Create Your Own Fairy Garden

Winter is such a hard time of the year to be cooped up waiting for it to get warm enough outside to play in the dirt, plant flowers, and begin the growing season. If you love growing plants as much as I do then you completely know where I’m coming from. So, I’ve been trying to figure out some different ways to get my “fix” of planting while stuck indoors, that’s when I decided I was going to grow my own potted fairy garden. Because of their popularity right now, you can find so many cute accessories just about anywhere. Plus, I love the quirkiness of fairy gardens and the way you can lose yourself into another place and time as you stare at the little garden just thinking about a little fairy stumbling upon it and deciding to make it their home.

Here's what you need:

  • Pebbles              

  • Fairy accessories

  • Charcoal            

  • Plants

  • Potting soil       

  • Large bowl

The first thing you need to get after you pick out the perfect fairy garden accessories is a large, deep bowl. It needs to be big enough to create a little landscape and deep enough to hold a sufficient amount of soil. Make sure you also pick up some small stones or pebbles, charcoal, and potting soil. For my plants, I picked out moss and ferns which I thought created more of a forest look. I chose Pteris Fern, Christmas Fern, Plumosa Fern, and some Club Moss. However, you can use succulents and flowers for a tropical theme, mini cactus for a desert theme, or even herb plants for a garden theme. The possibilities of your own imagination are truly endless!

The first thing I did was add a layer of pebbles to the bottom of my bowl. I was intending to use a clear glass dish when I started out on the project, in which case the pebbles were merely there to be a decorative element, and contrary to belief they don’t help with water drainage. I ended up changing to a metal dish and forgot to omit the rocks…oops! If you don’t make the same mistake I did and choose to use a clear bowl (you totally should), pebbles are the first thing you should put in there.

Secondly, add a layer of charcoal. This provides the plants with an excellent source of nutrients.

A shallow layer of potting soil can then be added along with the placement of your fairy home and whatever else you choose to use.

The plants will probably be too large to be planted as they are; mine were, so I gently broke them up into thirds to maximize the amount of placement. Remember, the plants will get bigger as they mature and fill out in the bowl. Try to put larger plants in the back and the smaller, or low lying, ones in the front.


When the plants have been placed to your liking, fill the bowl with the remaining potting soil and press the soil gently in and around the plants. Then give it a good watering. You will only need to water your fairy garden about once or twice a week depending on how quickly the plant absorbs the water. Don’t over saturate the soil, just water enough so that the soil is damp.

Place your garden on a coffee table or somewhere where you can spend time sitting and gazing into your little fairy world.

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