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Be Bold with Color
Foliage color is a fine way to introduce variation in all seasons; so consider the addition of variegated foliage, purple tinted leaves, golden and some of the other types of leaf or needle color. Flowers, combined for bold contrasts or subtle harmonies, are the glory of three of our four seasons.
Ways to Introduce Color Into Your Garden
Everyone thinks of spring and summer for color in the garden… but who plans their fall garden for bursts of color? And most of us decide that we need flowers to brighten up the garden views, but who puts colorful foliage plants first on their list? Or brings berried trees and shrubs for winter beauty?
The smart gardener like you, that’s who!
During autumn, foliage becomes the primary focus. Sometimes in surprising places such as the gold of hosta or Convallaria majalis.
Leafy contributions most commonly thought of are Autumn changes, but other seasons have their fair share of gold, purple, chartreuse, and even pink and red tints. Conifers come in different shades for winter, even twigs may add some color to the garden landscape, whether bright green, yellow, or coral red.
Do You Use Foliage For Accent?
…as part of the color plan in your landscape. Remember the colors of your house when choosing colors for your yard.
Great Plants for Foliage Color
Whether it is the large swathe of a perennial border or a small addition of containers by the steps, flowers can deliver color in any hue you desire.
A group of flowers can bring a combination of colors to create moods of harmony, calm, or excitement.
There are certain places that most people like to have some color, and that is at the entry or closely surrounding the house.
Like the glint of a jeweled necklace framing a face, the colorful accent of garden color close to the home’s entry seems most pleasing to the owner and their visitors. Perhaps that is due to the idea that a special spot of color bids welcome and speaks of the anticipation of the hospitality within.
I don’t know if that is simply an idea we have cultivated with flower arrangements and houseplants or if that is something hardwired into the human psyche, but it seems to work in that mode.
“Bright plants or flowers do a lot to enhance the entry.
Think “yellow” when adding accent plants to your home’s entry. Yellow is a great color for this purpose. It draws the eye and makes people feel at ease, which is exactly how you want them to feel when entering your home.”
– Home Staging
Because of the possibility of combining different types of foliage, purple and gold plants together are a popular combination. Too much of this constitutes what I call “a garden no-no”. It looks harsh and unnatural to the point of being annoying.
So you like hot pink, leopard prints, red heels, and dangling chandelier earrings all at once? Yes, and some people like the garden equivalent. It is your garden, after all, but most of us viewing it don’t like such strong color contrasts en masse as well as you, in that case.
There are always those case which break the rule, so I rarely make hard and fast ones for the look of a garden; there are people who have an unfailing artistic sense who can create even the most garish elements into something appealing.
Employ Shape, Color, Contrast, and Texture
Distinctive shapes highlight the interesting range of leaf color in a front entry.
Combos I Love
- I love a touch of contrast, a golden accent here, a grove of purple-leaved trees there, a large amount of gray foliage and purple foliage with grays.
- I like the combination of golden and glaucous foliage- “glaucous” being the blue effect that some leaves have.
- I like purple foliage combined with red and bright orange flowers for a “wow” effect in a sunny spot. Quite amazing color effects can be done done with either only leaves or leaves and flowers in this pairing.
- Try some of your most adventurous ideas in containers- they last for the one season and if you love the effect you can use it on a grander scale at a future date. If not, it was fun to see your idea for a time and to change it up the next year.
Color Can Be Bold
Try two or three plants of the same kind to give a bold splash of foliage color in a garden.
Golden Foliage Plants
Take, for instance, the Goldflame spirea. The original form of this spirea shrub is very nondescript (although I like it). It has pretty pink flowers in season, but the rest of the time is a fairly dull green plant with small leaves.
In its ‘Goldflame’ form the spring leaves start out with a range of dawn colors of pink, reddish tinge, and pale gold, become a deeper golden color for summer and turn tints of yellow, pink, and orange for fall…while the bright pink flowers will bloom in their season, as well. It grows best in part sun/part shade where its colors is most welcome, and the contrast with green leaved plantings becomes a brilliant spot of color even when nothing is blooming.
