Sunday, March 28, 2010

Tiny Terrarium

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This is what we did with our Sunday.
My oldest daughter is moving out of her old apartment and thought she'd be nice and change out all the blown bulbs, most of which were already blown out when they got there, so I figured now would be a good time to try out something I've been wanting to do for a long time.

The hubs followed the directions (found here) to hollow out the bulbs.
OK, he mostly followed them as our bulbs were a little different.

Only one had the kaolin in it and came clean and clear, so that one got used for the terrarium.

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The rest were acid etched and will never come clear, so those got to be the rooting vases. I found the ornament hanger at the dollar store after Christmas for 10 cents (I'd had grand plans of hand painting some Christmas ornaments for next years gifts, but never found any on clearance) But, it worked perfect for this.

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I'm really happy with the way these turned out!
And we got to break things, which is very therapeutic.

There are many, many different styles and sizes of glass and plastic objects you can use for terrariums. Use your imagination! Or, just look around the internet - people have used some cool stuff. Salvage stores are sometimes treasure troves. You just have to look around and think outside the box a little. The next time you spy something odd, clear and empty that you think is really cool but don't know what to do with . . .

Happy (tiny terrarium) Growing!
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8 comments:

Amy said...

Those are great and very clever. I have been thinking about starting a terrarium. Thanks for sharing. :)

Laura said...

How unique! I love it!

Kimberly said...

What great ideas!! I'm amazed by the light bulb!!! What fun!

ChickenFreak said...

This is one of those posts where I'm grumpy if no one else is in the room, because I want to demand that they come over and "look at this!"

Very cool.

Tina said...

Hiya, Amy,
thanks for dropping in!
You should give one a try - I think you'd enjoy it.

Hey, Laura,
thanks for popping round!
Thanks! :)

Hi there, Kimberly,
thanks for dropping by!
They were really fun to fidget with . . . I think it's fun when I can work with my hands on something.

Hiya, ChickenFreak,
thanks for popping in!
I know exactly what you mean - I come across stuff at least five times a day and go "Wow! Hey, come look . . . " to an empty house. lol.
They turned out looking much classier than I'd thought - not tacky at all, which was surprising!

Daricia said...

i had the same reaction as chickenfreak - "OMG you have to come and see these!!" what a clever idea. i'm so glad to see terrariums kind of coming back in style. very cool.

Tina said...

Hi, Daricia,
thanks for dropping by!
I know - I see stuff all the time and go "Wow! Check it out!" and promptly forget about it 5 minutes later because I come across something else that's cool. Uh, in my case, it's due to old age (and I'm so easily distracted). lol.

The Fern and Mossery said...

I love the hanging vase ones!