Not sure where to start? Here is a step by step tutorial with a few extra tips for creating a unique, beautiful, and affordable miniature garden!
Step 1: Find A Location
- Wine Barrels, or any other unique rustic planter
- Low dish style planters that are wide, around 12"-16". You can even use the base of a tall planter only, and they only cost between $5-$10!
- The base of a tree
- An area up against a shed or fence
- A spot in your garden near a stream or water feature
- A rock garden area
- Really though, any container will do - as long as you choose the right plants and miniatures to decorate with!
For this tutorial we will focus on container planting. For making little landscapes to display our newer products, I chose a 14" terra cotta planting dish.
You will also want to include paths, maybe a stream, walkways, and areas for your miniatures, so having a few different landscaping materials on hand is useful, as well as soil. You can find most at the Dollar Store: small river rocks, sea glass, glass gems, gravel, or even crushed glass. A mixed bag of moss will be nice as well, which you can find at any craft store.
Step 3: Start Planting!
This fairy garden needed to be more forward facing, since it would be photographed and eventually placed in a located viewed from the front only. So I added soil, a long strip of fencing along the back, and started playing with plant designs. Creating different heights adds interest and options for your miniatures as well.
Step 4: Add landscape materials and moss, build your paths
I used white round marbles to create a forest stream, and mixed pebbles from the Dollar Store to line the stream and create and area for my miniature bench, as well as a path connecting them. I then started adding various moss to the plants to create texture, and give this a forested look. The final touch was adding mulch, which really (in my opinion!) gave this a woodsy feel.
Step 5: Add Your Garden Miniatures!
I start by finding a prime location for the fairy/gnome door. Somewhere that leads to a path, and is visible. The is the focal point for the garden, so choose the spot carefully! Then fill in other areas in whatever way that will make you and your new fae friends happy :)
Below is a picture gallery of the end result of this fairy garden. I moved things around and rearranged quite a bit before deciding on a final landscape.