DIY terrariums

DIY terrariums

a couple weeks ago, the girls and i spent a day making terrariums together.

DIY terrariums

 we shopped the house for glass containers, then got a couple large ones from target.  we used vases (short and tall), mason jars, and lidded containers.


 then we hunted around the house for small objects to accessorize our terrariums:  shells, twigs, tiny bird cages, rocks, sea glass, tiny trinkets and memorabilia.


 terrariums typically begin with a stone base, but we had a huge bag of sea glass that i thought would be a fun twist!  lots of our glass was collected, but you can also buy inexpensive bags of sea glass at walmart.


because we were trying to do this on the cheap, we used supplies and made do with what we had lying around, or stored deep in forgotten cupboards.  these polished stones had been weighing down some vases, and were great for a variety of base material (other than the sea glass option).


 we started out with our base material (stones or sea glass).we needed at least an inch at the base.


 for terrariums with lids, we needed to add a good handful of activated carbon (also called activated charcoal).  the charcoal helps to fight off mildew issues with the covered terrariums.  another tip is to try to keep the leaves from touching the glass, which can also cause mildew.


the charcoal can be found at pet supply stores in the fish tank section.  i think ours was around $5?


 because i didn’t want to use all of our sea glass for the base, i just used common gravel stones for the center and surrounded the sides with the glass.




 then we added the charcoal.


 we also made 2 batches of soil.  we added the rest of the charcoal to the soil for the enclosed terrariums, and a regular batch for the other terrariums.


 we used a mix of tiny succulents, grasses, and mosses for our containers.


 i also got this really pretty fern for an old concrete urn in the house.  and i’ve already killed it.


 we added the soil with charcoal to the rock/glass base.


 then we played!  i used a chunk of petrified wood, a small glass bottle from a trip to paris,  all mixed with the plants.




 i even planted a little succulent inside a footed cup that my sister sent me from london.


 gracie used a tiny wire birdcage and tucked a succulent inside.

after we finished them all, we lightly watered them until the soil was saturated.

DIY terrariums

we made so many that we were able to make a little garden on our coffee table, some on our mantel, and another on our window sill!


i love the silverware the girls tucked into their creations!


these weeping grasses are a fun contrast to the curvy shells and soft moss.







the kids are loving the succulents.  can you see the tiny pony that has found a home there? ;)

so far, all of these bad boys are still alive (yay!).  i’ve been told that i should water the succulents once i see that the water has dried up from the rocks and sea glass below.  if you have any great tips, feel free to leave them in the comments.  thanks friends!


monday ramblings

i feel like i have to hit the ground running today, but my feet are walking instead.  i have a list a mile long and no energy to do it!


sometimes it just feels good to sit in a coffee shop, eat a yummy feta/spinach croissant, drink a hazelnut latte, and pour out my thoughts.

spring break, well any break, does that to me!  i so enjoy the time off of teaching that its really hard to get back into the swing of things and back to a routine.

how was your spring break?  mine started out great – even involved a couple days of deep cleaning!  but then it went a bit south.  i think the lack of any schedule sent my kids into a bit of a tailspin and every day was filled with more and more bickering, which is exhausting for me!

but we had some wonderful family come and visit us from wednesday to friday and that perked us all up quite a bit!  sometimes a good distraction is all we need!

then this weekend we packed in a little more fun and went to santa cruz, about 3 hours north of us.  my sister, if you don’t know already, lives in australia with her family.  she and my almost-2-year-old nephew are going to be up in santa cruz for at least a couple months!  i am so excited!  its been a year since we saw them last, so even though we only had a couple days to see them, we packed up the car and made a weekend out of it.

only problem with being spontaneous like that is the aftermath.  we’re exhausted today.  i drove the kids home late last night (thankfully they all slept the whole way), while sean headed north for work until tonight.  getting the kids out of bed today, silas especially, was really hard.  their normal bedtime is 7:30 and we are pretty consistent with that.  but for the whole week off, they never got to bed before 8:30, many nights much later than that and i think they are going to be exhausted this week getting re-aclimated.

so while the kids are at school today, i am going to do as much catch up as i can.  wanna see what’s on my list for this week?

- set up blog calendar for the week

- cut for new products

- pack for france.  wait, did i not tell you about that yet?….

- write blog posts for while we’re away.

- write kids schedule for while we’re gone

- do spring decor installment at the kids’ school (this is going to be a fun one!)

- prep products for a photo shoot this week (!!!!!)

so, france.  yeah i am pretty excited about this!  just sean and i in france for 9 days.  all expenses paid.  sean owns a company that sells hunter douglas window coverings and when you sell a certain amount of products you earn trips, and this year we get to go to france on a river cruise up the seine.  a few years ago we went on a mediterranean cruise with the same group.

i am so excited to be with just sean.  he is my favorite, after all ;)  but the prep for being gone is going to be insane.  so i should probably say good bye to you and start checking things off my list!