My dining room table needed dressing up just a bit after Christmas.
I was inspired by Puravida Blog after linking up with Revi last Thursday when she used plants and terrariums to brighten up her winter days.
Growing up, they were in our house and I had a little bit of a fascination for them. So easy to do, and even easier to take care of. Now, with all the beautiful glass out there, it's even better and I don't have to use an empty bottle of Mateus Wine to make my own terrarium.
We'll leave that story for another time.
I went perusing Pinterest and found waaaay more inspiration than a person should have for putting together center pieces, coffee tables, and even making a book into a planter for succulents, which I love.
HERE is my board on Pinterest for Succulent Love.
(Succulents, that is.)
(Well, old books as well.)
(Let's just throw Pinterest in that list, too.)
(GAAHH. I used sea shells with this, so my life is complete.)
I think succulents are sturdier than most anything and can also be used in terrariums, all though you have to leave the lid off. Does it still qualify as a terrarium?
It puts together glass and succulents.
I have several plants in my yard, some I started a long time ago from my mother's original plants.
I also have ceramic bowls that were my mom's as well and realized one in particular had the perfect color for the table.
I mixed and mingled and layered and came up with this center piece:
Get some of this potting mix:
miracle grow moisture control potting mix
Find some containers.
here, I used an old metal container I found years ago at a junk sale.
If your containers don't have holes, which glass jars do not, find some rocks or gravel.
I grabbed rocks out of our yard.
You can either purchase small succulents at your local hardware store, (Lowe's has little tiny ones for $1.98)
or just break pieces off of a plant in your yard.
Now you are ready!
Put rocks or gravel in your glass jars and containers that do not have drainage holes, add potting mix, wet the mix just a bit and stick the piece of plant in.
For the containers with holes, you can skip the part of adding rocks or gravel, add soil and put the piece(es) of plant in.
Really. That's it.
Put one piece of plant in a small container, several in a larger one...
Adding little items in your containers is fun as well. I had some driftwood and a little starfish that I put in the large bowl.
I used the old mirror I had out for Christmas, added old books for some height and a jar of shells.
With the exception of the soil, which I purchased for another back yard project, I didn't pay a thing for it.
And it was finished in about 20 minutes.
No, really. That's all the time I had, so I was a woman on a mission.
Hope this inspires you as well!