Tuesday, 23 September 2014

We're Getting Married #2 - DIY Cactus Terrariums


This is definitely the strangest DIY post I've ever written, for a few reasons. For one, potentially this DIY won't be finished for a whole year (!) and for another, slightly more worrying reason, I have no idea whether it will even work. Eek.

Anyway, I've decided to go ahead and write this post in good faith, and I guess even if it all goes horribly wrong then this post might act as a warning to anyone else who wanted to attempt it.
Fingers crossed though eh?!





So, I found these demijohns abandoned outside of someones house a few months ago, and despite them looking pretty grim (I almost uploaded the before photo, but couldn't quite bring myself to!) I knew that they just needed a little tlc. A few washes and a scrub with good ol' fairy liquid fixed them up, and then I started plotting about how to use them.

Table decorations for the wedding seemed like a good a place to start as any, and my thoughts soon turned to creating terrariums.
The thing is, every other example of a glass terrarium has involved a much wider opening at the top, but I'm hoping that after the initial awkwardness of filling the jars, this won't be a problem.

I filled the bottom of the jars with a layer of stones (collected from the beach with J!), followed by a layer of soil that I had to funnel in with a rolled up piece of paper.
I then used a knitting needle to get into the jars and even everything out.
I'd bought an assortment of cactus seeds which I divided between the three jars, and again used the knitting needle to mix the seeds into the soil; I have no idea whether this bit worked as the seeds were tiny!

And for now, that's it! The jars are now sitting on the sunniest windowsill in the flat, and with instructions not to water them for several months and an expected two months before anything could happen, I really am clueless as to how this DIY will turn out!

8 comments:

  1. I'm so excited to see how these turn out! xx

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    1. Thank you Erin, I'm excited and nervous too! xx

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  2. I have a feeling these are going to turn out amazingly! xxx

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    1. Thank you Jennie, so sweet of you xx

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  3. How intriguing :) I'll be keeping my fingers crossed! xxx

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    1. Thank you Katie :) I have everything crossed haha x

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  4. Ooh interesting way of doing it! I've been wanting to make a terrarium but hadn't even though about using cactus seeds... Can't wait to see how they grow!

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    1. It's a bit mad, but hopefully there'll be some sort of progress :) x

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