Sunday, May 1, 2011

Mason Jar Terrariums

Wow!  I have been crazy busy this week!!  I worked one day of overtime last week and I'm working two more extra days this week.  It hasn't really left me much time for working on projects, but I did manage to pull one together today that I started last week.  Awhile back I found these old mason jars in the barn.

The jars got a good washing.  The hardware got removed, sanded down, and I spray painted them with Krylon metallic silver.  Then our basement flooded and my beautiful jar hardware was stranded on my work table surrounded by lots of water.  When the water drained, I rescued them.

I've been seeing a lot of terrariums lately on the internet, and decided these would look cool as terrariums.  Here's the stuff I used:
The bottom of the jar got a thin layer of glass chips and marbles to improve the drainage.
After I took this picture I removed several of the pieces because they were taking up too much room.  Then I put a thin layer of activated charcoal in to reduce odor.  The last step was just adding the potting soil and some plants.
Once I got all the plants in, I gave them a little water, put the tops back on, and replaced the hardware.
Don't you love the wolfhound in the background?  Ryndham was very helpful.  The plants I used include moss, a purple flower I dug up from the yard, and some little spider plants.
I'm hoping that they do well.  This was the first time I've tried to make terrariums.  I have lots of experience with houseplants, but never with terrariums.

I'll keep you all updated on their progress.  It's time for me to get some work done.  This week is going to be insane.  I'm working TWO extra days.  That makes for a 60 hour week for me.  Woah. 

***UPDATE***--Leslie, from Sage Endeavors, read this post, got inspired, and gave it a shot.  Her jars are so awesome!!  She even added a pincushion to one!!!  Go check it out and give her some love. 

Make sure if you try this, you send me the link so I can share it here.  I love seeing how creative everyone is.

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25 comments:

Rissa @ Hazel and Honeysuckle said...

These are really cute, I love them! I might have to have a go myself, but I'm notorious for forgetting to water things :-/ hmm!

OhioMomPatriot said...

They are adorable! I wish I had a barn with cool random stuff...LOL! Maybe this is the way I could do house plants. I don't do them very well, at all, they cry when I come near them at the store...LOL!

raroma said...

Love the terrariums. I worked as a kindergarten aide for 10years and this would be an excellent idea to involve little kids in. A great mother's day gift/idea/project too.

La Vie Quotidienne said...

Very cleaver...I think they will do very well. There are so many places that you can put them either singely or in a group. Cute!

lisbonlioness said...

random stuff you dug up, huh? Exactly my kind of approach, this was the last bit of encouragement I needed, thank you for that! Good stuff, I'll make my very own terrariums with stuff I find in my so- called garden. I lurve me a 0$ project!

Sally said...

These are so cute! I have making a terrarium on my summer "to-do" list. I was wondering about putting some small spider plants in mine. I already have my container, so I'm excited. I was actually thinking of making it a terrarium party with my friends.

Deanna said...

My son would love this! And its easy on my end as well! Thanks for sharing I'm your newest follower from Homemaker on a Dime :)

Krafty Kat said...

Those jars are awesome! Wish I could find some with the lids like that. The terrariums are great, thanks for linking!

Amber Branconier said...

these are so stinking cute!

on my to do list!

Modern Wivelyhood said...

So cute! This would be fun to do with my kids, thanks for sharing! Found you at Homemaker on a Dime!
www.modernwivelyhood.blogspot.com

Wendy @ Ramblings from the Sunshine State said...

Those are great! I've thought about making one, just havent gotten around to it I guess.

Visiting from Elements Interiors!

SJ @ Homemaker On A Dime said...

You've made your masor jars functional and very green :)
Linking this up with us made the Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop better and more special. Thank you!

Kris @ everywhereorange.com said...

my crafty BFF and I were just talking about these!!! Thanks for sharing. I found you on NJAHW!

Cap Creations said...

These are fantastic! Thank you for sharing!

g.suzie said...

These would make a very sweet
gift. . .good luck with your
long hours this week!

Amanda- Eating in Winnipeg said...

oh this is wonderful! do you need to leave the lids open at any point to let the plants breath?

Rebecca @ My Girlish Whims said...

so cool! i have a friend who loves to make terrariums, I'll have to forward these on to her :)

Thanks for linking up to Your Whims Wednesday!!

Jessica @ O. Alouette said...

LOVE these! Now that you've shown how easy it is I might have to make my own! Thanks for sharing :)

~Damita's Pretty Wrap~ said...

These are really cute!! I love that idea! I'm totally going to make some!! Thanks for sharing! I found your blog on one of the blog hops :) would love if you visited mine :)Have a great mother's day weekend!!

Jenny said...

I have these jars I bought at a garage sale without plastic rims wondering what I would do with them. This is perfect! And thanks for posting the container of charcoal. I haven't been able to find it in the garden center- I am assuming it's in the fish department? And your purple flowers look like violets (which I am currently making jelly from). Thanks for the post!

The Autocrat: Haley said...

I love terrariums!! Those are too stinkin' cute in the jars!

Becca said...

Those are very cool. I killed the last two terrariums I tried, so I hope you have much better luck.

gail said...

I love your little terrariums! Cute !

gail

Kelly said...

I am passing on to you the Versatile Blogger award.
http://www.juiceboxdreams.com/2011/05/award-for-me.html
Congratulations and great work.
Kelly at juicebox Dreams

To Sew With Love said...

I do not have a green thumb and a cactus plant even died on me once but I might really give planting a try again and your terrarium is really cute! thanks for linking up!