How to Make an Adorable Well for Your Fairy Garden

This DIY well and basket will add instant cottage charm to your fairy garden.

This rustic well makes a sweet accent for a fairy garden, helping to add scale and interest. This DIY project even includes a tiny basket you can place beside the well to further set the scene. The detail and design of this craft makes it a stand-out element for any tiny garden. You can make your own well and basket in an afternoon with a few basic supplies. Then, put them in your fairy garden for a little cottage charm.

Well for a Fairy Garden
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What You Need


  • Clear plastic poster board
  • Pebbles
  • Hot glue gun
  • Mosaic grout
  • Sponge
  • Sticks
  • Small wooden craft rectangles (1-inch x 2-inch)
  • Palette knife


  • Mini wooden dowels
  • Jute cord
  • Mini wooden flower pot
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue
  • Tape
  • Pencil

How to Make the Well

creating base for miniature rock ring well
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Step 1: Cut Poster Board Base

Cut 1-inch x 4-inch piece of plastic poster board and glue ends together to make a circle that is 2 inches in diameter.

attaching rocks to base of miniature well
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Step 2: Glue Stones

Hot glue the stones to the sides of the circle. When selecting stones, look for large, flat-sided stones for a sturdy base level. Let dry.

adding clay to miniature well
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Step 3: Grout Stones

Mix grout and apply to the sides of the stones with a palette knife to fill the spaces between the stones. Let dry for 20 minutes and then wipe away extra grout with damp sponge to reveal surface of stones. Let dry completely.

adding supports for miniature well roof
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Step 4: Create Posts

Cut two 4-inch pieces of sticks that are ¼-inch thick to make the posts for the well. Glue the sticks on the inside of the well.

making a miniature well roof
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Step 5: Create Roof

Cut a pile of thin twigs into 1¼-inch pieces. Hot glue the twigs onto two of the rectangular pieces of wood to make the roof of the well. Then glue the two rectangular pieces together to make a "V" shape. Glue the roof to the top of the posts.

adding crank to miniature well
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Step 6: Make Crossbar

Cut small branches to make a handle and glue to one of the posts. Cut a twig to fit between the two posts to make the crossbar.

How to Make the Basket

creating tiny basket base
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Step 1: Create Basket Base

Tape five dowels together. Mark ⅝-inch segments with a pencil and then cut them. Cut two 1-inch dowel pieces and one 1⅛-inch dowel piece. Glue one 1-inch piece to the side of the mini wooden flower pot. Then glue the other one on the opposite side. Fill in the rest of the sides of the flower pot with the ⅝-inch dowel pieces.

creating tiny wishing well bucket handle
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Step 2: Create Handle

Glue the 1⅛-inch piece to the two taller pieces to make the handle of the bucket. Hold in place until the glue sets.

tiny wishing well bucket
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Step 3: Add Cord

Wrap desired length of cord around the ends of handle and post and secure with hot glue. Tie cord around the bucket and secure with a dot of hot glue.

Updated by
Brittainey Lauridsen
Brittainey Sieren Lauridsen has spent nearly a decade working as a graphic designer. Her portfolio includes posters, brochures, t-shirts, art direction, photoshoot styling, and digital media work. She has worked as an art director for Better Homes & Gardens, and she describes herself as a "visual problem solver." Brittainey's work appears in Parents and Fitness magazines, and she also contributed to Lowe's Creative Ideas publication.
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