DIY Faux Terrariums

3.13.2011

Hi! How was everyone's weekend? I've always loved the look and idea of terrariums, but actually putting together a real live one seems a bit intimidating to me. A couple of weeks ago Maura and I were out to lunch with my mom and the restaurant had beautiful glass jars filled with succulent terrariums on the hostess stand and in the waiting area. Shy girl that I am, I asked the hostess if they had made them and she told me they were fake! Coulda fooled me! That was all the incentive I needed to head over to Michaels and tackle this project myself.


I spent $13 on 4 fake succulents, 2 fake ferns, 2 fake fiddleheads and a bag of moss. I knew I already had a ton of glass containers and river stones at home. It took me like 10 minutes to put together 3 of these faux terrariums, just layering the stones, moss and then the plants. I put this tall hurricane one in the family room on our end table.


BTW - also new to this side table is the Silver Leaf Handprint and Footprint Frame from Pottery Barn Kids that Maura got for Christmas from her uncle. It was a fun but somewhat messy project to ink up her hands and feet and press them on the paper, but its such a nice keepsake to have. He even had it personalized with her name and birth date!


The other two terrariums (one more in a glass hurricane, the other in a lantern) ended up on the coffee table in our living room.


Someday I'd like to tackle the real thing, but for now these are doing it for me. I love the pop of green and woodsie feel they add.

I'm linking up to the DIY Project Parade over at the DIY Show Off. Thanks for hosting, Roeshel!

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19 comments:

  1. Very cool! Love the succulents and fiddle head ferns. Maura's framed hand and footprints are a perfect addition to the vignette.

    Cathy

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  2. I love this! I just made three real ones but am already worried about how well they may survive (I do NOT have a green thumb. I know that when/if they die I will be upset because I just LOVE how they look...NOW (thanks to you) I have a solution! I had no idea that fake ones could look so good! thanks for sharing!
    ~robin

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  3. I must admit I do not like faux plants, but and I mean a big BUT these really look real, amazing. i guess it it is because a lot of succulents have a waxy looking finish to them anyhow. I might change my mind about faux after all, You did a great job, I am impressed,Kathysue

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  4. What a fabulous idea! I thought it was real. Bookmarking this for sure!

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  5. They look great! I am going to do this for a client and am excited to tackle this project.

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  6. Visiting from The DIY Showoff! Love your faux terrariums! Where did you get your faux plants? Hope you visit me at Cool Home Creations!

    http://coolhomecreations.blogspot.com

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  7. Love this idea!!

    I am definitely stealing it :)

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  8. Ohh what a fantastic idea! I love terrariums too, and read up on it a while ago. Seemed like a lot of work, the instruction included coal to eliminate odor. This is the perfect solution, and it really looks authentic! Great job, and thank you so much for sharing this!

    xo Linda

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  9. Thanks so much, guys! They were super easy to do. And I'm definitely with you about fake plants, Kathysue. Somehow though these don't bother me. I mean, of course if you get really close you notice, but for the most part, they achieve the look without all the hard work:) Has anyone actually made real terrariums? I'd love to see them!

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  10. I love this idea - real ones are so intimidating to me!

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  11. I think these are so cool! Had to share on my FB page! :)

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  12. These look authentic to me! You did such a wonderful job combining the three plants togethere.

    I was thrilled this morning to see my "Live Forever" succulents peeping up through the mulch. Spring is coming.

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  13. Showed the husband the pics and he thought they were real. I will be doing this one soon!

    I have linked to you here: http://ezy4uhosting.com/wordpress-blog/2011/03/ezy4uhosting-has-partnered-with-ideas-woman/

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  14. I love what you did!! I linked to your post on my blog!

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  15. Beautiful job, Sarah! They look so real and love the maintenance! ;) Thanks so much for sharing your creativity in the DIY Project Parade! I've missed you!

    Happy Spring!
    Roeshel

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  16. I love your terrariums. I've been looking around searching for ideas to display a lovely intact birds nest complete with eggs (the nest was abandoned) we discovered in our chicken coop. A side note - our coop gets very hot in summer and when we saw the nest was made there, we knew it would stand a slim chance of the eggs hatching. Creating a terrarium display seems the way to go.

    Thanks for sharing your lovely work.

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  17. Great idea. They really look real!

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  18. These are so lovely! Thanks for the inspiration

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  19. Love these! Found your blog on Pinterest and am hooked, congrats on the baby boy :)
    I'm your newest follower by the way!

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