If you’ve been inside a nursery any time recently, or spent any time on Pinterest, you’ve probably seen some version of a miniature garden. Mini gardens are a whole cottage industry now, with classes and clubs and a cult like following. (In a good way!) Fairy gardens are closely related, and are simply miniature gardens tended by mythical fairy creatures. Makes perfect sense, right? I totally get the need for some garden fantasy, but I personally lean less towards the fairy and the cute kind of gardens. I’m more into the mini versions of what I dream about for my big garden!

I’ve had this idea for a miniature garden for while now, and I plan to get to it soon, even already have the copper container. And when I do, I will share it with you all! But in the meantime, I wanted to show you what some other great bloggers have done. And how they did it so you can get hooked as well! DIY miniature gardens, with tutorials, ideas and resources!




Our first project  is a miniature garden with patio from the much admired and incredibly “green thumbed” Stephanie at ‘Garden Therapy’. Stephanie has a complete tutorial at her site, including instructions on making a permanent patio and resources on where to find miniature garden supplies.

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From ‘Pollyanna Reinvents‘, I love this one. Its a tabletop mini garden terrarium complete with a bucolic scene, and is perfect for chasing away winter blues indoors. Click through to find her step by step!

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The Knitted Garden‘ has created this inspiring miniature fairy garden, right in the base of a tree. I think this just epitomizes the magic of a fairy garden, even if you don’t add any actual fairies!



Find out how to make this tabletop tray mini garden from ‘BHG‘… This is a great miniature garden for indoors!


This miniature garden from Janit Calvo at ‘Two Green Thumbs‘ would be created with the same patio instructions as the ones from Garden Therapy in the first project…Visit Two Green Thumbs for more ideas and a great source of miniature garden supplies!



Organized Clutter Queen‘ has a different take, with this kitchen miniature garden. Love her use of what she had, and creating something great from nothing!

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Unfortunately I don’t have a step by step for this broken pot mini garden, it was created by Pinterest user Sue Matyszak. Plenty of inspiration here! You can find a step by step for broken pot mini gardens at ‘The Garden Diaries‘.



If you want to go an easier route, you can order this fairy garden broken planter kit from ‘Laughing Orange Studio‘. Love this!



Another inspirational fairy garden built into a tree by artist Sally Smith… If you are interested in this type of miniature garden, visit her site and find out all about her and her resources!


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Lastly, we have this tiny little miniature Teacup Garden,  from’ Salt Tree‘. This is such a cute idea! What a nice gift this would make!


These DIY Mini Gardens are easy and inspiring. You can create them for indoors, or even have an outdoor fairy garden to welcome your guests! We think you will also love our posts on DIY Fairy Gardens, and DIY Teacup Gardens as well!


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  1. Sarah December 27, 2019 at 8:39 pm

    This is too cute! Just like a fairy tale.

  2. Christopher Barrett January 5, 2019 at 7:34 am

    I was looking for the instructions on how to “brake” a big pot to use as a garden.

  3. Elhouzz Blog August 31, 2015 at 1:53 am

    Hi.. Kathy.. i love them all,
    i like –> miniature Teacup Garden, simple but elegant

  4. Dawn C May 28, 2015 at 7:03 pm

    Love the fairy gardens! I have several, they seem to be addicting! I was wondering what kind of adhesive you used to get the doors and windows to stick to the base of the tree? I have a door, but I can’t get it to stay on the tree. It’s not wood so I can’t nail it. Any suggestions? thanks!!

    1. Carol June 26, 2015 at 5:22 pm

      There is a glue called Gorilla Glue that might work. Found at many hardware stores. Good luck.

    2. Colleen January 27, 2016 at 4:59 am

      Use picture hanging kit. Works like a charm and doesn’t damage the tree.

  5. Anna April 4, 2015 at 11:00 pm

    Delightful wee gardens…thank you…(are you able to name the plants used please)..Anna

  6. Crisanta January 22, 2015 at 12:50 am

    I’ve failed in love with these minigardens. Wonderful projects!!

    1. Helbender5 October 17, 2020 at 8:29 am

      What clever people – I can only admire all and wish I could even half as creative and artistic.
      Thanks for sharing your work with us – you are stars

  7. JAANA January 20, 2015 at 12:12 am

    So beautiful gardens. I love them all!

  8. cora simpich November 26, 2014 at 10:24 pm

    Simpich elves would like to visit your gardens.

  9. Patricia November 14, 2014 at 8:14 am

    Dear Kathy,
    These mini gardens put a big smile on my face!
    Florissant, MO

  10. Janit Calvo June 14, 2014 at 2:20 am

    Thank you for sharing my pictures! Happy miniature gardening! – Janit

    1. Kathy Woodard June 23, 2014 at 5:02 pm

      Thanks for such a creative project Janit!

  11. Doña June 6, 2014 at 1:51 pm

    Love all the little gardens :-)


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