Monday, March 4, 2013

This Isn't Your Mothers Terrarium

There has been a shift in decor recently that incorporates a lot of naturals in our spaces. From topiaries, to fresh flowers, to picture frames embellished with fabric rosettes, to everything mossy!

This also includes terrariums. But I will have you know terrariums are not a new concept to home decor.

No sir-ee. I can remember back in the late 70s or early 80s my Mom had a terrarium that looked something like this-

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 OMG I can't help but laugh!!!!

But its a NEW millennium, a NEW and modern generation who are very eco-friendly and who opt for terrariums more in line with these:

Under a large glass cloche...........

Or like this-

Using a vintage blue mason jar.........

Love these with the mason jars!

Or how about in an apothecary jar like this...........

Ah, and how about the new and improved terrarium in a cake dome? oh yeah! Very 2013!
Lots of color and texture with the flowers and moss.


....and in a glass Christmas ornament? How clever!


So as you can see, we've gone beyond the "space capsule extra terrestrial macrame style" terrariums to more sophisticated ones using repurposed glass jars, ornaments, and so forth.

Here is a set of terrariums I found on display today at Home Depot.

Aren't they gorgeous?!?



I found them to be very inspiring so I might just have to try making one of these!
But one thing is for will NOT, I repeat, will NOT include macrame!!!!    :)
How about you? Are you in love with succulents, tropical plans and terrariums? Did you have one of these back in the 70s or 80s?
.....oh come on! fess up! You're not alone! LOL :)


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  1. Jennifer, I love your "About Me." I'm also Goofy, Creative, and definitely Thrifty ! Guess that's why I subscribe to your blog. I'm also a huge plant freak and geek, so these terrariums really make me drool! I have an old glass mushroom, It's about a foot tall. The top of the mushroom is the lid which comes off. I have wanted to build a terrarium in it for-EVAH! Maybe this will get the brain juices going and give me some inspiration. Thanks for bringing them to our attention! P.S. Mom never had one. But I did make a jute macrame hanger in art class to go with my handmade clay pot!


  2. Hahahaha! My mom had the big white based plastic one! I want to make one, but I'm too cheap to buy plants. I'll get "pinches" from friends.

  3. New follower here! I just posted about bringing nature into the home and was so excited to see your link at the Weekend Wonders hop! Love your site AND your style! I hope you'll stop by The Frugal Freshman Homemaker sometime, I think we have similar tastes. Can't wait for more posts!

  4. Hi Jennifer!
    Love this idea! I haven't heard that word since like 1982! We made ours in a 2-liter coke bottle - remember that? I may have to try it!
    Thanks for linking up this week!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

  5. Wow these look great! I would actually concider making something like this some time. (When I no longer kill plants that it...)

  6. Jennifer, thanks for sharing both projects at the Cabin this week. We must be thinking alike. I was just researching yesterday what plants work well in a terrarium. I am ready for some Spring green and have a huge open orb I can plant them in. I so enjoyed seeing yours come together.

  7. Beautiful Jennifer!!! I've never tried to do this before but you've got me thinking ( a very dangerous thing lol )
    That xmas ornament is amazing :)

  8. Love the ones you spotted at the depot! So gorgeous. Visiting from Thrifty 101.

  9. Terrariums are so fun. I remember my mom having them and now i love them. Pretty ideas!

  10. I really like this1 I have a lot of clear pasta jars I saved so maybe I can upgrade them!


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