Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Guest Post: Terrariums

I constantly find myself in awe of the wonderfully talented people I encounter daily - especially here in the land of blogging.  I share links to some of the fabulous projects I come across each weekend in my Week in Review posts, and now on (most) Wednesday's... at least for a awhile... I'm going to be going a step further and inviting one of those creative folks to guest blog here at Ready, Set, Craft! 

You may remember today's guest, angelina la dawn tomato, from her crafty ornaments guest post here during the holidays last year.  She's back today with a fun terrarium how-to that is a perfect project for kids and adults alike.  When you're done here be sure to pop over to her place to check out what she's up to there!

i know this craft is kind of not super crafty, but let me just tell you how much i love terrariums. it's a lot. one of my kitties refuses to let anything green and growing in a flower pot survive in our apartment, so this is the perfect plant for me. it's also a great activity for kids, and they make great gifts. really, i love these things!

so go grab your supplies:
- large glass vase, candle tumbler or fish bowl {like i used}
- colored rocks, pebbles, sand, sea shells, mosaic tiles, or any other accent you'd like to use {look around at the craft store- there are tons of options!}
- potting soil {optional, depending on how big your container/plant is}
- a succulent or cactus to fit your container

step 1: fill the bottom of the bowl with your colored pebbles or other accent material. {i usually go for 25% full}

step 2: add an equal layer of dirt.

step 3: add your plant of choice.

step 4: add sea shells {i used the shells i've collected over the years at various different beaches} or other accent material around the plant.

step 5: voila! you're done! i put mine in the book shelf for something unexpected.

you only need to water your plant once a week, and by putting the pebbles {or whatever} at the bottom of the bowl, you prevent over-watering. pretty fool-proof. and i love anything that seems to have endless possibilities-  go make it your own :)


Joanne said...

Thanks for the great guest post, Angie!

Maiden Jane said...

I have the worst green thumb, but there is hope with this...

M.E. Greene said...

Cute idea! :)