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Fairy Houses and Plants in Your Fairy Garden

Updated on November 9, 2015

Creating a Magical Fairy Garden

Lately my thoughts are turning to springtime and I am feeling the pull to create a Fairy Garden. In my research, I discovered some adorable and lovely photos of Fairy Houses I will share. I will also share suggestions for the types of flowers and plants to include in your Fairy Garden.

I have long been a collector of Fairy statues and figurines both indoors and out. It just makes sense to create a lovely space in the garden where the Fairies will be tempted to visit and hopefully stay.

Fairy Gardens are very popular and one has to wonder why that is so. Perhaps it's because it brings out the playful side in us or maybe it's because we all need to believe in a bit of magic from time-to-time.

It is my hope that my research will help inspire you to create some adorable Fairy Houses and plant some lovely plants and flowers to welcome the fairies to your neck of the woods.

Image courtesy of aussiegall

Mother Nature Offers Lovely Houses - Fairy Houses In Nature

Fairy Houses In Nature
Fairy Houses In Nature

Image courtesy of echoroo

Magical Flowers in Sunlight
Magical Flowers in Sunlight

What is the Best Location?

Where Fairies Love to Play!

The possibilities are endless for where you can locate your Fairy Garden it seems. All the lovely Fairy Gardens that I came across went from being in containers on the patio to hiding under toadstools along a path to the woods. Some were out in the open and others were more hidden away.

I like the Secret Fairy Garden approach myself. From what I've gathered, Fairies are pretty private and shy and really like their space. They probably don't want to be in high traffic areas and tend instead to want an area that is more out of the way.

I have a few spots at the edge of my yard that I think will be just perfect for a Fairy Garden. There is sunlight and shade, a fence, and several trees and bushes all around. It has a very natural and woodsy setting that I think is important to a Garden Fairy. The closer to Mother Nature the garden is, the more I believe the Fairies will enjoy it and be more inclined to stay.

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A Gourd Shaped House - A Whimsical Home

A gourd would make an awesome home for fairies and other magical beings. You can make your own by buying or growing your own gourds and then allowing them to dry. Carve openings for doors and windows and decorate with natural or craft elements. For decorating yours, consider seeds of varying sizes, moss, pebbles, colored glass, sea glass, twigs, and more.

Georgetown Home & Garden Fiddlehead Fairy Miniature Gourd house 7.75" tall
Georgetown Home & Garden Fiddlehead Fairy Miniature Gourd house 7.75" tall

Any Garden Fairies would be proud to have this gourd-shaped house for their home. This adorable little house is 7.75 inches tall and is hand painted. It is covered in a weather resistant finish.

 

How To Make A Fairy House Tutorial - Make Whimsical Houses For Woodland Folk

How To Make a Fairy House for Your Fairy Garden
How To Make a Fairy House for Your Fairy Garden

Image courtesy of Make a Fairy House via their creative commons.

This awesome Make a House Tutorial walks you through how to make your own adorable woodland house with photos and step-by-step instructions. This would be a fun project for yourself or to create along with your little ones.

Places To Find Fairies - Fairies Playing In Your Yard

Fairy Garden Mushrooms
Fairy Garden Mushrooms

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Fairies love places where mushrooms and toadstools grow. Mushrooms not only offer an enchanted atmosphere, the little Fairies also like having a place to hide under when it rains!

Enchanted Teapot House

Old teapots are very inviting and homey feeling to me. I love the look and feel of this very cute little teapot home.

Fairy Houses Photos - From an Enchanted Forest Festival

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Rustic and enchanting fairy houseEarthy and delightfulHidden away and at one with natureVery creative and blend well with natureSo delightfulAdorable little hide awayRustic charmSimple and greenBlending with the surroundingsCinderella would be proud to call this home
Rustic and enchanting fairy house
Rustic and enchanting fairy house
Earthy and delightful
Earthy and delightful
Hidden away and at one with nature
Hidden away and at one with nature
Very creative and blend well with nature
Very creative and blend well with nature
So delightful
So delightful
Adorable little hide away
Adorable little hide away
Rustic charm
Rustic charm
Simple and green
Simple and green
Blending with the surroundings
Blending with the surroundings
Cinderella would be proud to call this home
Cinderella would be proud to call this home

All images above courtesy of - stevendepolo via Flickr Creative Commons

When Fairies Come To Visit

Fairy Garden
Fairy Garden

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Fairy Garden
Fairy Garden

Getting Fairies To Visit and Stay

How To Attract Fairies to your Yard

If you want to have Fairies to share your yard space, you definitely need to have lots of color and shiny things to attract their attention. All plants have their own personal Fairies or Plant Devas that attend them but you might want more Fairies than that.

