I have to admit, I’ve become a sucker for those miniature garden worlds called fairy gardens. The ability to create a scene or a memory in a garden that can be viewed close up, in detail… it’s a little bit fantasy, and part of the world of art. Both of which belong in a garden! Making a fairy garden makes it easy to be creative, even if your space is limited. (Or too large, for that matter). They make great gifts when done in containers and can be brought indoors at least part of the year. And here’s the thing… fairy gardens don’t always necessarily have fairies in them… Sometimes called miniature gardens, they are “fairy sized”… Populating them with actual fairies is entirely a matter of taste. If you think you’ve seen it all at your local nursery though, we bet we can surprise you with at least one of these ideas on how to make a DIY fairy garden. These are sure to inspire you, and give you some DIY tutorials to boot.



Unique and Creative Fairy Gardens

How to Make a Fairy Garden

First we have a project from ‘Lush Little Landscapes‘. This should be your first stop if you want to learn about making a fairy garden that is really unique, or just a miniature garden. They have some how-to information, some project guides and lots of info on where to find supplies. Most important, as these photos attest… they are inspiring!





Make a hobbit house fairy garden with bonsai! ‘Bonsai Empire‘ takes you through this miniature garden project step by step… If you are a “Lord of the Rings’ fan, what a story to tell in your garden.



I’d like to introduce you to Janet Calvo… She is the author of “Gardening In Miniature“, a book which I own and highly recommend if you are interested in getting into this craft. She also has a great blog, at her website ‘Two Green Thumbs‘.  AND a mini gardening shop online with all kinds of unique pieces you won’t find other places. Oh, and I love that she is based in Seattle, my favorite place on earth… Wonder if she would fancy a visit? Janet?  :) The next two photos are from her, and they are truly inspiring! Really, get her book! I got it in Kindle, and it’s just amazing.



Janet teaches you how to use snow in your DIY fairy garden!



Also a DIY fairy garden from Janet… Love the balloons!



Inspirational miniature garden ideas by ‘Melissa Mercier‘… We love the fairy garden accessories in this project! I mean, throw pillows? Yes!



Another inspirational photo, from ‘Florence Griswold Museum‘, this Emerald City fairy house idea is truly unique!



More DIY Fairy Gardens

Next we have a couple of fairy gardens made from those old tree stumps you don’t know what to do with! This first one from an artist at the ‘Sequim Market‘.



This next fairy garden is very cute! From ‘The Owner Builder Network‘.

Unique and Creative Fairy Gardens


Finally, from Wendy on ‘Hometalk‘… This stump DIY fairy garden is perfect, and can weather and age with time!


We hope you enjoyed learning how to make a DIY fairy garden! Don’t forget to Pin for later! We know you will want to jump right on over to our posts on How to Add Whimsy to Your Garden and DIY Teacup Gardens & Planters.



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  1. Kate August 26, 2018 at 3:22 pm

    The Emerald City is super adorable, but why not a yellow brick road?

  2. Dhanu December 27, 2016 at 12:21 am

    I just Love them. :-)

  3. Dana August 3, 2016 at 3:41 pm

    This is so cool I have two stumps I’m ready to make a fairy house just getting ideas there’s just do many lol but having fun looking at all of yours just amazing.. Thanks

  4. Corawithcamera July 25, 2016 at 8:50 pm

    Simpich elves could be right at home in the elf house that stands as tall as a man. Bob Simpich many times said that Simpich elf accessories should be life sized!

  5. DOURADO July 4, 2016 at 10:16 am

    Fantastic job bravo bravissimo!!!!

  6. Ginny June 18, 2016 at 5:21 pm

    Ohhh, I need to do the Wizard of Oz one as I’ve been in love with that movie for 60-65 years. In fact, my new car is called Ruby Red, so if course it’s name is Dorothy. ?

  7. Annie B. June 11, 2016 at 10:56 am

    Thanks for Sharing.
    I have started a couple fairy gardens, but yours are special.
    I love ALL of them, and want them all lol..

  8. Anna M Moore May 16, 2016 at 6:40 am

    I love all the fairy garden ideas people post and pin them to my Pintrest.I collect as many ideas as I can.Thankyou to all who post them they are wonderful and I am going to be doing some of them in my back yard.

  9. Krrrristen May 7, 2016 at 1:34 pm

    I have been resisting making one of these miniature gardens because I have too many projects as it is, but when I saw the picnic garden, and especially the tiny Weber grill, well that did it. I have been yearning for another Weber grill since I had to leave mine behind when I moved. I doubt the tiny one would do, but it might just have to until I get a bigger one!
    Thank you for this post! I love these ideas and now I have fallen for these gardens completely. Must look through my ‘collections’ for tiny trinkets to make my own little worlds.

    PS: if I were making the Emerald City, I would collect all the clear glass vases I could find and paint them green inside with glass paint.

  10. Eme April 20, 2016 at 11:35 pm

    I love the Emerald City idea. Very creative, I guess since I always loved the Wizard of Oz, this captured it in such a unique way, so very talented. Thanks for sharing the pictures as it gives me inspiration to try one of these.

  11. TERRY March 19, 2016 at 4:09 pm

    Now this was great. I got some very good ideas. Everyone have fun

  12. Alina January 28, 2016 at 11:26 pm

    Wow, these are awesome! Can’t wait to try and make one myself.

  13. Queen December 11, 2015 at 4:42 pm

    These are wonderful. Thank you for sharing!

  14. mesya September 13, 2015 at 2:52 am

    wow… great fairy garden.. i like very much with hobbit house.. nice..

  15. Миша Дёмин February 13, 2015 at 8:19 am

    Great! Great!! Great!!! ……………….Thank you …

  16. mohammad January 27, 2015 at 2:07 pm

    excellent. I like this

  17. Anne @ Unique Gifter January 26, 2015 at 9:42 am

    The emerald city one is absolutely adorable! I wish I had a garden to put one in!

    1. victoria gibson March 18, 2015 at 12:47 pm

      Thats whats great about a fairy garden you can do them for inside as well get a washtub and paint it green then get your green glass and start your indoor Wizard of Oz garden!!

    2. Irene May 31, 2016 at 8:13 pm

      Why not make it in an old desk draw. That’s what I have been thinking of doing and then I can have it inside for my grand kids to play with.

      1. Carol April 9, 2017 at 9:43 am

        I have collected all kinds of drawers, left curb-side. I line them with heavy-duty black plastic and they make darling gardens. However, they only last about 2-3 years. I place them on benches and the largest are quite heavy. I would like suggestions for more durable, yet inexpensive containers. I also use glass, pottery and tin. My smallest are teacups and largest is 2′ x 3′ wood drawers.

        1. Patti April 19, 2017 at 8:16 am

          Here is just a little help with them being so heavy. Fill the bottom with those packing peanuts then add your dirt on top. Love your ideas of using old drawers!! Thanks

  18. Maria Acevedo January 9, 2015 at 10:23 am

    I too have a fairy garden,have loved since my childhood. Love all you guys do and you give me wonderful ideas,THANKS!!!

    1. Kathy Woodard January 22, 2015 at 8:44 am

      Thank you for sharing Maria!

    2. Lupe Otero October 5, 2016 at 1:38 pm

      Thank you for sharing your ideal’s. I to am a fan of your green glass garden. I am trying to do a school project that I have to create a business page, since I love the fairy gardens and arrangement’s made with succulents I am using your page as a reference.


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