The other week, my good friend Stephanie and I planned out a craft weekend. Our mission: Terrariums.
Not the kind you keep lizards in, but the kind you can seal up and watch the moss grow. It was fun, cheap, and easy, and while we were creating them I realized how awesome they would be as centerpieces at a wedding. They are totally unique, creative, and beautiful. We each made four of them, which just goes to show they are not even that labor intensive.
Terrariums are meant to be long lasting, so you can even make some months before the wedding and still have them thriving in time for the big day. The moss would probably look even better after having some time to adjust to its new surroundings (just keep it out of direct sunlight). Afterwards, you can give them away as favors to your bridal party or family.
So lets get down to the nitty-gritty of how you can actually make them:
Step 1: Materials
• Glass containers in whatever size you heart most. Anything from teeny-tiny to a large fishbowl will do the trick. Just make sure there is a lid for it!
• Good dirt and rocks. (We bought the dirt, but found the rocks outside).
• Figurines or decorative rocks to place inside. I went with an animal theme and also made little mushrooms out of sculpture clay. The animals we got at a toy store. Little houses also work well, but this step is really up to your personal preferences.
• Horticultural Charcoal. (You need this to soak up gasses or keep the water clean or something like that. I’ve read conflicting reports about whether you actually need this or not, but it won’t hurt to have it.)
• Moss (another one of those things you can find outside, but can also order if you don’t live somewhere it doesn’t grow naturally).
• Spray bottle (for misting after wards).
Step 2: Wash out your containers and rocks (you never know what animal has probably peed on them outside).
Step 3: Then start your layering your base. First the rocks, then charcoal, then dirt.
Step 4: Add your moss, and give it a couple shot glasses (depending on the container size) of water.
Step 5: Add your figurines and ta-da! Terrarium masterpiece. For your centerpieces, you can adorn the jars with evergreen or tree branches, or if they are on the smaller side place a few next to each other. I personally love the look of them placed on small tree stumps with birch covered candles nearby–anything with a foresty feel works well.
And here are some shots of our creations to help spark your creativity:
The next one is possibly Lost inspired.
While making these Terrariums I got inspired to make a succulent garden as well. I think this would work well for centerpieces too though.
While we’re on the terrarium topic, check out some of these sites for more cool terrarium inspiration: