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Accessorizing Your Fairy Garden

By Summers Past Farms | March 22, 2013

By Beverly Turner

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A well-accessorized home gives hints to visitors about the people who live there. A stylish woman imparts a sense of self by the shoes, handbags and jewelry she wears. Big and bold or quietly demure, the choices you make tell others who you are. Accessories really do make a statement about your life.

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When adding items to your fairy garden, the accessories you choose are just as important. You want to include items that reflect the type or style of garden you are creating.

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The easiest way to begin is to choose a theme for your fairy garden. Whether it’s Victorian, formal or a farm scene—starting with a theme will inform all of the selections you make. You’re not going to plop an elephant in the middle of a mini ranch enclosure, but some inexpensive horse figurines would be perfect. And no Victorian setting would be complete without a fountain, bench or statue. Just make sure your teensy statuary has a turn of the century look—no borrowing the kid’s Happy Meal figurines!

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When gathering the goodies for your mini landscape, try to keep all of the items within a similar color palette. If you have a rust-colored gazebo, look for things with warm tones of terra-cotta, tan, brown and brick. Similar colors give the garden a nice harmonious look.

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If you choose a white arch as your starting point, consider using the cooler tones of gray, black, silver and different tonal shades of white.

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Using pops of color is fun, but employing an entire rainbow of hues can overwhelm your little scene. Choose one vibrant shade and repeat it several times, but balance it with a more neutral tone for the remaining accessories.

Finding and adding accessories is one of the most enjoyable aspects of creating your fairy garden. It really brings out your inner child and reminds you that you’re never too old to play.

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Guest author Beverly Turner is giving away one copy of her new book Fairy Gardening: Creating Your Own Magical Miniature Garden to a randomly selected commenter. If you would like to learn more about the miniature world of fairy gardening, leave a comment or question on this post to be entered into a drawing to win this book. One copy to be given away. Winner will be chosen randomly using Random.org. A valid email address is required for notification and recipient must have a valid U.S. or Canadian mailing address. The giveaway ends Thursday, March 28 at midnight Pacific Standard Time, and the winner will be notified the following day.

Want another chance to win? Visit Dragonfly Shops & Gardens  where the authors of Fairy Gardening will demonstrate how to decorate your fairy garden for the seasons and holidays. And be sure to visit Fairy Gardening Expert  for lots of fairy gardening tips!

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74 Responses to “Accessorizing Your Fairy Garden”

  1. Vivian Pedrin Says:
    March 24th, 2013 at 1:45 pm

    Looking forward to creating our first fairy garden for my new grandaughter. May the fairies always be ther to see her sile. Definately looking for ideas

  2. Kim Mennillo Says:
    March 24th, 2013 at 3:10 pm

    I just attended a make-your-own-fairy-garden workshop here in North Carolina and am so excited and inspired to create one with my granddaughters when they visit this summer. I love your book (just got my reserved copy at our local library) and know it will give me many hours of joy. There are people in this world who are put here to make it a better and more beautiful place to be, to bring sweetness and light to others. Thank you for giving me this gift through your book and website.

  3. Laurie Says:
    March 24th, 2013 at 3:55 pm

    Oh, they are soooo beautiful. I need to make one – guess I have to trek out to east county.

  4. Jacoba Says:
    March 24th, 2013 at 5:36 pm

    Every garden needs a fairy, and every fairy needs a garden!

  5. Nancy Frost Moulton Says:
    March 24th, 2013 at 6:01 pm

    I have loved these for many years. When my daughter was very little we would go in the back yard and create our own little fairy garden. She loved to do this as well. Comforting for certain.

  6. PEGGY RYDER Says:
    March 24th, 2013 at 9:06 pm

    I have visited many times when visiting my big sister, BJ, and never saw such interest & good info on fairy gardening! I am from Oregon & have long been interested in building my own fairy garden. This year is the time I finally do it! Thanks for always making it a lovely experience to visit Summers Past!

  7. Barbara Mathews Says:
    March 24th, 2013 at 11:05 pm

    I’ve been teaching how to make fairy gardens at an adult Girl Scout event for several years – they LOVE it! Would love to have some new ideas – thanks for the tips in this blog!

  8. Barbara Romio Says:
    March 25th, 2013 at 8:03 am

    I took your class in fairy-gardening, it was a wonderful workshop, bought one of your pottery bowls, it was great fun designing my fairy garden, it’s on my patio. Continued good luck to you Cheryl and Marshall, you run a fabulous business out there in East County.

