I’ve been seeing really fun geek-themed terrariums on Pinterest lately, but not a lot of detailed how-to’s. Though it’s pretty easy to make a terrarium, it turns out you don’t just want to throw some sand and rocks in a jar and decorate with air plants, moss, and a few minis. That is, if you want your plants to actually thrive any way. So I tracked down a few generic terrarium making tutorials, including the great image above from the blog Something Turquoise. Another blog, Food 52, has great step-by-step instructions on making a terrarium as well. Once you’ve got those basics down, you can decorate your terrarium with any fandom you like. And there are tons of ideas out there. Here are a FEW of my personal favorites!
The official starwars.com has got this awesome Degobah Terrarium, with instructions.
This terrarium is for sale on Moss Love.
This one features one of my favorite superheroes! And there are even instructions on the blog Sweet Happy Life if you’re interested in making your own.
This Zombie Terrarium is also for sale on Moss Love. I ADORE this idea.
What fandom themed terrarium would you create?
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Imagine my happiness when I was buying some books at my favorite Powell’s for Cooks and Gardeners (in SE Portland) on Tuesday, and saw this huge, super amazing Yoda-with-a-leashed-dinosaur terrarium in the shop window! Megan Walsh and her Powell’s co-workers made this Star Wars-meets-Land of the Lost world inside a large antiqued glass box with ferns and lots of other plants. It’s beautiful in person and they will even open the hinged doors so you can see the scene more closely!
I also got word that Megan has been working on a Star Trek: TNG terrarium (starring Captain Jean-Luc Picard, of course) and I’m sure hoping to see that one too… stay tuned.
Winter blues are starting to set in, and the snow just keeps on coming!! My solution for seasonal depression is to craft and just pretend it’s already spring. I need some green in my life, so since I’ve been obsessed with terrariums for awhile, and have an overload of mason jars from the holidays and canning…. I present to you, Jenny Ryan’s tutorial to make your own tiny terrarium in a jar!
If you make one of these, please let me know. I’ll be posting mine as soon as I finish collecting supplies! And better yet, have more ideas for my overflow of various sized mason jars? Send me ideas for those too :)
• Glass Jar Terrarium
This is not geeky, but it’s crafty and super cute, so I’m sharing it with y’all anyway. I love little terrariums. Does anyone remember getting tiny little ones in capsules as cereal box prizes? (I’m really dating myself here, aren’t I?) Anyway, saw this Beararium Terrarium on Craftster that sugar cookie made out of a honey bear container. Instructions are on her blog. I might have to try this one.
If you’re into the classic, Victorian, and vintage style Halloween decorations, then you’re going to love this tutorial from DIY Home Sweet Home where you can make your own Halloween themed cloche using the simplest of materials. The tutorial only covers making the cloche itself, so filling it will be up to you and your imagination. If you need ideas, then try looking at these terrariums to start! Use your homemade cloche to display Halloween scenes, vintage inspired ephemera, miniatures, and anything else you can think of.
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I love tiny things and I love Star Wars and I therefore find this Tatooine Terrarium terribly endearing. In fact, I rather like a bunch of The Wonder Room‘s offerings. Need a teeny Stonehenge? They’ve got it. A mini Moai? Got that, too. Also, unicorns!