What are fairy gardens?

Ever since Walt Disney made fairies even more popular through his creative use of the pixie character, Tinker Bell in “Peter Pan,” there seems to have descended a mesmerizing influence over the dwelling places of women’s homes and apartments with their use of fairy garden designs. Ladies can’t seem to get enough of the little creatures as many women strive to create their own little worlds of make believe within their designed DIY fairy garden.

Using whimsical fairy garden ideas, women create a sense of childlike magic as some even think that these gardens do in fact supernaturally attract the little spirit beings to their abodes. However, knowing that many women simply look at their DIY fairy garden as a decorative touch or as an accessory to the rest of their home design environment, vast numbers of quality online stores have emerged that provide everything the ladies may want to display a mini-fairy garden.

How Do You Create A Fairy Garden Design?

With a lot of imagination. This being said, here are easy steps to creating a miniature fairy garden design:

  1. Decide on the container that you’ll use.
  2. Sketch out the layout of your garden with a stick, or draw it out on a piece of paper.
  3. Pick a tiny tree as a focus point for your garden. You can also use woody herbs like sage, rosemary, or lavender.
  4. Add the tiny accessories, and there you have it!

Now, let’s take a look at our top 50 miniature fairy garden displays, their descriptions and the creative approaches that will stretch your imagination to the max.

Take Your Pick! The Top 50 Mini-Fairy Garden Designs

1. Summer In The Adirondacks

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Simply made with a one planter base and nine tiny fairy accent figurines of hand-painted resin, you’ll long for that special place to get away from it all! With a beautiful, heart-warming tone, your miniature fairy garden comes alive right before your eyes. A perfect fit for a small-size to medium-size outdoor coffee table, you’ll have a hard time stopping your little excursion into the fantasy world of your own creative making. An adorable miniature cottage, fish pond, stepping-stones, fire pit and of course, a couple of Adirondack chairs make this a perfect home decoration anywhere–inside or outside your home.

2. “Come To My Tree House!”

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Don’t let broken pots keep you from being creative in bringing to life your beautiful mystical tiny garden. Give your home decor accessory the illusion of climbing up to that childhood place of safety by using each and every broken section to help visitors reach your imaginary abode. Fairies will especially enjoy reaching the top of your miniature garden and looking down at your uniquely beautiful creation. Easy to assemble, simply use every available open space in your broken tiny garden pot and fill it with small plant cuttings and pebbles. A couple of inquisitive fairies will add a sense of enchantment as well.

3. “Fire Up The Grill, Guys!”

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Have you ever wondered what to do with that old, rusted barbecue grill in the backyard? Well, just paint it, gloss it and then go to work with your fairy garden ideas. Yes, you’ll use plenty of furniture figurines and pieces, but your centerpiece will end up being the life of your barbecue event. For instance, you can even have tiny ice chests, miniature corn on the cobs and lots more. Really enjoy building this one! You’ll be helping eliminate your carbon footprint by recycling an old piece of junk and making it into something beautiful.

4. Have A DIY Fairy Garden Tea Party

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Charming and exquisitely beautiful are words that best describe this enchanting garden. The perfect piece to go in a corner of your fairy garden or on your kitchen window sill, this one piece of home decor goes with just about any home design or style. Be aware, however, that little fairy garden designs such as these require a good size tea cup. Having gotten one, let your fairy garden ideas and imagination run wild with tiny figurines of furniture like a chair or tiny mushrooms to accent the rest of the tea cup.

5. A Garden Within Your Garden

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Make an enchanting prototype for your backyard area with a mini-garden display such as this one. A tiny outdoor backyard shed centralizes the basic design for this home or outdoor piece. A tiny greenhouse and accompanying umbrella-style clothes hanger lend to the authenticity of this design. Simply mark off your chosen herbs in respective aisles, and you’re set to start using them in your favorite salads. While you’re at it, don’t forget to wrap your garden hose tight, so it won’t unravel to the ground.

6. Hit The Road Jack!

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One of the cutest fairy garden ideas is this unique camp setting with a tiny RV waiting for you to step inside. Along with a folding picnic table and food stuff on top, you’ll soon be planning your own road trip. Be sure to pack your lunch in the two tiny picnic baskets, and take along your portable swing for the youngsters. Accenting your camp setting with natural succulents will add to the allure of your little RV campsite.

7. Spring Time In The Rockies

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A tiny wooden bird house, miniature figures and peat moss are all that you’ll basically need to create this delightful mini-fairy garden. Miniature flowers, pieces of twig and pine cone shingle tiles will help decorate this mesmerizing scene. Whatever you do, remember to add plenty of color to your Rockies display–you know, fairies love flowers. A beautiful piece of accessory in any home style, this springtime in the Rockies goes well either outdoors under an awning or inside a back porch area. If you run out of roofing materials, then try using pieces of dead leaves glued on the roof top. Actually, any natural material will do the trick.