  9. Laurie Lusk Says:
    March 25th, 2013 at 1:41 pm

    I’ve been wanting to create a fairy garden for some time. This book looks like the perfect inspiration to get me started! When will it be available for purchase? Thanks!

  10. Sioban Says:
    March 25th, 2013 at 4:31 pm

    Firmly believing in fairies, I’ve taught my daughters and granddaughters to do the same…LOVE the fairy gardens!

  11. Candy Brown Says:
    March 25th, 2013 at 5:50 pm

    Fairy gardens make wonderful gifts and are easily made. Mine has been enjoyed for years.

  12. Stasi Redding Says:
    March 25th, 2013 at 7:49 pm

    How could a person not be inspired or in love with fairy gardens? They invite you to use your imagination and become a part of the garden. A nice escape!

  13. Julie Smart Says:
    March 25th, 2013 at 8:29 pm

    My granddaughter and I love this site!

  14. martha ann morrison Says:
    March 25th, 2013 at 10:34 pm

    it was a fairy awesome article. thanks i am looking forward to creating my own fairy garden soon. and am looking forward to the sweet pea day in april and the craft show too. i love summer past farms!!!

  15. Lili Williams Says:
    March 26th, 2013 at 9:43 am

    I just can’t wait for my grandchildren to see my new fairy Garden, They will love it.

  16. Kay Muncrief Says:
    March 26th, 2013 at 9:48 am

    Thanks you for the opportunity to have a chance to win your fun book. I’m a grandma of 8 and would love to learn how to make a Fairy Garden for the Grand kids and I to enjoy. I’ve been to Summers Past many times what a wonderful place for families to enjoy, the events are great. Always go home with good memories and pretty plants, and can’t wait to go back. I’ve never known anyone with a Fairy Garden would love to see one! Grandma Kay

  17. Sandra Smeby Says:
    March 26th, 2013 at 10:24 pm

    OMG! I just discovered this site. I hope to visit Summers Past Farms someday. This is the first time I’ve seen faerie gardens and now I want to make one. I love gardening, miniatures, photography, drawing and all things FAERIE. Even if I don’t win, I will get this book sometime.

  18. Jamie Megee Says:
    March 27th, 2013 at 9:17 am

    I love visiting Summer Past Farm…it is a little piece of heaven. I would like to start creating Fairy Gardens:)

    Thank-you for sharing,

  19. Martine Says:
    March 28th, 2013 at 9:28 am

    While looking for fairy garden supplies I came across Summers Past Farms. It looks amazing, can’t wait to visit. My daughter and I plan on making a container fairy garden for a friend of mine and for ourselves. Thanks for the inspiration .

  20. Teresa Mogielnicki Says:
    March 28th, 2013 at 5:10 pm

    Beautiful website. I love shopping at Summers Past!

  21. Kimberly Davis Says:
    March 29th, 2013 at 7:52 am

    I really like the contrast of the soft tones with the contrast in the galvanized pan! Hoping you sell those in that int shop of yours. I’m so excited to come this time with my daughter and granddaughter!
    Hope they “catch” the gardening bug;) I’ve made fairy gardens before, but mine def needs sprucing up and you can’t have too many. Hahaha

  22. Patty Webb Says:
    March 29th, 2013 at 5:43 pm

    My Grandaughter has gone to each fairy festival since birth this is going to be her 6th, one of her favorite things at festival, is the fairy gardens, she always tells me Grandma they r so pretty like your garden just smaller. Fairy gardens let you take your imagination anywhere…as us adults do in fairy gardening…to be a little girl again with their sweet innocence imangination and excitement over the little things in life…children are a gift…a reminder of where we were as children….

  23. katrina Says:
    May 29th, 2013 at 10:22 am

    Is there an age requirement to enter the wee fairy garden contest at the fairy fest? I am so super excited to start bringing my daughter this year she turned 1 last week and We can’t wait to see all the other fairies! I wanted to enter her in the fairy garden contest but she can’t make the garden all by herself yet.. I wasn’t sure where to find the rules 🙂 See you on Saturday! Thank again we love Summers Past!

  24. Summers Past Farms Says:
    May 29th, 2013 at 1:57 pm

    The child needs to make the garden by themselves. Have fun at the festival.