Two Gold Leaf Beauties
Golden Spirit Cotinus Coggyria
Sutherland Gold Elderberry
Smoke Tree – Interest through foliage and bloom
Coggyria is an ornamental tree with varieties that include strongly colored leaves in gold or purple tones. Its name comes form the frothy look of the flowering parts; they look like a cloud of softly color smoke. It is a very interesting addition to the landscape.
Purple Foliage Plants
Berberis thunbergii var. Atropurpurea
Berberis thunbergii var. Atropurpurea brings contrast into the spring palette.
Purple Berberis foliage is very popular. It is tough and comes in a variety of cultivars. It takes hedging exceptionally well. A drawback is the fact that it is sometimes considered an invasive non-native shrub.
Color Can Be Subtle
Variegated plants are those with color variations along with the usual green: green and gold, green and cream, pink, green and gray. When introduced into a mostly green backdrop they provide a lift to the whole picture.
Many plants have variegated mutations. Some I really like are the large shrub Cornus elegantissima, variegated hollies, and the many types of hostas with beautiful gold or cream streaking the green or bluish-cast leaf color.
Where do subtle effects go wrong? When too bland and lacking in personality, the beauty of a plant can be lost.
Color Through The Seasons
Plan for an autumn garden with spectacular color. Plants take on a whole new look when the first cold temperatures of fall touch their leaves. What flower can compete with the golden, scarlet and glowing orange hues of the trees in their autumn garb?
Don’t let your garden be dowdy when the October fling of festivity comes around. Any other time of year such competition seems gaudy, but not in the fall! Choose some of your shrubs and even perennials for their end of season tints.
Some trees are grown only for the beautiful leaf colors they turn in the fall. Look for those to brighten your yard. Note in a journal the plants that have beautiful fall color like hostas and balloon flowers, then combine them to good effect for this season’s show.
The golden autumn leaf color of the Ginko tree in the photo at the beginning of this section is a wonderful example of autumn leaf color at its finest.
Plan For Fall Leaves
Trees are grown for shade, form, flowering, and other properties, but one of the most visually satisfying is the autumn color they can provide
The fall color of the Gingko biloba tree is a golden clear yellow. Choosing such trees and shrubs give the autumn a richness that shimmers against the clear blue skies and surprises the eye after the summer of green background.
Great Accents Or Garden No-Nos?
Strong visual impact can come from the often brassy or moody shades of foliage variation. Or the patterns of variegated leaves in the landscape can either be a focal point or become too much of a good thing when dotted throughout a garden space or massed together in a mish-mashed, unidentifiable collection.
The Garden No-No
Too much of a good thing can tire the eye or create a heavy imbalance which is more disturbing than delightful. Very dark purple leaves, extra powerful contrasts plunked into the middle of the yard, harsh and grating colors with no transitioning or mellowing partners … those can all be disconcerting “no-no’s”.
Winter berries bring much needed color to the landscape and stand out all the more. Additionally they attract birds.
Don’t overlook berries or fruits as colorful additions to your garden plan.
Witch Hazel Early Blooms
Shrubs which bloom quite early with the added bonus of fragrance. [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)],
Remember These Sources Of Landscape Interest
- Leaf ColorWhether it is the autumn color or foliage variations…remember to use leaves to create a great color show in your landscape.</p
- Flowers In Your PlantingsAnnual and perennials flowers, yes, but remember trees, vines, shrubs, and ground covers may all have bright beautiful flowers during three (in some places four) seasons of the year.</p
- BerriesBerries are king in winter, and they give color and a wildlife food source. Often overlooked when planning garden plantings, but one of the secrets of a really great garden. Remember to plan for colorful berries, they can be red, but also yellow, orange, even blue or purple.
Bravely Paint Your Garden Using Color Theory
Painting With Plants
Using color in your garden is much like creating a painting, with easy to learn concepts of color harmonies as the basis for making a gardens that gives visual joy to all who see it.
Find ideas on creating all season beauty in your yard, and keep reading for a primer in color theory for the garden, all included in this page.
Rainbow spectrum or a carefully chosen palette, flowers are a main source of instant impact. They reign in spring and summer seasons. Leaves and stems will also hold their own with both bold and subtle effects.
The Nature Of Color
Monet Was a Master of Garden Color Effect
Monet’s garden at Giverny is a revelation. It was a master’s use of plantings that gave him inspiration for many of his most famous works. If you need color inspiration ideas, take a tour of his paintings.
