Every time my husband creates a new manzanita piece or air plant terrarium for Unfolded Designs, I wish I could keep it. Seriously. There are so many ways I love bringing a bit of nature into my home, and those pieces are a simple and stunning way to do so.
I realize not everyone may feel that way, though. In fact, some people may look at a terrarium and think, What do I do with this? So, in case you’re interested in embracing the terrarium trend but are unsure how to do so, here are a few of my tips:
Tip 1: Liven up the mantel with an eye-catching terrarium.
If you have a mantel, a terrarium makes a beautiful statement. Create your own by finding a large standing glass vessel (I am crazy about this one), white rocks (available at craft stores or nurseries), and two or three air plants. No mantel? A shelf works, too!
Tip 2: Group two small terrariums with three candles.
This is an easy one that can work on any surface, whether it’s a dining table, a console, or a dresser. Try to choose candle holders with shapes that contrast the terrarium, like the tall metallic candle holders pictured. They work perfectly with the smaller glass globes. As far creating your terrarium, these too are simple: a few pebbles (Anthro makes a terrarium filler pouch for easy work), some moss, and an air plant is all you need. You can also expand the amount of terrariums and candles you use, but try to work with odd numbers and varying sizes.
Tip 3: Hang glass terrariums from a branch, and fasten to the ceiling.
This is one that looks really difficult, but isn’t. You can buy ceiling screws anywhere, even Target, and you can find pretty branches in your backyard, like the red twig dogwood branch above, a piece straight out of my mother-in-law’s yard. Use simple twine to hang the globes, then tie two pieces of twine to each end of the branch. Make it extra special by attaching little birdies or other accessories. Hang in front of a window. Alternatively, you can skip the branch altogether and simply hang the terrariums themselves from the ceiling.
There are many ways to bring these terrariums inside. I’d love to hear how you’ve made it work!
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