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Close up detail photo of a DIY Gnome Garden

Gnome and Fairy Garden Fun

June 28, 2019 Sarah Coggins
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After attending the annual Gnome and Fairy Day last month, both of my kids have had a sudden interest in gnomes and fairies. I decided to encourage that imagination by helping them each start their own gnome and fairy gardens.

Gnome and Fairy Garden Fun

Gnome Garden

My original vision was for each to have their own terra cotta saucer to create a simple little garden. This idea worked great for my son who is almost 10. I handed him the saucer, a small bag of potting soil, and a few accessories from the dollar store. He jumped right into creating his own garden.

Creating a Gnome Garden in a Saucer

After he finished setting up the basics, we transplanted moss from our yard into his gnome garden for simple greenery.

Close up detail photo of a DIY Gnome Garden

Fairy Garden

Not surprising, my daughter wanted a Fairy Garden. While searching for supplies at the Dollar Tree we found wings, a crown, and wand so she could dress up as a fairy. But no small fairy figurines that would work. Instead we headed to the craft store. The amount of fairy garden decor available is pretty impressive. So are the prices! I had some serious sticker shock especially if this ended up being short lived fun.

Adding Soil to the Fairy Garden

When a “Fairy Garden kit” caught her eye, that seemed like a better option. Thankfully, I found it for half the cost online and made a quick order. The kit contained everything we needed – fairy and bunny figurines, a house/planter, small gardening tools, soil, and seeds. We set it up on Sunday evening. By Tuesday evening small sprouts were already starting to show. My 4 year old was over the moon with excitement.

Plants growing in Fairy Garden on Day 5

It’ll be interesting to see how it continues. I don’t expect the plants to look anything like those pictured on the packaging. However, my daughter is fascinated with it and learning to care for her little plants (she runs to the porch each morning and evening to check on them) so it’s been a winning purchase.


  • Emily July 2, 2019 at 12:18 am
    These are so cute! I watch the Amazing Race and they often have the Travelocity Roaming Gnome on there - such a fun little guy. Cool that your kids got to create something this unique
    • Sarah Coggins July 11, 2019 at 9:57 pm
      Ha! That Roaming Gnome is cute. I kind of want a larger gnome statue for my garden. I just haven't found the right one yet.
  • Lucy Brummett July 2, 2019 at 12:55 pm
    These look like a lot of fun. I made a fairy garden for my niece once. I used a mini glass lantern. It was so cute and she loved it. Good job with yours.
    • Sarah Coggins July 3, 2019 at 10:43 pm
      What a great idea to use a lantern! I bet she treasured that gift.
  • Holly July 26, 2019 at 3:21 pm
    That is so cute! What a fun activity!
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