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DIY whimsical fairy garden

Have some whimsical fun outdoors this Summer by creating a magical Fairy Garden using your imagination and a few inexpensive supplies. It’s super simple to get in on this trend and can be as elaborate or as simple as you’d like it to be.

What is a Fairy Garden?

A Fairy Garden is a miniature garden designed to lure in fairies and bring good luck to your home. I love that it’s fun for all ages!

Supplies Needed for Fairy Garden Hip2Save.com

What do I need to make a Fairy Garden?

1.) Container- Find or pot, planter, bucket, or container that will fit the items you’d like to use. I used a 16 inch Hanging Basket with liner and filled it with potting soil.

2.) House or Houses- Fairy houses come in all different price ranges. To save money, I opted to paint my own bird houses found in the Walmart craft aisle for less than $1. I used craft paint and paint pens to embellish each of these birdhouses. I also coated each painted birdhouse with Mod Podge to seal them and to keep each painted house from fading.

Painted Bird Houses for Fairy Garden

3.) Decorative Rocks, Moss and Pebbles- Make a pathway or waterway around your house using rocks and/or pebbles. I was able to find these items at Dollar Tree and also grabbed some flat blue marbles that I opted to use as water! I also sliced sticks and branches to make little cute stepping stones and I love that these items are free! I glued pebbles to one roof and added moss to the roof of the other house to embellish.

Easy Frugal Fairy Garden Hip2Save.com

4.) Miniature Accessories- The options are endless when it comes to finding cute Fairy Garden miniature accessories both online and in your local craft store. I chose to use this fun 48 Piece Fairy Garden Accessory Kit which includes ladybugs, birds, ducks, light posts, and more. This Miniature Twig Bench is also featured in my garden! I used hot glue on the smaller pieces to attach them to the rocks, houses, and bench so they wouldn’t fall off or blow away. You could even create a fence using popsicle sticks and shape mushrooms out of clay if you really want to get crafty!

5.) Plants- Use plants that grow best in your climate. I prefer succulents because they are easy to take care of and require very little water.

Hip Tip: Before planting, first map out where you’d like your houses to fit. Also plan where to place a pebble or rock pathway. Finish by arranging all the small accessories.

My kids and I had a blast doing this! Even if I didn’t have kids, I would still enjoy making one or two of these for my patio! So much fun.

Fairy Garden Example from Hip2Save

My Hip2Save colleague, Michelle, created a fantastic Fairy Garden with her daughter using this cute Fairy Garden Cottage along with an adorable 2 inch Miniature Picket Fence. They did a great job – SO CUTE!


 Lina (lina@hip2save.com) loves cooking new recipes, thrift store shopping, and DIY home decor projects. 
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  1. Judy

    So cute. I love it!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Thanks Judy!

  2. Catie

    Love this!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Thanks Catie!

    • Annie

      Just love it

  3. PL

    Can’t wait for my daughter to turn 7 (she is 1 now) to try build this with her. Its so adorable.

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      So fun!

    • BRT

      She doesn’t need to be 7, we have one and my 2 and 5 year old love it!

  4. Jenna

    We have a neighbor who has one in some shrubs next to the sidewalk. We have to stop and look at all the pieces every time we go on a walk (4 and 2yo). I think it’s sweet that they put it out there for others to enjoy!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Oh that is nice!! 😍

    • Angie

      So sweet & what a lovely idea so that others may stop & enjoy too 💗💗

  5. Kkilmer

    We have one outside by our daffodils. We actually had “fairies” visit last year too. My daughter loves going out and checking it in the mornings and we buy additional houses or other items when we are at craft stores.

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Oh how sweet!

  6. Tracy

    How cute. I think I want to make one for my 26 year old bf for the house. Superheroes would be fun theme.

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Yes! Great idea 😀

  7. Kelly

    My mom has been doing this since forever! She has an indoor one in a giant glass fish bowl.

  8. Rachel

    Off topic, but is anyone else having problems entering codes on the Huggies website? I’ve been trying for about an hour, and am having a really difficult time getting it to accept the codes.
    Tomorrow is the last day to enter, and I have a ton to put in before then? TIA 😊

  9. amy

    i did not know that Huggies was not taking points anymore. ahhhh. so much for my bin full of them. now back on topic, garage sales and estate sales are awesome places to get parts for fairy gardens.

  10. Elizabeth

    Big Lots and Dollar Tree both have great stuff for fairy gardens as well. 🙂

  11. NguyenloiMoving

    My children love fairy garden alot. Thank for your sharing. I save it to do for my children

  12. sdgirl

    Cute idea!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh fun! Thanks for sharing Claudia!

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