Fairy gardens are a popular spring and summer project loved by both kids and adults! Since creating a large outdoor fairy garden last summer I have been planning a smaller indoor version. Today’s dollar store fairy garden project is the perfect addition to your summer themed decor. Of course, it would also look quite lovely on a porch or balcony too!
To create this dollar store fairy garden I used cuttings from my older succulents. However, if you don’t have any and don’t want to purchase some, you can buy some fake ones at Dollar Tree! This also comes with the added bonus of making your fairy garden lighter to move around and require no additional care and watering. If you are thinking about getting some succulents I highly suggest taking a look at our basic guide to succulents too.
Dollar Store Fairy Garden, Simple DIY Summer Decor
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Fairy Garden Supplies – From the Dollar Store
- Small Garden Trellis
- Tin Flower Planter
- Large Plastic Bowl Planter
- 2 Small Plastic Hanging Planters
- Fairy Garden Figurines – Fairies, Gnomes
- Fairy Garden Houses
- Fairy Garden Accessories
- Ivy Garland
- River Rocks
- Fake Mossy Rocks
- Small Pathway Stones
- Floral Wire
Optional – From Dollar Store
Optional – From Home
- Succulent Cuttings
- Small brick
Dollar Store Fairy Garden Directions
Because of the height of the tin flower pot which will form your base and the height of the mini trellis you will have to do a bit of adjusting if you don’t want your fairy garden to tip over! This is less of a problem if you are using fake plants and fake moss but the soil is heavy. Thankfully this is a pretty easy fix. Simply bend the stake like ends of your trellis upwards so it will sit lower in your pot. Once your trellis is sitting lower anchor it in place with some river rocks and then top with soil. Add enough rocks so that the weight in the bottom planter keep it from feeling tippy. If you’re not satisfied and still fear it might tip over keep adding rocks or even potentially a brick to the bottom of the planter until your satisfied with the stability.
Once you have your trellis anchored in the base pot you can add the additional planters. Use floral wire and tightly wrap it under the rim of the large plastic bowl planter. Anchor it to the trellis by wrapping the floral wire around the trellis supports.
Hang your small planters on the edges of the trellis using the available hook shapes. Fill your planters with some soil.
Decorate your planters! Add your houses and accessories. Feel free to move them around until you get a look that you really like. Keep in mind the plants you will be adding and make sure that you leave enough room! Use some smaller rocks to make a pathway if you like!
Add your plants to the mix and then finish things off by scattering about your fairy or gnome figurines! To add a bit more to my garden I wound a fake ivy garland into my trellis and added a few fake florals for an extra pop of color. Fairy gardens are very personable and easy to adapt so feel free to play around and add items that match your personal decor style.
Place your garden in a safe spot where it’s easy to enjoy! Because this is a vertical decoration I highly recommend setting it up alongside a wall just for added support!