Fairy gardens are a huge hit right now, and my boys wanted to join in. They have been wanting a small indoor garden that they can help out with, so I thought a fairy garden to go with our Fairy Mobile would be a great idea! We decided that we would try out a succulent fairy garden and make it a family activity.
This fairy garden was pretty easy to create together and you can make your own in various types of containers. Keep in mind that with succulents, they can be drought resistant, but that is after they are established, so you will want to keep them watered to start with. Unfortunately, my toddler ended up getting too excited about the garden the other day, after it sat untouched and flourishing for some time, and he broke several of the plants, but we plan to do a little maintenance to fix it. The ones you see in the left bottom corner were having issues falling apart from the start, so I would not recommend choosing that particular kind of succulent.
What You Need
- Some type of pot or unfinished wooden dish or shadow box (I used a square hanging shadow box from Michael’s, laid flat, so we will stick with that for the tutorial)
- Clear spray shellac spray
- Cork (you can find round cork pieces in the garden section, for at the bottom of pots, but we purchased square pieces and cut them to size)
- Rocks/pebbles (we purchased polished gravel)
- Painter’s tape/masking tape
- Cactus, Palm, & Citrus Potting Mix
- Fairy garden decorations (we used a broken pot/plate piece, pebbles, a curved piece of wood, sand, a mini turtle, glitter, and a fairy house)
In a well-ventilated area, spray the entire unfinished wood shadow box with spray shellac to seal it. If needed, do a couple layers. Let dry completely before moving on.
Cut the cork to fit neatly into the bottom of your box. The cork will help the water to drain properly.
Add a thin layer of rocks to the bottom of the dish. Do not cover the bottom completely. This is just an added way for water to drain, beyond the cork. If you have smaller rocks for this, it would work better, but I just used the ones we’d gotten for the decorations.
Add masking tape around the top ledge of the frame and pour some of the dirt over the rocks and cork. Do not fill all the way, as you will finish this off after you are finished planting the succulents. Leave the tape on until you are finished with the messy dirt parts.
Choose where you want your succulents and plant them, adding some extra dirt around them to make sure they are in place and the roots are covered. The thing I learned about this dirt is that it likes to pool the water and run, so try to plan it so you can get water to the plants without completely ruining the decorations or making the wood dirty. You can always fix it, but I have had a better time with some of the succulents grouped in the corners. I used a variety to give the garden more interest.
Add some decorative rocks. You can add a lot around the edges or move them around to make a path like we did, with a few extras around here and there.
Begin adding your fairy decorations. Place the fairy house and scoop some sand to make a path and line it with decorative rocks.
My toddler loves turtles, so we found him a tiny turtle to add.
Find fun extra items you can add. We found a curved piece of wood in the yard and turned it into a bridge, then I took a piece from a broken pot and added it between the succulents to give it some personality. If desired, add a little shake of glitter to give it a little fairy magic.
I had some extra cork leftover, so I cut a piece to fit half of the rim of the shadow box, just for fun.
We placed the succulent fairy garden underneath our hanging Coloring Page Fairy Mobile.
This is a fun project to do with your children and is fairly easy to take care of. Use your creativity to make the fairy garden your own!
What will you add to your fairy garden? Share with me in the comments! I’d love to hear!