How to Create a Mermaid Garden

Fairy gardens have become so popular recently.  They have a whimsical and charming feel about them.  You can create one how ever big or small you want and in whatever theme you want.  Today I’m sharing with you how to create a mermaid garden with thrift store and new items.

How to Create a Mermaid Garden by Carmen Whitehead Designs

My daughter loves the ocean, sea life and mermaids.  For a while now we’ve been talking about creating a fairy garden with a mermaid theme using succulents.  So, this past weekend we went shopping for some supplies.  We found some shells, ceramic fish and a shallow dish at Goodwill.  The mermaids and treasure chest are from Hobby Lobby using their 40% off coupon.

How to Create a Mermaid Garden by Carmen Whitehead Designs

Here are the succulents we used…

  1. Echeveria Topsy Turvy
  2. Senecio Blue Chalk Sticks
  3. Sedum Adolphi “Lime Gold”
  4. Cereus Forbesii Monstrose “Ming Thing”
  5. Senecio Spear Head
  6. Crassula Ovata Hobbit

How to Create a Mermaid Garden by Carmen Whitehead Designs

I decided not to drill holes in the bottom of this Pyrex dish, so I put a layer of pebbles at the bottom to help with drainage and then added good draining cactus soil on top.

How to Create a Mermaid Garden by Carmen Whitehead Designs

Many of the succulents were multiples in their pots so I was able to easily separate them and use them in different areas of the container or save them for future projects.

How to Create a Mermaid Garden by Carmen Whitehead Designs

I planted the succulents around the edges and mounded the soil in the center.  This would be the area for the mermaids and the focal point.  As I was adding the succulents I also added the ceramic items and shells.   I placed the Topsy Turvy plant in a corner of the container, slightly leaning out so it can be seen easier.

How to Create a Mermaid Garden by Carmen Whitehead Designs

Once I had all of the plants and items in place, it was time for the gravel.

How to Create a Mermaid Garden by Carmen Whitehead Designs

I placed the brown gravel down the center of the container, surrounding the mermaids.  As if they were sitting on a beach.  I decided against sand because it is harder to keep neat and it mixed in with the soil.  Gravel is easier to take care of.

How to Create a Mermaid Garden by Carmen Whitehead Designs

I also had some blue, green and light blue glass beads from Dollar Tree that I added around the plants to imitate the ocean.

How to Create a Mermaid Garden by Carmen Whitehead Designs

I placed a small bead in the mermaid’s shell to add some whimsy.

How to Create a Mermaid Garden by Carmen Whitehead Designs

These plants will do very well in this container for several months.  I have it sitting on my balcony now and it’s loving the Arizona mild Fall weather.  But, it can easily be kept inside if you live in a colder climate.  I will need to be careful not to over water them and bring them inside when the temperature drops below 40 degrees.  

I’m loving how it turned out and I may just create another fairy garden in another theme.  Have you created fairy gardens?  I would love to hear about them!

Thanks so much friends for visiting and please come back again soon!

 

Blessings,

 

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