• How to: Creating a Flea Market fairy garden

    by  • December 20, 2012 • How to: Easy project ideas, Miniature and Fairy garden ideas •  Comments

    Create your own DIY fairy garden

    What fairy could resist settling onto a cozy bench, next to a tiny house surrounded by tiny flowers?  Create magical memories, while making a fairy garden with a child that will thrill them and spur their imaginings of make-believe worlds.  Tiny plants can create the effect of a small forest or a mossy lawn, echoing Nature’s grander landscapes.  Add a snug house or fairy door leading into a tree stump and you can expect the fairies to soon arrive!

    Why do it yourself?

    We, at Flea Market Gardening, are huge do-it-yourselfers….we like making our own and saving money while doing it!  And we like to make things to suit ourselves and the scale of our project, depending on the container or location of your garden. So, although there are resources for buying fairies and other accessories, most of these ideas below are very homemade.

    Marlene Kindred's wheelbarrow fairy garden

    Marlene Kindred’s wheelbarrow fairy garden

    Fairy garden containers

    Your miniature garden can be set against a mossy tree stump or inside on a small tray. Use a plastic dishpan, an enamel pan or a flower pot, Fill an old wheelbarrow, crate, a window box or a galvanized tub. Transform an unused cold frame, an overgrown pond or even a kettle bbq into a miniature garden!

    Winter is a great time to create the accessories needed to make a fairy garden for indoors or out.  Homes can be made from wood, paved with tiny gravel stones or even made with a river stone. Tiny ‘furniture’ can be made with twigs and twine and there are many sources for fairy figurines.

    See how creative you can get,…or just browse this page for a pleasant few minutes.

     

    Photo by Barbara Stanley

    Barbara Stanley
    “This old stump is planted with moss, ivy and impatiens as part of my fairy gardens.  Fairy gardening is all fun and no sweat…unlike human gardening! The creative process is so much fun. Once you start thinking about the world from a fairy’s perspective, you ‘ll start seeing fairy garden accessories everywhere you go…thrift stores, dollar stores, craft stores, medicine cabinets, trash cans….”

    Di-Ellen Davenport "My Fairy Garden near the drive..."

    Di-Ellen Davenport “My Fairy Garden near the drive…”

     

    Photo by Jeanie Merritt

    Photo by Jeanie Merritt

    Jeanie Merritt, “Here are the beginnings of my fairy garden. The arbor is made from sticks and I’m going to make a “path” from the house thru the arbor with tiny pieces of broken slate, after I level the dirt a little.”

    Jeanie Merritt's fairy garden in a wagon

    Jeanie Merritt’s fairy garden in a wagon

     Where to find fairies for miniature gardens

    sleeping fairySleeping Little Fairy Outdoor Statue

    Miniature Fairy Garden Forget-Me-Not FairyMiniature Fairy Garden Forget-Me-Not Fairy

    elfMiniature Fairy Garden Elf Fairy

    Jenny Alexander

    Photo by Jenny Alexander

    Jenny Alexander says, “My fairy garden is finished! This is our old fountain , but now the fairies have arrived. The fairy garden stone sign is from a shop in Hamilton, Ohio and the the pink flower is alyssum. The tall one is baby blue eyes, and there’s some sedum..creeping thyme ..all annuals.”

     

    Tanya Goldsmith

    Photo by Tanya Goldsmith

    Tanya Goldsmith, “This was the Fairy Festival at McKee Botanical Gardens. I took my beautiful granddaughters and we had so much fun. They are checking out a miniature garden I believe put together by Rock City Gardens.

    Helen Eyers

    Photo by Helen Eyers

    Helen Eyers, “My husband and I made this fairy garden together. having a wire frame on a wooden base and wooden front. I adhered the rocks with cement. What you see in this photo is dried moss pressed into the cement but later we found moss growing in the yard, cut out slabs of it and pressed that on the house. The moss stayed nice until the heat turned it all red.”

    Helen Eyers' twig rocker

    Helen Eyers’ twig rocker

     

    Helen Eyers'  fairy door

    Helen Eyers’ fairy door

    Helen Eyers, “I just put this miniature garden door together for my granddaughter this spring.  This picture shows the real moss roof…we found the moss growing in the yard.”

    Anita Earnest

    Photo by Anita Earnest

    Anita Earnest, “It started with the fairy door on sale for $4. The fairy herself, ‘Alice,’  I’ve had for many years. She loves her own forest in my garden.”

    Jacqui Rogers' Miniature Garden

    Jacqui Rogers’ miniature garden

     

    Sue Gerdes' gnome home

    Sue Gerdes’ gnome home, made from a stone, plastic clay for a roof line and paint.

