DIY Geometric Glass Terrarium with Faux Plants

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Learn how to create your own DIY geometric glass terrarium filled with faux plants! This easy tutorial will walk you through the steps to creating your own unique terrarium arrangement for your next home accent piece – all without the worry of watering and maintaining your plants.

DIY geometric glass terrarium! Learn how to create your own DIY geometric glass terrarium filled with faux plants! This easy tutorial will walk you through the steps to creating your own unique terrarium arrangement for your next home accent piece - all without the worry of watering and maintaining your plants.

I’ve been wanting to create my own faux terrarium for some time as I have a particularly poor green thumb. I’ve been known to overwater succulents and underwater houseplants so I tend to stick to throwing wildflower seeds about outside when it comes to planting.

I also wanted a terrarium for a rather dim room in my home which never seems to work out in my favor. So rather than buy a live terrarium I decided to create my own custom DIY geometric glass terrarium using rocks, orchid bark, preserved moss and fake flowers.

DIY geometric glass terrarium! Learn how to create your own DIY geometric glass terrarium filled with faux plants! This easy tutorial will walk you through the steps to creating your own unique terrarium arrangement for your next home accent piece - all without the worry of watering and maintaining your plants.

I kind of winged this project as I’d never tried creating a terrarium using fake plants with no dirt to root them into. But I ended up being pleased with how pretty my DIY geometric glass terrarium turned out in the end.

DIY geometric glass terrarium! Learn how to create your own DIY geometric glass terrarium filled with faux plants! This easy tutorial will walk you through the steps to creating your own unique terrarium arrangement for your next home accent piece - all without the worry of watering and maintaining your plants.

Ready to dive in and make your own beautiful terrarium that never dies? Keep reading to learn how. However, keep in mind that this is YOUR project. So be sure to try materials and preserved plants that speak to you and fit your own personal creative taste!

DIY geometric glass terrarium! Learn how to create your own DIY geometric glass terrarium filled with faux plants! This easy tutorial will walk you through the steps to creating your own unique terrarium arrangement for your next home accent piece - all without the worry of watering and maintaining your plants.

DIY Geometric Glass Terrarium

© Rebecca D. Dillon

Materials Needed:

Quality Growers The Moss Collection Preserved Moss (or SuperMoss Preserved Moss Mix)
Orchid Bark or similar
small rocks or pebbles
geometric glass terrarium, of choice
green floral foam
strong multi-surface glue that dries clear
faux flower stem(s)
skewer or chopstick
scissors and/or knife

Directions:

Once you’ve shopped for and gathered your materials you’re ready to get started!

Learn how to create your own DIY geometric glass terrarium filled with faux plants! This easy tutorial will walk you through the steps to creating your own unique terrarium arrangement for your next home accent piece - all without the worry of watering and maintaining your plants.

You should be able to find most if not all of the elements needed for your DIY geometric glass terrarium at your local craft store in the floral section. If this option isn’t available to you, you can easily find the items you need online.

Learn how to create your own DIY geometric glass terrarium filled with faux plants! This easy tutorial will walk you through the steps to creating your own unique terrarium arrangement for your next home accent piece - all without the worry of watering and maintaining your plants.

You’ll begin by cutting down your block of green floral foam.  (I used a wet foam block as this worked better for my purpose.) Cut the block so it’s about a half an inch high. Then cut the edges into a shape that fits inside of your geometric glass terrarium.

You can do this by placing the terrarium on top of the foam block and tracing a line around it. Then using a knife cut the block slightly smaller than the opening in your terrarium. You want it small enough that you can get the foam block into the terrarium after you’ve glued the elements onto the top and sides.

Now spread glue across the top of the floral foam.

Learn how to create your own DIY geometric glass terrarium filled with faux plants! This easy tutorial will walk you through the steps to creating your own unique terrarium arrangement for your next home accent piece - all without the worry of watering and maintaining your plants.

Once you have the glue in place, tear off a section of the moss and gently press it onto the foam.

Clip smaller sections of flowers or buds from the faux flower stem you’ve chosen to use and position them around and in between the moss, pressing the stems into the floral foam to keep them in place.

