Not sure what to do with those Halloween miniatures you see at the craft store? I’ll show you how to make a DIY Halloween fairy garden in 5 easy steps! This haunted house makes the cutest seasonal decor!
Like the craft pumpkin I used for my hand lettered pumpkin craft, this Halloween fairy garden house is one of those things that’s been sitting in my craft closet for a couple years…classic Aubree hoarding and procrastinating. I’m so happy I finally got around to doing something with it!
If you’ve been wanting to make a fairy garden but aren’t sure how or where to start, I’ve got some great tips for you! They’re surprisingly easy, cheaper than you might think (if you follow my advice), and make the cutest seasonal decor!
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What you need to make a Halloween fairy garden
craft house or fairy garden “base”
I purchased my house a couple years ago from Michaels and it’s unfortunately no longer available (this is what I get for waiting so long to finish this project). But here are some other options:
I’ve seen some super fun Halloween fairy gardens from hollow craft pumpkins. But…of course they’re now also proving difficult to find online. This hollow pumpkin is the only one I’ve found.
You could also create a fairy garden scene in a pumpkin like this. (And how cute would it be for a planter or beverage holder?!)
I spotted these coffins on Amazon and immediately added them to my Halloween crafting wish list. They’d make the cutest fairy gardens or gift boxes!
Finally, a glass cloche would make an excellent base for your spooky fairy garden!
faux florals, moss, and trees
I created my entire fairy garden theme around the little bride and groom skeleton figurine I purchased. (This spooky couple is the closest thing I could find online.)
Go with as many or as little figurines as you want (I only chose one to keep costs low–though, originally, I had half the store in my cart 😆). Here are some of my favorites:
- zombie man and zombie woman
- ghost with lantern
- witch with cauldron
- skeleton unicorn
- skeleton mermaid
- stacked pumpkins
- pumpkin wagon
- Plus, find tons more unique Halloween miniatures here!
And…maybe now you can see why having a whole shopping cart of figurines would add up fast… But believe me, it is so hard to pick only one! I’d say get as many as you can afford that go with your scene’s theme and be sure to use coupons or catch them on sale!
paper, fabric, paint, and glitter
Personalize your fairy garden with anything else you can think of! The best part: you probably have most of these “extras” on hand already!
How to make a haunted house fairy garden for your Halloween decor
1. Add “wallpaper” and wall decor
First, we need to give our basic and drab house a makeover. Add paint, paper, fabric, or ribbon to give your house some color. I had some scraps of Halloween damask ribbon that were perfect for that “wallpaper” feel, so I simply trimmed them to the right size, layered them on top of each other, and made a makeshift backdrop for my house. A little hot glue and I was good to go.
See how I used the same ribbon in my Skeleton Wreath Tutorial!
I also found some small frames in the scrapbook section of Hobby Lobby, backed them with black cardstock, and hot glued them to my “wall.”
2. Add floral accents
Your local craft store will be full of spooky floral picks around Halloween time, so snag a few that have some smaller accents on them (unless you want to use the full blooms, then feel free!). Something like this would give you some good variety. Most of these pieces pop off easily, but you can also use wire cutters to shorten them to the size you want. Again, use hot glue to attach these.
3. Add miniature figurines
Once you’ve finished your walls and floor (if you chose to use moss or other ground cover in the previous step), you can now hot glue your figurines to your fairy garden house.
4. Add a banner and/or lights
To stick with my bride and groom skeleton theme, I made a simple “just dead” banner from a stamp, white cardstock, and a Sharpie. I was too impatient to wait for regular glue to dry, so I attached a string with small pieces of tape and then super-glued the ends of the string to attach it to the house.
5. Add glitter
Glitter just makes everything better, right?! (Unless it’s all over your craft room table and floor…and then you’ll just need this super high-tech glitter removing tool that I’ve recently discovered. 😆)
And there you go! 5 easy steps and you’ve got yourself a spooky haunted house fairy garden for Halloween!