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Make a Halloween Fairy Garden

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

Make a fairy garden with a Halloween theme this fall.

Make a fairy garden with a Halloween theme this fall.

Transform a Fairy Garden for Halloween

If you have a fairy garden already, you can redecorate your existing accessories for Halloween or swap them out for the month of October. Think of spooky things, the color orange and scaled down versions of typical Halloween yard decorations.

For those without a fairy garden, why not get started this October with a spooky, witchy themed fairy garden. Your kids will have lots of fun creating it and it's fun for grown-ups too.

Below are my tips for making your little garden scene that will be just right for tiny fairies. There are accessories that you can buy and instructions for making your own.

Fairy Witch Mousepad from Zazzle by FaerieWhispers

Decking out a Miniature Container Garden with Spooky Touches

Diane, a member of the Fairy Garden Believers on Facebook, shared this delightful Halloween fairy garden. I love the BEWARE sign and the variety of succulents she used. Don't miss the witch's legs sticking up from the gravel area.

Diane, a member of the Fairy Garden Believers on Facebook, shared this delightful Halloween fairy garden. I love the BEWARE sign and the variety of succulents she used. Don't miss the witch's legs sticking up from the gravel area.

Turn a Real Pumpkin into a Fairy House

You can paint a door and window on a small pumpkin to put into your Halloween fairy garden. Add a ghost peering out the window or attach a small flying witch on a broomstick.

You can paint a door and window on a small pumpkin to put into your Halloween fairy garden. Add a ghost peering out the window or attach a small flying witch on a broomstick.

More Ideas for a Pumpkin Turned into a Fairy House

Cut open the top of the pumpkin and remove the innards (seeds and pulp). Cut out openings for the doors and windows using a sharp knife. I recommend this project be done by adults to prevent any mishaps.

Now, use your imagination for decorating the exterior of the pumpkin with paint or junk. Place a battery operated candle inside the pumpkin to throw light out the window and door after dark.

Get Ideas from Etsy for the Halloween Fairy House

I pinned some of the great examples onto Pinterest from Etsy, so I could refer to them later. Aren't these marvelous!

I pinned some of the great examples onto Pinterest from Etsy, so I could refer to them later. Aren't these marvelous!

What You Can Learn from the Etsy Crafters

The photo above shows 4 expert crafters' work. I'll list the ideas that you can use to make your own fairy houses for Halloween settings.

  1. The first example uses plywood cut in whimsical shapes that reminds me a little of a witches hat. The smokey, gray paint gives the house a spooky Halloween feel.
  2. The second example uses natural materials that you might be able to collect in your own yard: pinecones. The crafter has removed the petals of pinecones and has them for sale. These make great shingles for a teeny cottage. Just get out your glue gun and go to work.
  3. The third example uses tree bark for a rustic looking gnome home or fairy retreat.
  4. Example number 4 is a ceramic pumpkin house but you could make it with a regular pumpkin. Try some of that puff paint to outline the doors and windows.

24 Fairy Gardens for Halloween

A Pumpkin Cottage - Perfect for the Autumn Fairy Garden

The one shown below is available for purchase from Amazon.

Why not try making your own. Take a regular pumpkin and remove the seeds, just like you would for a jack-o-lantern. Cut out the openings for the door and windows. For those who are handy, use craft wood and paint to duplicate the look of the example.

You can also purchase tiny doors and windows like I've shown here. These attach right to the pumpkin to create the look of a fairy house.

Don't Feel Crafty? You Can Buy a Pumpkin House All Ready to Use

5 Ideas for Your Halloween-Themed Fairy Garden

Need ideas for accessories to put in your fairy garden to make it the spookiest or the cutest one around?

  • Ghosts - remember covering a lollipop with a white kleenex, tying a string just below the round candy, then using a marker to draw a ghost face on it? Place these in your container garden (not in an outdoor fairy garden where ants would go after the candy). You can use white fabric or white plastic (from a plastic grocery bag) since little gardens with plants will have dampness.
  • Turn a trick-or-treat candy bowl into the container for the fairy garden. These are inexpensive plastic with decorative Halloween designs on the outside and just the right size for a miniature garden. Fill it with potting soil to an inch or two from the top. Use care when you water the little plants so it doesn't get too soggy.
  • Gather smooth, flat stones from your yard. Wash them and paint them like gravestones to make a little graveyard. Gray or black makes a good base, then add white lettering with spooky sayings like RIP or Beware of Vampires.
  • There are plenty of little figures available for the season. Check the dollar store for inexpensive small-scale witches, vampires, werewolves, and other creepy creatures. Look in the cake decorating section and also in the children's toy section of the discount stores like Walmart or craft stores like Michael's.
  • Add little pumpkins. You can use the real mini-pumpkins or buy plastic ones at the store.

I Fell in Love with This Halloween Fairy House on Etsy

Wow, look at this creepy, spooktacular house Carol Calhoun created. She sells her miniature houses on Etsy. (The link takes you to her page on Etsy. It is not an affiliate link)

Wow, look at this creepy, spooktacular house Carol Calhoun created. She sells her miniature houses on Etsy. (The link takes you to her page on Etsy. It is not an affiliate link)

She even decorated the inside of the Halloween tiny house. So, it is ready for a fairy to move right in.

She even decorated the inside of the Halloween tiny house. So, it is ready for a fairy to move right in.