Along with adding tiny houses and miniature furniture, pretty colorful plants, fragrant flowers and herbs, low growing ground cover, shiny and sparkly garden ornaments will all add to your garden's appeal and will definitely attract Fairies of all sizes and shapes.

Of course you can always add to your garden each season and as you get to know your Fairies more and more. So starting out with simple and colorful plants and garden accessories will be just fine.

Pretty soon, the word will get out and you might need a few more houses and plants to accommodate all the magical folk. One day you'll be sitting in your yard and will notice your Fairy Garden is humming with energy and activity all day long and into the night. That's when you can be sure the Fairies have moved in and decided to stay.

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Adorable Earth Fairy Statues

Aria Indoor/Outdoor Statuette
Aria Indoor/Outdoor Statuette

Aria loves looking at the clouds and loves having a lovely view of the sky. Be sure to find her the perfect spot in your yard. Aria measures 5" L x 5" W x 6" H.

 

Fairies In The Garden

Fairies In The Garden
Fairies In The Garden

By John Anster Fitzgerald (1823-1906)[Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Homes for Fairies - Natures Houses

Fairy Houses . . . Everywhere! (The Fairy Houses Series)
Fairy Houses . . . Everywhere! (The Fairy Houses Series)

This book is filled with photographs of tiny houses in many different settings to help inspire your child and you to build your own fairy house for the garden or indoors.

 

Decorating for Fairies in the Yard - Tutorials and Videos

Click any video to watch. Here are several videos that will help inspire you when creating your Fairy Garden as well as building their Houses and accessories. There are a few how-to videos for building fairy houses as well as furnishings for your garden.

This video shows you how to use your imagination when creating your fairy house from nature.

Making fairy and gnome wooden doors.

Fairy houses built by a craftsman.

More fairy houses.

How to make your first miniature fairy garden.

Miniature and fairy garden ideas.

Al's fairy gardens.

Cute fairy garden homes.

How to make a miniature twig chair. Perfect for fairy gardens!

Different fairy house artists share their work.

Miniature Twig Furniture Set - Made for Indoors or Out

This adorable tiny furniture set is made from resin. It is perfect to set up to invite your fairies or other woodland folk over for a tea party.

Plow & Hearth Miniature Garden Woodland Outdoor Fairy Furniture Set with Chairs, Table, Bench, Birdbath, Planter and Foot Bridge- Resin - Carved Wood Finish - Set of 7 Fairy Furniture Pieces
Plow & Hearth Miniature Garden Woodland Outdoor Fairy Furniture Set with Chairs, Table, Bench, Birdbath, Planter and Foot Bridge- Resin - Carved Wood Finish - Set of 7 Fairy Furniture Pieces

A lovely set of furniture to place in your yard, flower planters, or anywhere else you wish to attract fairies. Set includes two arm chairs, a round coffee table, a crescent bench, a birdbath, a planter and a foot bridge.

 

What's Your Opinion? - Which do You Prefer?

Fairy House and Garden
Fairy House and Garden

Image courtesy of AmberStrocel

What design do you feel is best when adding Fairy Houses to the garden?

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Colorful Flowers and Plants

Flowers in the Fairy Garden
Flowers in the Fairy Garden

Image courtesy of jumpinjimmyjava

Fairy Garden Flowers
Fairy Garden Flowers

What Plants do Fairies Like?

Image courtesy of jumpinjimmyjava

Most all Fairy Garden enthusiasts agree that you need to have at least some bright colored flowers in your garden. Different colors and varying heights add more interest and intrigue to any space and even more so in a Fairy Garden.

