Fairy garden with succulents


Succulent Fairy Garden Ideas – Tips On Planting Succulents In A Fairy Garden

Fairy gardens give us a way of expressing ourselves while releasing our inner child. Even adults can get inspired by a fairy garden. Many of the ideas involve a small area of the outdoor garden, but the notion can also translate to container and indoor plantings.

Mini succulent gardens are a fun, easy, and low maintenance way of developing a fairy garden. A fairy garden with succulents is also an innovative and creative way to introduce plants and their care to children or beginner gardeners.

Succulent Fairy Garden Ideas

Remember reading a favorite story book as a child and the magical feeling that swirled around you as you imagined strange new worlds and fantastic beings? You can get a smaller version of that sentiment by using inspired succulent fairy garden ideas. Succulents in a fairy garden should be as inventive as your imagination. The whole idea is to create a mini world that is based on your vision.

Think back to your childhood, then relax and have fun with a succulent fairy garden. There are no rules, so you can’t do anything wrong; just remember to combine plants with the same cultivation needs in the concept.

Start with choosing your container. It could be a dish garden, terrarium, or a quaint basket model. Maybe even a tiered garden or one in a teacup. Use what you have on hand to express yourself and create a tiny world that evokes storybook concepts. Now comes the fun part…selecting plants that are playful with fun personality and then decorating the garden with pieces that complete the story.

Succulents in a Fairy Garden

The succulents in a fairy garden should be miniature to complete the tale and bring magic into your garden idea. Avoid succulents that will become too large and try to stick with plants that will not overtake the garden. This is so you still have room for the decorative touches that captivate and enchant. Some cute selections include:

  • Sedum – There are so many colors and varieties of sedum from which to choose, plus they look like miniature roses.
  • Burro’s tail – A funny, trailing succulent with opalescent green color, burro’s tail makes an interesting addition to fairy gardens.
  • Jade plant – It will eventually get big but is slow growing, and young jade plants make perfect stand-ins for tiny trees.
  • Panda plant – Fuzzy and almost white, panda plant adds softness and a unique feel to the fairy dish garden.
  • Hens and chicks – The name says it all. Hens and chicks are filled with fanciful delight.
  • Echeveria – Like sedum, there are many sizes and varieties of echeveria, with different tones etched along the leaves.
  • Lithops – Lithops look a bit like living rocks but bloom and have unique hues.

A few other types of plants available for mini succulent gardens include:

  • Aeonium
  • Aloe
  • Sempervivium
  • Haworthia

You have your container and your plants set. Now you want to introduce items that complete the dream. There are many sellers of fairy décor, or you can make your own. You can also use dollhouse items. Go to your local craft or thrift store and see what tiny items you can find to finish your fairyland.

You may include things such as furniture, bird houses, mushrooms, trees, figurines or anything else that captivates the imagination. This is the truly fun part. You could retell a classic or create one of your own; this is where your creative imagination and inner child can really shine.

DIY Succulent Fairy Garden


Fairy gardens are a huge hit right now, and my boys wanted to join in. They have been wanting a small indoor garden that they can help out with, so I thought a fairy garden to go with our Fairy Mobile would be a great idea! We decided that we would try out a succulent fairy garden and make it a family activity.

This fairy garden was pretty easy to create together and you can make your own in various types of containers. Keep in mind that with succulents, they can be drought resistant, but that is after they are established, so you will want to keep them watered to start with. Unfortunately, my toddler ended up getting too excited about the garden the other day, after it sat untouched and flourishing for some time, and he broke several of the plants, but we plan to do a little maintenance to fix it. The ones you see in the left bottom corner were having issues falling apart from the start, so I would not recommend choosing that particular kind of succulent.

  • Some type of pot or unfinished wooden dish or shadow box (I used a square hanging shadow box from Michael’s, laid flat, so we will stick with that for the tutorial)
  • Clear spray shellac spray
  • Cork (you can find round cork pieces in the garden section, for at the bottom of pots, but we purchased square pieces and cut them to size)
  • Rocks/pebbles (we purchased polished gravel)
  • Painter’s tape/masking tape
  • Cactus, Palm, & Citrus Potting Mix
  • Succulents
  • Fairy garden decorations (we used a broken pot/plate piece, pebbles, a curved piece of wood, sand, a mini turtle, glitter, and a fairy house)


In a well-ventilated area, spray the entire unfinished wood shadow box with spray shellac to seal it. If needed, do a couple layers. Let dry completely before moving on.

Cut the cork to fit neatly into the bottom of your box. The cork will help the water to drain properly.

Add a thin layer of rocks to the bottom of the dish. Do not cover the bottom completely. This is just an added way for water to drain, beyond the cork. If you have smaller rocks for this, it would work better, but I just used the ones we’d gotten for the decorations.

Add masking tape around the top ledge of the frame and pour some of the dirt over the rocks and cork. Do not fill all the way, as you will finish this off after you are finished planting the succulents. Leave the tape on until you are finished with the messy dirt parts.

Choose where you want your succulents and plant them, adding some extra dirt around them to make sure they are in place and the roots are covered. The thing I learned about this dirt is that it likes to pool the water and run, so try to plan it so you can get water to the plants without completely ruining the decorations or making the wood dirty. You can always fix it, but I have had a better time with some of the succulents grouped in the corners. I used a variety to give the garden more interest.

Add some decorative rocks. You can add a lot around the edges or move them around to make a path like we did, with a few extras around here and there.

Begin adding your fairy decorations. Place the fairy house and scoop some sand to make a path and line it with decorative rocks.

My toddler loves turtles, so we found him a tiny turtle to add.

Find fun extra items you can add. We found a curved piece of wood in the yard and turned it into a bridge, then I took a piece from a broken pot and added it between the succulents to give it some personality. If desired, add a little shake of glitter to give it a little fairy magic.

I had some extra cork leftover, so I cut a piece to fit half of the rim of the shadow box, just for fun.

We placed the succulent fairy garden underneath our hanging Coloring Page Fairy Mobile.

This is a fun project to do with your children and is fairly easy to take care of. Use your creativity to make the fairy garden your own!

Read also: Fairy Mobile Coloring Page Craft Tutorial and Paper Fairy Puppets Tutorial

What will you add to your fairy garden? Share with me in the comments! I’d love to hear!

