DIY: Container Fairy Garden

March 15, 2013

My kids and I are eagerly anticipating the arrival of spring. Bright colors, warmer temperatures, and more daylight are just a few reasons we love this season. Since my daughter loves fairies, we decided to make a fairy garden, made complete with a homemade fairy house. With a simple design and a few secrets, you can make a container fairy garden in as little as one hour and very little money.


We began our project with some brightly-colored paint. My kids each were assigned a side of the terra cotta pot. The only rule is that the design had to match up all the way around. Once they finished painting the sky, clouds, grass, fairies, and flowers, we were ready to move on.


The number one trick to save money on this container garden is to reduce the amount of dirt required. I accomplished this by placing a terra cotta saucer inside the pot. This cut the depth by two-thirds, thus saving money on potting soil. Reducing the amount of dirt also reduces the weight of the pot. It is much easier to move and can be carried without breaking your back.


We decided to incorporate a mix of colors and textures in our container. For the pathway we chose Irish moss. In hopes that we can keep everything alive indefinitely, we planted perennials and bulbs. Bright yellow, purple, and variegated leaves make this container joyful and happy for any visiting fairy.

Fairy House

This house was made in about 30 minutes. I used materials we already had in my husband's workshop, so it was free! If you don't have access to materials, you may choose to modify an unfinished bird house or purchase an already-made fairy house. Our fairy house is made of 1x4s for the roof, quarter-inch plywood for the sides, small branches and acorn tops for the decorative elements. We were going for a more rustic look, but you may want to have your kids paint their fairy house.

The Finished Look

The kids and I were very excited to complete our very own container fairy garden. We placed the pot on a small table on our front porch. Afterwards, we inserted a glass plant watering ball we picked up for only $0.97. The total cost for this project was around $40, but it's possible to do it for less if you already have a pot, saucer, and dirt. These three things accounted for half of the cost. The plants and flowers were around $20.

It is great to spend time with the kids doing something fun. This project is filled with teachable moments including discussions about: 1.) what's in potting soil; 2.) the difference between annual and perennial; and, 3.) whether or not fairies are real. I encourage you to do a fun project with your kids or grandkids to get them excited about spring!

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1 comment:

  1. Very cute and as you said, a great way to spend time with kids. Fun and informative are my favorite craft adjectives. Thanks for sharing.


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