If you love fairy gardens and all the magic of miniature decor and wee folk, these 5 tips will help get you started. Discover how to select a theme, choose the right plants, create accessories (and save money), and set up a little world of your own.
For more creative garden ideas, also see Garden Art Ideas.
The Magic of Moss and Imagination
There’s so many wonderful fairy gardens online but it can be daunting to get started. It looks simple but there’s so many decisions to be made and you obviously want it to turn out just right.
These 5 tips will lead you right down that tiny garden path and open the door to creativity.
1 Choose a Theme
Fairy gardens are about storytelling. You set up a scene and the imagination takes it from there.
This first tip makes things so much easier! Instead of assembling a bunch of supplies and hoping they somehow work well together, start with a theme.
Once you have decided this common thread, it makes it really easy to pick supplies and accessories that all work together.
2 Choose a Scale
This means choosing accessories that look right in proportion to one another. You don’t want a giant chair and a tiny table. Or massive plants and teeny houses. Choosing a scale and sticking with it will ensure your fairy garden is pleasing to the eye. Without this step, things may look mismatched and odd.
3 Choose the Right Plants
If you want living plants in your fairy garden, there’s a few decisions to be made. Will this garden be indoors or outdoors? And what style do you prefer? Miniature garden expert Janit Calvo walks us through the options and names her top picks here (including mail order sources).
4 Get Accessories
Here’s where it gets fun. Once you know your theme, and you’ve figured out the scale and plants, it’s time to start decorating. If you’re like me, you may find that these tiny fairy garden decor items can get fairly pricey. This is why I started making a lot of my own from polymer clay. And before you run away, just listen. It’s really not difficult. There’s all sorts of tiny treasures you can make in a matter of minutes that would cost you $10 or more to purchase. Sure, some items (like fairy figurines or a tiny bicycle) are probably best purchased, but all of the little add-ons like flowers, birds, ponds, and the zillions of other simple things you might want can be made by beginners.
- DIY Polymer Clay Charms 101: Getting Started shows everything you need to know to get started with polymer clay miniature making.
- Easy DIY Fairy Garden Decor shows how to make some basic items.
- 5 DIY Fairy Pond Charms with Polymer Clay will get you a sweet, homemade pond (with accessories) in an afternoon.
5 Create Your Fairy Garden
So now you’ve got everything ready. It’s time to put it all together and create your fairy garden. This next post shows an example of how to assemble everything and bring it to life.
Let’s recap. Pick a theme, decide the scale, choose your plants, make some accessories, and you’re ready to create a fairy garden.