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The weather is finally feeling like springtime and I’ve been in the gardening mood! I have really enjoyed the warm nights and beautiful evening sky that Texas has to offer. So I am in the process of turning my back porch into my new sanctuary. I have had two empty barrels sitting on my back porch since we moved in and had no idea what to do with one of them. I saw the new fairy garden collection from Consumer Crafts and knew one of those barrels would be great for a fairy succulent garden!

I’m not one for a green thumb so I chose my go-to favorite hard to kill plants, succulents, to fill up the barrel.

Want to make a succulent garden of your own?

Supplies needed to make your own fairy succulent garden:

  • Miniature Garden Fairy House
  • Miniature Bench
  • Mini Garden Basket
  • Fairy Garden Tools
  • Wishing Well
  • Fairy Garden Stones
  • Moon Lights Strand
  • Mini Fence
  • Sheet Moss
  • Fish Gravel & Potting Soil
  • Real or Artificial Succulents
  • Barrel or Pot

I wanted my succulent garden to have a some height to it instead of being flat. So I made the soil a little higher on one side of the barrel.

Once my small mountain was created, I added the moss to the side of the mound. Then, I just started placing succulents and fairy garden items in where I wanted them to go. It was a little trial and error until I got everything in place.

Then I added fish gravel to make a pathway from the house to the garden. I also added black fish gravel to the bottom part of the succulent garden for rich color.

I have to say, I think my favorite part about this fairy garden are the Moon Lights! I just placed them in the succulent forest making sure the battery pack was in reach.

Once the sun started to set I turned on the Moon Lights and the whole succulent garden lit up! This part really impressed my boys. I took the lights out once I was done using the them. They are really small and no problem to take them in and out so the lights will last.

I love how this fairy garden turned out! It is the perfect adorable addition to my back porch.

Happy Spring!

Tori is the writer and crafter at Lil’ Mrs. Tori. She is a wife and mother to two young boys. Lil’ Mrs. Tori is her creative outlet where she shares her latest craft projects and inspirations.

How To Make A Fairy Garden Terrarium

If you live in a cold climate, you know that for at least half the year (from October through May) frost threatens the garden. And if you have grown to love your outdoor fairy garden -or simply have a hankering to create a miniature garden inside your home, a terrarium garden is a wonderful winter project. The addition of fairy garden accessories turns it into something truly charming.

Your terrarium can be as small as a simple glass container holding one rock with a fairy figurine perched on top, a few sprigs of a grassy plant and some moss. O it may be grand: quite large and full of fascinating fairy folk in a repurposed aquarium. It is all up to you and your own creative imagination.


Let’s start with some terrarium garden basics.

Basics for Glass Gardens

A terrarium is an enclosed miniature world, a plant environment within a glass container. From small jars to large, the important thing to remember is to balance the mini-environment with just the right amount of moisture to circulate within the glass. Terrariums can be either open or closed.


Terrarium How-To

  • Find a glass container (see the next section for what makes a good container)
  • Layer the bottom of the container with gravel (I like aquarium gravel in a natural color)
  • Mix together your soil, Martha Stewart has a formula for using horticultural charcoal and orchid bark in her Fairyland Terrarium.
  • Make a “terrain” with small rocks and different levels. Plant the mosses, then add the small plants.
  • Finally, insert the fairy furniture, accessories and figurines

Find figurines, and fairy garden accessories online.

Fairy Inspiration

Checklist for Terrarium Garden Tools

  • Bamboo skewers
  • Sheets of white paper (use for funnel)
  • Tamper
  • Long tweezers
  • Houseplant trowel or a spoon
  • Mister or long spout watering can

What Makes A Good Container?
Apothecary jars are ideal. Clear candy jars, large clear vases, round aquariums, and any other glass jar are other possibilities. If the container has a lid, it holds the moisture better and the terrarium needs less watering.

If the opening is large enough for your hand, maintenance is easier (planting and pruning plants).

Which Plants For Terrariums?

Fine leaved, small stature plants are best. This keeps the terrarium in check, and gives a “fairy world” feeling. A selection of mosses creates the base for a scattering of small plants such as miniature ferns, orchids, or tropical houseplants.

Suggested Plants

Click here for a list of plants

  • Pilea involucrata ‘Moon Valley’ 12″x12″
  • Cryptanthus bivittatus 6″x6″
  • Peperomia caperata ‘Variegata’ 6″
  • Pilea glauca ‘Aquamarine’ 12″
  • Tillandsia stricta 8″
  • Miniature African violets and gesneriads
  • Reindeer moss (cladonia rangiferina)
  • Club moss (selaginella krausiana)
  • Cushion moss (leucobryum)
  • Baby’s Tears
  • Selaginella kraussiana
  • Acorus gramineus ‘Minimus Aureus’

More Fairy-Sized Plant Suggestions

Source: Matt Chung

Fairy Garden Terrarium Tips

  • Dampen, don’t wet, the soil
  • 1/2 inch layer of horticultural charcoal on top
    of gravel keeps soil “sweet”.
  • Make a paper funnel to pour soil into glass containers and jars.
  • Low light and high humidity dwarf plants are best
  • Rig up your own tamper: attach bamboo skewer to a wine cork.
  • Fan shaped paintbrush with long handle to brush errant soil from leaves or glass wall.
  • Overwatering is the worst mistake, be sparing with the water.
  • Use a layer of spaghnum moss above the gravel to keep soil from filtering down. It will hold the moisture, too.

Turn The Terrarium Into A Fairyland

If you have already made a terrarium, the miniature plantings necessary for the fairy garden terrarium are in place. Really, all that is needed, now, are the accessories of furnishings and perhaps tiny fairy statues to accent the garden.

Source: MOMA via Donni

If you love the free play of imagination, the stage is set for simply creating or purchasing the fairy sized chairs or table, perhaps even a little ladder to better able climb in and out of the glass enclosure.

  • A very long tweezer tool comes in handy when placing the bits of fairy paraphernalia inside the planted jar.
  • Planning the placement of the fairy furniture beforehand will minimize the disturbance of the plants.

More Ideas For Fairy Garden Terrariums!

Terrarium Tools

SE 3pc Tweezers Set, Serrated Tips, 12″, 10″, and 8″

Fluval Flora Stainless Steel Planting Tongs – 10.63-inches
Fluval Flora Stainless Steel Aquatic Plant Scissors – 9.80-inches
Steven Raichlen Bamboo Grilling Kabob Skewers 12-inch Long, Set of 25

Books For Terrarium Enthusiasts

Books that you can use for your fairy garden terrariums.
Or to become a budding terrarium enthusiast! If you have a houseplant-loving or gardening friend, one of these books with a terrarium kit could be the best gift ever.

