How to create your own beautiful miniature fairy garden.
Everyone admires my tiny fairy garden's coming into our yard. How do you create a small fairy garden? First of all you need to think about what kind of container you will use. Where will you place it. What kind of plants will you be using ? Do they need a large or small container? Will you be able to move the pot latter? How will you water them with a hose or a water container? Are the plants likely to need a lot of pruning or will they grow slowly. You need to think about these questions prior to you setting it up. I will take you through step by step how I made mine. Hope this inspires you to create something cute at your home. These also make lovely gifts.
I have created a few things the hard way. But you do learn fast what works and what doesn't. Will you need a sunny spot or a shade area under cover. Will you be watering it frequently or hardly ever. Now I also made sure I purchased some little feet for the container for easy moving and drainage when watering it.Then lastly you will need to decide if the fairy item's you are putting into it will be fine out side in the weather or need to be under cover. So I have created a number of tiny garden's this week. I took photo's step by step so you could see what I did first.
First I went down to my local nursery and choose a lovely big solid pottery pot. I choose this green one in photo's. They were half price even better so I was very happy to get it for $40.00 pretty cheap as this was so big I had trouble carrying it empty up my 20 steps and steep driveway to my veranda. Took a bag and a half of soil to fill it up.
So the next step is to start to create your garden with the main item in first for size. I decided to put in this little faux brick pavement in and check my room left for plants.
Now I have been wanting to make a fairy garden for a long time with the idea of setting up photo's of my fairy food and table settings for sale for a while. So thought I would create the perfect fairy garden entertainment area.
My Tips and tricks as I go.
- First add your soil to your chosen pot or container.
- Fill it up with soil. I use gloves and am very mindful of ventilation and not breathing in dirt particles. ( Keep in mind when making your garden's please) But I also like to use a spoon ( well after all we are talking small mini spaces. So a spoon makes for a perfect tool for fairy garden's. You may be far more fancy than myself that's not hard. I like to sway on the more eccentric side of life! Hence why I live my life making homes, and gardens for the Fae...
- Start to have some kind of plan in your mind for your garden's theme you want to achieve. I like to start with the largest area first. In this case it was my fairy brick stage. If you plant everything first then try to add it you will run into trouble for room.
- Think about the plants and how they grow, season, it is important. You don't want it looking pretty for 3 weeks then suddenly you have to rip it all out because your plant has died. That's why I tend to use succulents they are good all year round.
- Then start from the back and work forward to the front planting your plant's one by one.
- Try to find coloured stones, sand to add to your garden it gives it a little area to breath in. I also finish off with a light dusting of fairy dust (glitter) this just adds again some magic and in moderation will not hurt your plants.
A good tip is to go down on your knees and look every now and then from close eye level. Look with your fairy eye's I say. (You need to think like Fae and see the garden as if you are their height and see it all looks right. (Think small is key) I do this many times to check all is in scale to my garden setting. If you were that small walking or sitting in this garden you wouldn't want to brush past a huge plant to get to the steps or sit down.
Always check in as you go. I like to add small foliage in the front. You need to be mindful what plants will grow faster or need trimming. These days there are lots of great fake plants out there too. Sometimes you can add fake in with the real and you can't tell at all. This is great for small area's like the tiny pot plants on the steps. I mostly use polymer clay plants for the tiny pot plants in and around my setting's. They look so cyte and nice and bright.
It's all the tiny things that really bring your mini garden to life. I have made some of these little decoration's like this little stone bird bath and mushroom's. So once you have filled all your garden in and are satisfied it all looks good. You can then go to work to finish it off how you like.
Remember sometimes less is more. A place to sit and contemplate fairy musing's is perfect space to reflect on and loose yourself in a creative meditation space. I have attempted to meditation many times over the years. But I find for me to create a new garden is really the same thing. I clear my mind and think outside the square when I create a fairy door, house or garden. It is just like meditation to clear your mind and sit with a cup of coffee and take yourself to this little place you created in your mind. I find it very relaxing to make them and tend them as they grow and thrive.
Don't forget to explore your little garden closely. If you create it right you can add or remove pieces easily. I choose two pots in the same colour and size. But you can mix it up with variety, colour, shape and size too. I tend to use succulents a lot as they are growing very well in my garden and thrive. They are cheap and easy to snap and stick else where. If something grows to fast I just break it to the height, size I want and stick that piece somewhere else. So it does become a cheap option. They also don't need a lot of watering which for a lazy gardener like me it's a no brainer. I like to use different coloured ground cover for fun. Some people like to use plain natural colours and stones. I don't mind looking over bright for a fairy garden.
Then once you have finished you can change and add different things to suit your mind of season. Kids love to also help to make miniature gardens. It allows them to use their imagination and that my friends is wonderful. If you are into making fairy items like me then this is the best way to show your item's off. Make a little scene that you can change and explore further. I hope I have inspired you enough to get out there with your own bit of dirt and spoon and garden away. I always love to see and hear feedback, so be sure to drop me a message or follow me on pinterest or face book page. "Inspired by fae"
I have also added some miniature fairy lights to this setting. So at night near our BBQ we can turn on the fairy lights and enjoy the magic of these little garden's at night time.
I just love these little battery fairy lights don't you? They look great at night really bring it all to life. I think it all adds a little magic to the over all scene and feel to the project. I am sure the Fae will love them too.
Here are my two new fairy miniature gardens I created over the last school holidays on my front balcony ready to enjoy when I am out there with a cup of coffee or a family BBQ. The second pot was created in exactly the same way. It can be changed to suit. This pot has a fairy house in it. Both pots will be easy to maintain and no leaves on them in autumn which I love that idea. My other garden's get hammered with leaves and nuts with 3 large adult size liquid Amber trees above them.