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Unique Containers for Fairy Gardens

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

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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.

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

Look at This Wagon Filled with Delightful Plants

You need to drill holes in the bottom of the wagon if you are using outside where rain can overfill it. Inside, you can control the watering and can skip that step. Look at the use of one taller plant and then low moss for the garden.

You need to drill holes in the bottom of the wagon if you are using outside where rain can overfill it. Inside, you can control the watering and can skip that step. Look at the use of one taller plant and then low moss for the garden.

Red Wagon or Wooden Wagon? Which Would You Choose?

Turn a Cart or Wagon into a Fairy Garden

Get More Ideas from My Pinterest Pinboard on This Topic

See how these unusual containers look with the mosses, ferns, little stepping stones and other pieces of the fairy garden in place.

See how these unusual containers look with the mosses, ferns, little stepping stones and other pieces of the fairy garden in place.

My Double-Decker Fairy Garden Made from Plastic Lampshades

The floor lamp was defunct, but I saved the 2 plastic shades before tossing the non-working base.

The floor lamp was defunct, but I saved the 2 plastic shades before tossing the non-working base.

Here's the completed fairy garden made using the 2 plastic lampshades.

Here's the completed fairy garden made using the 2 plastic lampshades.

To See the Instructions

click on each photo below for the planting tutorial.

Watch Some Videos to Get Ideas

These show fairy gardens made in terrariums, in a tea cup, in a canoe...

Great ideas!

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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

Visit My Pinterest Pin Board for Photos of Unique Containers/Fairy Gardens

Which of These Is Your Favorite for a Unique Fairy Garden Container?

Giant Clam Shell - This Would Look Stunning with a Mini-Garden in It

How about a Fairy Hunt?

fairy figure statue

fairy figure statue

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

Additional Ideas for Unique Fairy Garden Containers

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Large candy bowl for a Halloween fairy garden

Wal-Mart, dollar stores, online

Look for ones with witches, skeletons or pumpkins

Metal washtub

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.

Tell Me Your Ideas for Unique Containers - for a Fairy Garden

Katee Shew from Canada on March 28, 2019:

I've recently moved and no longer have a garden... but I have a porch! This article has inspired me to make my very own fairy garden :) Maybe I will try the wagon one out. Thanks for writing this charming article, it's giving me some ideas for the spring.

Lorelei Cohen from Canada on July 29, 2015:

My sister has the most magical garden which she has nurtured beautifully. I would so love also to get our backyard molded into a fairy design. It currently is quite natural filled with fruit trees and described by my granddaughter as feeling like you are in a jungle so it would be pretty easy I think.

Elsie Hagley from New Zealand on December 28, 2014:

Some very interesting ideas. I like the one for a fairy hunt. Made me think of my great grandson waiting to the tooth fairy and hoping he would get $2's, which in my days we would be lucky to get 6 pence (5cents).

I'm a fairy lover thanks for sharing all these fairies with us, it's nice to feel young at heart.

Tolovaj Publishing House from Ljubljana on December 26, 2014:

Fairies were always my soft spot. I can almost feel the happy thoughts!

peachy from Home Sweet Home on December 02, 2014:

unique garden fairy, might cost a lot of money for buying this statue

gottaloveit2 on November 16, 2014:

A fairy hunt is a great idea for family fun. Love it.

Barbara Walton from France on October 08, 2014:

A fairy garden is a lovely idea - great for getting the imagination going.

Debra from Columbus, Ga on September 30, 2014:

I like your ideas for fairy gardens. I used to decorate my gardens with gnomes angels and fairies. I tried it wen i moved in with my mom. She made me get rid of most of it. She only wants bushes and grass.

Peggy Hazelwood from Desert Southwest, U.S.A. on September 10, 2014:

I think a fairy garden would be so fun to plant (if I lived somewhere conducive to such a thing!).