Books To Inspire You

Terrarium Craft: Create 50 Magical, Miniature Worlds


Hoffman Charcoal Soil Conditioner

Terrarium/Fairy Garden Kit – Create Your Own Living Terrarium

Terrarium Moss Kit

Anchor Hocking 1-Gallon Heritage Hill Jar with Glass Lid

Complete Kits

Fairy Garden Books

For the whole topic of making these miniature environments inside or out, there are so many lovely resources and books. Start with these to get your creative juices stirring.

Links On The Web

  • About Gesneriads, plants for terrariums.
  • Begonia Society Terrarium Tips
  • Terrarium as art

Create a simple indoor garden for succulents with this DIY fairy garden terrarium. Most of the materials can be found in your yard or craft stash.

I’m Keri from One Mama’s Daily Drama and I don’t know about you, but I am ready for spring! One of my favorite spring activities is gardening, but I’ve kind of got a brown thumb when it comes to houseplants. I have found, though, that succulents and cacti are much easier to care for in small containers and terrariums.

In fact, today I want to show you how to make a spring fairy garden terrarium. Once you have the basic setup, it’s easy to customize it to fit your decor style or use items you have on hand. You can even change it out with the seasons.

Make Your Own Fairy Garden

This terrarium started out as my Halloween terrarium, so I gave it an update for spring.

One of the best things about fairy gardens is that you can update them for each season. Maybe for Christmas, add some fake snow and a mini Christmas tree!

How To Care For Your Terrarium

This uses live moss and potting soil. So you’ll need to take care of it like any other plant. There are three things to keep in mind – water, sun, and location.

If you want something that requires no care, you can purchase artificial moss and instead of potting soil, use styrofoam.


You only need to mist it with water about once a week, or whenever it is looking dry.


Since moss naturally grows in the shade, it doesn’t need direct sunlight. So keep it somewhere it will receive indirect sunlight or artificial light.


Where can you store your fairy garden to help it last longer? You can keep this outside or inside – it is entirely up to you. This makes a beautiful shelf decoration or desk decor.

How to Make a Fairy Garden Terrarium

This fairy garden terrarium is made with mostly items I already had in my craft stash and my backyard. If you visit your local craft store, you’ll find tons of inspiration too.

What you need:

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Tools Needed:

  • scissors
  • hot glue gun
  • small hand shovel (optional)

Supplies Needed:

  • terrarium kit with rocks, dirt, and moss
  • empty pot, bowl, or large container
  • small garden pot
  • large and small stones
  • twigs
  • popsicle sticks
  • a button
  • string
  • scrapbook paper
  • permanent marker/pen
  • small succulents


Here are the steps I took when I made my terrarium. Feel free to be creative and make yours all your own.

1. Prep the terrarium container.

In a large container, layer about 2 inches of small rocks and fill the rest of the way up with dirt.

Wet the moss so that it’s flexible and place it on top of the dirt. Tear or cut pieces to fit the container and shape the dirt into a sort-of hill.

Place the large stones on the side of the hill between gaps in the moss to create a staircase.

2. Build the cottage.

To make the door for the fairy garden cottage, cut two popsicle sticks in half. Line up three of the pieces and place the fourth one at a diagonal. Hot glue it in place and add a small button for the doorknob.

For the main part of the cottage, turn a small garden pot upside down. (Mine is plastic and measures about 2.5 inches tall.) Hot glue the door to one side. Starting at the door, glue small stones around the base of the pot. Repeat layers until the whole pot is covered.

To add a roof to the cottage, cut another popsicle stick in half and glue both halves leaning together on top of the pot. Soak a small piece of moss so that it is flexible. Wrap it around the popsicle sticks and tie it with a string so it will hold its shape while it dries.

3. Make the sign for the fairy garden.

For a fairy garden sized direction sign, trim a stick about 3 inches long. Cut a 1-inch piece from each end of a popsicle stick (save the center half for the bench below). Write the place names on the popsicle pieces. I used a green Sharpie pen. Hot glue the back of the popsicle stick signs onto the stick.

4. Build the bench.

Take the 2-inch section of popsicle stick leftover from the sign or trim a new one. Hot glue a small stone under either end of the piece. Be sure the bench is level. You may need to try a few stones before gluing them in place.

5. Make the banner.

Cut several triangles from a piece of scrapbook paper. I cut a piece about 1×3 inches, then trimmed in diagonals. Cut a piece of string about 6 inches long and two twigs about 4 inches tall. Hot glue the paper triangles along the string. Tie a loop in either end and slip it over the twig.

6. Put everything together.

Once all of the individual pieces are made, it’s time to assemble the fairy garden. Place the house on the top of the hill. Make a small hole in the moss and plant succulents near the house or wherever you’d like. I put the banner behind the cottage and the bench and sign at the bottom of the hill. I also cut several 2-inch twigs (I think these are from a photinia) and stuck them into the moss going down the stair area like a fence.

There is really no limit the what you can add to your fairy garden terrarium. Get creative and find ways to repurpose other items around the house or collect natural materials from your backyard.

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Spring begins in exactly one week! I am definitely looking forward to warmer weather and getting outside more often. Especially in the garden! During one of our recent unseasonably warm days, my husband and I spent the afternoon outside doing yard work. He trimmed our berry bushes and I pulled dead plants to get ready for new ones. I am looking forward to the process of planning our outdoor garden, picking new fruits and veggies to plant, and getting my hands down in the dirt.

If you’ve been following me for a while, you know that I’m a huge fan of succulents, cacti, and terrariums. So I decided to satisfy my urge to garden by making a fairy garden terrarium. It was a great rainy day project to put together. The terrarium added some more greenery to my office (I have a Christmas cactus on my desk) and looks adorable sitting on my bookcase!

I got a large, glass container and layered small rocks, sphagnum moss, and cactus mix potting soil. A few small succulents and some preserved moss would provide the greenery. Then, the fun began! I used this fairy garden kit to create my magical, indoor garden sanctuary. This kit includes a fairy house, enchanted bench, flute playing fairy, and bunny friend.

Each piece adds a magical touch to the terrarium. The colors are vibrant and I love every little detail – like the floral touches and “believe” on the house doors that can open and close (I might add some fairy lights inside the house in the future).


