You can imagine the hard time we’ve had choosing winners for this years Fairy Garden Contest.

Oh, my… it’s been almost impossible as each and EVERY garden entered (and there were over 150 entries) were utterly magical.

The truth is that everyone who made a fairy garden is a winner. Thank you for making magic with us again this year.

There are 15 finalists. Today I’ll show you 8 magical gardens. Tomorrow, 8 more. And on Thursday, I’ll announce the winners.


1. Rosa created this magical tree-house Fairy Garden for her grandson, Oliver. Isn’t it enchanting? Little shuttered windows, a brightly colored stone pathway leading to a root entwined door, gemstones. It’s no wonder this little boy will believe in magic and fairies.

Tree House Fairy Garden : Fairy Garden Contest :


2. Look at this delightful garden made my three sisters, Grace, Rose and Charlotte over their summer break. I love the gourd fairy houses, the fairy washing line and all the other fairy treasures tucked into secret places.

Here are more photos of this magical fairy garden.

Potted Fairy Garden : Fairy Garden Contest :

Gourd Fairy Garden : Fairy Garden Contest :

Potted Fairy Garden : Fairy Garden Contest :


3. I love this fairy garden sent in by Small Steps Big Noises because it shows that winter is no deterrent for a fairy garden. Although it was winter in New Zealand, the fairies were still about.

The frosty sparkles  look like magic wishes. See more photos of this winter fairy garden here.

Winter Fairy Garden : Fairy Garden Contest :

Winter Fairy Garden : Fairy Garden Contest :

Winter Fairy Garden : Fairy Garden Contest :


4. The Cleary kids worked hard on their fairy garden and I love it so much because it shows that bigger kids love fairy gardens too.

Look at the tunnels and houses they built. The buildings made of sticks and the bridges made of bark.

There are crystals and gems and moss and flowers… all the perfect things to attract neighborhood fairies.

Older Kid Fairy Garden : Fairy Garden Contest :

Big Kid Fairy Garden : Fairy Garden Contest :


5. And here are two utterly delightful fairy gardens that show that you don’t need a lot of space to build a magical fairy garden. All you need are treasures you can find in nature; sticks, stones, moss and shells…

Tiny Fairy Garden : Fairy Garden Contest : www.theMagicOnions.comMini Fairy Garden : Fairy Garden Contest :

Small Space Fairy Garden : Fairy Garden Contest :


6. I love this next fairy garden too as, although it’s colorful and bright, it’s made by kids with all natural materials that this mom, Sophie, and her little ones picked up from nature. Mom said : I wanted us to stick to using natural elements as much as possible, while still making it colorful and fun.  We went on a walk and gathered different materials from the greenbelt behind our house.

Natural Fairy Garden : Fairy Garden Contest :

Fairy Garden made from natural materials : Fairy Garden Contest :

Fairy Garden made from natural elements : Fairy Garden Contest :


7. Here is a another charming fairy garden made by Jo and her little ones. Don’t you just love the little shower? Isn’t it quite the sweetest little fairy cottage ever?! It has an acorn lamp and all manner of enchantment inside… and, it’s portable! Take it to the beach!

Moss and Acorn Fairy House : Fairy Garden Contest : www.theMagicOnions.comMoss and Acorn Fairy House : Fairy Garden Contest :

Moss and Acorn Fairy House : Fairy Garden Contest :

Beach Fairy House : Fairy Garden Contest :


8. This fairy garden is called Peach Blossom Cottage. It’s made in a tin tub at the bottom of the garden and Chilli and Marlin play in it constantly. And the fairies do too, of course. There are so many sweet details that make this garden special… the acorn lantern path, pretty toadstool rocks and, of course, who can resist a gnome tea party?

Child Friendly Fairy Garden : Fairy Garden Contest :

Kid Friendly Fairy Garden : Fairy Garden Contest :

Child Friendly Fairy Garden : Fairy Garden Contest :

Click here to see more photos of Peach Blossom Cottage Fairy Garden.

Wow… I’m always amazed at the enchantment, imagination and magic shining from each and every garden. And, can you believe there will be 8 more finalists tomorrow?!


A reminder of the magical prizes that will be won…


First Prize : Daphne the Spring Fairy from Lavender and Lark

Second Prize : $110  Gift Certificate to The Magic Onions Shop

Third Prize : $100 Gift Certificate to Stubby Pencil Studio

Fourth Prize : 75$ Gift Certificate to Magic Wool


Fairy Garden Contest Prizes : 2014 : The Magic


Be sure to check out these Fairy Garden links…

Important Fairy Garden Links :

Fairy Garden Page with lots of photos, links and ideas, tutorials and instructions.

2014 Fairy Garden Contest Rules and ENTRY FORM

Detailed Tutorial on How To Make A Fairy Garden

AWESOME Prizes for the 2014 Fairy Garden Contest


Fairy Gardens : Pinterest : The Magic Onions


Happy Fairy Gardening,

Blessings and magic,


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4 Responses

  1. Goodness Donni – What a job you have had. Such gorgeous Fairy Gardens being created. We have been inspired by so many as we’ve watched the Gardens that others have shared.
    Thank you very much for the finalists list and I wanted to tell you that I have one very excited little girl here this morning who cannot believe that Peach Blossom Cottage is amongst the finalists. Thank you very much.
    All Blessings xxxx

    1. Hi Elke… thank you and your sweet family so much for sharing your magic with us. What a delightful garden you guys created. I can tell you how warm it makes me feel to see your little ones playing in it. Magic!
      xo Donni

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