teddy bears, a picnic blanket (super easy to make with Sculpy or a scrap of fabric), some critters, and maybe even some tiny food pieces.
Fill an Old Suitcase with Fairy Glee
For the world traveler, using an old suitcase is the perfect home for your fairies. Fill the suitcase with soil and use it as a planter for your mini garden, then plant your fairy house and mini garden within or set up an international scene like a French café for fairies.
Fairy Gardens for All!
A combination of the various ideas, from pre-made pieces to homemade Sculpy unicorns, will get you the best results for your garden. Have fun. Mix it up. Blend natural and artificial materials or go straight-up all-natural. Whatever you fancy will draw in the fairies you’ll want to hang out with all summer.