  • Large glass container
  • Fairy Garden House Kit with Miniature Fairy Figurine and Accessories
  • Cactus potting soil
  • Sphagnum moss
  • Preserved green moss
  • Small rocks
  • Small succulent plants
  • Water
  • Optional: succulent plant food


1. Start by adding a generous layer of rocks to the bottom of the container. You want to provide ample drainage for your plants. Succulents prefer living in drier conditions.

2. Next, dampen some sphagnum moss with a little water. Make sure the moss is damp, not soaked or saturated. Add a thick layer of moss on top of the rock layer.

3. Plan the position of your fairy garden kit miniatures and plants. Position each piece. Then, plant your succulents.

4. Now that your succulents are all tucked in, it’s time to start decorating. Dampen some green preserved moss (it makes it easier to work with and adds moisture to the environment) and start placing your fairy garden miniatures.

5. Add moss, stones, and rocks around your terrarium. Use larger rocks to create a pathway to the house. Give your fairy a comfy place to live!

Joykick has been kind enough to offer a discount for this Fairy Garden House Kit. Save 30% on this kit by using code FAIRY30F. This code is available for a limited time, so don’t wait to shop for your fairy garden kit! Visit Joykick for more information about their fairy garden collections.


Make your own fairy garden terrarium with this kit or set it up outside. Either way, this fairy garden is sure to add a whimsical touch to your home and garden!

Snow might still blanket the ground in your yard, but you can start to invite spring inside by planting an indoor succulent garden in a bowl. Assorted succulent plants can weave together to form colorful, textural works of art—perfect for any surface in your home. I loved this Instagram from designer and stylist Emily Henderson, so I chatted with California NaturScaping landscape designer Alyssa Finley-Moore—who helped me create a succulent garden in my own backyard—to find out how I might be able to do something similar.

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Getting ready for a shoot with @designmilk @jaimederringer and @decorview. #charliehendo is assisting of course. Thanks @scotthorne for my succulent arrangement.

A post shared by Emily Henderson (@em_henderson) on Feb 19, 2014 at 9:21am PST

Here are Alyssa’s tips for planting succulents in a bowl:


A wide-mouth bowl

Cactus potting mix (You can also make your own using soil and sand to make the dirt more porous.)

A variety of succulents with different textures and shapes. “Don’t pick more than three colors total,” Alyssa says. You can find an amazing assortment at local nurseries, even your neighborhood Home Depot or Lowe’s.


Water and light


1. Place a two-inch layer of gravel on the bottom of the bowl. This provides drainage because succulents don’t like wet roots, Alyssa explains.

2. Add a healthy layer of the cactus potting mix, a fast-draining soil that retains little moisture.

3. Time to plant, starting with your largest succulent. It doesn’t necessarily have to be placed in the middle of the bowl (Emily’s sits off to one side), but it will offer you a focal point to build from. Remove the plant from its pot by turning it upside down in your hand, pulling off the pot, then setting the roots in the bowl. If the plant has sharp edges, wear gloves.

4. Build out from this succulent. Plan your placement before enveloping each plant’s roots with soil. Cascading succulents are lovely planted near the bowl’s edges, for instance. And pepper the color around the bowl rather than concentrating it in one place, Alyssa advises. Don’t worry about planting too close. You want them to have a lush, crowded look, so fill in every gap.

5. Add soil wherever it’s needed. You want all roots completely covered.

6. Water. Take the bowl outside and use the mister setting on your hose to give the soil an initial watering. The root systems of succulents are very good at providing moisture for the plants, so be careful not to overwater.

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If you think that you don’t have a green thumb, then this project might just be for you! I made an indoor succulent dish garden over the weekend and so can you. It’s such an easy, quick project and succulents require very little maintenance (they are nearly indestructible and don’t require frequent watering like most indoor house plants ).

How To Make An Indoor Succulent Garden

Materials Needed:

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* a variety of succulents in different shapes and colors

*a container that’s at least 3 inches deep. I thought I’d use a red transferware soup tureen that I got a long time ago from Goodwill

* cactus soil – they need a fast draining soil as they don’t like their roots sitting in water

*pea gravel/river rock for drainage

Steps To Make a Succulent Dish Garden

1. cover the bottom of your container with the pea gravel

2. add the cactus soil and moisten – don’t drench the soil just moisten

3. arrange your succulents in your container. I put the taller ones in the back and the shorter ones in the front. I separated a container of taller ones and had one lone succulent left that I planted in this milkglass container.

4. pat the soil around your succulents. You can cover the soil surface with a layer of the pea gravel or decorative marbles if you like for a finished look.

5. I’ve found that if you allow the soil to go dry in between watering you will have longer lasting plants. I had a few die on me last year because I over watered.

I had one big succulent leftover and thought I’d try it in a teacup. Isn’t it cute! I’ll transplant it into a larger container and put it in my screened porch this summer.

Once you find out for yourself how simple it is to make a indoor container garden using succulents, you’ll be hooked!

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Get crafty this summer and make your own whimsical fairy garden with these creative DIY fairy garden ideas as inspiration. Since it’s such a fun and easy activity, it makes a great summer craft idea to do with your kids over the break. There are fairy garden ideas for containers, the yard, and indoors. Plus, there are DIY projects for fairy garden accessories so you can build your own fairy furniture and villages.

Here are a few helpful guides for choosing for your miniature garden plants:

DIY Fairy Garden Ideas

How to Start a Fairy Garden from Crafts by Amanda

Magical Lights in the Fairy Garden from Little Tudor on the Prairie

Magical DIY Fairy House Planter from Crafts Unleashed

Affordable Fairy Garden from Mommy Moments

Tiered Terra Cotta Fairy Garden (source unknown)

Flower Pot Miniature Fairy Garden from By Stephanie Lynn

Broken Pot Fairy Garden from J & J Acres

Stacked Fairy Garden (source unknown)

Broken Pot Fairy Garden from Buzzfeed

Step by Step Fairy Garden Tutorial from Joann’s Blog

Beach Fairy Garden from Jolene’s Gardening

Beach Fairy Garden with Mermaid from Home Talk

Beach Cave Garden with Mermaid from Youtube

Beach Fairy Garden (source unknown)

Beach Fairy Garden with Water and Flamingos (source unknown)

Cute Fairy Garden from The Magic Onion

Fairy Garden from Creamer Chronicles

Easy DIY Fairy Garden from Meatloaf and Melodrama

Terra Cotta Fairy Garden from Purely from the Heart

DIY Fairy Garden from Aidie’s Hideaway

Fairy Garden with Mossy Roofed House (source unknown)

