Monday, August 1, 2011

Not a Terrarium

I mentioned yesterday that this week-end I tackled 4 projects that I had previously pinned on Pinterest.  First up, a terrarium…


I channeled my inner hippie (terrarium’s were popular in the 70’s) and headed to Lowe’s and the Salvation Army to purchase my supplies. 

Here’s what you need for a terrarium:

  • A glass jar (I purchased mine for $0.25 at the Salvation Army)
    • My jar is not enclosed.  My brother kept telling me over and over again that I was not making a terrarium because it was open.  Research tells me that open containers are “dry terrariums”…but he still wouldn’t listen.  I told him I would title the post “Not a Terrarium” just for him.
  • Rocks (Found in my driveway)
  • Potting soil (Found in my garage)
  • Small plants (Lowe’s $3.00)
  • Moss (Lowe’s $2.50)
  • A furry assistant (Purchased 4.5 years ago)
  • I suggest working your pajamas.


Step 1: Add rocks to your container.

Step 2: Add potting soil.


Step 3:  Add plants. Carefully.  My brother kept telling me that I was too violent with the plants.  Girl just doesn’t know her own strength.  Brother is pretty bossy with regards to projects.


Step 4: Add a small amount of water.


Step 5: Add moss.


Step 6:  Tell your assistant to stop sunbathing and get back to work…


Step 7: Enjoy your “Not a Terrarium”


It’s currently residing in our living room.  Let’s hope it lives.  The colors work nicely with everything else that is already on the shelves.  It’s a little 1970 but who doesn’t need a little extra hippie in their life? And the cable box/DVR keep it 2011 (I should pin a solution to those cords.)…



Are you digging anything groovy from the 70’s?  Do you have a terrarium?  Or are they too 40 years ago for you?


  1. i like it! i don't have good luck with living things, well besides my kids, i guess. ;) but if i did i would make one, to!

  2. i love this! It's beautiful! and it fits great on that shelf set too!

  3. Awww what a nice brother to supervise your projects. (I bet he'd not be so bossy if you were making him do hardcore house building stuff again.)

    Your non-terrarium looks perfect on your shelf! (And ack--cords. I need a solution to cords, too.)

  4. I have (not a) terrarium that my mother-in-law gave me a couple years ago. I'm working on killing it, because that's my specialty with house plants. Boo. Hopefully I can bring it back to life and keep it alive! Yours looks great, no matter what supervising brother says.

  5. Oooh, I love your (not) terrarium! And your brother sounds perfectly brotherly . . . and I love the picture of him with the not a terrarium where he's not quite smiling . . . just like my brothers would be doing, too. It looks great!

  6. So cute! I wonder if I could make one without killing it? I have the worst luck with plants

  7. I like the shape of the glass jar you used. I've been saving glass & plastic jars to try to find a reuse instead of just recycling. I think I may have found another use for one of the glass jars I have.

  8. I am completely diggin' this project! I think it is doubly appealing for me because of the succulents...I love those little guys! And I hear they are tough to kill, SCORE! (c:

  9. I seriously adore the picture of the two of you. Cracks me up. You look so happy! Your not-terrarium looks awesome.

  10. Very cute. I love cacti so you'll have to let me know if it lives. I don't have a green thumb, but I'm thinking that may be a good thing since they don't have to be watered all that much. I wouldn't listen to your bro. Bros don't know nuttin' :)

  11. So cute - and don't you love having a challenge to push us to finish one of those pins?

    My family had a terrarium when I was young (yep, in the 70s) I thought they were cool.

  12. Awesome! Go you and your green thumb! My thumb is black - can't even keep a cactus alive... and they grow her naturally. lol, Fail! It looks great!

  13. It's awesome! Are terrariums old-school? I didn't even know. I just think it's SWEET. :)

  14. Omg. I made one of these as a kid. I didn't quite realize how old I was until I read that the 70's were "40 years ago". Seriously?

  15. Marshall looks thrilled to be in these pictures. And he was a little bossy it sounds like.....seems to know an awful lot about terrarium.

  16. I have a terrarium pinned too, but it's for outside. Love it! I'm with you on "dry terrarium" BTW :)

  17. These look lovely. I am even more tempted now. Maybe I should stop reading your pintrest posts...

  18. Wow! I so should have tackled as many "easy" projects! I mean so the monogram and vase weren't cake but it all turned out well! I actually am doing my own vase soon! I plan on making a (not)'d be perfect for our sofa table!

    you did an awesome job!


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