     

    Leslie  Hagen "What to do with an old stump.."

    Leslie Hagen “What to do with an old stump..”

     Tips and tricks:
    Jeanie Merritt says, “For those of you who might like to make a fairy garden in the spring,watch for Christmas ornaments of miniature things that can be used in your fairy garden next year. Christmas ornaments, such as small houses, animals, mailboxes and even angels and fairies, can be purchased for barely anything and then incorporated into your garden next spring. She adds that you might need to spray them with varnish to weatherize them. This is how I picked up a few details for my little wagon garden a couple of years ago.

    Miniature Garden Shoppe

    Photo courtesy of Miniature Garden Shoppe

    More tips for fairy gardens

    Make an arbor  from artificial pussy willow branches from a craft store. Trim it and wire it into a “U” shape
    For boys, make a dinosaur, animal or gnome garden.
    With a broken ceramic pot, make a patio for your miniature garden.
    Make a gazing ball with a marble glued on a golf tee!
    Cut up small twigs and branches and stack them together in a small ‘wood’ pile. They will be ready for making a campfire.
    Turn a bird house into a fairy home. Cut a door where the hole is, Add moss to the roof and gravel ‘stones’ to the walls.
    Create little ‘crops’ made from bits of Sedum.
    Use sheets of tiny glass tiles to make walkways.
    Paint rounded upholstery tacks red with tiny white dots for ‘toadstools.’

    List of small scale ‘Fairy Garden’ plants

    Pinus mugo ‘Sherwood’
    Picea glauca ‘Pixie Dust’
    Picea glauca ‘Blue Planet’
    Chamaecyparis obtusa ‘Ellie B.’
    Chamaecyparis obtusa ‘Butter Ball’
    Rosmarinus officinalis
    Euonymus japonica ‘Microphyllus’
    Euonymus japonica ‘Microphyllus Variegatus’
    Ficus repens ‘Variegatus’
    Muehlenbeckia complexa
    Sedum ‘Mentha Requein’
    Sedum makinoi ‘Ogon’
    Sedum japonicum ‘Tokyo Sun’
    Sedum dasyphyllum Little Stonecrop
    Sagina subulata Irish moss
    Miniature Mondo Grass
    Blue Moneywort
    Jovibarba hirta subsp. arenaria miniature Hen-and-Chicks
    Erodium x variabile ‘Flore Pleno’ Heron’s bill
    Baby Tears
    Blue Star creeper
    Crassula muscosa pseudolycopodioides Jade “Princess Pine”
    Ajuga ‘Dixie Chip’

     

    Materials to use:

    Glass Stepping Stones  flat marbles
    Golf tees and marbles
    Small stick and pine needles for broom
    Shepherd’s Hook of wire
    Fence of Popsicle sticks
    Stones for paths
    Clay for bricks
    Willow sticks for chairs and arbors
    Balsam wood for doors, benches and tables
    Christmas decor for houses, vehicles and fairies
    Tiny gravel for patios
    Larger gravel for stone walls

    Also see: Jeanie’s enchanted fairy forest

     

    Links
    Fairy Garden shopping on Amazon
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    Miniature Gardening Idea Gallery

    Easy dollhouse miniatures to make

    Books
    Fairy Gardens: A Guide to Growing an Enchanted Miniature World
    Miniature Garden Guidebook: For Beautiful Rock Gardens, Container Plantings, Bonsai, Garden Railways
    Fairy Houses of the Maine Coast

     

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    About

    Sue Langley, a passionate gardener and photographer lives and gardens with her husband and Corgi, Maggie on 7 acres just south of Yosemite, Zone 7 at 3000 feet. She manages the Flea Market Gardening Facebook page and website.

    Comments

    1. Sue,I loved all the fairy gardens and the ideas. I used half of an old roaster for my fairy garden and the other half for a gnome garden. My sil gave me some mini Christmas houses last week that she was not using anymore and I will add them in this year. I am going to look for something larger to use because I think it will be a little crowded. Thanks for the great article !!

    2. Myra Glandon says:

      Too cute! I think I’ll start looking for ornaments and such for a future fairy garden I can create with my grandkids. I had never thought of ornaments etc…. Thanks for the inspriration!

    3. Colleen Rucker says:

      Thanks so much for the how-to at the end of the article. I’ve got sooo much to think about now and sooo much planning to do before I build mine. Love your site!

    4. amy says:

      Thanks for the fun gardens. I have three going, and just yesterday I was at joann fabric, they still had houses from Christmas, at 70 percent off, I guess I know where I will be on Monday, after the kids go to school..
      Happy fairy searching.