Up-cycle your broken flower pots into unique fairy gardens

It can be awful throwing something away; that terrible feeling that you’re being wasteful. Well, here’s a way that you can take your old and broken planters and turn them into something amazing. Fairy gardens have sprung up all over Pinterest as more and more people up-cycle their broken flower pots into beautiful garden art.

It’s a little DIY project that you can complete in an afternoon. It even makes a great way to entertain the kids during the holidays. Simply follow our step-by-step guide below and don’t forget to send us a picture once you’re done.

It all starts with a little imagination

When creating a broken pot garden, it helps to visualise the end result. Think about the theme you’d like to have, or the accessory or plant you’d like to feature. Maybe even draw a quick diagram of what you want your mini-garden to look like. Do you want a woodland fairy grotto, for example, or an English country cottage? Perhaps you have an old toy castle lying around which could be repurposed as a fairytale palace, or maybe you’d like to use this opportunity to create a unique and stylish herb garden. Deciding on a theme will help you choose the best plants and accessories for your design. Here are a few of our favourite mini-gardens to get your imagination going:

You see, it’s not just the flower pots that get a new lease of life. Most of us have a junk draw or two somewhere in our house filled with old toys, figurines, pieces from board games and other random odds and ends… Why not raid yours and help bring your miniature garden to life?


Got an idea? Great. Now let’s build it

You’ll need:

  •   A broken terracotta pot or two.
  •   Smaller pieces of terracotta (or similar) in varying sizes.
  •   Soil.
  •   A trowel.
  •   Plants.
  •   Accessories.

Step 1

Take your broken terracotta pot and fill in the bottom with soil. A composted soil full of organic matter is best. Pat it down so it’s nice and firm.

Step 2

Build your design from the bottom upwards. Start with the larger pieces of terracotta to create walls and edges. Then fill in the design with the smaller pieces, such as making steps or a mini patio. Build upwards until you reach the top of the pot. Make sure they’re all firmly packed into the soil, so they won’t topple over.

Step 3

Add some height to your design by placing another flower pot on top. This can be used as a stand for your fairytale castle, or as a container for a feature plant or flower.

Step 4

With the structure in place, now comes the fun bit. Fill in the spaces with plants and accessories to create your desired look. Make sure you choose plants of the correct scale (a miniature garden should have miniature plants after all).

Step 5

Once everything is in the right spot, it’s time to add the finishing touches – gravel to the garden path for example, or some sea shells to a beach scene. Perhaps you could have a toy dragon guarding the castle, or a tiny bird house tucked away in the greenery? It’s all up to you and your imagination.


Share your creation! We want to see how you get on. When you’re finished creating your unique fairy garden, snap a photo and post it in the comments below. Get your friends involved too by sharing this guide on facebook, Google+ and twitter. We can’t wait to see the results.

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