Fun Vintage DIY Indoor Fairy Garden Idea

Fun Vintage DIY Indoor Fairy Garden Idea

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How adorable is this Fun Vintage DIY Indoor Fairy Garden Idea? You have to love easy indoor succulents. Especially when they’re part of cute home decor.

I know, I know. I just built my Fairy Herb Garden a few months ago and I loved that too. But I just couldn’t resist building this Fun Vintage DIY Indoor Fairy Garden Idea. While writing up my directions for the fairy herb garden, I found this vintage camper on Amazon and recommended it as a cute option for the tray.

After spotting a cute vintage camper at Hobby Lobby, I just had to try out my DIY Indoor Fairy Garden Idea. This whole tray can be made in less than an hour. I went with succulents (most of them really convincing fake succulents). But, you can do this with any indoor plants you’d like. 🙂

Since succulents remind me of the rocky landscaping in the Southwest and campers remind me of, well camping, I decided to go with a camping in the Southwest of the USA theme. To give the tray more visual appeal, I mixed a sheet of moss with pea gravel to make the terrain. Then I added some fake succulents with a little pot of real ones. I also grabbed an aloe to give the tray a little height and because aloe’s are just awesome.

How adorable is this Fun Vintage DIY Indoor Fairy Garden Idea! In under an hour, you can add cute fairy garden details to your favorite indoor plants. #AbbottsAtHome #FairyGarden #IndoorPlants #VintageDecor #HomeDecorIdeas
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What you’ll need for this Fun Vintage DIY Indoor Fairy Garden Idea

This LED Lighted DIY Indoor Succulent Garden Tray is one of the easiest DIY Succulent Garden Ideas you'll find. Fill with your favorite succulents and vintage truck or camper to give it some extra charm. You have to love Easy Indoor Succulents, especially when they're cute decor.
Can you believe 4 of these succulents are fake? They look so nice, guys!

Here’s a quick look at how to make your own DIY Indoor Fairy Garden on my YouTube Channel.

Directions for this Fun Vintage DIY Indoor Fairy Garden Idea

Quick Note: Some of these pictures are from the DIY Fairy Garden post, but the set up is exactly the same. I just swapped out the plants and changed the design above the soil. Just ignore the herbs in the pictures below. 😉

This LED Lighted DIY Indoor Succulent Garden Tray is one of the easiest DIY Succulent Garden Ideas you'll find. Fill with your favorite succulents and vintage truck or camper to give it some extra charm. You have to love Easy Indoor Succulents, especially when they're cute decor.
Start with a tray with at least a 4″ rim

Cut your heavy-duty garbage bag so that 6 inches or so hangs over all 4 sides. Leaving extra long sides now makes it easier to fill the tray without worrying about the plastic shifting. Lay the plastic on top of the tray and push it flat along the bottom and into each corner. You will have extra material sticking up on the edges for now.

This LED Lighted DIY Indoor Succulent Garden Tray is one of the easiest DIY Succulent Garden Ideas you'll find. Fill with your favorite succulents and vintage truck or camper to give it some extra charm. You have to love Easy Indoor Succulents, especially when they're cute decor.
Line the tray with heavy-duty plastic to protect the tray from water
This LED Lighted DIY Indoor Succulent Garden Tray is one of the easiest DIY Succulent Garden Ideas you'll find. Fill with your favorite succulents and vintage truck or camper to give it some extra charm. You have to love Easy Indoor Succulents, especially when they're cute decor.
Pour a light layer of gravel into the bottom of the tray for drainage

Put a light layer of gravel along the bottom of the tray. Add a couple of inches of the best soil for the type of plants you’ve chosen. Make sure the tray has enough soil to be firm all across the tray and around the plants. Add the plants and cover the soil in a light layer of pea gravel and moss to suit your design.

Trim away the extra plastic along the edges of the tray. Screw an eye hook in one end of each of the 4 dowel sections. Stick a dowel in each corner of the tray, eye hook end up. I also glued my dowels into the corners, using regular Elmer’s glue.

Start the lighting by hiding the battery pack for the lights behind the tray or between the liner and tray. Make sure to never let the battery pack get wet, it is not waterproof. The wire and the lights on most of these mini LED lights are waterproof though, be sure to double-check the instructions included with yours.

This LED Lighted DIY Indoor Succulent Garden Tray is one of the easiest DIY Succulent Garden Ideas you'll find. Fill with your favorite succulents and vintage truck or camper to give it some extra charm. You have to love Easy Indoor Succulents, especially when they're cute decor.
The lights give this DIY Indoor Fairy Garden Idea extra charm.

Wind the wire LED mini light around each dowel and through the eye hook to secure the wire in place. Depending on the length of your wire, you may need to do 1 or more dowels twice. Just be sure to always start and end each dowel with the eye hook to make it look more like the lights of a little bird village. 🙂

I left the front of my tray free of lights. I didn’t want to obstruct the view of the camper and succulents. If you are designing this as a centerpiece, you can always change the layout of the lights so that they are across the center of the tray or even shorten the dowels to keep the lighting along the edge of the tray.

How adorable is this Fun Vintage DIY Indoor Fairy Garden Idea! In under an hour, you can add cute fairy garden details to your favorite indoor plants. #AbbottsAtHome #FairyGarden #IndoorPlants #VintageDecor #HomeDecorIdeas
The wood discs and larger stones are a small touch from the yard that really complete this garden.

Decorating your Fairy Garden

Once the lighting is done, place your vintage camper and other bits of decor inside the tray. You could really have fun with this idea and make it into anything you can imagine.

If your family is into fairies, mice, butterflies, horses, etc., go with that as a theme. You could use gravel to make a dry creek bed. Create little mailboxes from craft wood. Or even use fairy garden decor for your little garden. Have fun with it. I made my wood discs from a branch I found in our yard. I used my miter saw to quickly cut it into slices.

How adorable is this Fun Vintage DIY Indoor Fairy Garden Idea! In under an hour, you can add cute fairy garden details to your favorite indoor plants. #AbbottsAtHome #FairyGarden #IndoorPlants #VintageDecor #HomeDecorIdeas
Moss and wood slices create a lawn and pathway for my Vintage Camper. The cute dog just adds a bit more fun.

How adorable is this Fun Vintage DIY Indoor Fairy Garden Idea! In under an hour, you can add cute fairy garden details to your favorite indoor plants. #AbbottsAtHome #FairyGarden #IndoorPlants #VintageDecor #HomeDecorIdeas

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Loving the way this looks already. 🙂

Feeling inspired? Ready to design your own Fun Vintage DIY Indoor Fairy Garden Idea? Have fun and let me know if you have questions. Or post pictures of your work and tag Abbotts At Home on FB, I’d love to see it!

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