Color theory for the garden
Here is just a little about color to get you started, learning more about color theory is one of the best ways to improve your design sense for inside AND outside the house.
Warm colors are red, orange, yellow.
Cool colors are blue, purple, green.
Complementary colors: opposites on the color wheel
Analogous color scheme: colors that are next to each other.
Monochromatic colors: colors all in the same family; i.e. all blues.
Triadic Color: three colors evenly spaced on a color wheel.
More on Color Theory and its use in the garden:
Gain confidence in your use of color, learn from the experts. Nothing has helped me more in imagining plans and creating beautiful planting arrangements than books that hold advice from widely respected designers. It is all the better when photos of actual gardens inspire the process of putting together plants that bloom well, and at the same time.
Sometimes we are too timid, fearing that colors will clash or we don’t know whether something we are planning will work. Allow garden artist Keeyla Meadows to entice and inspire you to go beyond the ordinary.
Flower Power – Any Color of the Rainbow
Take Cues From Your Favorite Things
Think about your own ideas of color and how those from your environment or even your wardrobe could cue the design of some color additions to your yard for landscape interest and visual pleasure. There is something to be said for those small joys of the day, such as looking out the window to see a picture of something colorful and bright.
Color mutations and varigation of leaves are loved by gardeners for good reason. Golden leaves or purple ones create a new way to add color that lasts much longer than a plants blooms. They may have seasonal variations as well. The solid forms don’t have the spotty, too-busy look that variegated leaf plants may contribute to a view.
This type of plan requires self-discipline, with only one color chosen to create the look. Often used in plantings of conifers or one color gardens that rely on flowers for their main source of color.
Example of a Complementary Scheme
Strong complimentary hues of the same saturation bring excitement wherever they are placed. Just don’t overdo it.
Hues speak messages to us- depending on our experience and culture, but also sometimes by the effect on our physiology.
Color can be calming or exciting, it can whet our appetite or soothe our irritability. Consider this when designing a garden for yourself.
Monet’s garden at Giverny is a revelation. It was a master’s use of plantings that gave him inspiration for many of his most famous works. If you need color inspiration ideas, take a tour of his paintings.
Garden Color Tips – Choose Color Like a Pro
- Warm colors, red, orange, yellow stand out and draw the eye; cool colors, blue, purple, green, tend to recede into the background.
- Gray foliage is a great mixer- use it to separate colors that don’t look good together.
- Too much contrast is not a good thing, choose your contrasting effects wisely, and use them sparsely.
- Strong contrast can make a statement, so at times it is good to go bold. But remember the previous caveat: don’t overwhelm your garden with too much contrast, but don’t be so afraid that your garden becomes boring. You can always move plants around, or even take them out altogether.
Don’t Use The Most Garish Color
…that you can find, or combine the most contrasting colors available unless it is small doses. Instead, why not have less color but more change in texture? Coarse large leaf plants combined with small fine-leaved ones?
A serene garden is almost always done in soft pastels or shades of green and white, while hot color gardens create a feeling of convivial cheerfulness.
What do you wish to be surrounded by? Don’t allow your yard to be simply a backdrop, but make it into your preferred environment with the use of color.
Hidcote, the Quintessential All Season Garden
Many examples of masterful use of flowers and foliage for beautiful pictures throughout the years may be seen in great gardens such as England’s Hidcote.
Dirt Cheap Garden Ideas
Not everyone can afford a bath size water garden kit, but what about using an old tub that was cast off from a remodeling project? What about old teacups turned into bird feeders? Or signs made out of old lumber, or the newest trend… making stuff out of wooden pallets?
In the following sections: learn how to save money in the garden.
- Dividing your plants will make more, for free.
- Growing from seed and making your own pots.
- Making compost for healthy plants through scrap recycling.
- Measuring soil amendments correctly for no waste.
- Buying used: Re-purposing and how to shop Flea Markets
- Avoiding costly mistakes
Re-purpose for Inexpensive Garden Ornaments
Making New Plants by Division
Lift older plants, cut them apart and plant each piece as a new plant. Many perennials are multiplied this way.
Divide Your Plants and Multiply!
An easy, cheap way to make the most of your purchases
Just take a sharp tool of the appropriate size for the plant and slice into it. Take part of the plant and a good bit of root and you are the new owner of a number of new plants.
