Gather your supplies:
• Broken terracotta pots or intact pots (to be broken), various sizes
• Craft drill or file (such as a Dremel Multi-Tool)
• 1 large shallow terracotta pot (to be left intact)
• Potting mix
• Small pebbles
• Small garden ornaments (such as a fairy house and fairies)
• Plants (see Notes and What we planted, below)
You’ll also need:
Safety glasses; disposable dust mask; protective gloves; hammer; trowel
• Choose plants with small leaves or bonsai trees to keep everything on a fairy-sized scale.
• Go for plants with a variety of colours and textures, just as you would in a real garden.
If working with intact pots, put on safety glasses and dust mask and use craft drill or file to create a weakened outline and break out a big piece. Tip You can also use a hammer to break pots, wearing gloves for safety.
Tip: You can also use a hammer to break pots, wearing gloves for safety.
Arrange pot shards in the large pot, layering to create platforms on different levels.
Fill with potting mix, making sure pot shards stand upright and stay in place.
Start planting larger plants, leaving space for the ornaments.
Fill in gaps with smaller plants and water in.
Place the larger ornaments in spaces. Carefully break additional pot shard into small pieces and place as step pathway.
Scatter pebbles around plants and steps, then arrange fairies and remaining ornaments around your layered garden.
Place in a sunny position add water weekly.