Sure, you can get your sweetie some flowers for Valentine's Day but how about raising the bar this year with something you made yourself? Terrariums are the perfect solution! Not only do they last longer than fresh flowers, they can also incorporate sentimental tokens and can be endlessly adapted to fit a range of decorating styles. We know what you are thinking — it sounds hard! We thought so too but after taking a terrarium tutorial from the owners of one of our favorite local floral and curiosity shops, Crimson Horticulture Rarities, we saw how easy (and fun!) it could be. Leigh Oakies and Allison Futeral prove that all it really takes is a few household items, a nearby garden and pet store, and some creativity. If we can do it, you can do it!
You might have seen our terrarium tutorial with floral experts Leigh Oakies and Allison Futeral of Crimson Horticulture Rarities. The design duo shared so many helpful insider tips about how to create and care for terrariums that we decided to pull together our favorite tips to share again with you. If you're considering crafting a terrarium, you'll definitely want to read these first!
- When choosing a vessel, don't limit yourself to the traditional glass bowl or vase. Leigh and Allison have experimented with everything from beakers to mason jars!
- Air plants do in fact need water. To water larger air plants, hold them under running water, shake off excess water, and dry them in the sun before returning them to their vessels.
- For smaller air plants, simply immerse them in a bucket or sink of water and let them soak for an hour. Shake off excess water and allow them to dry in a sunny spot before returning them to their vessel. Watering should be done once a week.
I got really tired of waiting for Spring to come to Chicago, so I began looking for a cool terrarium to add some flair to my kitchen. I bought a terrarium from Velocity and a Gnome from Willow.net. I was originally hoping to put an orchid inside, but when I went to the plant store, they informed me that though all glass-enclosed terrarium was pretty, it was poor for plants because there was no airflow. They said it would be best for air plants, and I happened to have three cool ones already at home!
So I bought some moss and a medrona branch from my favorite florist and went wild. I just love the final product. I can't wait to see what the book club ladies think! My husband loves it, and my sister thinks I'm a freak. I just can't wait to try new things with the seasons! Enjoy!
Have you been doing any decorating lately? Be sure to share photos of your arrangements in the Lovely Little Vignettes group!
After seeing many lovely (but expensive) terrariums online, I decided to make my own. They were rather easy to make and I love how they turned out. I gave them away as Christmas presents. I've posted a detailed tutorial here.
I love container gardening, so when I saw that my local grocery store had African Violets on sale for $2, I couldn't resist. In an effort to give my inexpensive plant a quick and luxurious home, I simply stuck it on a glass candy dish and covered it with a cheese/cake dome. I absolutely love the way my pretty purple plant looks in its lovely little terrarium — but especially so because it cost me less than a cup of coffee.
Orchids are a beautiful, allergy-friendly choice for brightening up your home, but this pretty plant can be difficult to keep. They have a fine line when it comes to moisture — soaking them takes time and space, and the best way to kill an orchid is to overwater it. Planting your orchids in terrariums is the no-hassle solution for keeping the picky flower around for a long time. Not only is it an attractive and professional looking display, you can also put several orchids in one container to save on space. This technique only takes about 20 minutes to complete, and you'll cut down how much you need to feed your plant to about once every few months. No, I'm not joking. Want to learn how to display your orchids in terrariums?
I've seen quite a few cool, DIY terrariums, but it never occurred to me to make one out of picture frames! Creating this mini greenhouse project requires more time and effort than using a glass jar as the vessel, but it's worth it. The hinged roof makes swapping out the housemates a snap, so you can get creative with the types of plants and soils, depending on the season or your mood. Just make sure the seams are sealed well (caulk will do) so that the environment is closed off from outside influences — otherwise, it will just be for aesthetics.
If you're interested in adding some greenery to your Winter home, terrariums are a wonderful option. These self-contained little ecosystems are affordable, chic, and easy to maintain. Get inspired with these ideas for making your own terrarium.
I think this hanging aquarium would make a fab self-contained terrarium. While my suggested version of this enclosed habitat doesn't include any animals, it's a great way to bring growing life to your office . . . or to that household where your furry family is already at capacity! Click below to begin the slideshow and get started on this DIY project.
So, at first glance, this Hanging Aquarium ($50) looks pretty cool. Meant for your Beta fish (and as a desk lamp), the compact hanging tank is illuminated by a small LED light on top, and comes in two finishes to satisfy your modern or antique tastes.
It seems that this would be another great solution to solve some of your space issues if you long for a nice aquatic touch in your pad, but I can't imagine putting fishies in it! I think it'd be better used as an awesome terrarium. What do you guys think – cool or totally uncool?