DIY geometric glass terrarium! Learn how to create your own DIY geometric glass terrarium filled with faux plants! This easy tutorial will walk you through the steps to creating your own unique terrarium arrangement for your next home accent piece - all without the worry of watering and maintaining your plants.

Follow this some of the orchid bark, gluing it onto the floral foam as desired. Then, repeat this process with more moss, flowers and bark on the top and sides of the floral foam to suit using more glue as needed.

DIY geometric glass terrarium! Learn how to create your own DIY geometric glass terrarium filled with faux plants! This easy tutorial will walk you through the steps to creating your own unique terrarium arrangement for your next home accent piece - all without the worry of watering and maintaining your plants.

Repeat until the entire foam block is covered.

DIY geometric glass terrarium! Learn how to create your own DIY geometric glass terrarium filled with faux plants! This easy tutorial will walk you through the steps to creating your own unique terrarium arrangement for your next home accent piece - all without the worry of watering and maintaining your plants.

If desired you can also glue rocks as well to the top of the arrangement.

Once you are satisfied with the arrangement, allow the glue to dry.

DIY geometric glass terrarium! Learn how to create your own DIY geometric glass terrarium filled with faux plants! This easy tutorial will walk you through the steps to creating your own unique terrarium arrangement for your next home accent piece - all without the worry of watering and maintaining your plants.

Once the glue on the arrangement for your DIY geometric glass terrarium has dried, place some glue on the bottom of the terrarium. Then carefully place the floral and moss arrangement inside the terrarium on top of the glue, gently pressing it into place.

Finally, add a mix of orchid bark and rocks around the arrangement in the bottom of the terrarium to surround the foam block with your moss and floral arrangement. Use a skewer or a chopstick to move rocks and bark into empty spaces and desired locations.

DIY geometric glass terrarium! Learn how to create your own DIY geometric glass terrarium filled with faux plants! This easy tutorial will walk you through the steps to creating your own unique terrarium arrangement for your next home accent piece - all without the worry of watering and maintaining your plants.

Use glass cleaner and a clean cloth to clean up any fingerprints, debris or glue that may have gotten onto the glass of your terrarium. And that’s it! Your DIY geometric glass terrarium is complete!

DIY geometric glass terrarium! Learn how to create your own DIY geometric glass terrarium filled with faux plants! This easy tutorial will walk you through the steps to creating your own unique terrarium arrangement for your next home accent piece - all without the worry of watering and maintaining your plants.

Now all that’s left is to display your new geometric glass terrarium in you home!

DIY geometric glass terrarium! Learn how to create your own DIY geometric glass terrarium filled with faux plants! This easy tutorial will walk you through the steps to creating your own unique terrarium arrangement for your next home accent piece - all without the worry of watering and maintaining your plants.

These faux terrariums make lovely accent pieces for bookshelves and coffee tables with no need to worry about lighting!

DIY Succulent Container Garden! Learn how to make your own DIY succulent container garden. Not only do these succulent container gardens make a beautiful home accent piece both indoors or out, but they are also extremely low maintenance! In fact, my succulents tend to fare best when I forget to water them.

If you liked this project for making a DIY geometric glass terrarium with faux plants, then you may also enjoy my tutorial for my DIY succulent container garden. Or for more gardening projects, be sure to follow my Gardening Pinterest board. You can also find inspiration for designing your terrarium on my Terrarium Lust Pinterest board.

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Easy Marimo Moss Ball DIY Light Bulb Aquarium

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Learn how to make your own easy Marimo moss ball DIY light bulb aquarium! These tiny aquariums make a great home for tiny Japanese Marimo moss balls! Not only is each DIY light bulb aquarium super cute, but they are perfectly sized to sit at your desk or night to keep you company!

These easy DIY light bulb aquariums make a great home for tiny Japanese Marimo moss balls and are super cute as homemade Christmas gifts!

Customize your Marimo moss ball DIY light bulb aquarium to suit your personal style or make several for homemade gifts for friends and family!

These easy DIY light bulb aquariums make a great home for tiny Japanese Marimo moss balls and are super cute as homemade Christmas gifts!

