Designing a Fairy Garden can be a lot of fun – but with so many options and choices it can be overwhelming! Here we will share some of our tips for helping you create a beautiful miniature fairy garden that you absolutely love and adore – and will make a welcoming home for any fairies who may visit!
Here are 12 Fairy Garden Tips to Design the Perfect Fairy Garden:
1. Set a Budget: I could spend thousands of dollars if my budget allowed for that on all the fairy accessories and products out there! Thankfully, you do NOT need to spend that much to create a beautiful fairy garden! We will add many tutorials on our site for creating your own accessories and furniture out of household materials you already own – so do not feel like you need to buy everything you see! Setting a budget will help you narrow down your choices and help you make decisions easier on what plants, accessories, and other materials to buy for your garden. I’ve created simple gardens with my kids for as little as $20.
2. Choose Plants With Similar Growing Requirements: You are going to need to do a bit of research before you hit the nursery or your local home and garden center or even order plants online. You’ll want to make sure that the plants you choose need similar growing conditions, such as needing the same amount of sunlight, water, and soil. While large fairy gardens outdoors may have more flexibility (ie: some parts may get different amounts of sunlight) – for indoor gardens this is an absolute must! See: The Complete Guide to Fairy Garden Plants.
3. Choose a Theme for Your Garden: While this is not absolutely necessary, having a “theme” is going to help you narrow down your choices quite a bit! What kind of fairies are going to live in your garden? What kind of house will they have? What style? You could for example make a Gothic fairy garden, a Tuscan fairy garden, or just an eclectic style all of your own!
4. Draw a Sketch Before You Start: Drawing a sketch, no matter how rough it may be, will give you a good idea of how much space you’re going to need to incorporate all the features you want, as well as help you decide what materials you absolutely want to have in your garden. Be sure to also include a fairy garden supply list to make sure when you head out to the store you get everything you need. You may even wish to “draw” your sketch in the dirt of where you’ll be creating your garden.
5. Err on the Side of Too Big if Container Gardening: If you are creating a container garden, it’s better to have a container that is larger than you think you need than one that is too small to fit everything you want to incorporate into it. Be sure your container is also deep enough for the types of plants you plan on planting in it. Note: Some plants (such as succulents) actually need shallow planters!
6. Choose Unique Textures: Textures will help make your fairy garden seem more realistic. For example, you may mix moss and rocks and grasses to give your garden a wide variety of textures. If using fairy garden furniture or accessories you may wish to use that as a starting point for your textures.
7. Use Slow Growing/Low Growing Plants: Using slow growing and low growing plants will ensure your fairy garden will be able to thrive in the area you’ve chosen to create your garden. See our Complete Guide to Fairy Garden Plants and Grasses for Fairy Gardens for more help on choosing the right plants for your garden.
8. Use a Spray Bottle to Water Plants: A garden hose and even a watering can might completely wash out your garden if you’re not careful! Use a spray bottle for watering and misting your plants thoroughly.
9. Use Dwarf Trees to Add Height to Your Garden: You can find a number of dwarf trees to complete your garden and add some vertical height to the overall appearance. If unable to find Dwarf trees, you can also consider some types of Bonsai trees depending on what other plants you’ll be using to compliment the trees.
10. Try to Stay to Scale: Fairies and their furniture and their homes should be proportional in size in order to be realistic. You don’t want a house that’s smaller than a chair for example! Be sure to double check sizes on anything you purchase for your fairy garden.
11. Check Fairy Garden Images for Inspiration Online: There are thousands of beautiful fairy garden pictures you can use as inspiration to help you choose what you want to include in your garden. Check out the Pinterest Board I created for my handpicked favorites.
12. Expand to Other Miniature Hobbies for Even More Accessories: Model trains, dollhouses – these are just a few examples of types of other miniature hobbies that add thousands of more possibilities for what to include in your fairy homes and gardens. For example, you could find miniature dishes or other things for your fairy gardens.
I hope these 12 tips for designing a fairy garden will help you create a miniature garden you just absolutely love! If you have any tips you’d like to share or questions about anything we’ve mentioned here, comments are always welcome below!