Saturday

Gardens Under Glass A Craft Project

The winter weather and post holiday blues may be creeping in on you, so here’s a fun way to bring some life to a blue day.

What You Need
A glass container with a large mouth and a base with a deep enough bottom to hold soil and rocks (apothecary and bell jars work great)

Plants

Potting soil (African violet mix works well)

Horticulture charcoal (available in the houseplant and garden section)

Pebbles (3/8 inch is a nice size)

Anything you’d like to add to give your terrarium some personality ( this is optional you can just use plants if you prefer)

Lets make It! Choose your plants. Any green plants will thrive. Other favorites include members of the Peperomia family, pileas, miniature fern, coleus, cuban oregano, penta, tradea scentia, miniature mums. Even collector plants like African violets, orchids or small begonias are great!

Place one to two inches of pebbles in the base of your container, add a small handful of charcoal ( wearing gloves helps to keep you and things clean)and mix them in with the pebbles. Level off the layer. Spread a layer of 2 to 3 inches of soil and gently pat it down. Dig a small hole in the soil, tuck in your plant and pat down the soil around it. Make sure no roots are exposed. Repeat this process for each plant. Don’t crowd to many plants in one terrarium, and make sure you have room for any additional decorations you may want to add.
Lightly water the plants and put a lid on your garden. DO NOT place it in direct sunlight. Rotate the terrarium occasionally to make sure all of the plants get light. Condensation means your garden under glass is doing well. Every couple of weeks take the lid off of your terrarium for a few hours.

* If you do not see any condensation add a spritz of water.

That’s it. Taa daa, winter blues just met a bit of early springtime.

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49 comments:

Barbara Palmisano said...

really nice!

BonjourRomance said...

Bonjour Katherine,
Great idea, bringing a little Springtime inside in the winter.
Bon weekend,
Mimi

Odie Langley said...

That is one great idea to add life to the deadness of winter. Makes me want to head to the store & start shopping. Thanks & have a marvelous weekend.
Odie

welcome to my world of poetry said...

A wonderful idea, thanks for sharing.

Yvonne.

Formerly known as Frau said...

Wonderful idea to brighten up the gray winter!

James said...

What a marvelous idea. I'm going to start one this weekend, thank you.

Jennifer Dawn said...

I love these. Gorgeous! I'm going to try it. Thanks for stopping by earlier. I'm so glad you did because it led me to your beautiful corner of the world.

Jojo said...

That is such a nice project for this time of year. At church growing up we always made craft projects and at least once a year we would make a terrarium. I don't think I've had once since but yours is lovely!

Betty Ray said...

Oh wow, I really want to try this. AND I have a gift card for Home Goods! Today may be the day. Thanks for sharing this great idea. :)

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

These are so fun and I love the look. Great tutorial. Hugs, Marty

Mina said...

Wonderful idea!

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Desert Dreaming said...

What a beautiful idea....just love it!!! Even though here in Florida, everything is still green,this idea is just a bit of early Springtime, besides being very pretty! Great idea!

Joni

Donna said...

Gorgeous idea for a cold, dreary January day...thankyou!!

Kimberly said...

Those are AWESOME!! I want to try those! (if I can find an awesome glass jar like those)

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you have a lovely blog.

Torie Jayne said...

Fabulous idea!
Have a sweet day!

Rebecca said...

This reminds me of the guest post I did over at Salsa Pie on Terrariums

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Pam said...

Oh, this is so pretty!

Anne at Bird/Like said...

I've got an empty apothecary jar that will be perfect for this, thanks for the suggestion and info!

Debby@Just Breathe said...

What a great idea. I have done anything like that in years!

Ashley said...

Wow how gorgeous is this? I love it!

Serendipity Chic Design said...

Thanks for the info Katherine...It has been very helpful seeing that I am a plant killer.. :(

Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving such sweet words...

Take care,
Lisah

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Carol said...

I remember when porchlin (sp) and valuables where put under the glass dome. I love it. Hugs dear friend.

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Heather said...

Thanks for the great tutorial. I have never done this before, so I may have to give it a try. It is certainly beautiful!

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Marcie said...

Wow, this is awesome. I love the whimsical look these add to a room. I am all about glass vases and bowls, so adding a plant would be really pretty. Maybe this is something I can keep alive!

xo M

A multi-dimensional life said...

Oh how I crave spring...and it' still only January! But these lovely "gardens under glass" remind me of the new birth which WILL arrive! And until then, what a fresh, welcome dose of springtime indoors! Thanks for this beautiful post!xo

Julie (Legacy Crafter) said...

very nice! I'll have to try that sometime. Have a nice week,
julie

Lin said...

What a great idea! I need a little flower in my life these days with it being so dreary outside. That said, my African violets are blooming now and are very happy to be inside with me. :)

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Aimee said...

Thanks for the follow- following you back! Great Craft!

acornmoon said...

Happy New Year Katherine, from another Corrigan. x

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Sniffles and Smiles said...

Oh, boy!!! I've always wanted to do this!!! Thanks for the step-by-step!!! You're TERRIFIC!!!!! Love you, my friend!!! And just wanted to stop by to say that!!! ~Janine xo

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Crystal Jigsaw said...

These are lovely. I'm not a gardener though I do appreciate plants. This could make winter look vibrant, which has to be a good thing. Thanks for the tips.

CJ xx

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Traci said...

This is so pretty! What a great idea. Thanks for visiting me!

[Mrs.Palla] said...

Love these! I have a few jars like that, & haven't been able to figure out what to do with them! I'll have to try this!

Liz said...

Hi Katherine!
I LOVE this idea, thank you! I love the music on your blog...just my kind of music! =)

Thanks for stopping by and commenting! *smile*

Brooke said...

Great blog! Such a cool diy project :)

Liz said...

I have really been wanting to do this. Maybe a centerpiece for my dining room table? Thanks for the post!