We’ve been gathering fairy garden ideas and making our own for a few years now. I can’t think of any other activity I do with the kids that’s so much fun to set up. And after the initial set-up, the kids spend hours playing with the gardens and fairies. Everyone loves the fairy garden — from the twelve year old (who likes to give opinions on planting and construction) to the four-year old to everyone in between. The boys and girls play with it differently, but they all play with it. And when you think about all they’re learning — everything from imaginative play to learning to care for plants in the garden to an interest in reading about gardens (you can find some of our favorite garden books in this post) — it’s pretty amazing.
There are fairy garden ideas for every scale — from huge plots or structures to small flower pots. And you can buy miniature furniture and plants at almost any garden store, or you can make your garden using only what you find and make around your own house. The possibilities are endless!
The Magic Onions has an entire section of fairy garden ideas. Check out their How to Make Fairy Gardens post for starters.
The Knitted Garden planted their garden at the base of a tree, with a door for the fairies to make their way in and out.
Although your garden can be as small as a single flower pot, my kids would love this raised fairy garden table from Inner Child Fun, and it would give them lots of room to play.
Tinkerlab’s fairy garden is a great way to get started, using a small whiskey barrel planter. The nice thing about smaller containers is that you can move them about — to the back or front yard, or over in a different area as the sun moves through the seasons. You can even bring them indoors, if you don’t mind a little dirt.
My Small Potatoes’ Fairy Garden is a great example of how many different ways fairy gardens inspire kids to play. Her kids painted rocks to decorate the garden. They planted. They played. So much to do with these gardens!
I love the craft stick ladder in the Buggy and Buddy fairy garden!
And if you need help with your garden decorating:
This magical fairy door from Magic Onions is simple to make with a little Sculpey clay.
And you can make these twig chairs from One Inch World in just a few minutes, using sticks from your own backyard.