Fairy gardens are trending — these quick and easy mini gardens are made in small containers and embellished with adorable mini garden accessories like tiny stepping stones, benches, or woodland creatures. Upcycle a neglected teacup into a charming mini garden featuring wee garden accessories and easy-care plants.
DIY Teacup Mini Garden:
- Teacup or Other Small Container.
- Potting Soil.
- Darice Decorative Pebbles.
- Darice Fairy Garden Items.
- Miniature Resin Animals Such as Hedgehogs, Turtles or Ladybugs.
- Easy-care Plants sSuch as Succulents, Sedums, or Other Small Plants.
There are so many cute mini fairy garden accessories to choose from. The most fun (and challenging) part of this project is deciding which fairy garden items to include in each mini garden!
Step 1. Put some pebbles into the bottom of the cup to help with drainage. You can also drill a hole in the container if you want, but the instructions for doing that aren’t covered here.
Step 2. Fill the cup with potting soil. Press soil into cup lightly.
Step 3. Add an assortment of plants to the soil.
I bought a large container that contained an assortment of succulents, and I carefully pulled them apart and retained as much of the roots for each tiny plant as I could. I just tucked the plant roots down into the soil. These tiny sprigs of plants should grow and multiply over time.
Step 4. Add fairy garden accents, and fill in blank spots with decorative pebbles.
These mini gardens are so much fun to make, you will want to make several!
Caring for your fairy garden: because we did not add drainage to the teacup, water these succulents very sparingly. You should only water them when the soil is dry to the touch. Water once a week or less. In the winter, avoid watering the plants and just mist them every couple of weeks.
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Heather Mann is the mother of four boys and designs and shares clever crafts with a frugal twist at her site Dollar Store Crafts. She’s also fascinated by the unsuccessful (yet humorous) side of crafting, and explores it at her site CraftFail, and in her new book, CraftFail: When Handmade Goes Horribly Wrong.