Monday, September 1, 2014

#DIY Faux Terrarium

If you remember I started to make a Faux Terrarium a few weeks ago:

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.

I know I left you hanging with the end result. 

I made faux mushrooms out of Sculpey. If you are unfamilar with Sculpey it's a clay that can be baked in your oven to harden. It turns into a hard plastic. You can paint on it with oils, or acrylics. They do have colored Sculpey to.

I put paper clips in the faux mushrooms, while I made them. Why? Because the paper clips would A) Help support them. B) Give me something to hold onto while I painted them. C) When the mushrooms were all said and done, I could cut off the ends, to give me something to stick in the sand and dirt. 

I painted them with acrylics. I had them done for awhile, but it's been so rainy here. When it's not raining, it's muggy. I took everything outside to shoot once, and the glass on the Terrarium, and on the lens of my camera kept fogging up.  

Here's the end result:

Why a faux terrarium?

I wanted something fun in my hallway. I've had a thing for terrariums lately. There is no light there, and I needed something that had a lid. I want to be able to dust it. Making a fake one just seemed like the right choice for this spot.


Theresa Mahoney said...

They turned out great! I like to play with colored Sculpey, though I haven't broke mine out in a while.

Harry Flashman said...

I know a disabled Toad who would like to move right in.

My daughter's horse stepped on a toad last week and injured the old fellow. She took him to an exotic pet specialist, who fixed him up but he has a broken leg. So now he has his own two level home at her house, with a fake log to live in, a nice pool with a toad sized fountain to soak in, and all the crickets he can eat. Your terrarium is very nice though, and the Toad wants it for a second home. All the uptown toads have country villas, you know. ;-)

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

It is so cute. I like working with sculpey.

Masshole Mommy said...

That came out awesome! You must be so happy with the way it came out.

Optimistic Existentialist said...

Oh wow Alissa what an awesome creation!!

mail4rosey said...

It turned out great. I like the color you selected for your 'shrooms too.

~ Noelle said...

I LOVE the way it turned out ;)

Maryann D. said...

I love it, so creative. Super idea!
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Indah Nuria Savitri said...

brilliant!...I love to have terrarium, too..but never have enough time to start..bhaah, my bad :)..yours is so lovely...and so colorful as well..

Claire Justine said...

I love how it turned out, it looks so sweet :)

Thanks for linking up


Claire Justine said...

Featuring today at Creative Mondays, thanks for sharing :):)

Rainbow Creations said...

It looks so pretty! What a fun thing to make.

Terra Heck said...

I really like the way it turned out. So pretty.

Eat To Live said...

I think it was facebook or somewhere I seen the finished product. Turned out great.


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