How to Make Your Own Fairy Garden


Many cultures believe in fairies. From the nymphs of ancient Greece to the brownies of Britain and the leprechauns of Ireland, fairies have been around for a long time. Fairies can be kind to humans or they can be mean and mischievous. They live among the flowers, woods and streams. If you want to attract fairies to your garden, you need to design a garden for them.

Step 1

Design your garden by choosing an area with the right amount of light. Selecting a site that has partial shade will give you a good choice of plants. If you choose a spot in full shade, choose plants that will work in shade.

Step 2

Choose the right size plants. Because fairies are small, the scale of the garden should be small. Smaller flowers should be in the front of the garden and taller ones should be in the background.

Step 3

Accessories for the garden should also be small. Use tiny furniture, fences and buildings to add a sense of whimsy to the space. Small doors that are placed around your garden allow the fairies to get in and out quickly without being detected.

Step 4

Water features are a must in a fairy garden. If you aren't near a pond or stream, use a birdbath or small fountain.

Step 5

Select plants by color and texture. Plants that are native to the area work well with green house varieties. Flowers that produce nectar and attract butterflies will also attract fairies.

Tips and Warnings

  • Don't speak mean of the fairies, or you will offend them and suffer the consequences.

Things You'll Need

  • Miniature fence, furniture, houses
  • Water feature (bird bath, fountain)
  • Doors (small)


  • Fairy Lore in History and Literature
  • Making a Fairy Garden

Who Can Help

  • Fairy Garden (or Elf Garden)
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About this Author

Liz Ward is a Visual Communications Designer and writer. Ward's articles are published on and Ward has written for Demand Studios and Text Broker. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Design and a Minor in photography from Purdue University. She is also a master gardener.