Wheel Barrel Fairy Garden (source unknown)

Fairy Garden in a Barrel Planter from My Frugal Adventures

Fairy Garden Orb (source unknown)
Here is a tutorial for how to make the grapevine balls. Adding the twinkle lights would make it extra magical! Just cut a hole of the ball and add your fairy accessories

Magical Fairy Garden from The Magic Onion

Thrifted Bird Bath Fairy Garden from See Vanessa Craft

Teacup Fairy Garden from The Magic Onion

Welcome Village from The Magic Onions

Fairies In The Garden from A Cuppa Tea With Me

DIY Planter Fairy Garden from Life Creatively Organized

Fairy Tree House (source unknown)

Large Fairy Village from Fairy Gardens

Container Fairy Garden with Colorful Banner (source unknown)

Wicker Basket Fairy Garden from Echoes of Laughter

Bonsai Tree Fairy Garden from Lil Blue Boo

Wood Box Fairy Garden (source unknown)

Fairy Garden in Hanging Planter from Dollar Tree

DIY Planter Fairy Garden from I Heart Nap Time

Wheel Barrel Fairy Garden (source unknown)

Pinecone Fairy House from A Little Fur in the Paint

Succulent Fairy Garden from Crafts Unleashed

Stone Fairy Garden (source unknown)

Miniature Fairy Garden (Video Tutorial) from AkameruKawaii

Fairy Garden in a Wagon from Minnie’s Milestones

Fairy Garden with a Patio from 625 Cruse Avenue

DIY Fairy Garden Accessories

Acorn Lantern Fairy “Light”

Magical Doorway from DIY Network

Twig and Twine Ladder from Juise

Fairy Gems from Little Monster

Bridge Over Water from Juise

Fairy Garden Clothesline
tulle ribbon + mini clothespins + cotton twine + decorative hair pins

Fairy Clothesline
thick twigs + twine + min clothespins + fabric scraps + DIY toadstools (see below) + wood slices

Wood Fence and Hammock from The Magic Onion
twigs + wood glue + thread + fabric scrap

Flower Fairies from Lemon Zest

Solar Powered Fairy House from Creative Green Living

DIY Jar Mushroom House from Practik Ideas

DIY Stone Fairy House (source unknown)

Terra Cotta Fairy House
Just paint them, add fairy doors and windows

Pinecone Roof from Jennifer Decorates
This tutorial is meant for a Christmas Village but would also work for a fairy garden

Twine Beehive from DIY Fairy Gardens

Tiny Fairy Gardens from Think Crafts

Mini Toadstools from The Magic Onions

Acorn Birdhouses from Empress of Dirt

Magical Clay Toadstools from Fairy Gardens

Old Jar Into a Mushroom Fairy House from DIY & Crafts

Polymer Clay Frog from Empress of Dirt

Miniature Birds Nests from The Spruce

Acorn Bird’s Nest from Twig and Toadstool

Fairy Mailbox

Fairy Well from Juise

Fairy Garden Arbor
twigs + wood glue

Fairy Umbrella from Kiwi Co

Water Fountain

Bird Bath Fountains
scallop shells + water + glitter + food coloring + wood slice + hot glue gun + mini birds

Hot Glue Waterfall from Happiness is Crafting

Popsicle Bench from Meatloaf and Melodrama

Fairy Garden Wishing Well from Pinterest

Fairy Garden Tools from Hometalk

Popsicle Stick Fairy Doors

Recycled Plastic Bottles into Fairy Houses from Bored Panda

Stone Fairy House from Inhabitat

Flickering Fire Pit
LED tea light candle + twigs + pebbles + glue gun

Fairy Garden Chairs from Diva of DIY

Fairy Bicycles from Gardening Living

Fairy Garden Furniture from Our Beautifully Messy House

Gazing Balls

Dragonflies Using Maple Seeds & Twigs from Filth Wizardry



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You probably know by now that I’m a big fan of fairy gardens. I really love making them, and I’m always so happy with how they turn out. Lately, I’ve been searching for inspiration for my next big fairy garden project, as a result, I found plenty of great fairy garden ideas!

27 Fairy House and Fairy Garden Ideas for Inspiration

I searched high and low for all of the best fairy garden ideas out there, and I was not disappointed. Not all of these images come with a tutorial, but they gave me inspiration all the same. In addition, there are plenty of opportunities for the kids to get involved too! I’m ready to start on the next one.

Enchanting Fairy Doors

I think it’s so charming when people decorate trees with small doors! It looks like actual fairies live in the trees. A couple of these fairy garden ideas went above and beyond with little paths and fancily shaped doors.

  1. This cute fairy door was made from craft sticks and comes from Danya Banya
  2. If you’re looking for a fun fairy door the kids will love to make, check out these from Fireflies and Mudpies
  3. Here’s another sweet fairy door made from craft sticks, making it a great kid’s craft from Messy Little Monster
  4. I was unable to find the direct source for this fourth fairy door, I’m guessing it was from a product catalog. This demonstrates how you don’t have to make everything yourself, you can purchase fairy garden accessories and create your own magic.
  5. I love the steps made from flat rocks or slate and the darling little tiny clay pots. This is another photo without a direct source, though it’s probably from a catalog.
  6. This adorable fairy door in a tree was made from twigs from The Magic Onions – there are lots of fairy garden ideas here, just look at all the tiny details!
  7. Here’s an adorable fairy door and garden from The Knitted Garden – I love the use of moss here to keep the natural elements throughout the fairy garden.
  8. I’m loving this simple under the stairs fairy door. We, unfortunately, aren’t able to find the source any longer for this cute craft.
  9. This darling fairy door actually has a little deck and stairs, though I was unable to find the photo source.
  10. Again, this last one is most likely from a catalog as the door and windows are clearly purchased items not something that someone made. But they would be easy to make, don’t you think?

Fairy Garden and Fairy House Tutorials

I have loved everything about fairy gardens for several years and am constantly amazed by the creativity that goes into every piece. We all take a similar idea and turn it into our own unique project.

