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Gift presents for kids: Make a Tiered Terranium (on the cheap!)

Garden, Home and garden  |  September 1st 2011  |  0 Comment

created at: 05/11/2011

There is something strikingly beautiful in the simple succulent- a plant that can live happily in the summertime, wintertime, or anytime. They are even more eye-catching in an inexpensive, DIY tiered terrarium!

The most beautiful part of it all was at the end of the day when the kiddies sat me down on the couch and then ’performed’  a song they had written.  My Bella sang while Tristan played the piano, to the best of his abilities.
 
The words to the song – although simple - made me cry tears of joy because they get it.  They get what family and loving one another means and that is priceless…
I will share the words to the song and some pictures of their creations in a later post…so beautiful…sigh!
In the mean time, I want to show you the latest craftberry.  Isn’t it fresh?
I love succulents and have been wanting to make a little terrarium…

But I wanted something different, and so I went to work…
I was inspired by this West Elm planter.  I couldn’t find a direct link to it (sorry), but I had saved the picture on my computer.

A couple of months ago, I was honoured by being ’crowned’ the DIY monthly winner (you can find the winning project here).  One of the prizes was a box full of Gorilla glue products.
Oh my!  The possibilities.  For this particular project, I used the Gorilla Epoxy.
I glued clear glasses in between dollar store ceramic bowls.  I decided not to spray paint the glasses because I knew they would not be visible once the plants were in.  I used different size bowls with an opening wide enough to insert plants.
Succulents are drought resistant and prefer drier soil.  In order to draw moist away from the soil, you need to place a layer of gravel or pumice rock at the bottom of the container.  I added a layer of sand on top of the gravel (although I’m not sure if this was necessary) and then a layer of potting soil.
As I am not an expert on this topic, you can find some more information here
I also bought a small bag of river rocks at the dollar store to place on top as decoration.  The moss I picked up from my yard.
Arrange the plants as desired, cover roots with potting soil and add some embellishments, such as rocks or pieces of driftwood.
Once you are happy with your arrangement, gently brush away any soil that  might have gotten caught in between the leafs of the succulent.
The entire project cost under $8.00…not too bad huh? 
And here is an extra tip: if you look  at the succulent on the right, you will notice that it is not a real one.  I purchased an artificial one at the dollar store.  It came in a tiny little terracotta pot and I just pulled it out and ‘planted’ it in its roomier home.
Here are the two versions, side by side….
She is so pretty sitting next to those gorgeous books, which I was lucky enough to find at our local second hand store. They are not very old per se, but I loved the color and I can’t stop reading those beautiful poems. The green one is a compilation of all of Shakespeare’s books.

Source: craftberrybush.blogspot.com