Hello crafters! A while back I posted a project titled, Repurposed Jars for the Holidays. It was a big hit on my blog so I decided to repurpose MORE jars but this time as tiny terrariums. I think they’d be awesome as wedding favors!
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Jars from your pantry
- Craft store acrylic paint
- Tiny succulents
- Potting soil
- Small pebbles
- 18 gauge aluminum wire
- Card stock paper
- Tiny spoon or twig
- Wire cutter
With the exception of the jars, succulents and potting soil, you can pick up all project ingredients from your craft store. The succulents and potting soil can be purchased at your local plant nursery.
Here’s how you do it:
- Empty, clean and remove label from the jar.
- Paint jar lid your favorite color.
- Add about 1/2 inch of soil to the bottom of the jar.
- Remove the succulent from the store container and remove any excess soil that is around the root system. Don’t worry about hurting these little guys, they’re super resilient.
- Insert the succulent into jar and secure the roots of the succulent in the soil using a small spoon or twig.
- Add a layer of pebbles.
- Cut a section of wire to wrap and twist around the neck of the jar.
- Using a pencil, curl the other end of the wire around the pencil to create a coil – this will hold the name tag.
- Create a name tag with card stock paper, slip it in the coiled end of the wire and your done!
This project is super easy and inexpensive to make. And best of all, it makes a super and unique gift. Oh, and caring for these little lovelies is a breeze:
Check every couple of days to see if your terrarium needs water. If it is dry add a tiny bit of water.
If your terrarium is closed, take off the top every couple of days to air it out. If you see lots of condensation or have added too much water, leave the top off until it has had a chance to dry out.
Pull off any leaves that show signs of yellowing or damage and prune plants if they grow too large.
Don’t fertilize your terrarium because you don’t want to encourage growth.
Posted in Container Gardening, Crafts, DIY, Table Settings, Weddings
Tagged Crafts From The Garden, DIY Tiny Terrariums, DIY Wedding Ideas, Event Stylist, Mark Kintzel Craft Ideas, Projects Using Succulents, Repurposed Jar Crafts, Succulent Wedding Favors, Terrarium Wedding Favors, Unique Wedding Favors, Unusual Gift Wrapping Ideas, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Stylist
Happy Sunday! If you’re looking for a unique favor for your next event, why not repurpose some orphaned tea cups. There are a gazillion uses for these lovelies but I think they make the perfect vessels for tiny plants and look so charming. They’re perfect for give-aways at weddings or events!
- Tea cups – your cupboard, flea markets and antique stores are perfect sources for these lovelies
- Tiny plants like ferns, succulents, violets, and orchids – the selections are endless
- Moss – any craft store will carry this item
- Paper, twigs, and all-purpose glue for a place card pennant (optional of course) – again, craft stores have tons of paper options and your back yard can most likely offer up some twigs
Here’s how ya do it:
- Simply repot the plant of choice directly into the cup. It’s important to have plenty of soil around the root system of the plant.
- To conceal the dirt, add moss around the base of the plant.
- You’re done! OR you can add hand-made place cards like I did. Cut paper to the desired size and shape, write your guest’s name on the card then glue it to a tiny twig. Poke it into the cup and you’re done!
Posted in Entertaining, Events, Table Settings, Weddings
Tagged centerpieces, Crafts From The Garden, DIY, Mark Kintzel Design, Repurposed Tea Cups, Tiny Flowers in Tea Cups, Unique Wedding Favors, Unusual Centerpieces, Wedding Favors
As you may know, I participated in “The Art of Patron” contest which was launched on March 1, and I’m told the response was great! They received hundreds of unique, inventive entries. It was a challenge to pick their favorites, but that process is complete and my project is one of the top 25 designs which have advanced to the semi-finalist round. Holy cow! Here’s a photo of my submission titled, Snow Globe – Patron Style.
