Unique Containers for Fairy Gardens
Don't Use a Boring Container for Your Fairy Garden
With a little imagination and elbow grease, you can transform just about any container into a whimsical fairy garden. Here you will find lots of great ideas to turn just about any container into a tiny magical world for indoors or outside. A picnic basket, Radio Flyer wagon, or even an old broken flower pot, can make the perfect home for a family of fairies.
Start by figuring out how much room you can spare for your fairy garden. You also need to decide if you want an indoor or outside fairy garden. With an outside garden, you can probably choose a larger container. If you don't have a yard, or live in an apartment, a small fairy world in a clay pot can make a wonderful table centerpiece.
Thrift stores, yard sales or in your garage or attic, are great places to find the inexpensive supplies to help make your fairy garden come to life. So, if you are looking for unique fairy gardening ideas, you have come to the right place. Creating a fairy garden is also a wonderful creative activity to do with your children or grandchildren.
Lavender Fairy Postcard by New_Flower_Fairies
When Did Fairy Gardens Start?
People have been building and creating fairy gardens for hundreds of years, and just about every culture has a folktale about ways to keep the fairies, elves or even trolls happy. The most common folklore about fairy gardens comes from Celtic folk tales of Ireland and Scotland. Most fairy garden folk lore says that people built fairy gardens as a way to keep the fairies, elves or troll happy so they wouldn't steal human babies and replace them with changelings.
The Current Love for Fairy Gardens
means people are tired of just putting some moss and a little house into a flower pot. Now they are looking for new ideas, new ways to show off their creativity. Using unique containers is the way to go!
A Fairy in My Garden
In my family, the story was about elves who stole human babies and replaced them with elf babies, because human mother's milk gave the elf babies a better chance of surviving. The elves did this because their species was dying out because of all of the metals humans used and all of the pollution people caused was making the Elves sickly. Also, humans building too many houses and other buildings was making it harder for the Elves to stay hidden from humans and safe.
So, to keep the elves, fairies or trolls from stealing babies, people constructed areas in their gardens just for the Fairies. They also would often leave offerings of milk, candy, and other sweet treats to garner the favor of the Fae. In Irish and Scottish folklore, the Fae consisted of many different types of magical creatures that included Elves, Pixies, Trolls, Banshees, etc... all of these creatures were considered to be types of Fairies or Fae.
Wagons Make a Great Base for a Landscape to Attract a Fairy or an Elf
Things that serve a utility purpose in the yard can be converted into something decorative. Use your imagination with these wagons, wheelbarrow and French-style flower stand cart.
Little Red Wagon for a Miniature Garden
This one's ready to roll, right into your yard or onto your porch. The size gives you ample space for planting your little garden and add the fairy sized houses and decorative accessories.
Sometimes you can find a worn-out kid's wagon at a yard sale. It doesn't matter if it's a little battered or the wheels don't turn or the bottom is rusting out a bit. Line it with plastic, then add dirt and start planting.
Look at This Wagon Filled with Delightful Plants
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Turn a Cart or Wagon into a Fairy Garden
In the example, they've just placed a variety of potted plants in the small wagon. This looks ideal for creating a small fairy village with several tiny houses, paths leading to each one and then plants about those to finish it off.
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My Double-Decker Fairy Garden Made from Plastic Lampshades
To See the Instructions
click on each photo below for the planting tutorial.
Step-By-Step Tutorial for My Lampshade Fairy GardenClick thumbnail to view full-size
Watch Some Videos to Get Ideas
These show fairy gardens made in terrariums, in a tea cup, in a canoe...
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A Fairy Garden in a Canoe (Video)
Broken Pots Make Great Fairy Gardens
- Make a Fairy Garden in a Broken Pot
Everyone loves the tiny plantings and accessories in a fairy garden. The latest trend involves building that miniature landscape in a broken pot. Here are examples and tips for this.
A Teeny Fairy Garden in a Tea Cup (video)
What Can You Make with These?
I loved the idea that I pinned to my Pinterest pinboard where a vintage suitcase became the holder for a small garden scene. The artful arrangement of a tiny house, pebbles for a walkway, some moss and plants created a delightful landscape just right for any pixies, elves or fairies that wander into your garden.
Take a look at the other containers I discovered. Time to get creative!
Plant a Fairy Garden in a Bird Bath
There are all sorts of these available on Amazon or at your local garden center. Isn't this blue one handsome!
Just picture it with an assortment of miniature plants, ferns, mosses and a little fairy house or fairy figurine.
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- Fairy Gardens - Unique Containers on Pinterest
Why use a boring container for your fairy garden when you can use these unique containers. These pins are the inspiration for my web page: http://www.squidoo.com/unique-fairy-gardens
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Giant Clam Shell - This Would Look Stunning with a Mini-Garden in It
They used an actual clam shell to cast this replica. It's painted and fired to last a long time. My mind is going crazy with ideas for filling this with soil, tiny plants and maybe a mermaid theme.
How about a Fairy Hunt?
In my family, we have a tradition that has been passed down for generations, where every summer we stage a fairy hunt for the children. We usually do this in a family member's yard or a semi-wooded public park. The grown-ups, stash little treasures around, so the kids can find them, sort of like an Easter egg hunt. The treasures are usually sweets and dollar store items. The kids have a blast searching for fairies and finding fairy treasure.
(photo by Virginia Allain)
Make a Fairy Garden in a Vintage Look Suitcase
Fill this with good potting soil, some succulents and ferns with little fairy pathway or accessories. Ideally, you would line it with a zinc box that could withstand water. Probably easier, would be to line it with plastic to protect the vintage looking suitcase.
Check around at yard sales and even at thrift shops, I bet you can find some funky old suitcase being sold for very little.
Additional Ideas for Unique Fairy Garden Containers
Large candy bowl for a Halloween fairy garden
Wal-Mart, dollar stores, online
Look for ones with witches, skeletons or pumpkins
Antique stores, yard sales, farm stores
These are deep, so you can create a multi-level landscape with some hills and valleys.
Plastic kiddie pool
End of summer sale at discount stores
This will give you a huge area to work on that miniature landscape
Fire pit with domed cover
Ask the neighbors if they have one that is rusting out
Line it with plastic, poke some drain holes in the plastic. Use the screen cover to keep out the cat and squirrels.
A discarded sink
Junk yard, architectural recycling stores
Dig a hole so most to the sink is in the ground and just the rim/surround is above the ground level. Fill the sink with dirt for your plants and add accessories.
A worn out BBQ grill
Ask the neighbors, check at the dump
Remove the grill rack, line the BBQ with plastic, make drainage holes.
A dresser drawer
Check roadside on recycling days, look at the dump
The more rustic, the better. Line with plastic so the wood will hold up longer.