8. Relaxing In Central Park

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What city doesn’t need a designated park area to refresh its residents? Well, if New York City needs one, then so do you. An easy to make and easy to display presentation, this little miniature garden is waiting for a visit from fairies and visitors alike. Smaller in size than other displays, it’s a perfect fit as a centerpiece or a corner piece on a picnic table. You’ll have to get some tiny accessories like the lamp post and little park bench, but it’ll be worth it as visitors stop by for ice tea and ask about your Central Park mini-garden.

9. Weirdly Strange Fairy Garden Idea

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You’ll be wondering if there are fairies, or warlocks, living in this spooky shack. After a while, you’ll see it’s all in fun. This fairy garden design is not typically the best piece to use in a design filled with exquisite Victorian home decor. However, for rustic, outdoor settings, it’ll blend in just right. What can you decorate with? Well, just about with anything; moreover, nothing has to really match. What can you call this home design? How about a weirdly strange magical junk yard?

10. A Quiet DIY Fairy Garden Wishing Well

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“Oh, I wish I were a wishing well,” goes the nursery rhyme. Well, wish no longer as you can create your very own beautiful, fairy garden design. Using a tiny wishing well easily bought at any hobby supply store, and painting a string of match sticks attached together with dental floss to make the proverbial white picket fence, you’ll have your own DIY fairy garden to wish for all that you ever wanted.

11. Beach People

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You couldn’t get it much more easier than this–or more laid back and casual. A variation on our number 6 in fairy garden ideas, this one is even easier to put together as you simply gather a metal rim container from some device or metal wash pan, plant a tiny palm tree and string out the beach lights across a piece of thread or dental floss. An old, toy van or yellow school bus adds the finishing touches as you get your porch ready for an all day fun-packed trip to the beach. Put in tiny, shimmering, turquoise marbles, and you have a beautiful ocean front design for your DIY fairy garden presentation.

12. Some Enchanted Evening

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Creative, alluring and totally mesmerizing, this creation for your fairy garden is something you can use during all the seasons of the year. Once Christmas time arrives, simply substitute the tiny blue flowers for striking red Poinsettias, and put some cotton on top of your roof for some faux snow. During spring and summer, leave the landscape as originally shown, and let your imagination do the rest. Fill your miniature fairy garden with pebbles, larger size stones or coffee beans if you have any handy.

13. Great For Outdoor Garden Sales And Bazaars

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This arrangement of your magical fairy garden can be easily presented at your local garden show or church bazaar. The best part of all is that it lends itself as a perfect gift item. Many exhibitors of fairy garden ideas don’t hesitate when asking those interested in buying, “Just what kind of a theme would you like? You can pick this item later during the week if you’d like.” Later, buyers simply pick up their custom-made garden, and off they go to deliver their uniquely prepared gift item.

14. Your International Fairy Garden

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With an obvious touch of Bonsai and another touch of something Mediterranean in mind, your home design won’t suffer from any identity crisis. This miniature fantasy garden concept goes well in almost any place you display it. With a tiny flair of a Japanese garden setting, a blossoming fruit tree and Spanish clay pots alongside a wooden park bench, you can see how this creative design touches all of the bases regardless of your home style and design. For a more dramatic flair, paint the container base with contrasting colors to the surroundings you’ll be placing the display in.

More mini-fairy garden design ideas on the next page…

There’s something magical going on in gardens. It’s a trend which started in America and is slowly but steadily growing in popularity in the UK. If you go down to your garden centre today it’s likely you’ll find a section devoted to…fairy gardens.

It’s very easy to be a bit dismissive about them, but I defy you to look at one of these gardens and not smile. They are enchanting, the detail and devotion will engage you, and, if it has that effect on adults, just think how bewitching they are for children.

What are they?

They are miniature gardens filled with magic. Tiny houses, chairs, lawns and ponds – fairy worlds which you can create in any space you have – inside or out. A corner of a flower bed, under a tree, in a pot on the patio; they are so small they’ll fit in any space. The best fairy gardens have a level of precision from the tiny napkins next to the plates on the table, to the ‘smoke’ coming out from the chimney.

Fairy Gardens UK

Mulberry Burrow, £25.95, Fairy Gardens UK

How did the trend start?

Since gardens came about there’s probably been a tendency to make miniature kingdoms in the garden. Japanese bonsai dates back over a thousand years, but this latest boom can be traced back to fairy doors; tiny doors made to nestle into crevices of a tree. Five to 10 centimetres high and intricately detailed and decorated, they spark children’s imagination and, when they appear, kids start to leave notes and presents for the fairies. In the US, the door trend has blossomed into quite a movement and it’s starting to catch on here. In October this year, the Daily Mail said these doors had appeared all over woods in Devon and Somerset, and shortly after that, the BBC reported they’ve started popping up in Oxfordshire.


