It’s time for another round of Craft Lightning! This month we are creating projects with inexpensive terracotta pots. I stopped in the dollar store to pick up my pots and found a ton of cute fairy garden supplies too! I used those goodies to make a 15-minute dollar store fairy garden pedestal, and you can too!
15 MINUTE DOLLAR STORE FAIRY GARDEN PEDESTAL
WHAT YOU NEED TO MAKE A FUN FAIRY GARDEN
The fun thing about DIY fairy gardens is that they are so open-ended. You can really customize the garden any way you would like to create a tiny world all your own. This is a super fun activity to do with kids, especially if you use live plants because the garden will grow and change over time.
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- Planter trolley
- Terracotta pot
- Mini terracotta pots
- Fairy garden buildings
- Hot glue
- Hot glue gun
- Succulent soil
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HOW TO MAKE A MAGICAL FAIRY GARDEN
This is how I assembled my fairy garden. Please use it as inspiration for creating your own garden, but I hope you let your own creativity run free!
Simple DIY Fairy Garden Instructions
- I created an easy pedestal planter for my fairy garden by hot gluing a small terracotta pot to the bottom of a plant trolley.
You could also use terrarium dishes or large bowls for your fairy garden. If you are using live plants, it is important to make sure whatever you use for your indoor fairy garden drains well.
- Mix together potting soil and perlite to create a well-draining planting mix for the plants.
- Begin your layout by placing the fairy garden houses in the dirt.
These are likely the largest pieces in your fairy garden, so you should start with them first.
- Create a path to your fairy house.
I used shards of a broken terracotta pot, but you could also use pebbles, mini wood slices, sand, twigs, or scallop shells.
- Place any other fairy garden accessories or props you purchased or made.
Dollar Tree carries a range of cute fairy figurines like the sweet bench I used, but you can also make your own from twigs or popsicle sticks.
- Plant succulents or other live plants between the houses and accessories.
If you don’t have a green thumb, you can swap the live plants for faux flowers and greenery.
- Fill in the rest of the fairy garden with moss-covered stones, painted rocks, or other cute elements.
FAIRY GARDEN IDEAS FROM YOUR LOCAL DOLLAR STORE
I bought both larger terracotta pots and mini pots at the dollar store, but by the time I got home, the mini pots were smashed. I used the shards to create a little walkway up to the front door.
All of the fairy structures in my fairy garden came from my local Dollar Tree. To find them in your store, check both by the silk flowers and by the gardening section. Different stores stock them in different places.
I added in a few of the succulents that I propagated last year. They are still pretty dormant at this stage since it’s not warm here in Michigan yet. If you are using real succulents, you will want to put down a layer of perlite before adding the succulent soil for better drainage. The planter trolley doesn’t have drainage holes, so you might consider adding a few with a drill before starting your garden.
I hot glued one of the larger pots to the bottom of the plant trolley to create a makeshift pedestal. It elevates the fairy garden a bit so you can add some height to your outdoor decorations or use it as a table centerpiece.
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