Another day, another make

In elementary school there was nothing I loved more than making dioramas.

"Domestic Revolution," a CC licensed Flickr photo by machintoy

“Domestic Revolution,” a CC licensed Flickr photo by machintoy

Lucky for me, dioramas were always a project option.  Read a book?  Great.  Make a diorama portraying one of your favorite scenes.

This delight in miniature worlds probably explains my fascination with terrariums.  I’ve been wanting to make a terrarium for years.  Building a terrarium was a project during last summer’s Maker Camp.  I was confident my house would be lousy with terrariums by summer’s end.  Christmas presents for everyone!  Terrariums all around!

Summer came and went, and there was not one terrarium to be had.  For some reason the project just seemed so overwhelming.  What do you mean I have to go out and buy charcoal?

Mason jar terrarium from Make Magazine

Mason jar terrarium from Make Magazine

What do you mean I can’t use real moss?  I have real moss right outside my door.

Light bulb terrarium from Hipster Home

Light bulb terrarium from Hipster Home

UGH!

All of this required SHOPPING just seemed like such a pain in the a** (I really hate shopping).

However, things started coming together when I was in the craft store buying supplies for my toy hack.  I added a bag of artificial moss to my cart.  This was the result:

Ornament terrarium

Ornament terrarium

I broke off small pieces of moss and dropped them inside the ornaments, which I bought on sale after Christmas YEARS ago.  There was no strategic placement of the moss mainly because I lacked long tweezers like the ones shown here:

Terrarium supplies

Terrarium supplies

The opening to the ornament is too small for chopsticks, which you can also use for placing plants and terrarium creatures.

I stole the centipede from my son’s collection of plastic insects.  So far he hasn’t noticed that it’s missing.  World of Mirth, a local toy store, also has a collection of unique plastic bits and bobs.  I plan to pick up some creatures there for future terrariums.

World of Mirth in Carytown

World of Mirth in Carytown

Some thoughts:

I’ve looked at two tutorials: one from Hipster Home that recommends tillandsea for the greenery and advises against the use of soil, real moss, etc. and another from Make Magazine that uses soil, charcoal, and a variety of real plants.

My terrarium doesn’t have any base (no sand, no soil, just fake moss dumped in).  I’m interested in building terrariums based on both tutorials to see which works the best.

 

 

 

One thought on “Another day, another make

  1. These images of your making and your terrariums are wonderful and remind me of projects from childhood, too. Sometimes, we take shells from our beach vacations and create little glass jars with shells and sand.
    Kevin

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