How-to Build Your Own Fairy Garden

Garden Center Overstrand

Self-isolation and home schooling the kids can be overwhelming, a great way to feel like you’re escaping it all is to get out in your garden or tend to your windowsill garden. Creating a Fairy Garden is an ideal form of distraction, as well as encompassing PSHE mind wellbeing lessons.


What is a Fairy Garden?

As described by none other than themselves: “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.”

Nowadays, you can base your Fairy Garden around anything that your kids are interested in. Including white sand for a beach theme, small dinosaur figurines for a Jurassic set, or sprinkle some biodegradable glitter for your own unicorn land. Nonetheless, we’ll be covering all the items you need and the steps to take to create a traditional Fairy Garden.


What do I need to build my own Fairy Garden?

One of the best things about building a Fairy Garden is the minimal list of items you need in order to create one. This contains:

  • Potting compost such as Miracle-Gro All Purpose Compost.
  • A potting container with adequate drainage like a terracotta pot.
  • Plants – for example, angel’s tears, leptinella squalida platt’s black, polka-dot plant, wood sorrel, variegated artillery plant, ripple peperomia, and asparagus fern.
  • Twigs and wood mulch.
  • Golden pea shingle, pebbles and clear glass beads.
  • Miniature garden decorations such as a fairy house, water fountain, toadstool, and picket fence. If you don’t have these, you can always make them from items found in your garden or home as we suggest below.


4 easy steps to build a fairy garden

  1. Fill your chosen potting container with your potting compost, once filled to the top, you’re ready to decorate in accordance to your chosen theme.
  2. Spread wood mulch, shingle and pebbles over top of your soil in the designated areas.
  3. Next, you’re ready to get planting. The choice of plants will come down to whether your Fairy Garden is to live outside or on your windowsill. Recommended plants for Fairy Garden’s a small enough that you don’t need to pot too deep in order for them to take. Pick different textures, heights, and colours to create your woodland look, and remember to not overcrowd.
  4. Once all plants have been potted, it’s time to add the finishing touches. E.g. a fairy house to accommodate the fairies, a white picket fence to surround the garden, a water fountain and toadstool as eloquent décor.


In the case that you don’t have some of the components listed above, there are plenty of alternatives. Egg cartons with handmade drainage holes, cuttings from plants around the garden, use soil from your garden instead of potting soil, and decorate with old, unwanted toys.

It really is just that easy, and the kids can get involved and take the lead, whilst providing a space of happiness and comfort for everyone, especially the fairies.


If you make your own Fairy Garden, be sure to tag @gardencentreoverstrand on Instagram, we’d love to see them all!