Marimo Moss Ball DIY Light Bulb Aquarium

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

What you’ll need for each aquarium:

glass light bulb shaped bottle with screw on cap
small aquarium or floral rocks and/or pebbles
small glass floral beads, jewelry beads and/or small resin cabochons
small Japanese Marimo moss ball

What you do:

How to make an easy Japanese Marimo moss ball DIY light bulb aquarium.

I found my regular sized light bulb bottles at A.C.Moore for $1.49 each for the large ones and a dollar each for the small ones. They all seemed to have minor imperfections, however, these “disappear” for the most part once you add the water. I could not find anything similar at JoAnne’s or Michael’s which are the other two craft stores in my city. You can purchase these online, however, for a little bit more if you can’t find these locally.

The rocks, pebbles and beads should be an easy find at any craft store. I bought the ice cream shaped resin cabochons I used in these aquariums from DelishBeads on etsy. (She’s based in the USA so if you’re making these as homemade Christmas gifts they’ll get to you much faster than buying from a shop overseas.) Keep in mind that the hole for these light bulb shaped bottles is very small when buying objects to use in your aquariums. I also used Tim Holtz Idea-ology Mirrored Stars.

In addition you may be able to find Japanese marimo moss balls at your local pet store. If not you can purchase these online as well. You can find these on Amazon with prime shipping. They are also available from various Etsy shops. I bought mine from Hinterland Trading on Etsy as they are located in the same state as me. Mine were larger, 1 1/4″ in diameter, which is way too large for the holes on the light bulb bottles. However, all you need to do is gently squeeze the water out of the moss ball, cut in half then in half again, then gently roll into a ball in your hand. And then you’ll have four new moss balls that you can use.

How to make an easy Japanese Marimo moss ball DIY light bulb aquarium.

To make your DIY light bulb aquarium begin by adding rocks or beads to the glass light bulb shaped bottle. You can use a funnel for smaller beads or rocks to help make this easier. Next add your stars or cabochons to suit.

How to make an easy Japanese Marimo moss ball DIY light bulb aquarium.

Finally, follow with a Marimo moss ball and tap or distilled water then screw on the lid.

How to make an easy Japanese Marimo moss ball DIY light bulb aquarium.

Repeat for each aquarium you want to make.

These easy Japanese moss ball DIY light bulb aquariums make wonderful last minute homemade gifts!

To care for your moss ball simply empty the water from the aquarium and replace with fresh water every 1-2 weeks and keep out of direct sunlight. For more information on how to care for as well as revive ailing Marimo moss balls visit Aquaradise blog. They offer some really helpful information for beginners.

For more fun and easy DIY projects as well as other homemade Christmas gifts you can craft, homemade soap recipes and DIY bath and body recipes be sure to follow my boards on Pinterest. You can also find me on G+, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram or follow me on Blog Lovin’ and Tumblr.


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DIY Moss Terrarium

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Hello, lovely readers! It’s Jacie from Moss Love here – I create ready-made, DIY and wearable terrariums using live moss, air plants and marimo moss balls. I’m excited to help you make your own beautiful moss terrarium!

DIY Moss Terrariums from Jacie of Moss Love Terrariums

One of the best things about these is they don’t need direct sunlight like your typical house plant – so places that normally don’t see any greenery are in luck! Your desk at the office and that corner of your kitchen that doesn’t get sun are in for a makeover. Another bonus: they are super easy to take care of.

How to Make a DIY Moss Terrarium

SUPPLIES:

Moss Love Terrarium DIY Kit - The Perfect Gift for the DIY-er

You will need:

  • a clear glass jar with a lid
  • rinsed and dried gravel or rocks (larger rocks can be used in larger jars)
  • dried sphagnum peat moss
  • peat moss soil
  • live moss (purchased or collected yourself)
  • polished rocks, colored gravel or glass, etc. for surface landscaping
  • a miniature habitant (the possibilities are endless…)

AND…ACTION!

