a cheeky terrarium is my fave (guest post from christi)

May 18, 2012

I had a baby so I’ve invited some fave guests to take over for me while I spend time with the little guy. Today’s post is from maker mama, Christi of Sweetgrass.

Today I’m sharing one of my current faves – the terrarium. They’ve been all over the place recently, and with good reason – they are cute as can be, quick and easy to put together, and the options for combinations and uses are endless! (Think centerpieces, place-settings, party favors…)

To build your own, start with a clean glass container. I chose an actual terrarium jar from a craft store, but get creative – vintage bowls or pitchers look great, and any old jam jar or baby food jar would look good with the lid spray painted in the color of your choice.
At your local nursery pick up some teeny little plants. Mosses, ferns, and succulents look great and are low-maintenance. Remember – you will need to bury the whole root ball in soil, so take that into account when choosing plants to fit your container. Put a layer of gravel or small rocks in the bottom of your container for drainage.
Put a layer of charcoal over the rocks (also available at nursery), then arrange your plants, cover with soil, and water lightly. *One of my favorite things about these is that they don’t require much attention. Be careful not to over water! Let the soil dry out between waterings.
You may want to stop there, but I was going for a rough textured look, so I added another layer of rocks on top of the soil.
And finally, if you’d like, add a little humor. I recently moved to Texas and can’t get enough of cows, so I grabbed this vintage one from my parents’ shadow box. Doesn’t he look cute there among the cacti?

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