DIY Terrarium in 6 Easy Steps

For the first time in a long time, I had a girls day with friends and we made terrariums for Aarika’s birthday (HAPPY BIRTHDAY!). So, of course, I documented that process and made a tutorial for you.

You need a lot of supplies, but if you make more than one terrarium, they get used up quickly. Get a bunch of people together and have a movie/terrarium night or something. Otherwise, you might have supplies for years. 🙂

Want to make one? Follow the steps below.

 

terrarium suplies

Terrarium supplies

  • Large glass bowl
  • succulents
  • small rocks
  • big rocks
  • moss
  • charcoal
  • cacti soil
  • trinkets (optional)

 

rocks & pebbles in the base of the terrarium

Step 1: add rocks to your terrarium

Start by adding about 1 inch of large pebbles to the bottom of your bowl.

Make sure you get a good amount in there because this is going to be your water drainage system. Succulents don’t like it when their roots are wet for a long period of time so you want to put a lot of pebbles in there so the water can sit at the bottom and not around the roots.

 

Add charcoal to the terrarium

Step 2: add charcoal

Put about 1/2 inch layer of charcoal over the rocks. Add some more rocks here if you’d like.

Charcoal helps eliminate any odors from the sitting water while it evaporates.

 

cacti soil in the terrarium

Step 3: add cacti soil

Layer on a few inches of soil for your succulent to grow in. It should take up about 25% of your terrarium.

 

add succulents terrarium

Step 4: plant your succulents

Dig a hole in the soil and plant your succulents.

 

add moss to the terrarium

Step 5: add moss

Spread moss around your terrarium to help with water drainage.

 

Step 6: add decorative elements & Trinkets

Now that all the necessary stuff is in place, you can add in any decorative elements you want. Some people like to go with the fairy garden theme, others don’t add anything.

 

terrarium #1

When you’re finished, you’ll have your very own terrarium!

How do you water this thing?

Succulents don’t need a lot water so be careful not to add too much. You will only need about a tablespoon at a time. Look at the bottom of the terrarium. More than a few drops of water should not be visible in the drainage material.

What should I do if I overwater it?

Place your open container near a window in the sunlight to help dry it out a bit. You can also dig a hole down to the drainage and put a paper towel wick down inside to help soak out the moisture.

 

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I’d love to hear your thoughts! Leave them in the comments.

Happy crafting!

 

DIY Mini Winter Scene Painting

mini painting winter theme

I don’t know about your weather, but it’s pretty cold and snowy here.The cold weather has been a roller coaster this year. One day is -10, the next is 40 degrees. I’m about over that junk.On a more positive note, the snow and ice is absolutely beautiful and I wanted to capture that in another mini painting, this time with a winter theme. The last two were summer and fall.

If you’d like to make your own, follow the steps below!

 

mini painting supplies winter theme

Mini winter painting supplies

  • paint brushes
  • paint palette
  • water cup
  • paper towels
  • mini canvas
  • acrylic paint
    • light blue
    • dark blue
    • navy blue
    • medium blue
    • dark green
    • white
    • black

 

sky painting - the beginning

Step 1: light blue paint

We’re going to start with light colors first. Paint a light layer of while in the bottom right corner of the canvas followed by light blue. Just dab it on like in the image above.

Think about your light source. It’s going to be the moon and from the upper left corner of the painting. So the clouds will be lighter on the top half and darker on the bottom.

 

painting the sky - light to dark

Step 2: repeat with a medium blue

Repeat step 1 with a darker, medium blue.

 

sky painting

Step 3: repeat with a medium blue

Repeat step 1 with navy blue.

Blend them together as you go.

 

snow scene painting

Step 4: repeat with a dark blue

Repeat step 1 with a darker blue. Let it dry.

Add the moon (white paint) with some shine around it (blend the medium blue with white).

 

painting the snow and-sky

Step 5: add a hill covered in snow

Paint a hill will white paint.

A few steps after this, I extended the hill to the right side of the canvas to look more realistic.

 

tree in the snow painting

Step 6: paint the pine trees

Using black and dark green, paint vertical lines at different heights. These will be the base for your trees.

 

painting pine trees

Then, start with the brush at the line and pull the paint outward. The farther down the tree, the longer the branches should get. Add a few layers of paint and let it dry.

 

pine tree snow painting

Step 7: paint snow on the branches

using your white paint, add a few dabs to the top side of each branch. This will be your snow.

 

mini painting winter themediy mini winter scene painting

When you’re done, you should have something that looks like the above image. If it isn’t exact, don’t worry about it. The painting is your own and it’s meant to be different in its own way.

If you need some inspiration, try watching some Bob Ross on Netflix. It’s good stuff!

Happy painting!

 

 

 

DIY Scrapbook Paper Gift Bag

scrapbook paper gift bag diy

We’ve been apart for quite some time. I’ve been a busy girl and have had hardly any time for crafting. It’s something I’ve missed. So, I have a present for you. I have a gift bag.

Okay, I’m going to teach you how to make a gift bag… from scrapbook paper. Paper is really amazing. You can do so much with it. This particular paper craft is really easy to make and will hold lightweight items. I was thinking Valentine’s Day candy.

You’ll only need a few supplies to make your own.

 

paper gift bag supplies

Paper gift bag supplies

  • ruler
  • ribbon
  • pencil
  • hole punch
  • scrapbook paper (12×12)

 

folded scrapbook paper step 1

Step 1: fold the edges inward

Find the center of the scrapbook paper and fold the sides into the center line.

 

measurements paper gift bag

Step 2: measure the base of the gift bag

Turn the paper horizontally and find the center again.

Then, measure 1″ in both directions and mark it with your pencil.

Repeat this step on the opposite side of the paper.

 

paper gift bag folds 2 and 3

Step 3: Fold the base of the gift bag

Fold inward from one end to the other to match the marks you just created. You should have something that looks like the image above.

 

scrapbook paper gift bag fold 4

Step 4a: create the basket

Lay the paper flat again. Then, pinch one of the folds you just made.

 

scrapbook paper gift bag fold 5

scrapbook paper gift bag fold 6

Pull the piece you’re pinching toward the the top of the paper, along the edge.

The section you’re holding should meet the fold.

Repeat that step on all 4 sides.

 

scrapbook paper gift bag final fold

Step 5: fold the corners upward to create a basket

Fold both sides of the paper upward so you have something that looks like this.

 

hole punched scrapbook paper

Step 6: hole punch the top of the gift bag

Pinch the top of the paper together and punch 2 holes, centered.

 

foldable scrapbook paper bag

Step 7: tie it with a bow

Push a ribbon through the newly punched holes and tie a bow to hold it shut.

 

When you’re finished, you’ll have a cute little gift bag to give to someone special.

Happy crafting!