Perennials usually have to be divided at some point, although there are a few that you only divide when you want more plants, but did you think about the possibility of having many plants of one you just purchased? I did this with moss phlox, Phlox subulata, which I had planted on a hillside in my yard.
I took the plant out of its container and simply pulled it into a number of pieces with roots, then planted each piece. Keeping the new plants moist while they settled in was work that would have been done,regardless. For the money of one plant I had several that soon grew into larger sized plants that covered much more ground. There are plants such as moss phlox ( indeed all types of phlox) that like to be cultivated like that
A Shrub Can Be Divided
Hydrangea shrubs are easy to divide.
People are afraid of dividing shrubs because they are woody, but many types of of shrubs are easy to multiply trough division. Simply divide off a small start from the side of a shrub such as a Weigela or a Spirea, and plant it just like any new little shrub.
Plants that have multiple stems and fibrous roots are most likely able to be divided into many new plants, those with tap roots and single trunk are least likely to be successfully divided.
Need help in figuring out “tap roots, stems, etc? Try some Plant Science for Laymen.
Easy Dividing and Garden Tips
Whether you are a new gardener or an expert master gardener, it is always cheaper to grow your own plants if you need a number of them. This book is one of best to have on your gardening bookshelf for learning all about making more plants successfully.
Another way to garden cheaply is to know which books you really and which are less than you hoped. This is one of the few books which will be very useful over and over.
Plants For Pennies
Grow From Seed
One of the least expensive ways to fill your garden with flowers,vegetables, and plants is to grow them from seed.
Plant Propagation – Growing Plants from Seed is Frugal
Growing from seed can be the single most economical way to have lots of plants in a short time. They often are inexpensive, and the materials used to start them can be homemade ( pots or growing trays from household castoffs).
For many crops you don’t even need to start the seeds inside. They can be directly sown into the garden. Carrots, lettuce, spinach and other food items are grown this way.
Besides dividing and growing from seeds, there are other means to propagate plants- even expensive ones like named rare evergreens.
Get a resource book that will guide you to expertise. Learn to multiply plants through softwood and hardwood cuttings, leaf cuttings, etc.
Cheap Ideas and Seed Starting Tips
Paper Pot Maker
Using a simple tool can turn old newspapers into seed starting pots.
Toilet Roll Pots
Inexpensive Means to a Luxurious Garden
Everyone wants to save a little cash, don’t they? well, more than that we are all getting much more aware of being environmentally responsible. It is time for frugal gardening tips!
Recycling, Being Green, and Smart Budgeting
We have entered an economic new era, one in which frugality plays a major role. The garden is one place where we can have the luxury of a beautiful surrounding with lush plantings for a limited budget, if need be.
Besides the beauty of a garden, it is one place where you can do something about that high food bill and actually have more gourmet quality food! It all depends on the effort you want to put into garnering the skills, creating the long term environment for a fertile growing place, and learning a few tricks of the trade.
Cheap Gardening is Chic
I suppose besides that, you might have that frugal gene that gets unexplainable glee at being as cheap as possible on what can be the extreme challenge of a trip to the plant store. Once you’ve caught the gardening bug, you may find it takes your wit and will to outsmart the wily, winsome plants displayed.It is a huge act of willpower to not bust the budget with impulse purchases.
Thankfully, plants like to reproduce readily for the most part. That can make them inexpensive, when you learn how to propagate them and find the best deals for new ones.
Of course there are some caveats along the way- that is what challenges your wits and makes it more fun.
The cheapest way to save money is to get something free.
Passalong plants are what some call them, friendship plants by others, but they are the plants that other gardeners wish to bless you with. While it is good to not kick a gift horse in the mouth, you still need to know how to avoid problems from this act of kindness.
Some plants are invasive and you will hate yourself for planting them. They are sometimes something you bought unaware of its thuggery, but often they just grow SO well that others have lots to share with you. Understand the nature of the gift plant before you make it comfortable in your garden. Other than that, if you are given a nice healthy plant that is loved by others… it will be a great addition for your garden and you can start the next prime way to gain many inexpensive plants.
No plant is a good deal if it takes over the garden and creates endless hours of weeding
Buying from yard, tag sales, and benefit sales, buying at the end of the season- these are all ways to save money on your plant purchases.
