Make a Fairy Garden in a Broken Pot
Recycle a Broken Pot for a Delightful Miniature Garden
Adding tiny plants, miniature garden elements and some imagination, one creates a fairy garden. If your planting space is limited, make the little garden in a planter or pot.
A variation on this is to use a large broken pot to make a fairy garden. You can call it a pixie or gnome garden if you want. It's a great project to do with a child. Actually the child is optional. Many grown-ups like making these imaginative little gardens.
This page focuses on the broken pot gardens. How they are made. How to accessorize them. What plants work well for them.
Get ready for some fun making one of these.
The Elements Used in Their Garden
Plants: kalenchoe (pink flowers), cockscomb (red and also yellow flowers), moss,
Other Elements: small gravel, fragments of the pot for steps, larger stones on each step, small painted mushrooms, a fairy house and two small fairy figures.
Here's Jenna's description of her project: "I got lots of ideas from Pinterest, And did my research first and loved the look of the broken pot gardens. I started with three terracotta pots:- the main large one, a medium for the front level, and a small one. I broke my pot kinda like cracking
I started with three terracotta pots:- the main large one, a medium-sized one for the front level, and a small one. I broke my pot kinda like cracking an egg, on the edge of some concrete. I smashed it way too hard but still managed to make use of all the pieces and the soil really holds it together, " just tap it lightly"!! All my moss was from a friend. They had found it for me under a leaking air conditioner, I spray it with water daily. I tried to use shrubbery to suit
All my moss was from a friend. They found it for me under a leaking air conditioner. I spray it with water daily. I tried to use shrubbery to suit my conditions, But did place a little palm in just because it was cute.
My fairy house and ornaments were from an online shop called Garden Sparkle. They have the most enchanting little pieces. My next project is to make a fairy waterhole with a fountain."
Here's a Bigger View of the Broken Pot Fairy Garden
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Broken Pots Turned into Fairy Gardens - Lots of Examples
Do You Have a Broken Clay Pot?
The broken pot fairy gardens that I've seen use fairly large clay pots. These are plain, quite ordinary red clay pots.
I've seen some pretty ones done with colorful glazed pots. One was a brilliant blue.
Look around your garden shed or back porch to see if you happen to have a damaged pot already. Even one with a crack in it is a good excuse to grab it for your project.
No Broken Pot? - You Can Get One to Break for This Project
I'd suggest asking all your friends first and looking around at yard sales and thrift stores. Maybe you can find an inexpensive pot to break for your project. You never know what you'll find at Goodwill or the Salvation Army.
Yard sale prices are often just ten cents on the dollar. If you don't spot any right away, ask the seller if they have any flower pots. Here are my tips for Yard Sales.
If you can't find one, then you can buy a perfectly good pot to transform into a broken pot. You can even order one from Amazon if you want one delivered to your door.
How to Cut the Pot into Pieces
Cutting the pot is a job for the grown-up. The site below recommends soaking the pot before cutting with the special tool. Do this outside as there is a lot of dust. Read her article for more tips.
- Broken Pot Garden- Home for a Gnome! | The Garden Diaries
This professional gardener shows the steps for cutting a section out of the pot's side. She used a Dremel tool with a carbide tile cutting tip. Go to her page to see how she did this.
- The Realm of Fairy- Creating Fairy Gardens | The Garden Diaries
This is another page from that same gardener. She gives a great list of plants and materials to use with a fairy garden. Check out the tutorial for the tiny house with pine cone petals forming the roof.
Cut the Pot with a Rotary Tool - Like the Dremel Shown Here
I would think you could score along the line where you want the pot to break. Then tap it with a mallet to break along that scored line.
I noticed in one video that she was not bothering with a tool like this. She just put the pot on a soft surface and tapped with a hammer to break off smaller pieces to place where she wanted.
Be alert to sharp points on the shards of pottery, particularly if using a ceramic pot. You can sand these edges down with the rotary tool.
Here's your basic Dremel rotary tool. Maybe you have one already in the garage or where you keep tools.
I've had ones with a cord, but like the cordless one better as I'm always getting tangled in the cord or don't have an electrical plug nearby. You'll want to cut up your pot outside so the dust isn't all over your garage.
One Method for Cutting a Clay Pot with a Dremel
Dremel Tile Cutting Bit
This is the bit for tidying up the jagged edges on a broken flower pot or for transforming an unbroken pot into one you can use for this project.
Find Ideas on Pinterest
Look for Moss for the Miniature Garden
I'm fortunate that I have some great moss growing right in my own yard. Look around in shady areas, maybe you have some too. Check with your friends if they have any in their yards. It doesn't take much for this project.
If not, you can order some from Amazon. I don't have any luck finding it at local garden centers.
More Tips for Planting Moss in a Miniature Garden
Almost every fairy garden that I've seen includes some moss. It's the perfect low-growing plant for a miniature garden. The plush moss is easy to care for and there are many kinds to choose from. Here's an article with more detail on this: Plant Moss In Your Fairy Garden.
Moss Suitable for a Miniature Garden
I like the variety they show here. It gives different textures to arrange in your fairy garden.
Demonstration of Placing the Parts of the Broken Pot and Planting It
Choose Some Succulents for the Mini Garden in Pot
Succulent plants are ones like hen-and-chicks. They come in a wonderful variety. The really tiny ones look great snuggled up next to a larger one in a fairy garden.
Some have thorns so I'd avoid the thorny ones if you're working with a child on this project. The collection shown here doesn't appear to have any thorns with it.
They send off shoots with new plants, so check with your gardening friends. They might have starts to give you.
You Can Order a Selection of Succulents Online
You'll find some succulents at your local nursery or Walmart garden center. These are from Amazon and it gives you 20 plants. That's a really good selection.
Check with Friends for Plant Starts
Notice the succulent shown below. It has babies all around it. If you have a gardening friend, they can probably give you a start from their plant.
Use Succulents for the Cracked Pot Garden
Cover all bare soil with plants, moss, or stones so the dirt won't wash away when you water.
Here's Another Succulent
Top Your Potted Fairy Garden with This Charming House - It's just the right size for the little people
Isn't this mushroom shaped cottage perfect for the fairy folk! The orange top adds some color to your miniature landscape.
Video Showing How to Make a Fairy Garden in a Broken Pot
Ways to Involve the Child with This Project
- Have them collect smooth pebbles to make a walkway up to the fairy garden. They can use the pebbles to make steps going up the side or to secure the soil between plants.
- If you need the pot broken down into smaller bits for steps or to bank the soil. Cover the broken piece of the pot with a rug and let the child pound on it a few times. The rug should keep shards from flying about.
- Have the child accompany you to a nursery and choose the right size plants for the project.
- Let them choose which plant to place where in the planter. If they are fairly dexterous show them how to situate the roots in the soft soil and to press the soil around the plant to hold it in place.
- Find odds and ends around the house that can be made into accessories for the fairy garden. They can glue together popsicle sticks to make a sign. Let them decide on the wording like "Fairies welcome" or "Mike's Garden." They can mark that on the sign with a medium point marker.
- Let them keep the plants green and healthy. Give them a plastic spray bottle (one is shown below) and show them how to fill it. Then let them mist the ferns and mosses and succulents to keep them thriving.
More Tips for Planting a Broken Pot Garden with Succulents
Invite a Fairy to Your Garden
More by Virginia Allain, the Fairy Garden Specialist
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© 2013 Virginia Allain