Searching for Homemade Gift Ideas? Create a Terrarium: Verdant, Misty Garden Beneath Glass!

December 13th, 2012 § Comments Off on Searching for Homemade Gift Ideas? Create a Terrarium: Verdant, Misty Garden Beneath Glass! § permalink

To Deck the Halls or Wrap and Give: A Simple, Homemade Terrarium. Click Here for Easy Tutorial.

Now that the holiday season has arrived, I find that my free hours are spent stringing lights, gathering evergreen boughs and decorating the house and garden for ongoing festivities. And like most everyone else, my mind is occupied by the search for great gift ideas. Homemade gifts, be they elaborate or simple, are often the most memorable. A few years ago, I started crafting terrariums and presenting them to busy friends. When completely encased in glass, moisture-loving plants are provided with an almost maintenance-free environment; making terrariums the perfect choice for the busier people on my gift-giving list.

Apothocary-Jar-Terrarium-ⓒ-Michaela-at-TGEApothecary Jars Make Great Terrarium Containers. Add Ornaments or Miniatures to Create a Dynamic World Beneath Glass. Click to the Indoor Eden page here, for more ideas and tutorial links.

Terrariums can be quite simple and easy to create, and they can also be amazingly elaborate. When crafting a miniature conservatory for gift-giving purposes, I like to keep things fairly simple, in order to avoid burdening the recipient. A quick visit to a local garden supply store, craft shop or florist is usually all it takes to gather the necessary supplies to craft a basic terrarium. And while you can splash out and purchase a pricey Edwardian Case, it’s also possible to create a very pretty terrarium from a basic glass cookie jar or recycled container. For a basic supply list and step-by-ste DIY tutorial, visit my previous post on the subject here.

Orchid-Terrarium-white-moth-orchid-ⓒ-Michaela-at-TGEA Partially Enclosed Terrarium, Such as this Tall Glass Container, Provides Extra-Moisture to Humidity Loving Plants, Like the Phalenopsis  ‘White Moth’ Pictured Here in My Bedroom. For Details, Visit the Indoor Eden page here.

If you have an indoor gardening enthusiast on your gift-giving list this year, perhaps a box of terrarium-building supplies, a certificate to a local greenhouse and a book on the subject would be appreciated. Visit the Indoor Eden page for more ideas and links to past posts and tutorials…

Terrarium-with-blown-glass-ball-and-foliage-plants-ⓒ-Michaela-at-TGELow, Glass Bowls are a Great Choice for Table-Top Terrarium  Centerpieces. During the Holiday Season, Adding Glass Orbs or Other Ornaments Brings an Extra Bit of Sparkle to the Living Arrangement.

Begonia-Tangalooma-and-Glass-Ornaments-ⓒ-Michaela-at-TGE-2010Keep in Mind That Open-Top Terrariums will Require More Maintenance than Those Fully Enclosed by Glass. For Best Results, Choose Your Container and Plants According to the Amount of Attention the Tiny Conservatory will Receive. 

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Bringing Nature’s Beauty Indoors: Festive Autumn Centerpieces from Garden to Table…

November 20th, 2010 § 4 comments § permalink

Curious Dinner Companions: Dried Leaves of Sago Palm Add a Light, Golden Touch to Traditional Gourds and White Pumpkins

At long last, it seems that the season of feasts and festivities is finally upon us. And like many of you, I am looking for ways to bring the garden’s bounty to my dinner table: pumpkins, squash, carrots and potatoes from the root cellar; peas and berries from the freezer; and fresh greens and alpine strawberries from the hoop houses in my potager. But the garden offers endless delights for the eye as well as the taste buds, and I always like to dress up the house, holiday buffet, and even everyday place settings, with arrangements from the natural world.

From bittersweet-twined jars and low bowls filled with floating candles and cranberries, to luminous hurricane lamps surrounded by pinecones, crabapples and seedpods, I continue to bring a bit of nature’s beauty indoors throughout the late fall and winter. And in creating a few new festive, table-top scenes, it occurred to me that I should pull up some of last year’s photos and decorating ideas from the blog archive. Though many of us are living on tight budgets these days, with a little creativity, a beautiful centerpiece for the dinner table is always within reach. Autumn walks along riverbanks, train tracks and woodland paths last week revealed tangles of bright orange bittersweet, resin-tipped pinecones, bright red hollyberries and a jumble of seedpods amongst the tawny meadow grasses. Bring a bag or basket along next time you take a stroll through the park or walk the dog through the wastelands. You may be surprised and delighted by the natural curiosities you will find. And while it’s possible to spend a fortune on holiday decorations, I often find that bits of twine, recycled jars and old wine bottles topped with candles are just as pretty as more expensive ornaments.

Here are some free and inexpensive ideas from the archive, and you can bet there will be more to come! After all, I always find that getting ready for the party is half the fun!

Bittersweet Vines Wrap Around a Glass Jar to Create a Floating Candle Centerpiece

A Minimalist Centerpiece: Floating Cranberries and Candles in a Low Bowl

Gathered Pinecones and Crabapples Make a Festive and Elegant Centerpiece, Indoors or Out (shown here on a table near the entry to my studio)

Golden Amsonia shimmers in a hand-blown glass vase I brought home one year from Italy

Winterberry Holly Branches Fill an Old Urn (Ilex verticillata)

Ornamental grasses (like this Deschampsia flexuosa) catch the light beautifully, indoors as well as out

A Homemade Terrarium Filled with Native Plants (See more terrarium ideas and step-by-step tutorials here)

A Vase Filled with Dry Hydrangea Paniculata Dresses Up a Stack of Books at the Foot of the Stairs

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