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!

***edited*** after a while, we realized that succulents need to be in open air (dryer spaces) and not in the enclosed containers.  also, the starfish got pretty nasty in the enclosed jar as well.  so don’t do that ;)

diy hand painted valentine’s day shirts {& a giveaway!} *CLOSED*

diy hand painted valentines shirts

deco art sent me a bunch of fun SoSoft fabric paint and my girls and i set out to play!

diy hand painted valentines shirts

 i grabbed a handful of shirts from walmart for a few bucks each.

diy hand painted valentines shirts

 love all the fun colors i got to play with, especially the metallics!

diy hand painted valentines shirts

 i got these “spouncers” at walmart as well, and they worked perfectly.

diy hand painted valentines shirts

after prewashing the shirts i used cardboard and file folders to protect the insides of the shirts.

diy hand painted valentines shirts

 see?  perfect fit!

diy hand painted valentines shirts

 i used my quilting ruler and “mark-b-gone” to make dots every 2 inches.

diy hand painted valentines shirts

 can you see them?  teeny tiny.  when i made a mistake, i just sprayed a little water on them and poof!  they disappeared!

diy hand painted valentines shirts

for gracie’s shirt, i used the pretty metallic gold.

diy hand painted valentines shirts

 i just gently pushed the “spouncer” over the dot and kind of wiggled it to the perfect circle.

diy hand painted valentines shirts

 i left a few dots for the hearts.

diy hand painted valentines shirts

 while i was working on their shirts, the girls got creative and worked on their own.

diy hand painted valentines shirts

 so for the hearts i used freezer paper after the paint had thoroughly dried (about a day or so).

diy hand painted valentines shirts

 i ironed the freezer paper over the dot, making sure the edges were down firm so i wouldn’t get any paint leakage.

diy hand painted valentines shirts

i used the spouncer again, this time with a bright coral paint.

diy hand painted valentines shirts

 i peeled off the freezer paper and voila!  a pretty heart!

diy hand painted valentines shirts

 lily’s shirt was the same theory, but without the hearts and a little more paint mixing.

diy hand painted valentines shirts

 i love that both of the shirts can work for valentine’s day, but also for any other day – so not super valentine’s-y, right?

diy hand painted valentines shirts

i started lily’s shirt at the top.  i chose several shades of red and pink, and put them in color order.  i used the darkest red for a couple rows, then mixed the darkest red with the next color for a couple rows.  then i used the second color alone for a couple rows, then mixed with the next lighter color… see what i mean?

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just tell me what you’d love to make with some deco art paint!