Ideas You Can Use for Decorating Your Halloween Fairy House

The example I've shown above is by a professional crafter. I doubt that I can make anything even close to the amazing detail she incorporates in her little houses. If you want to try making your own house, here are some ideas for you.

  • Colors - think of purple, orange, rust, black
  • Add creepiness with bones and skulls. You can get tiny skeletons from the dollar stores or Wal-Mart. Take them apart and use the bones for windowsills and the skulls for accent on the roof or in front by the door.
  • Halloween animals include black cats, bats, owls, ravens, spiders. Add these liberally to your spooky house.
  • Look at the clever details she included above, like spooky scenes on the wall. Maybe you could try your hand at making a tiny work of art using fine point markers.
  • The wallpaper on one wall of the interior is something you can find in the scrapbook section of the craft store. Look for Halloween-themed papers there.

Add an Autumn Fairy to the Garden

You can take a regular fairy and paint her outfit in autumn colors.

Autumn Fairy for Your Garden - She is just 1 1/2 inches tall

This delightful fairy child with an acorn cap adds the right touch of fall to the garden. Made of resin so it can withstand some rain and cold, but I'd recommend that you don't leave it out for the whole winter.

It will last you more years if you just put it out in the fall.

Create the Fairy Garden Scene in a Container

Then you can enjoy it indoors or on your deck or porch.

Video with Tips for Making an October Fairy Garden

Make Your Fairy Garden in a Unique Container

  • Unique Containers for Fairy Gardens
    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..

Any Fairy Would Be Delighted

to discover one of these glow jars in your garden.

Great Ideas for Miniature Gardens - with a Halloween Theme

This video is a tutorial for creating a Fairy Glow Jar. You take an ordinary jar like a Mason jar or an empty mayonnaise jar. Use glow-in-the dark paint to put dots inside the jar (bottom and sides). The three videos show different methods for making fairy glow jars. Place these in the garden to provide light for the fairies to hold their Halloween parties.

Are You Going to Make a Fairy Glow Jar?

A Wagon Load of Tiny Pumpkins - for the Fairies

You could make the little pumpkins using orange clay and putting a teeny twig for the stem. It would be a lot of work, but they sure are cute.

This rustic wagon, already filled with miniature pumpkins, is quite a bargain. You choose if you want to buy or make them yourself.

How Cute for Autumn

Other Sites with How-To Tips for Halloween or Autumn Themed Fairy Gardens

Create a Miniature Graveyard - Spooky

Set up the picket fence for the graveyard, add the tombstones and the tiny skulls. Creepy!

Your neighbors might set up a full-scale graveyard as part of their outdoor Halloween decorating. You can have a tiny one in a corner of your garden or in a container with plantings that you can feature on your porch, inside your home or even on your desk at the office.

Tiny Tombstones

Paint Some Ghosts and Gravestones for Your October Fairy Garden

Julie Cole teaches a class in Ashtabula, Ohio in September where each adult participant makes a Halloween fairy garden. These ghosts painted on stones are part of her class.

Julie Cole teaches a class in Ashtabula, Ohio in September where each adult participant makes a Halloween fairy garden. These ghosts painted on stones are part of her class.

Julie Thomas Cole also makes gravestones and warning signs like this by painting flat rocks. Great creative ideas.

Julie Thomas Cole also makes gravestones and warning signs like this by painting flat rocks. Great creative ideas.

Halloween Miniature Garden - Video Tutorial

White Picket Fence for the Fairy Garden

Think of Creepy Things for the Halloween Fairy Garden

  • Spiders and spider webs
  • Ghosts - try making some using white plastic (like a grocery bag) and a black marker and some string.
  • A Scarecrow
  • Bats
  • Skeletons and skulls
  • Tombstones
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Miniature Yard Decorations for Halloween

These are just 1 or 2 inches tall, so just perfect for your tiny fairy garden. These were made for Dept 56 village houses, but we will repurpose them.

You can find items like these in local stores sometimes. Look in the section where they sell cake decorations or in the dollhouse section of the toy department. You will want to find things that are sized to go with the fairy house or furniture that you already have.

Instant Spooky Graveyard Kit for Tiny Folks

Thanks for Visiting My Fairy Garden Pages

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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2013 Virginia Allain

Share Your Ideas for a Halloween Fairy Garden

Anja Toetenel from The Hague, the Netherlands on August 22, 2013:

I have a balcony but I see some opportunities here :) Your Lens title got me curious because of fairies and Halloween... I thought: can a fairy be scary? Now I know they can indeed! Wonderful Lens!

sierradawn lm on August 20, 2013:

I have a fairy garden but have never thought of Halloweening it up for the season. Your lens is packed full of delightful ideas! Thank you! Love it!

Rhonda Lytle from Deep in the heart of Dixie on August 19, 2013:

What a whimsical way to bring a tiny bit of garden inside for the holiday. This would be so cool for a sick child or perhaps one who could not be outside so much, the garden could still grown in the window and the child would get endless hours of fairy fun.

marsha32 on August 18, 2013:

all of this is so cute! I wouldn't have even thought about Halloween items in the garden areas.

Nancy Carol Brown Hardin from Las Vegas, NV on August 17, 2013:

Cute idea that anyone could do, even someone like me who can't do a lot of lifting. I love the little doors and windows and the idea of creating one of these gardens in a container.