  1. In this post, I show you How to Start a Fairy Garden. I used moss on the roof and throughout the garden.
  2. This cute fairy garden is contained in a pot and has a sweet little ladder made from miniature popsicle sticks from Buggy and Buddy.
  3. A year after creating my fairy garden, I revamped the roof with pebbles and planted succulents all around it. Here is this year’s Fairy House and Garden.
  4. This project is fun and uses many living elements, a great project to do with your kids from Jenny at Dapper Home.
  5. This container garden adds a bit of fairy magic with blue crystals from Rhythms of Play.
  6. You can turn a small planter of succulents into a cute little fairy forest from Arts Crackers.
  7. I love this mini patio garden from Garden Therapy, a great place for fairies to hang out.
  8. If you are a Lord of the Rings fan, this miniature hobbit house is the project for you. Though we can’t seem to find the original post for this hobbit house anymore, you can check out the blog its originally from, she has lots of great garden ideas and tips to share! From Empress of Dirt.
  9. I’ll show you how to make a Pumpkin Fairy House that’s perfect for fall and Halloween!
  10. The woman who made this gorgeous fairy house used a gourd and pinecone tines. From A Little Fur in the Paint.
  11. If you love fairy gardens and mason jars this Fairy Garden Mason Jar Terrarium is perfect for you!

Fairy Garden and Fairy House Inspiration

While none of these houses have a tutorial, they are a wonderful source of crafty inspiration. Some look a little more difficult than others, but for me crafting is relaxing. When I am working on the details, it takes me away from all the chaos that might be in my life and puts me in a zen state.

  1. It looks like whoever made this gorgeous fairy castle (source unknown) may have constructed it from birch stumps!
  2. Whoever made this nature-inspired house used branches and pinecones as the main materials (source unknown).
  3. Here’s a whimsical twig fairy house nestled in what may be an herb garden from Flowers and Weeds
  4. Large doors made from twigs envelop this tiny A-frame fairy house. Also, I’m loving the moss roof and what looks like a pebble floor. (source unknown)
  5. Nestled in what appears to be a galvanized tray, this adorable fairy garden could definitely be made at home – source Mystic Mountain Arts
  6. I think this unique two-story fairy house resembles an old-fashioned dollhouse, from Brooke Kelly Art
  7. A true artist made this gorgeous three-story fairy tower from pebbles, oak, and slate from Enchanted Cottages

Fairy Garden Kits and Accessories

Many people enjoy creating fairy gardens without having to actually make all the little pieces and parts. There are tons of fairy garden kits available as well as individual accessories. There are SO MANY fairy garden kits on Etsy you’ll definitely want to check out. When you’re thinking of fairy garden ideas, don’t forget the accessories!

  1. What would a fairy garden be without a fairy? This adorable little set includes a pretty fairy and her chair as well as some woodland friends.
  2. Just imagine how cute this furniture set would look in your new fairy garden!
  3. A fairy garden would not be complete without a large selection of toadstools on display.
  4. I have this exact twig chair in my fairy garden this year, it looks so cute!
  5. Just imagine this darling set of miniature garden tools in your fairy garden!

Recently I added this darling Fairy Garden Mason Jar Terrarium to the blog, and these adorable recycled plastic bottle Fairy House Nightlights!

I hope you found tons of great ideas in this list because I know I did. Seems like I’m ready to get back out there and build some houses for fairies!

This roundup was originally published on this blog on July 24, 2016.

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Amanda Formaro is the crafty, entrepreneurial mother of four children. She loves to bake, cook, make kid’s crafts and create decorative items for her home. She is a crafting expert and guru in the kitchen and has appeared online and in print publications many times over the years. She is also the editor for the Home & Garden channel at Craft Gossip and owner of FunFamilyCrafts.com.

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If there’s one fast growing trend in plant arrangements, it’s the world of succulent gardens. Getting as popular as the present trend in miniature fairy gardens, we’ll be examining how to grow succulents, how to plant succulents and then give some beautiful examples of succulent arrangements.

Where once a succulent garden was rarely seen, and that as a special cactus arrangement to the side of a ranch-style home, succulent arrangements are today found just about anywhere: indoors patios, office environments, office buildings, by a pool side, front-walk entrances, outdoor patios and even inside homes.

Why their rise in popularity? Well, for one thing, they’re immensely easy to grow and maintain. Frankly speaking, they’re especially attractive to working, career women who have little time to spend on plants, maintaining them and/or regenerating their prized greenery.

Moreover, they are almost impossible to kill. Many people have already named them the “camel” of greenery. Being tolerant of low water levels, they can thrive in dry environments, and they don’t require hardly any water at all. In addition, they are simply beautiful and lend themselves to whatever shape, style or arrangement you may have in mind.

Succulent Gardens 101 and Everything Else In Between

How To Plant Cactus-Like Plants

Planting succulents is easier than you may think; the most important thing of all is getting a fast-draining soil that does well in a container or in a succulent garden bed. Quality, healthy plants are typically found at your local garden center and are normally labeled as such: “for use in planting cactus.”

That said, root-rot may develop; however, having a fast-draining soil helps in preventing the root-rot from taking hold. Typically, the fertilization process when planting succulents should be undertaken during summer months and come to a full stop during the winter.

How To Grow Cactus-Like Plants

Basically, growing succulents is just as simple as planting them: watering these cactus-like plants during the summer months is more than adequate if done on twice a week basis. During the winter, cut-backs are recommended. Basically, give the plants a good water soaking, and then wait until the succulent plant dries out completely.

Succulent Displays

Having a little knowledge of the many varieties commonly found in succulent gardens that come in so many diverse styles, sizes, colors and even succulent flowers, is vitally important. You’ll need that knowledge when deciding what you want to create before planting your succulent garden. Today, via the dynamics of the Internet, you can readily and conveniently see which particular specie is for you and which would work best for whatever your creative urges dictate.

Naturally knowing where you’re going to put your succulent garden arrangements, and what is their intended purpose, helps a great deal in determining the final outcome and visual appeal of their arrangement.

Let’s see now some 50 wonderful examples of succulent displays that will be sure to give you a newly discovered or rediscovered passion for having these particular plants in and around your house.

1. Desert Ice Wonderland

Source: ranchoreubidoux.com

Perfect for an outdoor spot in any season of the year, this succulent design centers on an enchanting floral presentation that highlights giving various shades of blue to help accent a cool, inspiring arrangement. Comprised mainly of blue-tinged Echeveria peacockii plants, this alluring display can best be realized as it’s placed in upward spiraling two-tier fountain dish structure when growing plants in a succulent garden setting.

Multi-colored, this collection of succulent plants becomes the perfect stage for the many shapes, sizes and species of plants readily found in one place. Moreover, a focal point may be just what is needed to help create an interesting, yet high impact center for your garden setting.

