Make a Fairy Garden Wishing Well

We made our annual Fairy Garden last week and my children have been playing in it’s magical realm hour upon hour.

Kitty insisted that our Fairy Garden has a wishing well this year. It’s true that a wishing well is a magical concept, especially in miniature proportions. It adds a fun perspective to their Fairy Garden play as they fill and haul the little bucket full of water to tip into their tiny watering cans to water the flowers. The wishing well has been my son, Teddy’s, favorite part of the Fairy Garden so far. While Kitty plays for hours in her imagination, Teddy needs to have an activity to keep him interested. Filling the bucket with water has kept him entranced for hours. 

Our wishing well is made from a recycled jar which works wonderfully to give the well the depth it needs. We used raffia covered wire (found at most craft stores) to wrap around the mouth of the jar and form the arch of the well.

We used my hot glue gun to stick pebbles around the outside of the jar.

Three layers of pebbles was the perfect height for our well. The rest of our jar, we left uncovered.

We used hemp string (found at craft stores) to tie our water bucket onto  the arch of the well. Hemp string has a waxy coating and will stand up well to getting wet.

We placed the jar in the spot we intended for our well. With my sharp moss knife, I cut around the circumference of the jar, cutting a hole in the moss.

With the moss circle removed, we had to dig just a little to get the right sized hole for our well. Popped it in up to the pebbles and there it was… a perfect little well.


Kitty filled it with water in the afternoon sun.

What an enchanting place our Fairy Garden is… a place of such inspiring play. Both children rush home from school to play with the fairies.

I love that it has drawn them outside, on their own… just think what magical imaginings are happening in this little boy’s head.

I hope these little glimpses in to our Fairy Garden journey is inspiring you to make a fairy garden with your child too. Please do… it will be a gift to both of you. And when you have made yours, be sure to enter it into our Fairy Garden Contest… click here to learn how to enter.

I have set up a Fairy Garden Page at the top of this blog which has links to all of our past and present Fairy Garden posts.

Happy Fairy Gardening,
Blessings and magic,

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Donni Webber is the mom behind the popular natural living Waldorf website and blog, The Magic Onions - where the magic of nature and the wonder of childhood collide to make each moment a precious gift. She is a photographer, writer, crafter, wife and mother of two inspiring young children. Her work has been featured in many popular publications, including HGTV, Better Homes and Gardens, Disney and Apartment Therapy.

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11 thoughts on “Make a Fairy Garden Wishing Well

  1. Hi Donni, I am new to reading your blog and I just want to say how inspiring your posts are – so many wonderful ideas. I really love your fairy garden and am going to suggest creating one with our kids. It is so important to immerse ourselves in nature and the outside world to get insight into ourselves and life itself. Thanks again, Lou xx

  2. Beautiful, i usually develop same kind of small models an present to the clients. Its the perfect way to grab the attention of the clients. However, i must say that you did a pretty well job with designing this cute little garden.

    ~Aansy Stone

  3. this wishing well so adorable,
    i will enjoy making it! but how do you make the bucket?
    other than that the fairies will enjoy using this useful wishing well.


  4. Love the wishing well. My daughter & I are “gathering” items for a classroom that the Teacher has requested. The well will be a wonderful addition.

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