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Desert DIY Fairy Garden

By: Michelle Leslie from
Desert DIY Fairy Garden
Desert DIY Fairy Garden
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In the Designer's Words: "We had so much fun making this little desert fairy garden, I wanted to share “how we did it” with you. The main house was made using a humble little wooden tissue box and there's an outhouse, with a long drop for when nature calls."

Fairy gardens have grown increasingly popular in the DIY world. The whimsical addition of sprites to your home can easily lighten your mood. Plus, compared to full scale gardens, fairy garden ideas are easy to make and easy to maintain. Check out this how to make a fairy garden tutorial to learn how to make a totally unique garden crafts. The Desert DIY Fairy Garden is a garden craft that allows you to display your cacti in a charming way. This adorable idea is sure to turn heads.

Estimated Cost$11-$20

Time to CompleteIn an evening

Primary TechniqueGardening


Project TypeMake a Project

Materials List

  • Wooden tissue box
  • Bits of bark
  • Wood off cuts
  • Small stones
  • Silicone glue


  1. We built a roof for the tissue box out of hardboard and cut two windows and a door using our Dremel.

  2. We stripped the bark off of some logs we had lying around and used silicone glue to clad the outside of the tissue box.

  3. We cut thin strips of wood into small shingles which we sealed with a matte outdoor wood sealer and then covered the roof and finally we finished the top of the roof off with a piece of pewter.

  4. The outhouse is covered in strips of pewter and the long drop is a small piece of wood that we drilled a hole into.

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This is adorable and I am inspired just looking at it. But I am going to make it using polymer clay. I love working with that and I can make the buildings and cacti out of it very easily. Little stones and boukders are a snap to make too. Thank you for the idea.

I love miniatures and this looks like a really easy project for my garden!

love this cant wait to try


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