DIY Fairy Garden Ideas

Check out these Fairy Garden ideas for outdoor play.

Fairies are celebrated mythical creatures that often live in forests and gardens near humans. Fairy’s magical powers are captivating to children and adults, alike. For hundreds of years, authors have woven inspiring tales that depict the magical worlds of fairies. Tinkerbell from Peter Pan is most notably for my family. Clap your hands if you believe! 🧚

Make DIY Fairy Houses

My elementary-aged daughter especially loves visiting our local botanic garden’s Fairy Garden. On one recent visit, when the tooth fairy was fresh in her mind, she asked about whether fairies are real or not. A delicate conversation for some, we were able to discuss the imaginative play inspired by the fairy homes in our local Fairy Garden!

Examples of fairy garden gourd homes at a botanic garden.

I love these hanging gourds used as Fairy homes. They look like they’re right out of a page of Katharine Holabird’s “Twinkle” book series (check the price of this book).

Do-it-yourself Fairy House Garden

The best Fairy homes use natural materials, especially gourds, rocks, twigs, moss, acorns, seeds, and leaves. Explore this image gallery of fairy homes on display at our Fairy Garden for your personal Fairy Home inspiration.

  • Fairy home made from gourd

DIY Fairy Garden Accessories

Although fairies love natural found objects best, sometimes forest animal figurines, toadstools, colorful feathers, and even pixie dust and glitter, are appreciated!

Glitter serves as excellent pixie dust for Fairy Gardens.

Fairy Gardens for Parks and Public Gardens

One of the most popular spots at our Botanic Garden is the Fairy Garden. This is a roped-off area that encourages creative play and the building of homes for fairies, gnomes, and other mystical forest friends. During the yearly Children’s Festival, a trip to the Fairy Garden has a very LONG waitline!

Rules of a Fairy Garden, includes: 1) Don't frighten the fairies with loud voices. 2) Only build in the roped area, the rest of the forest must remain undisturbed. And more...
Fairy garden rules courtesy of WV BG Fairy Garden.

The shared public Fairy Garden has just a few important rules.

  1. Don’t frighten the fairies with loud voices.
  2. Only build in the roped area, the rest of the forest must remain undisturbed.
  3. Only use fallen natural materials, our fairies turn up their noses at things brought from home.
  4. Don’t take building supplies from existing houses.
  5. Don’t peel bark off living trees, moss off of rocks, or cut any living plants, that makes the fairies very sad.

To note: Over time, fairy houses naturally return to the forest floor and are rebuilt by other children.

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Fairy Garden Inspiration: An outdoor project the entire family will enjoy, the best fairy homes use natural materials, especially gourds, rocks, twigs, moss, acorns, seeds, and leaves. Explore our inspirational Fairy Garden pictures.

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