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Make a Fairy Garden in a Broken Pot

Updated on July 29, 2016
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I find fairy gardens enchanting and work the fairy figures and petite plants into my miniature landscaping. Join me, it's lots of fun.

When I saw this lovely example of a broken pot fairy garden, I asked the Johnstons if I could feature it on my page. I'm so glad they were willing to share their garden here to inspire others.
When I saw this lovely example of a broken pot fairy garden, I asked the Johnstons if I could feature it on my page. I'm so glad they were willing to share their garden here to inspire others. | Source

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

You'll need some dirt and a broken pot for this project.
You'll need some dirt and a broken pot for this project. | Source

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.

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.

Dremel 7700-1/15 MultiPro 7.2-Volt Cordless Rotary Tool Kit
Dremel 7700-1/15 MultiPro 7.2-Volt Cordless Rotary Tool Kit

Here's your basic Dremel rotary tool. Maybe you have one already in the garage or where you keep tools.

 

One Method for Cutting a Clay Pot with a Dremel

Dremel Tile Cutting Bit

Dremel 562 Tile Cutting Bit
Dremel 562 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

Here's a sample of the ideas I've collected on my Fairy Garden - Broken Pot Style on Pinterest.
Here's a sample of the ideas I've collected on my Fairy Garden - Broken Pot Style on Pinterest. | Source

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.

Moss Suitable for a Miniature Garden

Live Fairy Garden Assortment for Terrariums - Tree Moss, Small Cushions, Partridge Vines, Teaberry Plants
Live Fairy Garden Assortment for Terrariums - Tree Moss, Small Cushions, Partridge Vines, Teaberry Plants

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.

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

These are called hen and chicks. There are lots of interesting variations on this basic type. The larger plant in the center is the hen and the smaller ones around it are the chicks.
These are called hen and chicks. There are lots of interesting variations on this basic type. The larger plant in the center is the hen and the smaller ones around it are the chicks. | Source

Cover all bare soil with plants, moss, or stones so the dirt won't wash away when you water.

Here's Another Succulent

This one has dark leaves for some contrast in your little garden.
This one has dark leaves for some contrast in your little garden. | Source

Top Your Potted Fairy Garden with This Charming House - It's just the right size for the little people

Georgetown Home & Garden Fairy Garden Mushroom Cottage
Georgetown Home & Garden Fairy Garden Mushroom Cottage

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

Make fairies welcome in your garden by creating a miniature landscape just for them.
Make fairies welcome in your garden by creating a miniature landscape just for them. | Source
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Be on the Lookout for Miniature Pieces to Use in the Fairy Garden

I found these two metal gates at a yard sale for $1 each. What a great find. Check the next photo to see how one looks in use.
I found these two metal gates at a yard sale for $1 each. What a great find. Check the next photo to see how one looks in use. | Source
Isn't it delightful. Keep your eyes open for finds like these at yard sales, in dollar stores and at Goodwill.
Isn't it delightful. Keep your eyes open for finds like these at yard sales, in dollar stores and at Goodwill. | Source

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      i have never thought of using broken flower pots, clever idea

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      rbeaumont@hotmail.it 2 years ago

      Amazing, what you can do with broken pots

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      seegreen 2 years ago

      Really great idea. I probably have a broken pot at the back of my overgrown yard. Maybe I will even find a fairy there!

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      Susanna Duffy 2 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      beautiful! and what wonderful ideas for broken pots!

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      gottaloveit2 3 years ago

      Such great ideas. Thanks! I can do some of these with my pottery.

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      Kathryn Grace 3 years ago from San Francisco

      Such a cute idea and a fun way to introduce children to container gardening. I can see using some trailers, such as purple sweet alyssum, in the taller sections of the largest pot to give the garden a colorful bouquet of hair.

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      Virginia Allain 3 years ago from Central Florida

      @hntrssthmpsn: Brilliant idea. Please let me know when you post it so I can come see it.

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      hntrssthmpsn 3 years ago

      These are too cute! I do most of my gardening with the help of a boisterous dog, so I have about 40 broken clay pots. I found a cute tutorial a while back on pinterest for doing little "haunted" scenes in bottles, and I'm tempted to merge it with this idea for Halloween... dark little fairy gardens lining the path to the house would be just too perfect.

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      Virginia Allain 4 years ago from Central Florida

      @anonymous: Have fun with it!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Great tips and compilation of ideas. I have a pot that is mid-split and has a fairy garden destiny.

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      Itaya Lightbourne 4 years ago from Topeka, KS

      What a lovely idea to make use of your broken pots! So cute. :)

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      Elyn MacInnis 4 years ago from Shanghai, China

      What a great idea. I can see using different sorts of pots and coming out with really different looks.

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      DebW07 4 years ago

      I really like this idea. What a fun way to use a broken flower pot.

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      poppy mercer 4 years ago from London

      These ideas are really lovely. I'm inspired to make one myself.

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      Scott A McCray 4 years ago

      Cool idea...now for some time. *sigh*

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      Anthony Altorenna 4 years ago from Connecticut

      Great idea! There always seems to be another cracked terracotta pot lying around, and this is fun way to re-purpose the broken pieces.

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      Michelle Mafra 4 years ago from Corona CA

      Awesome idea!!!

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      NC Shepherd 4 years ago

      I love these little gardens! Just what I need for my doorstep.

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      Angela F 4 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Love these!

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      June Campbell 4 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      This is a totally wonderful idea. I LOVE the little fairy gardens. Perfect for a balcony,.

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      burntchestnut 4 years ago

      What a cool idea! I've seen art projects using broken china or glass, but not garden pots.

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      Virginia Allain 4 years ago from Central Florida

      @anitabreeze: when you see a pin you like, click on the picture and it should take you to the original site (blog or web page) and hopefully they have more instructions there.

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      anitabreeze 4 years ago

      I have some of those same broken pot gardens on my pin boards as well! I have been wondering how to go about making one. Thanks for the inspiration!

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      Dianeyp LM 4 years ago

      I love the spiral step one, these are cute!

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      Rose Jones 4 years ago

      This is amazing! I had no idea you could do so much with a broken pot. Fairies need some place nice to live.

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      ChristyZ 4 years ago

      Very cute and creative!

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