Now, it’s your turn to vote for your favorite design. Voting began today at 12:00 p.m. EST, and I encourage (no, I’m pleading) with you to visit www.artofpatron.com to view the gallery of semi-finalists and cast your vote for your favorite work of art before the public voting period ends on May 31st. Simply follow the green “Art of Patron” link above, create a profile, then vote! You can also share the contest with your Facebook friends! The 10 designs that earn the most public votes will win $1,000 and have a chance at receiving the $10,000 grand prize.
Once the 10 finalists are selected, they will be reviewed by a judging panel from DIFFA: Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS, one of the nation’s largest funders of HIV/AIDS service and education supported by national designers and artists from all disciplines. In appreciation of the organization’s participation, Patrón has made a $10,000 donation in support of DIFFA’s fundraising efforts to fight HIV/AIDS. Members of the DIFFA judging panel include David Rockwell of the Rockwell Group; Cindy Allen, editor in chief at Interior Design; and Evette Rios, designer on ABC’s “The Chew.”
Thank you and have fun voting!
My friend Kate and I found these cool vintage spigot handles at our local antique store. The shapes are so unique that I had to have them — they were inexpensive and the sale was made.
With E-6000 adhesive, I reinvented them as magnets by simply gluing round hardware store magnets on the back of the spigot.
Last week I had the privilege to do some floral styling for a video shoot. The photographer we worked with was photo journalist and Pulitzer Prize recipient, Matt Rainey. The images he captured are exquisite and Matt was kind enough to share these photos with me so I could share them with you.
For this assignment, I used simple and elegant thrift store vessels to compliment the freshly cut spring flowers. There’s really no need to spend big buck on vases … let the flowers express themselves.
Posted in Centerpiece, Flower Arrangements, Table Settings
Tagged centerpieces, Crafts From The Garden, flower arranging, Flowers in Vintage Bottles, Grocery Store Flowers, Matt Rainey Photographer, Outdoor Entertaining, Simple Flower Arrangements, Unusual Centerpieces, vases, Vintage Vases, Wedding Ideas
The Art of Patron challenge … check! I submitted my creation, Snow Globe, Patron Style, by contest deadline but let me tell ya crafters, it wasn’t without some disasters and minor meltdowns, some involving cussing. Yes I like to do that occasionally and it feels good – sorry mom! Anywho there were hot messes far too many to yammer on about. But the best was AFTER I inserted the trees, glitter, liquid, and sealed the cork I stepped back to admire my work … there it was, floating gently around the bottle with glitter swirling around its lifeless body, a tequila loving spider…&#%!@?!!!! Fast forward to a moment of silence for Mr Spider, more cussing, and a project do-over, I finished my creations. Phew!
After I simmer down, I’ll share the ‘how-to’ for making YOUR own spider-free snow globe. All conflama aside, it was a fun challenge and thank you Patron for the opportunity to participate!
Happy &#%!@?! crafting
Spring is here and what better way to celebrate than to make this unique and elegant garden wreath. Simply gather nature’s gifts and start creating!
With the exception of the plants, I found all my project ingredients at A.C. Moore craft store. You’ll need:
- A wreath – an inexpensive and sturdy grapevine wreath will do just fine
- Small plants of your choice – I am using a tiny fern and two Forget-me-not plants
- Sheet moss
- Green florist wire
Here’s how you do it:
Expand the wreath by pulling apart the vines to create a nest for the plants.
Remove the plants from their pots and gently remove most of the soil from the root ball. Not to worry, these little guys will survive just fine.
With your hands, create a small ball at the base of the plant by molding the roots and the remaining soil.
Cover the root ball with sheet moss and tie it securely with florist wire and insert into your wreath.
It’s so simple and to keep your creation fresh, simply water when the moss surrounding the root base is dry to the touch.
Happy spring and happy crafting!
Posted in Flower Arrangements, Wreaths
Tagged A.C. Moore, Crafts From The Garden, Creative uses for moss, Earth Day Projects, Ferns in Wreaths, flower arranging, Forget-Me-Nots, Grape Vine Wreaths, Live Plants in Wreaths, Spring Garden Wreath, Unique Garden Wreath, Unique Grape Vine Wreaths, Wedding Ideas