Make your own indoor fairy garden lantern for less than $10 and in under 30 minutes with this cheap and easy DIY project. This project is perfect for people who don’t have a backyard or space for a real fairy garden but still want to experience the fun of making one. It’s great as a summer craft for kids too. Just build the lantern and let the kids put everything in!
I got everything but the fairy house and the fairy lights at Dollar Tree. I got the fairy house at Micheals using 40% off sale plus 20% off my order coupon so it was only about $3 and I already had the fairy lights, but you can get them at Micheals too for around $5 with sales and coupons.
Supplies for Indoor Fairy Garden Lantern
- 4 picture frames of the same size (I used 11×14)
- hot glue gun and glue sticks
- foam board
- floral moss
- dollar store fairy figurines and fairy garden village pieces
- fake succulents, plant bulbs or small fake flowers
- river rocks
- moss covered “rocks” (optional)
- soil (free)
- brown craft paint (optional)
- battery operated LED micro lights (optional)
Directions for Indoor Fairy Garden Lantern
- Using a hot glue gun, glue the corners of all the picture frames together.
- With a pencil trace an outline of the bottom onto a foam board and cut it out. You can paint the foam board the same color as the picture frame to match (That’s what I did).
- Glue the foam board to the bottom of the lantern.
- Put your floral moss in the lantern first. You can build up a little hill like I did to put the fairy house on top of.
- I made a little pond from the metal ring holding a tea light candle and taped some of the small river rocks/pebbles around the rim of the metal. Then, I added a little bit of water and 1/2 drop of blue food coloring. Other Ideas:
- You could also make a fairy fire pit instead with some twigs on top of a LED tea light candle inside the metal ring. All of these supplies can be found at the Dollar Tree.
- You could also add a patch or two of soil and “plant” your succulents or other small plants, bulbs, flowers etc.
- Place all your figurines and village pieces where you want them to be. Add boulders, river rocks, succulents and other little details.
- Finally, add the fairy lights around your fairy garden if you have them to make your fairy garden look more magical.