DIY Fairy Garden in a Cup

DIY fairy garden - DIY Fairy Garden in a Cup

I’ve started indoor gardening and I must say, it’s really addictive! But what’s fun in putting all the plants in plain pots? So I decided to make a cup garden and made one. Might try making a fairy garden next time.

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Check out the supplies and I’ll take you step by step to making a cup garden of your own. 


  • Old cup and saucer
  • Small rocks and mixed soil
  • Cactus and succulents
  • Wall moss and plants
  • Wooden crafts sticks or twigs
  • Craft glue or hot glue gun
  • X-acto knife and cutting pliers
  • Ruler and pencil
  • Mosaic stone.


accessories (3)I used wooden craft sticks to make a mini bench, ladder and fence. While you’re making the accessories keep in mind that the sizes of the accessories should be proportionate to the cup size and plants.

Use cutting pliers or x-acto knife to cut the sticks. Simply follow the pictures, they’re really easy to make.

You can make so many tiny things with these sticks. You may also try making a swing, stool, table, cabin, mail box, birds house and much more.

stuffsCollect or buy small cactus and succulent plants. These plants require very low water and nurture. If you plants small cactus and succulent plants it’ll take years for them to grow.

Besides you can also use wall moss, ferns and other plants, they also require less water and nurture.

whatGather some small rocks and mixed soil, do not use sand. Fill the bottom of the cup with the small rocks. Fill one third of the cup with rocks.

Now fill the rest of the cup with the mixed soil. Keep the soil level a cm below the edge of the cup.

planting (2)These plants don’t have huge roots so you don’t have to worry about messing the top soil. Use a small stick or your finger to make a hole on the soil, place 2 cm of the plant in the hole from the bottom, fill the rest of the hole with soil.

Try keeping small gaps between each plant and also keep at least a cm of gap between the plants and the cup’s edge.

decorating (1)Lucky me, I found a piece of small flat concrete, just the perfect size and shape. I placed it beside the plants so that I can put the bench on it. You’ll need to glue the bench on that concrete piece.

decorating (2)Placed some wall moss beside the concrete piece and filled the rest of the soil top with small flat mosaic stones. Also placed the small snail shells near the plants.

doneTry too collect vine type small wall ferns, I have loads of them on the walls of my garden. Take a long piece of the wall plant. Push its root in the soil near the cups edge, in front. Now glue the cup on the saucer and then glue the ladder with the cup and the saucer, so that we can climb to the garden from the saucer! Wrap the wall plant around the ladder carefully.

The saucer seemed empty and boring so I placed some mosaic stones around it and glued 2 small clay mushrooms near the ladder.

Ahh! Finally, it’s done!

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Happy gardening!

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    1. Your comment made my day <3. Please convey our love to her and let her know that we would love to see the crafts she makes. Kindly join our fb group and share her creations with us. We’ll feature them on our Facebook and Instagram pages.

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