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Mermaid Gardens Are Definitely the New Fairy Gardens

It's time to switch out your pixie dust for seashells.



By Lauren Smith, Housebeautiful

You're probably familiar with fairy gardens, those teeny-tiny plantscapes filled with enchanting houses, ponds and furniture fit for all of Tinker Bell's friends. Well, another mini idea is taking over Instagram. It's true: Adorable mermaid gardens are convincing gardeners everywhere to switch out their pixie dust for seashells.
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The key to creating the perfect mermaid sanctuary is all in the stone selection. Sea glass is a popular choice for obvious reasons, with shells and dried coral sprinkled into the mix. But we've also seen people use fish bowl gravel. Meanwhile, succulents are a common plant, since they have similar characteristics to coral. But the cherry on top is the mermaid figurine.

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The most important rule to creating your garden is to remember that there are no rules. Every creation is bound to look different — and that's what makes each one special. This gardener chose to put her scene in a fish bowl (how appropriate?).


Meanwhile, this one opted for an outdoor container garden with various sea-related figurines.

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This creative garden breathes new life into a broken clay pot, using a variety of levels to create different focal points — the bottom is the mermaid's turf, while the top shows off her hidden treasure (at least, that's the story we dreamed up in our minds).


This homeowner took an existing pot with flowers and added blue stones and a mermaid to instantly turn it into a charming trend. And because she's an over achiever, she added a fairy, too. Why not?

But these gardens don't have to be big: This little bowl holds a terrarium version that can sit on your desk at work or at home.

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Seriously, there's no wrong way to incorporate a dreamy mermaid into your home. Each one of these creations is filled with personality and is bound to bring happiness to any visitor who spots it.

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