Planter Projects How to Create a Fairy Garden

By: Chelsea Lipford Wolf

Creating a small fairy garden in a planter is an easy and fun way to add a bit of whimsy to your indoor or outdoor living spaces. It’s also a great project to get the kids involved!


get started

Here’s What You’ll Need to Get Started

19″ Acid Stained Window Box

– Fairy Items

– Succulents

– Potting Soil

– Pea Gravel




Choose Your Planter

The first step is to select the right shape, size, and style of planter. You want one that’s relatively short but also wide. Here the 19-inch Acid Stained Planter from Southern Patio was the perfect fit!

You also want to gather a few small, whimsical and fairy-friendly items from your local craft store, fun-looking succulents, and potting soil!


Add a Sturdy Base

If you’re using a larger item like the mushroom-shaped hut, you’ll want to add a sturdy base for it. Otherwise the dirt can move around underneath as you water and it can lean over time. You can simply use a grow pot from your succulents or use a terracotta plant saucer upside down in the dirt. Bury the saucer or pot so that the dirt is flush with the top of it. That way you won’t see it once the hut is in place!


Add Succulents

With the biggest feature of your fairy garden determined, work your way around the planter adding succulents or other drought-tolerant plants as you see fit!

Here a small bench is incorporated to allow the fairies a place to rest when they come to visit the fairy garden!


Add Pea Gravel

To keep dirt from splashing up on your succulent leaves and garden gnome, it helps to add pea gravel once you are done planting. It also keeps your soil from drying out too quickly.


Choose a Spot for the Fairy Garden

Finally, find a place to set your fairy garden.

It’s sure to put a smile on your face, so somewhere you’ll pass frequently is ideal. A long, skinny planter easily sits on top of deck or porch handrails.



Now that you’ve built it, the fairies will come!