Let’s Craft: Terrific Terrariums

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Let’s Craft is a special feature full of great crafts, inspiration and DIY projects that are perfect for any Modern Mom!

This project comes from, Jessica Begum, the crafty momma behind the blog Hipster’s Tea Party. Check out her tutorial for an absolutely adorable decorative terrarium:

“Succulent terrariums seem to be all of the rage right now.  I am seeing them in catalogues from West Elm to Martha Stewart.  I saw a couple of easy succulent terrariums a week ago at a fancy store in Los Angeles and they were selling them for about $75 each! 

People, don’t you know they are so incredibly easy to make?  Well, if you don’t I am telling you now – they’re REALLY easy to make for under $10 bucks!   Are you kidding me?!   No brainer.”

Supplies

  • A couple of wide mouthed glass vases.  (Bubble vases, aka fish bowlswork well, large cylinders work well, just make sure they are wide mouthed.  Succulents don’t want to be trapped in humid air.)  
  • A few succulents.  Easy to get at any garden store.  Small ones in 4″ pots.
  • Cactus and tropical mixed potting soil.
  • A bag of small pebbles.
  • A bag of decorative white rocks, or white sand looks nice too.

 

Directions

Fill the bottom of the vases with the small pebbles, about 1 1/2” – 2″ deep:  

This is to create drainage in your vase, since there isn’t a hole in the bottom. Then fill 3″ to 4″ with potting soil. 

Loosen the root ball on your succulents and plant.   

Cover the top layer with decorative rocks. I chose white because I like the modern look of the finished pieces.  Red rocks or black river pebbles would look great too! Enjoy your $10, I mean your $75 dollar terrarium!  Happy planting!

Planning to try this at home? We’d love to see how it turns out! Send us photos of your crafty efforts and we’ll add them to our photo gallery!

Jessica Begum is a crafty momma of two living on the west side of Los Angeles.   Her blog Hipster’s Tea Party is mostly mom and kid friendly crafts, partly ideas for more ambitious projects, and a sprinkle of art and recipes thrown in just for fun.  As well as being crafty, she is classically trained in fine art and loves to paint with watercolors and oils.  You can join her in a craft, see her paintings, or get inspired at www.hipstersteaparty.com

 

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