Monday, August 11, 2014

The Start of a Faux Terrarium

I have a space in my hallway that needs something. I love terrariums, so I wanted to make one for that space. The trouble is, is there's no light in that space.

I set out to make a faux terrarium. I'm an artist I can fake it, right?

I found a rubber moss online:

Source - On sale for $9.99
It seriously looks like real moss. Doesn't it?

I found out the place to go for a cool glass container is Michaels.

I wanted to make it look as real as possible. Here's the order for a typical terrarium: 

charcoal or dirt

I washed the gravel, and sand. Then strained it.

I dug up some dirt, and microwaved it. I learned that microwaving anything in nature for 2 min. kills the living things in it. Not that I like to kill nature, it's just that this is going in my house.

The moss looks pretty real.

I have a lid, so I don't have dust getting inside the faux terrarium.

It's not done. I'm now going to make mini red and white mushrooms. 4 of them to be exact. 1 big one, 2 medium sized ones, and 1 baby one. I'm making them out of Sculpey, which is a clay that can be baked in your home. Then I'll paint them with acrylics.

There will be a follow up post once the mushrooms are made.

One more thing: I was featured on Creative Mondays. Check it out if you have the time. It's my Apple Sandwich post that made it in.


Theresa Mahoney said...

That is really cool! I can't wait to see the finished product!

Optimistic Existentialist said...

Can't wait to see how it turns out!!

~ Noelle said...

Oh how cute!!!!!
I can't wait to see how it all turns out... so excited about the mushrooms

mail4rosey said...

We used to make these in school (something similar). I forgot how cool they were.

Eat To Live said...

That would make a great centerpiece. I could use something like that on my kitchen counter.

Masshole Mommy said...

Wicked cool! I can't wait to see how it turns out.


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