I have been itching to make a fairy garden after seeing so many creative posts on several blogs and pinterest pins.
I started with a wicker tray from Goodwill ($4). I lined half of it with a sheet of moss ($2) and half with white aquarium gravel ($3). I bought a tube of fairies ($11) and a bird house from Michael's ($1). I also bought a bag of loose floral gems for ($3) and some faux flowers for ($3). I added in some shells, rocks and two tree blocks we already owned.
The only items that are anchored are the flowers, which are currently stuck in play dough we'll see how long that lasts -- may need to get some model clay or floral foam. The rest of the items are loose for playing and rearranging. Total cost $27.00
Miss Independent (age 3) helped me assemble the basket. When it was almost finished I asked her to get me something in the other room and when she returned the fairies had appeared - eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! She was so stinkin' surprised :)