Make a Fairy Garden out of a Broken Pot

A broken pot fairy garden is a great option for a small spaces. Repurpose a cracked terra-cotta pot into a dainty fairy garden packed with moss and colorful succulents.

Transform a broken clay pot into something stunningly impressive with this fairy garden pot idea. We stuffed our broken pot garden with colorful succulents, moss, and a wishing well—but you can customize your potted fairy garden house any way you want.

If you are planning on breaking a pot for this fairy garden flower pot, first fill the inside of the pot with cardboard or foam. Carefully use a hammer to break the pot into separate pieces, keeping the back wall of the pot intact. Be cautious of sharp edges.

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What You Need


  • Broken terra-cotta pots
  • Potting soil
  • Succulents or other small fairy garden plants
  • Moss
  • Cardboard


  • Hammer

Step 1: Arrange Pieces

To start your broken pot fairy garden, arrange pieces of broken pot to make different levels of the fairy garden. Use a clear silicone adhesive or sculpting clay to hold pieces of the fairy garden pot in place. Let dry.

Step 2: Fill with Soil

Fill the flower pot fairy garden structure's crevices with watered potting soil. Make sure to pack the soil down to support the plants and the broken pieces in the center.

Step 3: Make Steps

To create "steps" for your  flower pot fairy house, break terra-cotta pieces with hammer to make smaller parts. Place cardboard underneath the terra-cotta before using hammer to protect the surface where you are working. Arrange small pieces on soil to make "steps."

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Step 4: Add Plants

Plant succulents (or plants of your choice) and add accents to planter. Fill in empty spots with moss. 

Editor's tip: When selecting plants for your mini fairy garden, look for plants with similar care needs.

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