If you are building your Fairy Garden in a container, of course you need to keep the size and scope of the container in mind when choosing your plants.

Some pretty ground covering plants such as Wooly thyme (Thymus Lanuginosus), Ornamental strawberry (Rosacae), or Irish moss (Sagina suulata) would look lovely in a container as well as out in a garden.

Many herb plants are thought to be irresistible to Fairies and help draw them for different reasons. Rosemary is a favorite as the Fairies love to hide in its branches. Thyme enchants the Fairies and helps keep too much mischief from breaking out in the garden.

Calendula and Roses are more favorites of Fairies. Primroses are perfect for growing in magical container gardens.

Remember to consider colors as well when choosing the plants for your magical space. Purple plants are favorites of Fairy Royalty, pink flowers will attract gentler and more loving Fairies, and red will draw the more passionate and creative types of Fairies to your yard.

Many trees are also favorites of the Fairies. Pine, Rowan, Cedar, and Apple trees are all favorites and have attractive qualities about them for the Fairies.

For more advice on what plants are attractive to the fairy folk and why, be sure to read this article from Miniature Gardens.

Personally, I don't think you can go wrong when planting your Fairy Garden. If a plant brings you pleasure and is pleasing to the eye or smells wonderful, you can bet there are Fairies that will love them as well.

Miniature Two-Story House - Rustic Charm

Blackthorn Fairy House - 7 1/2" Tall
Blackthorn Fairy House - 7 1/2" Tall

Another adorable home for your fairies. Great for use indoors or out and has lovely details. Measures approximately 6" x 7 1/2" and is weather proof.

 

Or do you have one already? I would love to hear what you think about Fairy Gardens or just say Hi! :)

Is There a Fairy Garden in Your Future?

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      Nadine May 2 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      What an inspiring post on a topic close to my heart. Just now Ive shown new tenants our fairy garden. We build a cottage against the mountain in order to have an extra income and today a mother with tho toddlers came to look. When you type Titanya's cottage into Google you might find my blog with the video. I have written some posts on the landscaping on hubpages but I need to do a lot more.

      I have to share your post especially for my friends who all know my fascination for nature spirits. Well done! Voted up.

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      Judy Filarecki 2 years ago from SW Arizona and Northern New York

      I enjoyed and commented on this 15 months ago and I've enjoyed it even more re-reading it and seeing all your wonder images and videos. I have a lot of natural fairy homes throughout my woods.

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      Itaya Lightbourne 3 years ago from Topeka, KS

      @sierradawn lm: No wonder I love pansies and violets so much! Thank you for sharing this with me. :)

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      sierradawn lm 3 years ago

      I have been making fairy gardens since a small child. My Great Grandmother had one in the far corner of her garden and taught me the lore. Pansies and Violets are also favorites of the fairy folk.

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      marie-churchman 3 years ago

      I really want to do one. Living in the desert, I may need to do it indoors. Sweet article... pretty!

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      Itaya Lightbourne 3 years ago from Topeka, KS

      @LluviaDeArte: Hope you share some photos in an article when you do! :)

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      LluviaDeArte 3 years ago

      Most definitely, we carve wood masks, so I believe we will be making a few fairy doors for our garden. Thank you so much for writing this great lens.

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      LadyDuck 4 years ago

      I like your fairy houses, they are so nice and romantic.

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      Judy Filarecki 4 years ago from SW Arizona and Northern New York

      I love your writing style and whimsical feel to lens. I've been doing some changes to my gardens lately and I can see where A fairy might find some very interesting spots to visit.

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      nrichford lm 4 years ago

      Nice lens.

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 4 years ago from Ljubljana

      No garden here at the moment, but maybe in the future... I am sure fairies will come too:)

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      Itaya Lightbourne 4 years ago from Topeka, KS

      @anonymous: Thank you Tipi! Wonderful to hear you feel the fairies love my style. :)

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      LorLinda 4 years ago from Denver Colorado

      What a lovely lens thank you for sharing it with us very nicely put together.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I'm thinking that you'll have unbelievers converted and looking here and there as to where to start accommodating for fairies in their gardens.....they are such fun and friendly little beings, may they be welcome everywhere! Also, I want to mention that fairies love your style...guess they already told you themselves because I'm getting the feeling that some of them worked with you on getting this just perfect! :)

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      ChristyZ 4 years ago

      Very lovely ideas on how to create a beautiful fairy garden. I love it!

