Ever since I saw them at a farmer’s market, I’ve wanted to have air plants in my house. They’re plants that don’t need soil! And barely any water! It’s the most low-maintenance of plants I’ve ever come across – and this means that they can be used in decor all over the house like in this homemade terrarium.
They need to soak in water for two to three hours ever two weeks or so, but aside from that, they just need the occasional mist and can be left to live in the most interesting of set-ups.
- Darice Candle Lantern
- Air Plants (I got mine at a local garden center)
- Darice Decorative White Sand
- Darice Nautical Knot Accents
- Darice River Rocks or Assorted Stones
I decided to make a homemade terrarium out of this lantern. I carefully took one of the plates of glass out of one side of the lantern (there are little metal tabs that I just lifted up to release the glass), and then gathered my supplies.
I immediately fell in love with the nautical knot balls as soon as I saw them. If I could, I would fill a giant vase with them. But for this project, they will make the homemade terrarium just a little bit more summery.
I had a special helper for this project. Lucy was quite keen to see what I was up to. I had her act as “terrarium designer”, and in true this-is-my-daughter-fashion, she was thrilled to bits. We started with a base of decorative sand. We used about half of the container.
… and we can’t forget those nautical knots! They were the perfect addition of texture to our “hardscaping”.
Finally, the plants were added in. I tucked the smaller air plants just inside the terrarium so that their arms reached out of the lantern. The larger plant added height and interest in the back, nestled between two large stones.
I love the simplicity of this piece, yet it also has a certain amount of impact.
Air plants have always caught my eye – perhaps because I’m a West Coaster, and I’m not used to plants that aren’t in a rain forest – and I’m thrilled at this addition to our space.
It’s as if we brought the beach indoors but without all of the hassle of water!
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Tara is the creator, writer, and flurry of chaos behind her blog, Suburble.com. Her blog focuses on making a home (emphasis on “making”!), but not forgetting to have a laugh in the process. Her partners-in-crime, her two little girls, are often beside her when it’s time to get creative. A mug of tea, good friends, and a project (or three) are all this girl needs. Join the gang at Suburble and see what she’s up to!