Build a Fairy Garden From an Old Pot!

What looks like a run-of-the-mill flower pot is actually an expansive estate... for fairies, that is. Fairy gardens are guaranteed to enchant the littles, but we know more than a few grownups who love them too. Bring on the magic!

Fairy Garden

Level: Easy

DIY Fairy Garden
fairy garden in a terracotta pot with a little house, bench, gnome and plants

From DIY Weekend Gardens

What You Need

  • Terracotta pot and dish
  • Box cutter or knife
  • Plastic wrap
  • Rubber mallet
  • Paper towel
  • Potting soil
  • Gravel or small rocks
  • Larger decorative stones
  • Sedum mat
  • Scotch moss
  • Decor pieces like a fairy house, bench, mushrooms and a gnome


1. Prep the Pot

Use a box cutter or sharp knife to score the terracotta pot where you want the break to happen. This step is so important — if you don’t outline the break first, your pot can shatter haphazardly and make it difficult (if not impossible) to use.

2. Wrap It

Cover the pot in plastic wrap. This makes sure fragments don’t scatter everywhere when it’s broken.

3. Hammer Time

Put on some safety glasses and gloves, and then swing your rubber mallet into the center of the scored area. The pot should shatter cleanly. Remove the plastic wrap and place the terracotta shards off to the side. (Don’t throw them away — you’ll use the pieces as part of the fairy garden design).

4. Fill the Pot

Place a paper towel over the drainage hole to prevent the soil from falling out. Place the pot over the terracotta dish and start filling both with soil.

As the soil piles up, layer in the broken terracotta pieces to make little steps. Fill each layer with soil as you work to pack the assembly into place.

5. Decorate!

At the highest point of the soil, add some small rocks and place your fairy house on top.

Cover the soil with sedum mat and sheet moss until the soil in both the dish and pot is well covered in greenery. You can also add more small rocks to make a little fairy path.

If you've got gnomes, mushrooms, critters or other details, add 'em now and you're done!

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