Who are they for?

Well of course, children love them – they are mesmerized by the intricate details and the sheer wonderful enchantment of them. But there are plenty of adults too who just love to muck about arranging and rearranging, building and buying new bits and bobs, and getting it to look just right. Something which started with just a door, develops into a mail box, a pond, tiny woodlands and paths, seats and…well, a whole miniature world.

It’s a cliché but it’s true – they are for ‘children of all ages’ and how far you go with it is limited only by your imagination.


Luxury Frog and Lily Pond, £14.95, Fairy Gardens UK

How to start?

One of the many wonderful things about fairy gardens is that you can start small and build up over time. So, put your toe in the water with just a bench or a door, but choose your scale carefully when you start as you need to keep the same scale throughout or it will look odd. Most accessories you can buy are very tiny – houses typically are under 30cm high – but if you make things yourself you can choose a larger scale. Because they started in the US the scales of bought accessories tend to be imperial – typically 1:12 (one inch to one foot).


Garden houses, furniture and accessories available from The Fairy Garden Shop

Getting serious

If you get bitten by the fairy bug there is a world out there to explore. There are themes and stories to tell, just as full size gardens can have a cottage or a classical theme, these tiny gardens can be fashioned along similar lines. A popular way to build a garden is around a fairy tale – Rapunzel or Alice in Wonderland, it’s a wonderful way to capture the imagination of a reluctant reader – children will rush to the book to get more information for the garden. At this tiny scale, gardens don’t have to be what we’d traditionally call gardens – you can build tiny mountains and deserts, farms and undersea worlds. If the garden is for children and they turn their noses up at fairies, try elves and gnomes or widen the action to the surface of the moon, or a chocolate factory. These gardens are not bound in any way like the full size world – they are completely open to imagination and children will supply that in spades!

The Fairy Garden Shop

All items from The Fairy Garden Shop


Large Starter House Kits, £49.95, and Princess Tower, £28.95, both from Fairy Gardens UK

Where to buy

You can buy all the accessories: tiny furniture, gazebos, wishing wells and cottages either at your local garden centre or online but you can also make your own with lolly, match and cocktail sticks, wire and modeling clay. These projects are small enough to do in an afternoon. A pair of curtains 1cm long is easy and quick to sew and it really doesn’t matter if the finish isn’t perfect, it all adds to the charm.


Fairy Boot House, £48, Fairy Gardens UK

What are the best plants?

Alpine plants and succulents are often ideal for fairy gardens – pretty and compact. A great tip is to buy tiny plants and then keep the plant in its pot and sink it into ground to restrict growth.

Top 7 best plants:

  1. Mind your own business (soleirolia soleirolii)
  2. Miniature daisy (bellium minutum)
  3. Miniature ivy (hedera helix ‘Miniature Knight’ )
  4. Sempervivum (sempervivum ‘Speciosum’ )
  5. Corsican mint (mentha requienii)
  6. Oxalis (oxalis corniculata)
  7. Stonecrop (sedum album Faro form)

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What is a Fairy Garden?

A Fairy Garden is a miniature garden complete with structures and actual living plants. It is designed to give your green thumb a place to tend year-round and to lure fairies and with them, good luck, to your home. It’s a tiny space created and tended with love. The design and components are limited only by your imagination.

What is a Fairy Gardening® Kit?
Fairy Gardening, Inc. has created a Fairy Gardening® kit and many would-be gardeners find it is easiest to start their first garden this way. The kit includes everything you need to create a beautiful dwelling for fairies and plants including:

  • Box for planting
  • A lid that becomes a saucer
  • Soil
  • Arbor with bench
  • Birdbath
  • Wheelbarrow
  • Tiny pebbles to form a path
  • Fairy Dust

The Perfect Gift
Fairy Gardening® Kits are beautifully packaged and make the perfect present for anyone from you to your children, parents, grandparents and friends. The kits are a truly unique gift item that will thrill anyone from age 4 to age 104.

These “green places for small spaces” work well in any space making them ideal for someone who is downsizing or someone who is trying to find the perfect centerpiece for a patio table.

Fairy Gardening® kits make great indoor gardens year-round. And, it just so happens that fairies make fantastic house guests since as they are too little to make messes and too polite to make noise! Plus when your fairies are ready for some fresh air, you can move your garden outside. Fairy Gardens are a wonderful way to enhance an outdoor living space or garden in the spring and summer throughout most of North America.

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