Try any of these easy beach fairy garden ideas to make a fairy garden with a beach theme. Change up the fairy garden beach accessories to create a different look for your DIY home decor. Beach themed fairy gardens, like these miniature fairy garden ideas, make a wonderful tabletop fairy garden and DIY gift idea.
Learn how to make a beach fairy garden with any of these beach themed fairy garden ideas. A fairy garden with a beach theme makes a wonderful desktop of tabletop fairy garden for both children and adults to enjoy!
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Beach Fairy Garden Ideas
There are several ways to create beach themed fairy gardens. This collection of beach fairy garden ideas uses the same basic set-up, with different fairy garden supplies placed inside, to create a slightly different fairy garden beach theme.
Create a zen garden, a mermaid garden, a simple beach scene fairy garden, and more just by changing out a few of the fairy garden beach accessories.
First, follow the simple step by step tutorial to learn how to make a beach fairy garden.
Next, add the fairy garden beach accessories that you like to make your favorite mini garden. Or, collect the items for each beach themed fairy garden idea and change up your mini garden any time you like!
Make sure to read through this entire article before making a beach fairy garden… We have lots of ideas to share that will help make it a lot easier to design a tabletop fairy garden that is perfect for your needs.
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Beach Fairy Garden Supplies
- Farmhouse metal bucket tray
- Small seashells and/or medium seashells
- Miniature palm plant in a planter and/or succulents in small planter pots
- Recycled one subject poly notebook
- Wire nippers
- Flex tape or Duct tape
- Play sand and/or mixed blue cabochons, blue marbles, and/or blue pebbles to make “water.“
- Fairy garden fence
Fairy Garden Beach Accessories
Create a miniature garden any way you like with any beach fairy garden accessories that you like. Having a few different fairy garden beach accessories available makes it easy to change up your beach themed fairy garden to create slightly different mini beach gardens.
You can see an amazing collection of fairy garden beach accessories (and supplies) available HERE. We have also listed a few of our favorite miniature garden accessories with each of the beach fairy garden ideas that we have listed below.
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How to Make a Beach Fairy Garden Step by Step Directions
First, follow the simple step by step directions to create a simple beach themed fairy garden. Next, select from the beach accessories found HERE.
The fairy garden beach accessories that we used, along with a lot more ideas, are listed with each of the beach fairy garden ideas described below, to make it easy to make a miniature beach garden just the way you like it!
You can see how to make a desktop garden with a beach theme in the DIY photo collage below the written instructions. Simple directions and photographs of each of the three different ways to complete your mini garden are posted below the beach fairy garden DIY photo tutorial.
You may also want to read how to make a fairy garden before getting started on your own beach themed mini garden.
Step 1 – Cut a strip of flexible plastic to create a separate container for succulents (optional)
We wanted to create a separate container for our beach fairy garden in order to keep the sand separate from the succulents so our daughter could play with the sand without disturbing the plants.
This can also be important if you will be planting succulents directly into the mini beach garden, and you don’t want the sand and soil to mix, but it is not mandatory. Beach mini-gardens can be just as lovely when the soil and sand inhabit the same space.
If you would like to create a separate container to plant the succulents (or put the succulents in their planter pots into), find some recycled flexible plastic to use to create a barrier. We cut a strip from an old poly notebook cover.
Once you find something suitable to use, cut a strip 3 1/2 inches tall by 8 to 12 inches long.
The length will depend on the amount of space that your succulent plants need. We recommend using 1 to 3 succulent plants.
Step 2 – Attach the plastic strip to the inside of the tabletop tray (optional)
Use flex tape or duct tape to attach the strip of flexible plastic to the inside of the tabletop tray with handles. We taped both side edges and the bottom edge and made sure that sand could not seep through any of the crevices.
If you will be planting succulents directly into the mini garden container, we recommend using flex tape because it is waterproof.
Step 3 – Place or plant succulents in the fairy garden
Place succulents in planters directly into the tabletop garden, or plant succulents into the fairy garden.
We placed succulents in planters into the separate container that we made with a strip of recycled plastic from an old notebook. You can also plant them directly into the planter.
Because we choose to add the succulents to the miniature garden in their pots, we added a single layer of pebbles underneath them to help keep them aerated and leave a little room for water to drain and evaporate.
If you choose to plant your succulents directly into the beach fairy garden, use a good organic potting soil specifically designed for succulents for best results.
Step 4 – Add Pebbles and/or Shells
We also squeezed pebbles into the crevasses between the succulents in their pots to keep them stable and add structure.
Step 5 – Add Sand and/or Marbles and Glass Gems
Scoop as much play sand into the beach fairy garden that you would like it to have. Less is best, especially if you have young children at home that will be playing with it.
Step 6 – Trim and Place Fairy Garden Fence
We placed the fence along the edge of the plastic that we used to divide our miniature beach garden. It can also be placed along or around the inside edge of the planter, or weave and meander in any way that makes your beach fairy garden come to life.
Step 7 – Add Fairy Garden Beach Accessories
Last, and best of all, add the fairy garden beach accessories to your miniature tabletop garden that make your heart sing and your children shout with joy.
