Create Your Own Fairy Garden On A Budget

by Dollars and Sense on April 14, 2022

Are you looking for a fun activity to do with the kids on the school holidays, so they don’t end up sitting around watching TV for the entire time?

Creating your own fairy garden is a great budget friendly way to spend time with your kids, while also teaching them new skills. Plus, the end product is a really cute decoration for either your backyard or inside your house. 

Want to know how to make your own DIY fairy garden? Keep reading and we’ll take you through the process! 

 

Pick Your Base

The first step to creating your own fairy garden is picking the right base or container. You will need to decide on how big you want your fairy garden to be. It can be as small as a mason jar, as simple as a clay pot or as big as a dedicated flower bed in your yard. 

You can even use an old teacup as the base for your enchanting piece, there really is no limit to your imagination. 

Typically though, we recommend you just use a standard pot or bucket for this project. It gives you enough space to have fun and decorate, but it’s not too big that it becomes difficult to maintain it. 

If you plan on growing real plants, you should make sure that you choose a pot that is a decent size with appropriate drainage holes for your soil. 

You can use any pot you have at home, or explore our range of affordable options here or instore. 

 

Choose a theme

While this step isn’t completely necessary, it can help you narrow down what decorations you want to use. There’s a lot of decorations to choose from, so it can be a bit overwhelming if you don’t get specific about what you want. 

It could be as simple as a unicorn theme, with lots of unicorns to accompany your fairies, or you could turn it into a bee garden with bee friendly flowers as well. 

If you want to start growing your own herbs, you could create yours in a herb planter and decorate around your seeds. 

Get creative with your ideas, and start planning out what you want to see in your garden. 

Choose your decorations

Now for the fun part: decorating! 

This is where your creativity can really start to shine through. You can make decorations out of anything you have at home, but a few good staples to have include;

  • A fairy house - somewhere for the fairies to live in and enjoy their time in the garden. It could be an old bottle, a pine cone, a wooden bird house, or one of these super cute figurines.
  • The fairies! What is a fairy garden without someone to inhabit it? - we have fairy figures starting from just $1, so you can get as many or as few as you want. It can be fun coming up with names, personality and stories for each of your figures.
  • Creatures and critters - populating your pot with different creatures is another way to decorate. It could be gnomes, ladybugs, birds or any other animal that you feel deserves to be displayed in your garden set. We have plenty of different options, with many starting at just $1! 
  • Ornaments and set pieces - stepping stones, bridges, beds and tea sets are all common decorations that will make your project look whimsical and sweet. 

These are just the basics, there are so many fairy garden ideas that it can be hard to stop at just one! It’s a good idea to browse online or in store at what’s available and then decide for yourself what you want to include. 

You can use stones and rocks you find at home, as well as different plants and flowers to make your garden unique. If you don’t want to maintain real plants, these succulents are a great option to add some green to your pot. 

If you’re doing this with your kids, you can let them make their own crafts to go along with the fairies. Often their imaginations are the biggest, and they will come up with ideas you would never have thought of otherwise. 

It’s a great family friendly activity, and it’s sure to keep you all entertained for a few days as you gather supplies, brainstorm creative ideas and finally put it all together. 

You can explore our whole range of super adorable and cheap fairies, figurines and decorations here!

 

Ready to start building your own?

By now you should be well and truly ready to start creating your fairy garden. Here is a summary of the basic craft supplies you will need to complete your project:

  • A container - whether it’s a flower pot or an old bucket from home, you will need something to put your garden in
  • Soil - you can buy soil for cheap, or even just use dirt you already have in your garden 
  • Decorations - you can make your own decorations out of bits and pieces laying around at home, or buy some of the super affordable decorations available
  • Seeds - if you want to actually grow some real plants, you’ll need to buy some seeds or plants that have just sprouted

We hope these tips give you some great ideas to get started! 

You can find everything you need and more to create your enchanting garden by shopping at Dollars and Sense. 

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