While fairy gardens seem to be all the rage, at my house we do things a little differently. I have a window box in front of my house that is mostly hidden by a shrub. You can't see it except when you're inside the house. It gets very little sun and no rain so it's really hard to grow things in it.
I thought it would be fun to build a fairy garden, but I didn't have any fairies. I did have gnomes, though. And I had a bird house and a few garden ornaments. I mainly used what I had lying around but I did pick up some moss to make a base.
The most complex part of this gnome home was making the little well. I used a tin can and glued craft sticks around it. The roof is bent cardboard from a cereal box, and each shingle was cut from the same cardboard. I painted a little medicine cup with silver paint and put a wire handle on it. Voila! Well. It was perfect for the climbing gnome to be coming out of. (The gnomes were intended to be in planters.)
I painted up a bird house, too, and used craft sticks to make a door and enhance a window.
I had a mushroom garden ornament that seemed to be the right size so it got a fresh coat of paint, too. I eventually added a pathway of little square tiles, a fence of craft sticks and little artificial flowers that I cut from stems from the dollar store.
I love that it's kind of a secret waiting to be discovered when they look out the window. Like a secret garden - but without the trying to keep plants alive without proper sun or water!