2. Highway To Heaven

Source: decorateme.com

If you have a tree trunk in your yard, then it behooves you to put it to good use as a showcase for your succulent plant of whatever kind and color. While you are of course free to use whatever specie and size succulent you wish, keeping them small may be the best way to go. In fact, having various color schemes will give the illusion of motion, ever reaching towards heaven on a very natural wooden ladder.

If no tree is available, then leaning a single piece of tree trunk, or bark, against a solid wall structure will just as easily serve the purpose of creating the tranquil effect you so desire.

3. Living Waters

Source: designerdreamhomes.ru

One imaginative use of large or medium-sized clay planters is this design giving the illusion of cascading water flowing out of the planter’s entrance. Perfect for an outdoor, ranch-like desert setting, this display arrangement can be easily created by having just one kind of succulent plant. When the entire display is carefully placed within another garden bed, the effect is even more enchanting as you could almost swear the succulent display has come to life in streams of living waters. While a multi-color pattern is of course possible, one color scheme may be best to convey streams of waters flowing out of the terracotta container.

4. Over Finnian’s Rainbow

Source: ecoosfera.com

A virtual three dimensional effect with a myriad of color schemes can be easily designed and planted in a garden bed or a large container. An enchanting concept in plant decoration, vibrant succulents are augmented with other broad leaf plants surrounding the succulent array. You can let your imagination run with this pleasing aesthetic design with virtually no limitation as to where you can place it in your home or outside in your garden. Especially appropriate for garden events or Ladies Club meetings, this is one display that’ll receive compliments galore as you proudly display the arrangement.

5. Rolling Along With My Wheelbarrow

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Here’s one project you can really sink your teeth into, so to speak. Almost any backyard, or shed, has an old wheelbarrow lying around somewhere just gathering dust or rusting away. Why not put it to good use as you make a colorful garden center made up of cacti plants and a little bit of everything else? All you’ll really need are the following supplies: one old wheelbarrow, some medium-size pea gravel or river stones, a piece of screen or mesh material that fits right into the bottom of the wheelbarrow and some cactus soil. If you have some miniature furniture and a really small succulent or two, you then have the makings of a unique and charming miniature garden.

6. By The Wayside

Source: happymodern.ru

A truly creative way to put a side border to good use is this side succulent display presentation. There’s no watering needed here, but a ground cover of smooth stones or coral rock will do just fine. Pleasing to the sight and a practical way to use up space along a garden or house wall, your selection of various plants is dictated only by your taste in size and colors. This design particularly lends itself to either a multi-colored approach or a single color scheme design.

7. A Florentine Delight

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Having an old fountain dish on a pedestal can be the makings of an antique Florentine floral arrangement. Adding to it just a few succulent plants, hanging plants and some vividly colored cacti will give it a distinctive look found no where else in your garden. Perfect for an afternoon tea, this is one piece that looks distinctly from another era; moreover, it is so inviting. A pink, blue and silver rosebud succulent placed strategically throughout the fountain dish adds a charming, elegant touch.

8. Caged But Wonderfully Free

Source: diycraftproject.com

This is one unusual display that catches one’s imagination in an enchanting manner. A bird cage, or any cage-like wire work, hanging succulent plants and even dried succulent flowers all serve to compliment each other in this delightful outdoor or indoor decor accessory. The cage lends itself to being painted in metallic or rustic colors or just left as is. For an enchanting side touch, place a tiny sensor-driven bird mounted on its swing. It’ll be sure to catch anyone’s attention as they walk on by your caged, but wonderfully free succulent garden display.

9. Cinder Block Garden

Source: liptalk.com

If you’re like most homeowners, then you might have some old concrete cinder blocks in your backyard. Left untouched, they can be an eye-sore. However, using a little imagination with your succulent planting endeavors, you’ll create something that’ll become the talk of the town among your lady friends for sure. Placing the blocks several tiers deep, add soil and place your cactus or succulent on a one per cinder block hole basis. Surround the blocks with small growing aloes, and don’t forget to get some plants that’ll hang down for a better visual effect. For even better results, try painting the blocks with glitter spray paint before setting up your choice succulent garden arrangement.

10. By The Old Water Trough

Source: theownerbuildernetwork.co

When you look for a rustic, natural setting, consider using wood. Inexpensive, visually pleasing and great for outdoor projects, you’ll especially appreciate their low-maintenance features when coupled with your selection of succulent flowers and plants of almost any style and color. In addition, using an old tree trunk or wooden board with cacti plants inserted in the soil inside guarantees a long, healthy life for your many plants.

11. My Hanging Garden

Source: woodenpalletfurniture.com

Vertical gardens are now coming of age and their versatility is well appreciated in balcony areas, walled areas and basically anywhere there’s a wall to hang this design. When hung from a painted wall backdrop, and planted with contrasting colored cacti plants, you’ll be the talk of your neighborhood as others grab hold of this innovative concept in both cactus gardens and vertical gardens.

In short, you’ve created a pallet frame that’s today become a growing trend in practical interior designs. Be sure to stock up with succulent plants that’ll fit well within the vertical garden frame, and use other variations of hanging plants that give your frame a beautiful cascading effect as well .

12. A Desert Sphere

Source: drought-smart-plants.com

An old chain link, either painted or left rustic in appearance, a round, wired shape that’ll hold as much peat moss as you can put inside and miniature succulent plants galore are all you’ll need to give a distinctively unique look to your backyard fence or anywhere else from which you can hang this beautiful design. If you can add some cactus planting soil, then by all means do so; it’ll help you in growing succulents to maturity so much faster and better.

13. Rosebuds In The Desert

Source: multivasos.blogspot.hu

Surrounding desert palms, or any other vertical plants, with a large-sized succulent give an amazing effect to your garden arrangement. The long, vertical-growing San Pedro Cactus and Zanzibar Gem provide an elegant backdrop for your growing, swirling Rosetta succulents encircling their upright vertical plant neighbors. For a stunning effect, you can choose any one of several blue-silver shadings, or give it a multi-color approach using your selection of cacti plants planted in their garden bed.

14. By The Beautiful Sea

Source: billabong.com

A trip to your local beach is bound to yield an abundance of treasures such as beautiful, naturally sculpted seashells. Using a glue gun, glue these flat, uniform size shells to a terracotta pot leaving no spot undone. If need be, paint the pots beforehand to cover any exposed terracotta pot areas with the matching seashell color. Then, fill the pots with potting soil and voila! A most unique and beautiful pot, or pots, for your growing succulents. For smaller planter pots, insert only a single, small succulent. For larger pots, you may try several sizes of plants.

