If you fall in love with the imagination, you understand that it is a free spirit. It will go anywhere, and it can do anything. ~Alice Walker

When I was young I used to sit out by our ponds and dream of underworld kingdoms where they wore elegant flowing clothes and rode seahorses. I had such a vivid imagination. I wished Tinkerbell was real and would come and fetch me at night and take me on exciting adventures. By the time I graduated from high school, I was known as the grad class “dreamer”. Perhaps that would be an insult to some, but I loved my dream life – it was my escape and still is.

Speaking of imaginary worlds, fairy gardens are another escape I like to get lost in. I have them throughout my garden. You just have to be on the look out for them because I try to keep them somewhat hidden so that they surprise my family and guests.

Today’s project is an indoor fairy garden set in a wooden dough bowl which I thought would be a fun spring time diy. For more information on this particular project and who it is for, you will have to read to the end.

Fairy Garden Materials


Materials needed:

  • wooden base such as a dough bowl
  • oasis
  • sheet moss
  • fairy garden arbor, picket fence
  • branches that are shaped like trees
  • small flowers
  • lavender stalks
  • wheat stalks or dried grass
  • fairy garden accessories like a beehive and a wheel barrel
  • four beads and thick wire for lanterns
  • flat small rocks to represent a stone path
  • fairy lights (two sets)
  • knife for cutting oasis
  • glue gun & glue sticks
  • wire cutters
  • sharp small knife

Choosing the right dough bowl

An indoor fairy garden will require a fairly large dough bowl that is not only long enough to fit the arbor and fences but also deep enough to hold full size pieces of oasis to provide enough support for the branches and arbor, etc.

The dough bowl below is sturdy and well balanced. It is 26″ long, 12″ wide and 4″ deep. Here is a link in case you would like more information on it.

Disclaimer: should you decide to purchase the dough bowl through my link, I will receive a small commission at no extra charge to you.

Wooden dough bowl with carved edges

Fitting oasis

Start with the full pieces of oasis and place in the middle and work out from the mid point. As you work outwards you will need to trim edges and the depth of the oasis so it fits the curve of the bowl. Keep the trimmings as they work well to fill the edges.

Wooden dough bowl filled with oasis

Sizing the sheet moss

Lay the sheet moss over top of the oasis and then trim away the excess so that it covers all of the oasis.

Dough bowl filled with oasis and covered with moss

Laying out large pieces

Center the arbor in the middle of the dough bowl and at the front edge. Lay the fences on either side to determine where you will need to bend the fences to follow the curve of the bowl.

Fairy garden arbor with gates and side fences

Use a sharp knife to make holes into the sheet moss so that you can easily insert the arbor fences.

Cutting hole in moss

Push the arbor and fences deep into the oasis for stability.

Fairy garden arbor and fences inserted into moss

Preparing trees

Cut the flowers off the stems and leave a 1/4″ stem on each of the flowers.

Cutting dollar store purple flowers off of stems

Hot glue the flowers onto the branches. Group some of the flowers into groups of 2 or 3 flowers for interest.

Purple flowers glued on to natural branches

I also used yellow flowers as they would bring some brightness to the arrangement.

Yellow flowers glued on natural branches

Insert the branches near the back of the dough bowl, about 2 inches from the back.

Decorated branches inserted into fairy garden base

Creating fairy garden lanterns

This is your chance to get creative. I looked through my bead collection and found two that I felt could represent lanterns.

Fairy garden lanterns

Glue the black bead on top of the long hanging bead.

Gluing fairy garden lantern together

Mold the wire into the shape of a shepherds hook. Add wire to the top bead so that it can hang from the hook. If you like, spray paint the wire shepherds hook black. I felt that would make them look large garden hooks to hold lanterns.

Lanterns made of beads and wire for fairy garden diy

Creating the stone pathway

Lay your flat rocks from the arbor to the back to represent a path. Insert the lanterns with hooks on either side of the path.

Fairy garden lantern hanging

Add flowers to the garden

Get creative and design the type of garden you would want to have. I took lavender stems I had and put them near the fence as I felt they looked like tall delphiniums. I also added a couple of the yellow flowers and left them on their long stems just to give some pops of color.

The back was looking bare so I added varying heights of dried grasses to kind of close the garden in,

Indoor fairy garden

Add twinkle lights

I wrapped the branches in twinkle lights randomly here and there, As well, I looped the twinkle lights through the fence and arbor.

Indoor fairy garden with flowers

Add decorative accessories

I searched through my craft supply drawers and found a cute little bee hive and an old wheel barrel. Other options would be an old ladder leaned up against a tree, a rake, small terra cotta pots filled with flowers, etc.

Side view of indoor fairy garden

Bee hive in fairy garden

Bee hive in fairy garden

Why aren’t there any fairies?

I created this fairy garden for a mother’s day dough bowl challenge. My mom loves fairy gardens. Over the years, I added new pieces every Mother’s day to her collection.

One thing she doesn’t want though are fairy figurines because she doesn’t want any REAL fairies to think the garden is occupied so that they will come to play and frolic in the garden she has created for them. Now I am sure you know who I got my imagination from!

I searched on line to find the pieces I used but couldn’t find the exact ones so I put together a sampling of similar ones below. Just click on the photo and you will be taken to a link where you get more information on it.

Lastly did you know there is a store dedicated to only fairy gardens? I had no idea but if you want to check them out just click this link.

While we are on the topic of gardens, did you happen to see my blog of my choices for the best flowers to have in your garden? Well, if not, here is a link – you are going to love all the gorgeous photos!

White dinner plate dahlia in front of lake view
White dinner plate dahlia – one of the best flowers to have in your garden

I almost forgot – did you see the gift guides I put together for Mother’s Day? One of them is for a gardener and I found so many wonderful items which you can see below – if you like any of the products, click here for links to the items.

Gift ideas for the gardener

Well I better run, I have so much to do in the garden and I cannot wait to share all of it with you!

Wishing you a beautiful day and week ahead!

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  • Wendy
    May 9, 2022

    Such a darling blog post. I loved your dough bowl fairy garden and thought it was so creative, Crystal. I am in love with that tiny wheel barrel.

    • Crystal
      May 12, 2022

      Thank you so very much Wendy! It was fun to make. That wheel barrel is around 22 years old – can you believe it?

  • Julie
    May 10, 2022

    Love your idea of using beads to create lanterns. So clever!

    • Crystal
      May 12, 2022

      Thank you so very much Julie! It was a last minute thought but I think they ended up pretty cute!

  • Bentley
    May 10, 2022

    Turned out great. Love the lanterns.😁

    • Crystal
      May 12, 2022

      Thank you! Yes the lanterns were definitely a hit!

  • Sue at Blu
    May 13, 2022

    Oh Crystal! This is simply darling right up to your sweet Mama and her vacant fairy theory. I still want TINKERBELL to be real!