Thuggery List – Plants to Avoid
Some plants act badly in the garden, they don’t make good neighbors. You can help them move in, but you may regret it in the future. This list is to help you decide whether you want to do that. Remember that dandelions were once someone’s favorite salad vegetable.
If your free plants crowd out more valuable plantings, if they require lots of work to control, if they are detrimental to the environment (compete with native plants, poor nutrition for wildlife), then they are no longer a bargain.
- Bishops Weed, Aegopodium podagraria
- Vinca major
- many bamboos
- many mints (Mentha ssp.)
- Garlic mustard, Alliara petiolata
- Purple loosestrife, Lythrum salicaria
Turn Garbage into Gold
Compost Those Leaves
They turn into black gold for your soil.
Collect Kitchen Scraps
Thought the first tip would be about which plants to buy? No plant is a bargain when the soil is so poor it doesn’t grow well or -horrors- quickly dies. Your soil can be improved and there are cheap ways to do that.
Top #1 Frugal Garden Tip
Make your own compost pile. Your own bin or one that is purchased will collect all your green waste, vegetable peelings from the kitchen, coffee grounds, tea leaves, etc. And it should reduce your garbage that would need to be collected to some degree, too!
I used to hear stories about gardeners who would not find it beneath them to follow the horse trail to gather good horse manure. If you have a source of manure from a horse, cow, or chickens, that is ideal to age for some months and then fertilize your soils. Forget about waste that comes from you, your cats, or your dogs, which aren’t healthy wastes to use.
All those leaves you either have hauled away or burn? Save them! Compost them! Create leaf mould which is one of the best soil conditioners- and they are free!
Convenience and charcoal liner make this one gallon compost container a simple, attractive way to recycle your kitchen scraps.
What You Can Use – and NOT Use in a Compost Pile
To some, compost making is a high art form. I take the lazy way and just pile and leave it to decay, but it is still important to know what to use (or not) to make the compost a healthy addition to the soil and for your property. You do not want to attract pests, or spread plant disease, which is why some materials are not added.
You wouldn’t believe all the things that can be recycled into the earth.
If you make, or buy, a compost bin it won’t take long before you have rich brown crumbly humus to add to your own pots and garden beds.
Jump Start Your Compost Pile
List of Additions for Composting (and 3 No-No’s)
- Grass Clipping +
- Mulched leaves +
- Vegetable peels, old fruit, rotten vegetables +
- Coffee grounds and tea leaves +
- Chicken, cow, or horse manure +
- Lint and household dust +
- Hair from you and your pets +
- toilet paper rolls and used napkins +
- 163 things you can add to your compost pile
What are the Composting “No-No’s”?
- NO dog or cat waste –
- NO meat leftovers or products –
- NO diseased plant matter –
Bag up tree leaves to decompose over winter.
Create An Organic Garden
It isn’t difficult or complicated to learn to garden organically- just change some of your methods and lifestyle to become greener and you might love learning to take care of your world.
Products to jump-start the garden might seem like frills until you realize that when growing food, the earlier you harvest, the earlier you save on the groceries.
Growing organically may not be as simple, there are things to learn and time needed to build up the soils. In the long run, it is more frugal. It is also healthier.
Soil amendments are the number one way to create better soil. The video on how to measure them saves waste.
More Gardening Tips For Saving Money
How and when to get supplies takes a small bit of effort for better gardens.
- Making good compost for healthy vegetables.
- Near a quarry? See if you can get some rockdust. Might be cheap, might be free.
- Need to buy fertilizer or conditioners? The end of season (fall time) stores usually discount their lawn and garden supplies.
- Green manure is the use of plants that can be turned under to add nitrogen to the soil, almost as good as the brown stuff.
How Much Soil Amendment? -Compute the Amount Needed
One way to save money is to buy just the amount of something that you need. Use this formula in the video above to compute your garden math.
Compute The Right Amount, No Waste
Another way to save money – books from moneysaving experts.
It is so popular to save money rather than make money that people write books about it.
This book is for you to keep the gardening budget trim and have fun doing it. Ideas for choosing amendments, making more plants, making garden structures for less cost. More detail on many of the topics brought up in my article.
