Wheelbarrow Fairy Garden

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Create a beautiful fairy garden in an old wheelbarrow!

Building a fairy garden in an old wheelbarrow is simple and really quite fun.  It is like creating a miniature magical world that you can transport from indoors to outdoors depending on the weather.  My husband pitched in and helped me make this one and it turned out PERFECT! I can’t wait to share all of the details with you so you can make one too!

How to Make a Wheelbarrow Fairy Garden

Supplies and Materials for Fairy Garden

To get started you will need the following list of items:

Steps to Make a Wheelbarrow Fairy Garden

The first step is to drill holes into the wheelbarrow for drainage.


Next, put little grates over the holes so your soil won’t fall through.


Fill the wheelbarrow up MOST of the way with soil and place your plants.


Plant your plants. There are specific and special plants that are the perfect size for fairy gardens. Ask at your local garden store and they can help you find the ones that will grow in your climate.  These are the ones we chose.

Next, add your decorative rocks and gravels to make paths. This is really fun and a great time to be super creative.  There are tons of different colors of pebbles and rocks that can be used for this step. Some people even use shells.


We added a hill to our garden. If you decided to do this too, be sure to make it solid so when the garden gets watered it won’t create a mini landslide.


We also added an adorable body of water with blue shiny stones.


Ta Da! Isn’t is simply adorable. It is really fun to watch it grow because as it does — it becomes more and more magical.


Here is an up-close shot of the final garden. The favorite part might be the wire cage gazebo for fairies to hang out in together, maybe even dance.


Visit your local garden shop for more support regarding plants that are right for your climate.  you can find fairy sized accessories now at your local craft shops as well as many garden stores.

More Fairy Garden Ideas

There are so many ways to create fairy gardens and miniature decorations.  This is a great one. A super fun way to create a fairy garden is to upcycle a jar and create the fairy sized decorations with Sculpey clay.

An old wine crate works great for a planter too. The water will seep through the edges so drilling holes isn’t necessary. Local wine stores will usually give away their crates because it is better than adding them to the dumpster.

Fairy Garden in a Crate

Hopefully this helps you understand a little about how to make a fairy garden using a wheelbarrow, a jar or a box. However it is done — it is bound to bring endless hours of magical joy in the time of making it through the days of watching it grow. It works best to keep the garden out of the direct weather elements (ie: hard rainfall) because when the soil shifts, so do the tiny decorations.  I recommend it be kept under a roof, on a porch or even in a sunroom.

And Now, a FREE Printable!

Download it for free and have some fun.


Have a Fairy Party!

Download and print to create a whole party around making your fairy gardens.

Ways to Use Free Printables

You might have seen this list from me before but I think it is worth sharing over and over. Sometimes the people in the back need to hear things a few times, right?  There are so many great ways to use free printables.  Here are some of my favorites.

  • Print them and mail in an envelope with a stamp. Snail mail rocks.
  • Batch some up to make an activity book.  This is great for a road trip!
  • Print and use at a place setting on the table to create a conversation starter.
  • Add them to goody bags.  By the way, goody bags are not just for birthday parties.
  • Package them up with your favorite markers and crayons to give as a gift.
  • Drop a few off at the local coffee shop with fun pencils to spread some happy.
  • Cut them up to make cards, gift wrap and decorations.

BEST Tools For Working With Free Printables

These are my favorite tools and art supplies to use with free printables and why I love them too.

  1. Printer – This Laser Printer is inexpensive and works like a charm.  It even works with Alexa.  Bonus!
  2. Scissors – Lots of printables can be cut up to create decorations and cards and things like that.
  3. Markers and Crayons – All thing ooly work the best for me.  I LOVE all of their markers, pencils and crayons.
  4. Colored Pencils – For adult coloring, PRISM makes the colored pencils that I love to use most.
  5. Twine – For creating banners and garlands from printables, I love this twine best.
  6. Adhesive – Lots of printables have pieces that get cut out and put together.  This is my fave tape runner!

Happy Fairy Home Making,



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5 thoughts on “Wheelbarrow Fairy Garden”

  1. I live in northeast Washington state if I made a wheelbarrow garden looks adorable, could I put the front wheel in the ground if I didnt want to move it. I wouldnt have any place to store it during our winter weather

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