A couple of weeks ago, we visited a beautiful greenhouse nearby and we stumbled across the most adorable little fairy garden. I hadn’t thought too much about fairy gardens in the past, but when I heard both of my daughters audibly gasp when they saw the one at the greenhouse, I knew that we had to do some fairy garden projects this Spring! With Mother’s Day coming up soon, I thought some mini fairy garden gifts would be a great way to give this new & adorable little art form a try with my girls. We rounded up a bunch of suitable supplies we had on hand, made some others, and came up with a couple of absolutely sweet DIY mini fairy gardens in tins that will be a fun gift to give to moms for Mother’s Day this year! These would also make unique teacher’s gifts or gifts for friends too! Here’s how we made our mini fairy garden gifts.

How to make mini fairy garden gifts for Mother's Day, teachers, or friends!

Head down to the bottom of this post to watch a video tutorial of one of our fairy gardens in a tin, or follow below for a photo tutorial. I’m also sharing some other fabulous Mother’s Day gift ideas from my blogging friends at the bottom of this post along with an exciting giveaway!

How to make a DIY mini fairy garden gift in a vintage enamelware planter.

How to make mini fairy garden gifts for Mother's Day, teachers, or friends!

We made two different mini fairy garden gifts, so follow along below to see how we made the one in the tin on the right (that comes with free printables!) or watch the video at the bottom to see how I made the one on the left in the vintage planter.

How to make mini fairy garden gifts for Mother's Day, teachers, or friends!

Mini Fairy Garden in a Tin Gift

How to make mini fairy garden gifts for Mother's Day, teachers, or friends!

Supplies: 

  • a small indoor plant
  • a tin (mine’s approximately 5 x 9″)
  • gravel/rocks for drainage
  • potting soil
  • faux sheet moss
  • real moss
  • an unfinished mini birdhouse (I found mine at Michaels for $1.50)
  • stain (I used a water-based stain so that my daughter could paint with it)
  • fabric scraps
  • willow twigs
  • twine
  • mini mushrooms (or make some with small wooden knobs + paint)

How to make mini fairy garden gifts for Mother's Day, teachers, or friends!

Cut and glue some faux sheet moss to the roof of the birdhouse.

How to make mini fairy garden gifts for Mother's Day, teachers, or friends!

Paint the birdhouse with paint or stain. We used this pretty grey/brown stain to make the house look weathered. Little A loved this step – she’s a painter!

How to make mini fairy garden gifts for Mother's Day, teachers, or friends!

Fill the tin with about 1/4 of gravel and then with potting soil. Dig a hole in the soil and plant the plant to one side of the tin.

How to make mini fairy garden gifts for Mother's Day, teachers, or friends!

Make a mini fabric bunting banner out of fabric scraps. I cut some triangles out of fabric and machine sewed them to some twine using a zig zag stitch. Then, I glued them to some willow twigs with a glue gun.

How to make mini fairy garden gifts for Mother's Day, teachers, or friends!

Insert the banner and posts to the back of the planter, and then pat some moss down on the bare dirt to create “grass”. We’re lucky to have a little forest behind our house, so I harvested some moss from some trees there.

How to make mini fairy garden gifts for Mother's Day, teachers, or friends!

Place the fairy house next to the plant. Use some fluffier moss to create little “bushes” around the bird/fairy house.

How to make mini fairy garden gifts for Mother's Day, teachers, or friends!

Embellish the landscape further with mini toadstools. You could also add little stones to create a pathway or some more interest (we did this in our second fairy garden in the video).

How to make mini fairy garden gifts for Mother's Day, teachers, or friends!

Tie a scrap of fabric around the tin and glue gun it in place.

How to make mini fairy garden gifts for Mother's Day, teachers, or friends!

Make some labels and flags with this free printable and attach them to the tin & pieces of willow twigs with a glue gun. Click here for the free printable or on the image below. I’ve included tags and banners for mom, a friend, or a teacher!

Fairy-Garden-in-a-Tin-Printables

These little gardens would make such a unique and beautiful gift for your mom on Mother’s Day, a teacher, a friend… or for yourself!

How to make mini fairy garden gifts for Mother's Day, teachers, or friends!

They don’t take long to make at all, and they’re a fun project to do with kids.

How to make mini fairy garden gifts for Mother's Day, teachers, or friends!

Have a blast making these mini fairy garden gifts!

How to make a DIY mini fairy garden gift in a vintage enamelware planter.

Here’s a video tutorial on how to make the fairy garden gift in a vintage tin.

I found a set of beautiful enamelware tins at our local antique store that were perfect for this project.

Now it’s time for some more beautiful, handmade Mother’s Day gift ideas from my blogging friends!

Handmade Mother's Day Gift Ideas

Shauna of Satori Design for Living made a Pink Grapefruit Salt Soak
Christina of The DIY Mommy shows you how to make a Mini Fairy Garden in a Tin
Jenn of Clean & Scentsible made Vintage Wood Transfer Photo Coasters
Tara of Suburble put together a Weathered Gift Tray Tutorial
Kristi of Making it in the Mountains shows you how to make a DIY Blanket Ladder
Lucy of Craftberry Bush shows you how to make this Press Fern Resin Tray
Jo-Anna from A Pretty Life in the Suburbs has a recipe for a Lemon Coconut Sugar Scrub
Alex of Northstory made these fantastic Photo Tea Bags
Virginia of Fynes Designs has a free Apron Sewing Pattern
Krista of Happy Housie made a DIY Silhouette Image Tea Towels
Let’s end this post with a bang with a fantastic Mother’s Day giveaway! Enter to win this Breville food processor valued at $479 for your mama (or for you). Use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter the giveaway and to read all of the contest details. Good luck! (Open to Canadian residents only.)

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