Calling all English, tea-loving fairies… we’ve made the most delightful fairy garden habitat for you… in my favorite teacup. Please move in.
It all started when I broke the saucer to one of my favorite teacups. I wanted to cry. I’ve had this beautiful tea set for many many years. Each cup and saucer has a different English flower painted on it and the teapot is a combination of all the flowers together. I’ve loved it so much over the years.
And then, the other day, the saucer just slipped out of my hand and shattered on the ground.
Kitty to the rescue. Mom, don’t be sad, she said. We’ll turn it into something better. What? I asked with a quavering voice? A FAIRY GARDEN she said, always knowing how to cheer me up.
So, fairies, here it is… your very own miniature fairy garden in my favorite teacup.
I’m sharing our DIY tutorial so that you can make a miniature fairy garden in a teacup too…
- – teacup
- – stones
- – activated charcoal
- – tiny succulent plants (we used Leafy Stonecrop)
- – magic
- Clean your teacup.
- Ease the plant out of their container and loosen their roots gently with your fingers.
- Put an inch of pebbles into the bottom of the teacup. These pebbles will help with drainage as our teacup has no drainage holes in the bottom. Put a layer of activated charcoal on top of the pebbles. The activated charcoal will help keep the roots toxin and bacteria free.
- Plant the miniature succulents on top of the activated charcoal.
TIP :: Miniature succulents are the perfect plants for a teacup fairy garden. A teacup has no drainage holes in the bottom and therefore plants that require regular watering will not thrive in a teacup. The water will drain through the soil and stagnate in the bottom of the cup, rotting the roots.
Succulents require sparse watering and therefore excess water will not pool in the bottom of the teacup. The activated charcoal will protect the roots of your succulents from disease.
Leafy Stoncrop, the variety of succulents we used, is very delicate and needs to be planted with great care.
Adorn your teacup fairy garden with a few magical accessories to entice the fairies in our neighborhood to our teacup fairy garden. You can purchase fairy garden accessories from FairyGardens.com or you can make them yourself, like we did.
I’ll share the DIY tutorials for each sweet creation in the days to come.
Look how magical they are…
Kitty’s favorite is the glowing sunflower. Mine is the ‘Fairies’ sign. What’s yours?
Here are the tutorials to make the cute goodies you see in our teacup fairy garden,
DIY mini toadstool tutorial, DIY sunflower pot pant tutorial , DIY rustic fairy sign.
Remember to check back regularly to find tutorials for all the other magical details that make our teacup fairy garden so super cute.
Visit the Fairy Garden page for lots of other fairy garden ideas. And, we have the most magical fairy garden shop too.
And did you know, this year’s Fairy Garden Contest is now open for entries from April 1st to August 5th, 2016.
Look at the MAGICAL prizes you can win!
Blessings and magic,
I had a garden in a teacup and everything died. Didn’t water it enough cause I was afraid stuff would rot. So… my husband drilled a hole in the cup (you can get cheap diamond drill bits at Amazon). Solved my problem! (My husband drilled the hole cause I don’t have steady hands any more, not because I can’t use a drill.)
Great tip, Ita… thank you.
I’d love to see a photo of your fairy garden. if you have one, you can post it to my Facebook Page.
PS. Sorry. Forgot to say I love this teacup garden!!
This is so adorable! I just made my first fairy garden this past weekend and shared it on my blog today. It would be so much fun to have a girlfriend’s night and make these little tea cup gardens. :) Pinning.
Your fairy garden is adorable, Stacey. I LOVE the little red chairs :)