I don’t know about you, but I just love how fancy words can suddenly make a simple craft seem more…well…fancy!
Take for example the word “terrarium”.
Now, normally I might be tempted to call this craft “bowl with pine cones stuck in foam, moss on top and rocks from my yard sitting under glass dome”.
But, call it a terrarium and, well, suddenly I’ve upped the fancy factor, don’t you think?
Technically speaking, a terrarium is a container which holds plants and sometimes even animals under controlled conditions. It is intended to create a replica of what one might find in nature. And the fact that they are usually enclosed means that it is an environment which is easier to control. This would be in direct contrast to what happens in my home when my children are in an enclosed environment. Although the animals part wouldn’t be too far off!
After the Christmas decor is packed away I find myself not only feeling taunted by the vast expanses of emptiness but also struggling to fill up those vast expanses. Normally I just let them taunt me for awhile while I eat the rest of the Christmas cookies. But, this year I decided to take action! Terrarium action!
Doesn’t that sound thrilling?
This simple craft was inspired by this version I found on Pinterest. And all you need to make your own Pine Cone Terrarium is a bowl (or even a large coffee cup!), pine cones, dowels, moss and any other “nature” you want to add.
Step 1: Using a hot glue gun, attach the dowel to the bottom of the pine cone. You may have to cut off some length of the dowel so that the pine cone rests directly on top of the foam.
Step 2: Insert the dowel, with pine cone attached, into foam inside bowl. Add different sizes for visual interest.
Step 3: Cover the foam with moss. Admire the little pine cone detail on your bowl and pat yourself on the back about how perfectly it all ties together.
Step 4: Add little pebbles or anything nature inspired. I also added some “faux” snow to enhance the winter-y feel.
Step 5: Cover with a glass dome or cloche to complete the terrarium.
Don’t you think everything looks better when you put it under glass? I love how this takes on an almost fairy-like quality! Of course, the glass also makes it more fancy too.
Now, this is one controlled environment I can handle!
What about you?
Do you decorate for winter? Have you made any crafts yet this year?
I’d love to hear from you!