How to Make Beautiful DIY Moss Terrariums for Homemade Gifts for Home Accent Pieces

  1. First note to remember: you are going to want to leave the upper half (or more) of your jar open so your moss gets enough air. You may be tempted to add a lot of rocks (they are a fun layer to see through the glass), but halt! Unless you are working with a tall or large jar, you only need enough rocks for small drops of water to drain into (check my terrariums out for example photos). Gently add them to your jar.
  2. Add sheet moss for filtration – push to flatten. This keeps the soil in place – use just enough so there are no holes for soil to fall through.
  3. Add soil. Build it up on one side if you’d like a hill!
  4. Add your moss – break it into smaller pieces if you’d like to play with mixes of height and texture. Push it lightly onto the soil.
  5. Fill empty spots with polished stones, colored gravel or glass (I like to use blue for “water”), etc.
  6. Add your habitant and watch your little world come to life!

CARE

First time only: mist with water until soil starts to dampen (be sure to stop there – you don’t want too much water). Let the water evaporate off the sides of the jar, then add your lid.

After that: Mist lightly every 3 weeks (if dry). Avoid direct sun. Bright indoor light or indirect sun is best. If excess drops build up on glass, remove the lid to evaporate, then replace. It is important that sitting water isn’t left in the terrarium as this can lead to mold. When in doubt, dry it out (hey – that rhymes!).

 ALL TOGETHER NOW

Moss Love DIY Terrarium Kit - Great Handmade Gift Idea for Kids and DIY-ers

I also offer DIY Kits with all the fixings as well as individual habitants if you want the materials easily in one go. Make one for a friend, or give them a kit to create one themselves!

xJacie


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DIY Handmade Terrarium Necklaces

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DIY Terrarium Necklaces - How to Make Terrariums You Can Wear Plus A List of Suppliers!I’ve been planning to make my own terrariums for some time. Our neighborhood park has some both interesting and beautiful moss varieties growing within it especially after all of the rain we’ve gotten lately – nearly daily – for the past two months. However, I’ve been holding out until I have the chance to buy some activated charcoal which I plan to use in the base of the terrarium to help prevent mold growth. (Plus I plan to use it in an upcoming acne soap bar recipe.) However, after running across this gorgeous tutorial for crafting your own homemade diy terrarium necklace via Jordan Valley Home & Garden Club there may just be a change of plans. Not only does the author share a step by step photo and instruction tutorial on how to make these stunning terrarium necklaces, but she also supplies her priceless source list of suppliers for buying the actual terrarium housing for both necklaces and rings! So not only can I now make my own stunning terrarium necklaces, but I can also make those beautiful dandelion seed globe necklaces and rings I’ve seen for sale.

To learn how to make your own handmade terrarium necklaces and rings and find out where to get the goods, just make a quick stop over to the Utah based Jordan Valley Home & Garden Club blog.


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A mossy situation. DIY terrariums and more.

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So, I guess it’s time to fess up I quit going to the gym. It’s not that I couldn’t cut it, but really, I prefer to do things quietly in the fortitude of my own home. Plus, if I had my significant other tell me how to breath properly one more time, it was going to bring our newly mended relationship to a crumbling halt. Okay, yeah. I breath wrong. I breath in during the hard part and out during the easy part. If I still hurt the next day, you can’t tell me exercise doesn’t work if I’m breathing wrong. Just saying.
Anyhow, the day after I posted an article with a few gardening projects I stumbled across another I just wanted to share. It’s an indoor project, but it’s simple, sweet and can be made for yourself or even by the kids as a Mother’s Day gift. It’s suggested as a project for wedding favors, but I’m staying far away from those for a very long long time. Divorce tends to make weddings scary even if you didn’t actually have a wedding your first go round.
So here’s the super sweet DIY craft project for making your own Vertical Terrarium Wall Garden Favors from Ruffled Blog. These tiny terrariums require just a tin, a bit of gravel  and charcoal, and your favorite succulent, air plant, or cactus. The tins are already magnetic saving you extra glue and hassle. They run $4.99 a three pack from Ikea, but if you have a stock of heavy duty magnets and glue at home from your other crafty endeavors then just aim for a less expensive tin. If you like the idea of a terrarium, but want something a little more substantial, then check out my craft project here for making your own terrarium. It’s the same basic idea with a lot more room for plant choice and personalization.
I seem to have plenty of moss growing out back on my dad’s old shed should you need a hand at finding some. Apparently moss loves old roofing shingles situated under shady trees. Who would have guessed?

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