Have a look at the tutorials for each of our beach-themed fairy gardens, and HERE for more fairy garden beach accessory ideas!
Beach Fairy Garden DIY Photo Tutorial
The photo collage below shows how to make a fairy garden with a beach theme. Scroll up for the written instructions for each step.
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Beach Themed Fairy Gardens
Once you have made a basic beach themed fairy garden, add any of the fairy garden beach accessories listed above to create one of the amazing beach themed fairy gardens described and pictured, or, collect a bunch of different fairy garden beach accessories to change your mini garden up to suit your mood.
1. Beach Scene Fairy Garden
Create a beach-themed fairy garden to spend a day at the beach from the comfort of your own home any time of year.
A Day at the Beach Fairy Garden Supplies
First, start your beach scene fairy garden with the fairy garden supplies and the DIY tutorial above. Next, add any fairy garden beach accessories that you like from HERE, or the list below.
Beach Scene Fairy Garden Accessories
- Small white Adirondack chairs
- Miniature dollhouse fairy garden beach accessories
- Beach style miniature ornaments
- Palm tree with life-preserver miniature garden accessory
- Beach fairy
- Miniature umbrella mini garden accessory
- Flip Flop beach fairy garden accessory
- Mini sandcastles fairy garden accessory
- Encouragement stones or mermaid message stones
2. Zen Garden
Finish your beach fairy garden by turning it into a desktop zen garden complete with zen fairy garden tools for kids or adults to play with. Then, add any additional miniature fairy garden decorations that you like to complete the look.
A mini zen garden can help children and adults release stress as they develop mindfulness and self-regulation skills. A zen mini garden is also a wonderful way to improve focus and concentration.
A mini Japanese Zen garden makes a lovely DIY gift idea that children and adults of all ages are sure to love.
zen fairy garden supplies
First, use the fairy garden supply list and the beach fairy garden tutorial above to make the base for your zen fairy garden. Next, collect zen fairy garden accessories that fill your heart and mind with peace to complete your DIY desktop zen garden.
zen fairy garden accessories
- Miniature zen garden tools
- Zen garden kit with stamps
- Miniature zen figure
- Stones with words of inspiration
- Find more ideas HERE
3. Mermaid Fairy Garden
Fairies and mermaids of all ages are sure to love this mermaid fairy garden. A mermaid garden can be filled with sand and marbles, or just marbles and gems in greens and blues without the sandy beach.
My daughter added her favorite mermaid toys and green and blue marbles (round and flat-backed) to make the emerald and sapphire mermaid pools that you can see pictured on the edge of the beach in our mini mermaid garden.
How to Make a Mermaid Fairy Garden
First, make a beach fairy garden with the step by step directions listed above, but don’t add the sand yet… You may decide that you want to try some of these other fun mermaid fairy garden ideas instead!
Other Fantastic Mermaid Fairy Garden Ideas
Mermaid gardens look great with sand and mixed blue and/or green marbles used to create water for the beach like the mermaid fairy garden pictured.
Another easy option is to use blue play sand instead of regular play sand to make a mermaid fairy garden, or, any combination of mixed blue cabochons, blue marbles, and/or blue pebbles to make “water” for the mermaid figurines to play in instead of a “beach.”
When mermaid mini gardens are made with blue play sand or pebbles; a short glass cylinder vase, slant terrarium, small decorative bowl, small tabletop ceramic planter, etc., can be used in place of the tabletop tray with handles pictured.
If you chose one of the different mermaid fairy garden container ideas listed above, you may also prefer to use air plants in your mini garden instead of succulents, or none at all. You can also make a mermaid small world without any plants at all!
Mermaid Small World
A small world is a lot like a fairy garden without the plants. They are mini-scenes filled with sensory play materials and mermaid figurines for children to play with and develop the imagination.
Like a fairy garden, a small world is made for children to play with and enjoy, or, imagine into as a way to develop creativity and focus while learning through play.
The only difference between a mermaid small world and a mermaid fairy garden is that a small world usually does not contain live plants as a fairy garden would. However, a fairy garden is considered a type of small world that can be used for small world play.
Mermaid Fairy Garden Supplies
A few different “sand and water” options, in addition to the basic fairy garden supplies listed for the basic beach garden above, are listed below.
- Blue play sand
- Kinetic blue play sand
- Small blue pebbles for aquarium
- Blue marbles
- Mixed blue gems
- Green table scatter
Mermaid Fairy Garden Accessories
- Mermaid garden accessories
- Mini mermaid with pearl
- Mermaid message stones
- Surfboard cake toppers
- Mermaid fairy for a mini mermaid garden
- Miniature mermaids (these are the mini mermaids in the mermaid fairy garden pictured.
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Best Beach Fairy Garden DIY Ideas
As you can see, there are as many ways to make a fairy garden as you can imagine… literally!
Use these awesome beach fairy garden ideas to make a miniature garden that makes your heart sing, your heart smile, and your mind flood with peaceful thoughts.
A tabletop beach garden makes a wonderful small world place space for both children and adults to imagine into, play with, and enjoy, to develop the imagination and self-regulation skills.
These beach fairy garden ideas also make wonderful gift ideas for children and adults of all ages… Make one for someone you love today!
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