How to Make a Fairy Garden out of a Broken Pot

Turn broken garden pots into something a little more magical by making a fairy garden! It’s easy to do, and will add a little wonder to a small space in your garden or on your patio. And, what fun it will be for your little ones to stumble upon an enchanted mini world! If you build it, the fairies will come.

Fairy Garden.
(Jessica Begum)

Things You'll Need

  • 2 terra cotta pots. Broken already, or you can break yourself. The ones pictured are 6 inch and 12 inch, but any sized pots will work.
  • Hammer
  • Potting soil
  • Garden clippers
  • Loose succulents (see tips at end of article)
  • Moss
  • Gemstones, decorative mushrooms, shiny rocks, little houses… you know, fairy stuff.
  • Twigs (optional)
  • Twine (optional)
  • Glue gun (optional)

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Step 1

Make a fairy garden from broken pots, potting soil, succulents and a handful of fairy trinkets.

Jessica Begum
Step 2

Begin by arranging broken pots. You can make different levels in your fairy garden with smaller pot pieces wedged inside larger pieces. Secure by adding potting soil as you go. Break larger pieces into workable sizes with a hammer.

Arrange Pots
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Step 3

Next, move pots to their final location and completely fill with potting soil. It is best to water them and let sit a day or two to settle. Then add more soil. Pack down firmly.

Add Potting Soil
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Step 4

Now plant your succulents. Make a hole in the soil with a pencil, and then stick the end of the succulents in about a half inch deep. Cover base with more soil. Keep growth in mind when planting and add taller plants in the back and cascading plants up front. Create a “lawn” for your fairies to play on by planting low growing moss on the flat packed surfaces.

Plant Succulents
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Step 5

Create stepping stones up the steep slopes with decorative rocks and smaller pieces of broken pot.

Add Stepping Stones
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Step 6

Finally, personalize the fairy space with some tiny furniture, a ladder and playground equipment. You can find handmade fairy furniture on Etsy, or make your own using small twigs, twine and a hot glue gun. You can also use doll furniture.

Add Fairy Furniture
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Step 7

Add gemstones, little houses, decorative mushrooms, little mirrors or whatever inspires you. Happy fairy hunting!

Finished Fairy Garden
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Tips & Warnings

  • Succulents are amazing plants and will grow simply by sticking a cutting from a larger plant into soil. Collect clippings from friends rather than buying them. Or, buy a larger plant and cut clippings to make several plants. Clip succulents and then leave out to air dry for one week until their ends scab over before replanting. This will prevent the plant from rotting.
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