Get Some DIY Fairy Garden Ideas – Why Not From Books?

It has been a trend for a few years now already: fairy gardens. But where to start and where do you even get those DIY fairy garden ideas from?

Well, I have written a few blog posts before on them, starting with my own fairy garden :-), I am still expanding it! In the meantime, I have added a second fairy house, and I would like to plant a lot more miniature plants and make it look ‘wilder’.

Have a look at my latest Youtube video of my little garden (it starts with the making of my little “acorn guy”, about halfway you can see the total result):

Also, a few basic ideas for your fairy garden are available to you on my site and if you wonder what kind of supplies you would need to craft your fairy garden with (glue indoor/outdoor, sealer, etc.), I can help you out with that as well.

But then again, the possibilities for creating fairy gardens are so endless, that it would be impossible for me to explain everything on my site alone.

So I thought: why not recommend books that will give you lots more DIY fairy garden ideas?

Thus the topic of today will be all about my top 5 favorite books on miniature gardening (in English, of course). Let’s go!

Book Number 1: Fairy Gardening: Creating Your Own Magical Miniature Garden

Author(s):

Julie Bawden-Davis and Beverly Turner.

Some more info:

By following seven simple steps, Julie and Beverly teach you how to plant, design, care and accessorize a small fairy garden.

DIY fairy garden ideas

How to choose properly scaled accessories, the perfect container, and the best small-sized plants are all included in the book.

The book is full of wonderful full-color pictures showing a lot of different fairy gardens and accessories, which will inspire you for sure!

A fairy garden like this takes only about 10 minutes per week to maintain and the book is suited for novice and experienced miniature gardeners πŸ™‚

Where to get this item.

On Bookdepository.

On Amazon.

(you can compare prices or get the Kindle version!)

Overall Rank.

stars

The good and the bad :

The Good.

  • has a great list of suggested plants
  • Beverly Turner is a pioneer in the miniature garden world, each of her creations tells its own story
  • gorgeous pictures

The Bad.

  • if you expect hands-on instructions, then you will be disappointed
  • it seems that no pictures are available with the plants-list, so you will have to Google the name to see what it looks like

Final Conclusion.

If you would like to see creativity and look for ideas, this is a good book to buy. If you would like instructions on how to make a fairy house yourself, for example, then this is not the book for you!

Book number 2: Fairy Village

Author(s):

Debbie Schramer and Mike Schramer.

Some more info:

There is not so much info to be found on this book, but here we go.

This book looks really pretty, the spine, for example, is faux leather with gold foil detailing, and there’s a large gatefold that folds out to reveal the entire village.

Every page is packed with photos of Schramer’s adorable miniatures and even some original drawings.

So, as far as I can tell, this book is packed with pictures of gorgeous crafted whimsical scenes, including a bakery, small boutiques, a clock maker’s shop, a village pavilion, charming homes, etc..

Also, a collection of magical miniature scenes, made from objects found in nature: moss, bark, flowers, and others.

The price :

Where to get this item.

On Amazon.

Overall Rank.

4 stars and a half

The good and the bad :

The Good.

  • in my personal opinion, I love fairy gardens that are made of natural materials, as this book describes.
  • Incredibly beautiful pictures
  • easy instructions

The Bad.

  • one person claims that the makers of this book talk too much about themselves lol, I don’t think that is a reason to give it 1 star only πŸ™
  • I can’t find any shipping policies

Final Conclusion.

I would buy this book (and the fairy houses one), just to get more ideas on how to play around with moss and natural materials, because that is what I prefer personally.

Book Number 3: 50 Things To Know About Fairy Gardens

Author(s):

Allegra Campbell.

Some more info:

fairy garden book

Even less information is available on this book on DIY fairy garden ideas than the previous one.

This is a shame because when I see the description of it, it would be more for my taste because it seems there are more instructions on how to craft fairy gardens than in the first 2 books.

The book shows a brief introduction of gardening for fairies, an in-depth look at each component of a fairy garden, and inspiration to make your own.

By the looks of it, this book also has instructions, so there’s a difference between this one and the first two.

Where to get this item.

On BookDepository.

Or Amazon.

(you can compare prices or buy the Kindle version)

Overall Rank.

I could not find any star reviews on this one sadly πŸ™

The good and the bad :

The Good.

  • has instructions as well as illustrations
  • quite a cheap book, suitable for beginners

The Bad.

  • no reviews to be found

Final Conclusion.

As I can’t find any reviews on this book, it is hard to tell if I would advise you to buy it or not. But speaking for myself, I do think I’m going to give it a chance!

Book number 4: Fairy Garden Handbook

Author(s):

Liza Gardner Walsh

fairy garden book

Some more info:

This fairy garden handbook seems suitable for parents and their children, to work on it together.

Includes: how to make miniature gardens and terrariums, butterfly and hummingbird gardens, rock and water gardens, and wind chimes and prisms to add music and lights to your little garden.

The price :

Where to get this item.

On Bookdepository.

Or Amazon

( you can compare prices or check out the Kindle version)

Overall Rank.

stars

The good and the bad :

The Good.

  • seems to focus more on crafting together with your children
  • it’s the first book I saw that also talks about how to add lights, water, and music
  • also looks at plants that are interesting for insects

The Bad.

  • no actual building plans available

Final Conclusion.

Interesting fairy garden book, if you are also interested in the ecological part of a garden!

Book Number 5: DIY Fairy Gardens

Author(s):

Emily Robert

Some more info:

With the help of this book, you can learn how to design, plant, and take care of a mini garden.

Included is a little bit of history of fairy gardens and step-by-step instructions, pictures, and illustrations for you to follow to start your own project.

Also, learn which types of plants and containers are most successful for a fairy garden, how to care for them, and which designs are great for both indoors and outside.

Where to get this item.

On Bookdepository.

Or on Amazon.

( again, you can compare prices or buy the Kindle version)

Overall Rank.

3 stars

The good and the bad :

The Good.

  • lot’s of good explanation

The Bad.

  • not enough pictures
  • gets bad reviews

Final Conclusion.

If there are so few pictures in this book, I don’t think that I would buy this one.

My final conclusion.

I hope that you enjoyed this blog post on how to get some DIY fairy garden ideas with the help of books and I wish you happy crafting, alone or with your kids!

If you have any questions on this article or would you like to chat some more on this, then please leave a comment below or join my Facebook group πŸ˜‰

Best regards,

Lizzy

4 thoughts on “Get Some DIY Fairy Garden Ideas – Why Not From Books?”

  1. Hey thanks for this quick review! I love reading books and gardening too, when I have time.

    But I know my neighbor definitely will find this useful, her garden is beautiful with all the different status and lights, what a sight! Especially at night. I think a fairy garden would be a great addition to her lawn!

    Reply
    • Hi Sariyah,

      I would think that a fairy garden would be a nice addition indeed to her garden, I wish you both lots of fun with it!

      best regards,

      Lizzy

      Reply
  2. Hello Lizzy. I loved to make DIY small house models since I was a child. I became a civil engineering technician and learned how to do it properly. I like the idea of a DIY fairy garden, but I don`t know much about plant species and how to maintain them healthy. My choice would be Book Number 1: Fairy Gardening: Creating Your Own Magical Miniature Garden because it contains a list of plants, and the price is affordable.
    Regards,
    Debora

    Reply
    • Hi Debora,

      It is so nice that you can build DIY small houses yourself since you were a child, what a fun way to spend your childhood! If you would like to learn more about miniature plant species, book number 1 seems like a good choice indeed!

      Have fun crafting and planting!

      best regards,

      Lizzy

      Reply

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