Make A Plan
One of the easiest ways to control costs is to stick with a garden plan.
…Where and When to Buy Garden Supplies
Like everything else garden plants and supplies have an off-season.
This usually falls in July if you live in the USA. Many garden centers hold sales in July, but the problem with buying their bargains is that this is the hardest time to keep new plantings alive. The hot dry weather of continental USA is taxing for plants. Drought can mean death to new trees and shrubs even if they are planted in the spring. So weigh your choices, and if you can give your plants attention and enough water, by all means buy the bargains.
Supplies suffer no such problems -so stock up on pots, tools, hoses, or whatever you find on sale.
Autumn is an excellent time to buy sale plants for a cheap price, and as long as the ground is not frozen you can plant them. Cover them with some mulch and they should be an excellent investment. I guarantee nothing- but have had GREAT results from autumn planted bargains.
Buy used tools either through auctions or at tag sales. There are some very good tools at garage sales!
To save money sometimes you have to spend some of it. To save time, sometimes you have to put a little effort in at the beginning. To reap, you have to sow.
My favorite way to save money in the garden
- Old shoes or old chairs? New pots and new potstands.
- Old fence boards? New raised bed frames.
- Old windows? New coldframe.
There are all sort of ways to make a new part of the garden from old sources of materials.
The main thing you need is ingenuity, so put on your thinking cap.
Flea Market Gardening
People are looking to flea markets, tag sales, and good old garage sales to re use and repurpose things for their garden. Some great finds are available, and it is a way to find statues and other types of garden ornaments, or cobbling together various architectural elements to create a little Victorian garden shed like this one, pictured above.
In the spirit of repurposing comes the marriage of flea market visits and gardening, with its own site and magazine to promote the concept. Tips like these from Anna Looper:
“[She] has her own essentials list. She says, “When I go junking-
- I take a hat,
- apron with the pockets stuffed with little scissors,
- permanent Marker and string.
- Also in my car are plastic bags and bungi cords.
- Handi-wipes and sanitizers are must.
- I bring a cooler full of drinks, fruit, and cheeses for snacks.”
More Money Saving Tips
Arrive as early as possible and get the best merchandise at a premium price, or arrive late and get good merchandise at clearance prices but fewer choices.”
The Flea Marketer’s List
- apron with the pockets
- little scissors
- permanent marker
- plastic bags
- bungi cords
That’s a serious shopper!
Reuse Old Stuff in the Garden
Waste Not, Want Not
Time to recall that famous old adage.
Ingenious ideas for everyone to try
Repurpose and Keep Green
Sometimes we wish we could be more frugal, more green, and ingeniously repurpose, but we need a little help. A book with great ideas and the how-to comes to the rescue!
Money Saving Garden Tips Redux
Old windows make a coldframe
Old windows top a simple raised bed for an instant coldframe.
The lowdown on frugal garden tips:
- Reuse plastic or clay pots from nursery plants
- Repurpose old household things in the garden
- OLD PLASTIC MILK JUGS OR LITER SODA BOTTLES AS WINTER CLOCHE FOR NEW PLANTS
- Make your own compost
- Buy used tools
- Make seed pots from toilet rolls or newspaper
- LEARN TO PROPAGATE YOUR OWN PLANTS
Make a DIY Bath Tub Pond
Have Any Tips for Us?
I would love to hear how you save money in your gardens. Or how your gardens save money for you.
Just Moved In? Time to Get Decorating!
A Place of Enchantment
Whether a fairy garden or home, flights of fancy start with the tiny things that make a miniature world come alive in the imagination. Things that make us feel that some fantasy inhabitants come to live or visit there.
Little furnishings, especially those made from natural materials (but wire and ceramic ones qualify, too) bring the scene to life.
Here is a compilation of ideas, materials, and mini projects for those who have made the dwellings and need to furnish them for the brownies or fairy folk that are expected to come and stay there.
Places to eat, places to sleep, and all the little necessities for comfort (they love their comfort, you know).
Fairy Furniture Made From Nature
Making Little Tables
Materials You Will Need
- Piece of scrap wood or bark the size you desire
- Rock for base
- Acorn cap for bowl
- Dried flower petals for decoration
- Glue gun and glue stick
Just glue all the parts together. Let dry.