More succulent garden design ideas on the next page…

How to Make a Succulent Fairy Garden

By Air Polnam-in Davis from Charming Succulents

How to make a succulent fairy garden

I’ve always loved fairy gardening and everything miniature. I’m also obsessed with succulents! I absolutely adore them! I propagate succulents from leaves and found that they grow quite slowly. There are so many varieties of succulents to choose from, so many different colours and textures which are perfect for miniature fairy gardening. So I collaborated with Fairy Kate from Garden Sparkle as an experiment to see how long the fairy garden would last and how fast the plants would grow. If you scroll down to the bottom of the post you will see the growth after three months. The succulents didn’t grow much because I used smaller succulents varieties and young ones. I also planted them close together and limited the watering.

So let’s get started

Step 1: Prepare

What sized pot/container will you use? 

Use containers that you desire. I recommend shallow containers to limit the growth of the plants (just as bonsai plants are potted.) In this project I used a big ceramic birdbath for the base and drilled holes in it for drainage. I chose a tall medium pot and a small shallow ceramic to be arranged inside the big bird bath to create different levels and for a cascading effect. I recommend choosing pots with different heights and diameter to create interest and variation.


It is important to consider where you’d like to place your fairy garden. Succulents grow well in brightly lit areas. Morning sun is best. It helps them to maintain their bright colours. Positioning your fairy garden on a patio that receives morning sun would be perfect or if indoors in a sunny window sill.

Fairy Garden Plants

Use any succulents you can find. Small succulents are best. You can purchase them online or from your local markets or nursery. You can also propagate your own succulent pups from cuttings. Learn how to do that here:

I chose many different varieties of succulents for this project as I propagate my own and have a large collection to work with however you don’t need to use so many different varieties. I do recommend choosing varying heights, colours and texture though.

Fairy garden accessories

I chose beautiful accessories from Garden Sparkle. Some items were limited edition at the time.

I had an idea of the different scenes I wanted to create when choosing my items e.g. an eating area (table and chair set with tea set), an area with a decorative water feature (pond which could be filled with water), a peaceful reading spot in the garden (reading frog ornament plus bird bath) and an entrance into the garden (mail box and stepping stones). I added some extra decorative items such as the lamp post and mini pots. Of course I had to choose a fairy.

Gardening supplies

  •  Cacti and Succulents potting mix
  •  Disposable medical gloves (as they are so thin it makes it easier to handle tiny little plants)
  •  Gardening trowel/or substitute
  •  Spray bottle with water
  •  A collection of interesting rocks and different coloured pebbles
  • Wooden craft/popsicle stick or a chop stick (To help dig tiny holes for the roots of tiny succulents)
  • Music (not necessary but it’s very important to me when I create piece of art)

Step 2. Plan out landscaping

You can draw a rough plan on paper if you like or do as I prefer and just play around with arranging pots and fairy garden accessories in different positions until satisfied with the composition. Imagine you are the tiny fairy that’s going to enjoy the fairy garden. It can help you to plan the lay out and the different scenes.

For the potting process, I filled the birdbath half way with potting mix then nestled the two smaller pots in place (medium pot to the left , then small pot to the back right) and topped up with potting mix around them until the bird bath was full. I filled the small pots with potting mix. Then I added some of the main fairy garden accessories to make it easier to decide which succulent to plant and where.

Step 3. Planting

For the planting process I started off with the small pot on the right. I imagined that this section of the garden would have a beautiful view over the fish pond and a quiet and peaceful spot for the frog to sit under the tree and read his book.

I started by planting the ‘big tree’ at the back of the pot. I added small succulents under the tree and around the pot leaving the middle free for fairy activities. I used a Chain of Heart plant to cascade over the front edge and down the the front pot to the pond on the bottom level. (Any cascading succulents will be perfect for this.)

I filled in the empty space with pebbles and added small rocks amongst the plants.

At the very back of the birdbath I also planted medium size succulent trees to fill the gap at the back and create cozy feeling in the garden.

I then focused on planting the outdoor eating section of the garden in the medium shallow pot. I removed the table setting to make planting easier. I added succulent trees of varying heights and textures at the back and a section of succulent garden at the left. I planted the mini pots too. They are so adorable. I filled the empty space with pebbles. I used black pebbles at the back to help the white table stand out.

Then I moved on to the bottom level. I removed the pond to make planting easy. I planted small succulents around the base of the tall pot then put pond back in. I added ground cover succulents around the front, leaving space for a path.

Lastly I planted a succulent garden near the fairy mail box, leaving empty space at the base of mailbox so that the fairy could have easy access to it. I filled this are in with pebbles and stepping stones.

Then I used a spray bottle of water to clean any excess soil off the plants and also give them a drink of water. The remainder of the fairy garden accessories were added to complete the project.

Tadaaa! Completed succulent fairy garden!

Here are a few close ups of each section…moments captured in my succulent fairy garden.

After three months I took this photo so you can see the minimal growth. All that is required is a little trimming.

Thank you for reading. Happy fairy gardening with succulents!

Air xx

Adorable Tabletop Mini Succulent Garden

What You Need

  • 12-inch terra-cotta pot saucer, with or without drainage holes
  • Cactus mix potting soil
  • Miniature garden furnishings and figurines, such as an arbor, chair, wheelbarrow, urn, cat, and dog
  • Finely crushed rock or tiny pebbles
  • Succulents with small leaves, such as watch-chain crassula, delicate sedums, small stacked crassulas, and Sedum rubrotinctum. Try Crassula tetragona if you want the look of a small tree.

Step 1: Fill With Soil and Add Arbor

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Fill the terra-cotta pot saucer with potting mix to 1/2 inch below the rim. Secure the miniature arbor about an inch inside the rim of the saucer.

Step 2: Create Pathway

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Create a pathway of finely crushed rock or pebbles that curves from the edge of the saucer through the miniature arbor.

Step 3: Add Plants

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Pinch the top half-inch of the plants so you can insert their rosettes or tips into the soil, between pathway and rim, to create a lush and verdant garden of your liking.

Step 4: Add Accents

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To begin, we filled a miniature wheelbarrow with soil and planted it with cuttings. We then positioned a chair beneath the arbor and topped it with a sleeping cat.

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