Friday, March 14, 2014

Faux Terrarium in a Yankee Candle Jar

I'm so excited...I found another use for my empty Yankee Candle jars!  Nothing like a pretty FREE glass jar...and some dollar store supplies.

I am working on spring-ifying (yup, so went there) our house and this little guy was among my first projects.  I am calling it a faux terrarium because I don't know what else to call it and basically because 'paper flower with moss in a dollar store mini clay pot in a glass jar' is too long.

I am new to terrariums, but I'm liking them.  If you're not familiar, according to a terrarium is "a glass container, chiefly or wholly enclosed, for growing and displaying plants." In other words I think I'm justified in calling this a faux terrarium.  No?

Okay onwards my friends.  I started by putting some filler (aka balled up tissues) in the bottom of my mini pots.  These mini terracotta pots come in a three pack at Dollar Tree. Can't beat .33 a piece! 
Then I put a layer of moss to cover the tissue.  The moss also comes in a bag and can be found at the dollar store.   I sprayed the moss with some spray adhesive so it would stay in place and so I could stick the paper flower that I made on.  

I cut my flower using my Silhouette (3D paper flower tutorial here), but if you don't have a Silhouette you could use a fake flower or cut out a paper one by hand. 

I feel like the little spring banner helps brings the whole thing together.  It's actually a chalkboard've seen them before on 2IY.  I've used them on my boxwood birdcage and also my chalkboard sign.  I wrote on the flag with a chalkboard marker and then tied it with some bakers twine around the pot.

Once it was all put together, I ever so gently lowered the whole pot into my Yankee Candle jar.  This is actually the most difficult part. I didn't want moss falling out and getting all over the bottom of the jar which is kinda tough. 

I have my faux terrarium sitting on the pallet shelf in my bathroom. Spring is everywhere in my house...clearly.

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