Even A Child Can Do This!
Creative Ideas Given Flight
Take your imagination to the limit, jot down all the themes that this furniture crafting could take:
- Musical instruments? Why not? Pianos, flutes, drums (an acorn drum, anyone?)
- Tables, side tables, and picnic tables
- Chairs, sofas, stools
Have you considered making instruments? A keyboard!
Did You Read How Grandma Is Making a Fairy House?
- Grandma Can Make Fairy Houses Make a fairy house to delight grandchildren! I want to show you what I’m doing, so you can make your own delightful faerie home that doesn’t need to cost a dime and has *only one rule*.
Make Furniture for a Brownie Library or Elf School!
Tips to Remember
The video about the school for fairies is one of the best tutorials on making the twig chairs to go with your table.
1. All the furnishings need a glue gun to assemble.
Most need twigs and bark from forest forays. I like green moss, and if you don’t have any in your yard you can buy it from craft stores.
2. Sometimes the dried moss is sort of a grayish color, which isn’t nice unless it is Reindeer moss or lichens. If yours loses its color just paint it with a bit of food coloring.
3. Using bass wood from a hobby store is useful if straight-sided and even pieces are wanted (as for a bookshelf). Or you can use birch or cedar wood pieces in pre-cut shapes. Available in numerous shapes and sizes.
Cedar Wood Rectangles for your Projects
Already cut into shape and ready for kids to create fairy furniture projects. Plenty for tables, shelves, and bookcases.
Collect Materials, Make these Items
Do you grow Lambs Ears?
I mean Stachys lanata, a common garden plant. No? Perhaps your neighbor or friend may… locate a supply and then use them as soft material for a blanket. Or flattened and dried in a flowerpress or book, they may be used as rugs.
An easy fairy bed? Find milk weed husks , use them with the silky seeds.
The bed needs mini pillows! Just the thing for sofa cushions or bed pillows are the buds of the willow plant, Pussy willow.
Rose Hips, dried and hollowed for bowls and pots, much the same as acorn caps, but rosy and rounder.
Shells, collected from beach walks make pretty bathtubs or sinks. As seats or containers of small seeds and moss.
Twig Furniture is Charming
A Fairy Bed for Sleepy Dreams
Cute wire beds are available, and they are really darling accessories to add, but what if you want to make your own?
It will take a bit of time and work, but try crafting this miniature bed.
Take twigs and cut to size, glue together the framework. first a flat rectangle with slats, then the legs and headboard. Make the mattress, using gauze filled with milkweed silk or cornsilk. cover with leaf blanket and add pussy willow pillows.
Tiny Metal Daybed
Or for those who are impatient to finish the interior decorating, a darling wire bedframe is available.
The Many Uses of Acorns
The fact that acorns are easily found in many oak tree woods (where fairies love to congregate), and their very useful shape, make acorns one of the premier findings for furnishing a fairy home.
Let’s record a few ideas here:
- as bowls and cups
- as finials on the roof and posts
- add a twig handle- and the acorn cap is a cookpot
Useful Plant Material to Collect for Craft Projects
Mosses are Essential for Forest Faeries
You must remember a few rules for gathering mosses, responsibly. Otherwise it is better to buy a supply.
- Don’t strip all the moss from where you find it, take only small amounts and then move on to another source.
- Keep you moss slightly moist until you use it. Perhaps grow some in your yard as a sustainable source.
Mosses decorate furnishing such as table chairs and beds. Lichens can also be used, and Reindeer moss from a craft store gives unique character to the inside of a Fairy home- just glue it to doors and walls or anywhere.
Cart Home Dry Mushrooms
Gnomes count as fairies, too. Dried mushrooms make good material for fairy side tables, platters, bases, stools…
Tools Needed For Fairy House Projects
Snips and pruners to cut the materials neatly. Cut branches and twigs to size, for your projects.
A Glue Gun
This is a crafters necessity. Almost all projects involve gluing pieces together or adding moss and dried petals.
This wire comes in many gauges and is so handy for attaching parts together or as a stem for holding small things in place.
A Little Hammer
You might want to nail the furniture together.
Useful for adding glue in tight places or moving something just a nudge before the glue dries.
The Essential Glue Gun for this Project
A good quality glue gun for all your craft projects.
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