The ever lovely Kylie from Capricorn Link (an Australian distributor of awesome wholesale books) sent me a beautiful book on Terrariums called Terrarium Craft (RRP: $24.99) and it’s been sitting on my bookshelf staring back at me, begging me to go to Bunnings and splash some cash on everything I’d need for a teeny tiny indoor garden. The kicker was that I just knew Aidan would love helping me make them but I got busy, it was cold outside, I didn’t feel like getting dirty… the excuses continued until last week.
It was a sunny winters day, we both desperately needed to get out of the house and I was up for getting my hands dirty and stepping away from the computer. We put our hats on and headed to Bunnings. Little plants make me happy.
Check out how tiny those leaves are! I couldn’t blame Aidan for photo-bombing this shot, I wanted to reach out and touch it too!
I finally picked out the plants I wanted which apparently took forever because Aidan started to turn into a little impatient monster. This was also about the time when a Bunnings Lady came over and reprimanded me for taking photos in the store. Apparently it’s not allowed to protect them from competition. Didn’t make much sense to me, if I were a spy I’d take video footage, use a small camera or just take down notes… not carry a big ass camera with all the bells and whistles! I cried “I’m-a-blogger-and-I’m-doing-a-blog-post-about-my-son-and-I-having-fun-doing-gardening” in a panicked tone because I don’t respond well to authority and offered her my card but she said she didn’t care what I was doing it for, I just wasn’t allowed to take photos. Bloggers, consider yourself made aware!
Because I was feeling publicly shamed and just a tad rebelious we pushed our cart inside and I took photos there instead with a great big smirk on my face. Hardcore I tell ya, hardcore!
Usually Aidan’s an angel when we’re out shopping, I give him jobs to do, things to hold etc. This was one of our off days, you wouldn’t know it by his smile but he was being a right little pain in the ass. hanging off the trolley, running up the aisles, touching things… maybe it was the pesticides, maybe it was my deflated persona but whatever it was, he went riot. Next time I take him to Bunnings might have to stop by the duct tape aisle first and strap him to the front of my trolley like a mermaid on a pirate ship. I’d probably only get told off if I tried to take of a photo of him for the blog…
Our Bunnings debacle over we headed to the car. We bought top notch succulent mix ($10), moss ($10) and six different plants ($20). I already had vases, sand, rocks and premium potting mix at home.
When we got home I popped Aidan down for a nap and set up everything we needed outside, ready for when he woke up. I’d bought some jars from the op shop for $3 in total and I also used a few other vessels I had lying about the house.
The first step was to put some rocks down the bottom for drainage. I just grabbed these from my garden. Then I covered the rocks in sand.
Next step was to split up some of the plants and decide placement. I wanted to make two different varieties, wet terrariums for moisture loving plants and dry terrariums for plants harder to kill.
Ok, so I may have just gone ahead and made one without Aidan, the kid did nap forever and I just couldn’t help myself! I felt like I got an inside into why old ladies like gardening… plants don’t whinge, they’re quiet. Creating and tending to my little garden made me happy.
My very first Terrarium was complete but it just needed something a little extra so I dug up a little piece of moss from a crack in my driveway and popped it in. Fuzzy-wuzzy perfection!
As these were all moisture loving plants that would need constant watering, I opted to put the moss on the top for something a bit different… I also stole some of Aidan’s toys.
Please Note: Making terrariums are messy, do it outdoors.
Peekaboo Mr Deer, how are you today?
Are you enjoying your little forrest of wonder?
When Aidan woke up we got right into it and made a few more but by the time the animal ones were done though he’d wandered off to do deeper exploration into the backyard with the dogs and left me in my element. I still have at least two more to make but I need just the right vessels.
This little oval vase was from my wedding. It held all the pens underneath our wishing tree. Finally it has a purpose again housing a beautiful succulent, a pretty pebble, a bit of the tiny leaf plant and a little hippy-hoppy kangaroo.
This vase was $1 from the op shop, I think it used to hold spagetti. I layered rocks, sand, moss, potting mix and popped in two tiny plants and a giraffe. I had to use a chopstick to get everything in there and arrange things nicely. I also used a paintbrush to dust off bits of dirt and grit.
How. Friggin. Adorable.
This one I made just for me. As soon as I saw the plant in Bunnings I fell for it. I already had the best vase for it at home and knew just where I was going to put it, right next to my computer so I could look at it all day (and night) long.
Who doesn’t like a touch of pretty nature indoors?
Are you totally inspired to now go off and create your very own Terrarium (or four) like we did? Terrarium Craft is a beautiful book with stunning photography, outside-the-box ideas and simple, easy-to-understand instructions. I feel like a very artistic earth mother with it on my shelf.
Capricorn Link have given me an extra copy of “Terrarium Craft” to giveaway to one lucky reader, all you have to do is leave a comment on this post to win!
Terms & Conditions: Winner will be chosen by me using Random.org and announced in the comments section after entries have closed at noon on Monday 22nd August. Winner will be notified by email. If your email address is not easily located another winner will be chosen on Tuesday 23rd August and announced the same way. Prize will be shipped directly from Capricorn Link.
Disclaimer: I have not been paid for this post. I have an ongoing friendly relationship with Capricorn Link and from time to time I will be giving away books that relate to content I intend to write about. I figured it was a win-win-win situation. I get to learn something cool, you get to learn something cool and win a book and Capricorn Link get some Google love.