How to Make a Well for a Fairy Garden

This adorable well and basket will add instant cottage charm to any fairy garden. Could this craft be any more quaint?

Tiny gardens crafts

This rustic well is the perfect accent for a cute fairy garden—and the dainty basket is just icing on the cake. The detail and design of this craft makes it a stand-out element for any tiny garden. You can make your own in an afternoon and put it in your fairy garden the next day.

Click to see kid-friendly fairy garden ideas.

What You Need

Well

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

Basket

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

Well

Step 1: Cut Poster Board Base

creating base for miniature rock ring well

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.

Step 2: Glue Stones

attaching rocks to base of miniature well

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.

Step 3: Grout Stones

adding clay to miniature well

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.

Create a pretty jewelry box using a similar technique.

Step 4: Create Posts

adding supports for miniature well roof

Cut two 4-inch pieces of sticks that are 1/4-inch thick to make the posts for the well. Glue the sticks on the inside of the well.

Step 5: Create Roof

making a miniature well roof

Cut a pile of thin twigs into 1 1/4 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.

Step 6: Make Crossbar

adding crank to miniature well

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.

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Basket

Step 1: Cut Dowels

tiny wishing well bucket

Tape five dowels together. Mark 5/8-inch segments with a pencil and then cut them. Cut two 1-inch dowel pieces and one 1 1/8-inch dowel piece.

See how to make a fairy garden swing with dowels here.

Step 2: Create Basket Base

tiny wishing well bucket

Glue one 1-inch pieces 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 5/8-inch dowel pieces.

Step 3: Create Handle

tiny wishing well bucket

Glue the 1 1/8-inch piece to the two taller pieces to make the handle of the bucket. Hold in place until the glue sets.

Step 4: Add Cord

tiny wishing well bucket

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.

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