A bird's eye view of a tiny world below

A little while ago, I shared how to make a Coastal Fairy House. Today, I thought I would share how you can easily make a miniature sized garden in a container. 

Create a Coastal Fairy House 9 photos

It is incredibly easy to do, as many garden centers are now catering to customers' cravings for miniature items. Most garden centers now have areas entirely devoted to this fairy garden hobby. From the tiniest of trees, plants, succulents and accessories anyone can make a garden like this on their own. A project like this is for the young and old alike. But be forewarned, for some reason, many find these gardens highly addicting!  Here is what you need to get started:


  • A container—I used a basket approximately 20 inches x 16 inches
  • Plantings, such as fairy vine, 'Platt's Black', brass buttons, dwarf grasses, ferns, miniature evergreens, hens and chicks, succulents, wooly or creeping thyme, lavender, miniature roses, miniature daisies, Selaginella, miniature African violets, dianthus.
  • Moss
  • Potting soil
  • Accessories—purchased or homemade.

Take a peek at the gallery below on how you can get started.

How to Plant a Fairy Garden 12 photos

To care for your fairy garden, be sure to water it regularly. Also, feel free to give a gentle pruning to any plantings that seem to outgrow their space. If you happen to lose a plant or it is not doing well, just gently remove it from the garden and replace it with something else. These gardens are always growing, changing and evolving—just like our regular gardens.

When you think about adding accessories, the only limit is your creativity.  In all of my miniature gardens, I like to incorporate both store-bought and homemade items.  When I am out and about, I seem to always have my miniature gardens in mind.  I love discovering fun little items at thrift stores, garden centers and even recycling found items in nature.  Acorn lids make perfect plates.  Leaves are natural blankets and place mats.  Sheets of moss can be transformed into rugs for houses.  Take a peek at the craft store too and be sure to stroll down the dollhouse aisle.  You will be amazed at what you find. Some people even like to decorate their gardens for the holidays. 

Decorate Your Fairy Garden with Miniature Items 14 photos

If you are crafty and would like to make a few items that are unique to your garden, then take a peek at the gallery below. There you will find 5 simple ideas that you can make for your garden—a shell pool, a table set for tea, a fairy bed, a picture frame and a miniature basket of eggs.  

Craft Your Own Miniature Fairy Garden Accessories 6 photos

3 Comments About this Article

  • Arlena G. Schott
    Wonderful !!! My Husband Steven C Schott designed the Coop and Jeremie Corp Built it so now thousands of Miniature gardens can be made with miniature chicken Coops from Jeremie Corp found at Independent garden centers across the US as well as Canada !!! I love it great Article ! i am on the magical Miniature and fairy Garden Workshop tour with Jeremie Corp leading Workshops across the US we are in Bushnell Gardens Granite Bay California Tonight !

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  • HGTV Mallory
    How fun! Everyone in Granite Bay should go check you guys out tonight and see your other fun miniature garden products! http://jeremiecorp.com/index.php

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  • Melissa Caughey
    I am so happy to hear that you enjoyed the post Arlena. I have been enjoying products from Jeremie Corp for many years and have had them as feature pieces in my fairy gardens. As I keep chickens, I just had to add this chicken coop to my latest fairy garden! Thank you so much for you and your husband's creativity. Keep dreaming up wonderful creations like this. If your tour makes it to Cape Cod, MA please let me know! I'd love to attend!

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