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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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