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      VspaBotanicals 4 years ago

      I love, love, love this beautiful natural lens!

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      junkcat 4 years ago

      What a fun sounding project. I can't wait to get started.

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      Sharon Weaver 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      So fun and whimsical. Your photos and ideas are wonderful.

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      Cynthia Haltom 4 years ago from Diamondhead

      Beautiful fairy gardens I need to make one in my little garden that I made after a tree was removed. It would be perfect and certainly add some character to a bare spot.

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      Heidi Vincent 4 years ago from GRENADA

      I think so after looking at these beautiful ideas.

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      Lynda Makara 4 years ago from California

      I don't think the fairies would enjoy my barren backyard but this is a really cute article. I like the fairy houses made with natural materials, especially the one with the stones on the front.

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      Maribel Forayo 4 years ago from Philippines

      I'll be having one soon after reading your lens. Thank you.

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

      I have never heard of a fairy garden before but I am totally captivated.I have only a balcony. Perhaps I will make a balcony fairy garden. This is a great lens.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      So adorable! It's a bit like making a tiny play house... thanks for all the ideas!

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      Renaissance Woman 4 years ago from Colorado

      This is so magical. I find myself smiling as I consider my very own fairy garden. Love the photos, fairies, and tips. The fairy name llana looks like she needs to be perched on the side of a water feature with her toes dipped in the water. :-)

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      RedHairedRockHead 4 years ago

      I love this idea!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I totally love this lens, its charming as can be. :)

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      Itaya Lightbourne 4 years ago from Topeka, KS

      @EmeraldWillow LM: Thank you EmeraldWillow! Hope you write about your garden when it is finished. :)

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      EmeraldWillow LM 4 years ago

      Our family is already working on it. I just love faeries! Very good lens!

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      hntrssthmpsn 4 years ago

      Your pictures are wonderful, and I *love* the idea of a tiny secret fairy garden on the outskirts of the yard. I have the perfect corner in mind already!

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      Elsie Hagley 4 years ago from New Zealand

      Beautiful photos for a fairy garden, they made me feel as if I was actually living with the fairies, in your garden.

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      flycatcherrr 4 years ago

      Oh, wow. I never thought about a fairy garden, but now I really want one. These ideas are all totally adorable.

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      getmoreinfo 4 years ago

      I love this Fairy Garden it is perfect for spring.

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      katiecolette 4 years ago

      There might be :) Thanks for the idea!

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      Itaya Lightbourne 4 years ago from Topeka, KS

      @kristalulabelle: I agree kristalulabelle! I'm thinking I will simply have to make me a gourd Fairy House. :)

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      Itaya Lightbourne 4 years ago from Topeka, KS

      @lionmom100: Thank you lionmom! Glad you enjoyed them. :)

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      Itaya Lightbourne 4 years ago from Topeka, KS

      @WriterJanis2: Thank you Janis! I love them too. :)

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      Itaya Lightbourne 4 years ago from Topeka, KS

      @pumpum: Thank you lejla! Aren't they wonderful? I want them all over my yard! :)

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      Itaya Lightbourne 4 years ago from Topeka, KS

      @nifwlseirff: I hope you do get to create one nifwlseirff! Maybe you can create a miniature Fairy Garden on the balcony for now. :)

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      nifwlseirff 4 years ago

      I don't have a decent garden at the moment - only a small balcony, but I would certainly love to encourage fairies to visit (when I have one in the future!)

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      Kristen 4 years ago from Wisconsin

      I loved the gourd fairy house! So adorable!

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      pumpum 4 years ago

      OMG! This looks so beautiful, adorable and I want one of these. Thanks for sharing this.

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      Very beautiful ideas. I love fairies.

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      lionmom100 4 years ago

      Cute fairy houses.