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Monday, February 14, 2011

DIY: Twig Terrariums

Happy Valentine's Day Everyone! As part of our "V-day" activity, Mr. Fox and I thought it would be a fun activity to make a terrarium this weekend. I saw a bunch of terrariums at this awesome store called Cog & Pearl in Park Slope Brooklyn and I gained interest quick- seems that it's made by a company called Twig Terrariums. Their terrariums are super neat and come with cute little figurines inside which adds some pizzazz! Each terrarium is one of a kind and you can buy them pre-made or buy one of their "do-it-yourself" kits. We picked two DIY sets this weekend and had a blast making them. It was as easy as 1-2-3! I can't wait to make more and buy a more advanced set. 

Each set comes with a vessel for your moss, rocks, dried moss, potting soil, live moss and a figurine. 

All you have to do is set rocks on the bottom of the vase, add the dried moss (which has to be soaked for a minute in water and squeezed dry) then layer the potting soil on top (makes a filtration system for the terrarium), moisten the soil a little bit then add the live moss (which is recommended to be soaked for 3 hours to overnight) and finally add the figurine inside! It took less than an hour to do. Don't worry, it comes with instructions! Real easy! :)

Check out my first terrarium! This set was called Le Petit Singularite ($25). I actually did this one by myself to for practice. It actually came out better than I expected. I found a piece of wood in my soil packet so I saved it for decoration because it looked like a bridge. I'm really happy how it came out. It looks like she walked over a bridge and discovered a forest. 

The complete kit! Awesome huh?

This set was the one that I made with Mr. Fox. This DIY terrarium is called Romantik ($65). It came with an old couple kissing while sitting on a bench. Super cute!

This is the Romantik set in its entirety. I love that it comes in a tall 10" vase which actually converts to a candle holder (see below for a better picture). It came out really cute and we actually are looking into finding a mini plant to add inside for a later date so it will look like the old couple is sitting under a tree to add better landscaping.

Le Petit Singularite and Romantik set side by side.

The finished products.. TA-DA! You can find Twig Terrariums at the Brooklyn Flea most of the time or go to one of the stores like Cog & Pearl to find their unique creations. They don't ship ready made terrariums yet, so DIY kits are available for purchase online.

At the end, we actually came out with three terrariums. I had extras materials to make another little terrarium. The Romantik and Singularite ones are mine and the small terrarium was the one I made for Mr. Fox. I added a small frog figurine for him. 

Twig Terrariums are reasonably priced and very unique. They add character to any room. I am so obsessed. I plan to make more in the future. Who knows, it might become my new hobby! Super easy and fun to make and the live plants inside are really low maintenance. The instructions state that they only need to be spritzed with water once every two weeks or so. The moss requires very little light but make sure not to keep your terrarium near heat or give it too much sunlight because you can end up cooking your moss. It's such a great home decor also. Can't wait to make another one!

LINK: twigterrariums.com

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