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Terrarium Art

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With a throwback to the awesome 70’s (I embrace that decade with a whole lotta soul) terrariums again reveal themselves as wonderful plant designs.  Today’s units combine modern essence with charm that are assets to our interior spaces.

Using inexpensive glass components is just fine for this design.  The bottom bowl had been hanging around my studio and was time to put it to use;  the 20″ vase is from a group I use as props for different events (these are readily available at TJ Maxx, Home Goods, Marshalls) and I used it because I felt the design needed a grander appearance.  Look around to see what you have to work with.  You’d be amazed what we have hiding in our cupboards!

The plantings are two varieties of sedum:  the top is called Jelly Bean Plant (which I love using in fresh floral designs as well) and the bottom is a dwarf ground cover sedum.  Both are basically outdoor plants, very hardy, and will grow indoors if they have plenty of light and warmth.  And guess what, these both came from plantings in my yard!  You can dig up a clump and replant anywhere you want more to grow; that’s the wonder of these varieties.

Terrarium bottom closeupBoth containers are separate, with the vase sitting on the dwarf sedum.  I added a little soil (Miracle Gro soil of course!) on the bottom of the bowl,  then added the sedum in pieces.  The blue stone are always a beautiful accent, purchased at any outlet like Home Depot.  All you do is I place them around the terrarium base;  I love how the blue and green play off each other!

The vase took a little more time, layering the stone and soil.  The branching was included as I was layering so they would become a true part of the design.  Digging up the Jelly Bean sedum I ended having some cool roots to add texture and interest.  Never know what’s going to happen when we get digging!Terrarium top closeup

Another dangling variety of sedum ended up in the mix as well, which was even better.  I took my can of 3M spray adhesive (from Home Depot) and added the melalueca bark to break up the darkness of the soil and stones.  Holding the pieces in place after spraying keeps them securely  on the vase.  A few clumps of  reindeer moss from Joanne’s glued on with pan glue, and the design is complete.

Getting our hands dirty is fun, especially when we design something interesting that’s low cost with the ability to net a solid profit.   Create your own variation of this plant design adding all the touches of décor you love.  Entice your customers and friends with some samples.  That will get the interest going and the sales coming!

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