If you saw the last post, here's what the terrarium I did with the Peanut looked like before she added a bunch more animals. She loved going outside and pretending she was an explorer finding specimens for her terrarium. Weird kid...
The House Rules are they must be made from things we already have...although I did buy some plants in the beginning. I just think we all have enough chotchskies around the house that you shouldn't have to buy more.
(I'm not sure why, but the tops of almost every glass container is slightly frosted. How odd.)
This one...I did buy the plant from Home Depot...a low light something or another. Those beautiful, vintage deer are from my friend's lovely mom, Agnes. The jar is some special bulb growing thing and the silver plate is one of the many I've collected over the years.
I kind of threw this one together since the Peanut picked sooo much moss that I felt like I should use it somewhere. We got the geode during the family honeymoon in New Hampshire. The top jar was from the center pieces at my sister's wedding and the bottom is a (I believe) vintage glass candy dish...maybe...overturned to be a base and add some much needed height.
This was the first terrarium I made. That's an African violet inside it. Again, it needed some height so I put it on top of a silver chaffing dish and burner.
The Peanut had a snow globe that broke. She was so sad, that I threw this together so we'd have a new happy home for her bears and their teapot house.
Shells from the beach, soaked till they didn't smell like salt anymore. Sand from her sandbox. The turtle is from an old indoor fountain (remember when they were popular?). And a succulent from Home Depot. It fit perfectly on a milk glass plate I picked up at an estate sale.
I procrastinated forever to do these. Really, it's a simple project that's easy to do with kids. I used leftover aquarium gravel, charcoal that we normally use for the turtle tank filter and potting soil I had laying around. (Cacti need special soil and LOTS of light...and they do better in a dish garden than a terrarium...deserts aren't exactly high humidity....so, while they look cool, I don't think they'd work well. The succulent hasn't died yet, but I don't know about regular cacti.) Tuck a plant in. Find moss outside. Rocks, hells, marbles, toys...the possibilities are endless.