DIY Succulent Terrariums

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One of the latest home trends has been buying or making your own succulent terrarium. They are a simple addition to give life to a room and look great sitting in a sunny windowsill.

While many people may opt to buy their terrariums already made from stores like Target or Home Depot, these pre-made terrariums are not always filled with real plants. Instead, they may come with fake plants that require no upkeep. This is sad really, as succulents require very little care. They simply need to be placed in a place where they will receive lots of sun and be watered maybe once a week. With very little water at that-placing an ice cube at the base of the succulent will give it all the water it needs for the week!

There are many different styles of terrariums you can make, and here are just a few different styles for inspiration:

Being that I wanted to customize my terrarium, I decided to make mine myself. To make your own terrarium you will need:

  1. A container to house the plant (I went with a glass fishbowl that was on sale at Hobby Lobby)
  2. Some rocks. These can also be bought at crafting stores. You can go with colorful stones, simple white ones, or natural toned rocks. good1.jpg
  3. Soil. This can be found at home improvement stores like Home Depot or Menards. When all else fails, you can dig some up from your backyard!
  4. Moss. I bought some colorful moss from Hobby Lobby to spruce up the terrarium. good.jpg
  5. A succulent or two. I got my plant from Home Depot. They had a very large selection varying in price from about $2.50 to $12 depending on how big and what variety the plant was. img_7978

I began making my terrarium by putting a layer of rocks down. For my small terrarium I went with the bright white stones, and mixed it up with my large terrarium. Be sure not to fill up the bowl too far with rocks as you need to leave room for enough soil to plant your succulent. 

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After the rocks, I added the soil and then planted my succulent plants. Around the plants, I placed red and green moss to give more color to the terrarium.

Be sure to clean the glass near the top of the bowl or container you decide to use to clean off the dirt, dust and fingerprints that settle on it. Your end result will look just as nice as the store-bought versions and be the perfect addition to rooms that need a little bit of life in them!


If you decide to make one for yourself, or have already done so, share your pictures in the comments!

DIY Photo Frame

 

April 15, 2019

I’m always scrolling through Pinterest looking for my next crafty thing to do, and I’ve seen these DIY photo frames a few times now. As I’m moving back to college in a few days, I’m getting excited to start decorating my room. This DIY photo frame is a great way to display tons of photos of friends and family in the cutest way.

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To make a photo frame like this you will only need a few things: a frame, some rope, mini clothespins, a hot glue gun, and of course some photos to put in it. I had been looking for a rather inexpensive frame to do this project, as I was originally planning on painting my frame so I didn’t care how it looked. The frame I used was on sale at Michael’s and I really liked the white so I did not end up painting it (which made this even easier and quicker to do!). I also got the string at Michael’s. I already had a package of mini clothespins from a prior craft which I got at either Walmart or Hobby Lobby a while ago.

Because I wanted to fit a lot of photos into my frame, I decided to order some prints in the 4×4 square size from Walmart. They do one hour photos at a pretty good price and have a very easy online system to use. Some of the photos I ordered had a white frame around them because they came from my Instagram, so I was able to cut them out when I got home. Because I cut them out, they were in a variety of different shapes which I think makes them look a lot nicer in the frame.

To make the frame itself, I began with laying out my photos inside the frame the way that I planned on putting them in later. This made it easier to determine how many rows of photos I would have and how many pieces of string I would need to hot glue inside my frame.

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Once I had this determined, I measured out (relatively) the distance I would have between each string row and marked this on the back side of the frame with a black marker. Next, I plugged in my handy dandy hot glue gun and cut the string while I waited for the glue to heat up. Once the glue was ready, I put a layer down on the frame, placed the string on top and pressed it in until it hardened. To be sure that the string would be set in place, I went back after all of the glue had dried and put another layer of hot glue on top–just in case!

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After the string was in place and dry, I began to clip my photos in place with the mini clothespins. Altogether, it took me about 35 minutes to finish and I’m really happy with how it turned out!

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I plan on hanging it up with some command strips once I get to Madison and I think it will be a great addition to the decorations in my room. If you are looking for a unique way to display your photos, this is a great, low cost, super quick and easy idea!

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Happy Birthday America

Happy BIRthday America

The Fourth of July is the most looked forward to holiday of the summer. Filled with family, friends, grilled out food, drinks, outdoor games, and of course fireworks. I spent my Fourth at my aunts house. She has a beautiful back patio filled with multiple seating areas, heating lamps, tiki torches, plants, and a hot tub. My family was tasked with bringing a dessert to the party and as usual my mom handed that job over to me. Needless to say, I was delighted with the excuse to bake a delicious treat and immediately took to Pinterest to discover some inspiration.

I began with a simple search, “Fourth of July Desserts.” From there I discovered my inspirations for what I eventually created.

None of these designs was exactly what I was looking for, but i did like a few aspects from each. Because of this, I decided to take certain elements and combine them. I ended up making a double layer 9 inch round cake. I colored one layer red and the other blue with food coloring. After baking these two cakes, I allowed them to cool and then wrapped them in plastic and placed them in the freezer overnight.

The next morning, I took the cakes out of the freezer and cut the raised tops of of both of the cakes in order to make them more level and easier to stack. Freezing them overnight makes them easier to work with and allowed me to cut them cleaner. I then took out my handy dandy store-bought buttercream frosting, decided which cake would be my bottom layer, and began to frost the top of that cake. In order to make my vision of a red, white, and blue cake come to life, I decided to make an exposed cake. Meaning I was not going to frost the outside of the cake, only the middle and top layers. I had never done a cake like this before so it was something different for me!

After I finished frosting the middle layer, I placed the second cake on top and began to frost the top of that layer. After I finished frosting the cake, making sure to clean up the sides of it so the red and blue layers were prominently showing, I moved on to my next element: an American flag made up of red, white, and blue M&Ms. The flag took up the entire top of my cake and served as the focal point of my cake. To finish the cake off, I piped the bottom of the cake, the blue layer, with red frosting and the top layer of the cake, the red layer, with blue frosting.

Voilá! I was done.

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The cake was a hit at my aunt’s house, everyone loved the exposed detail and appreciated the red and blue layers of the cake. Not only that, but the cake was delicious! Now here is to waiting for my next excuse to go all out decorating a cake or cupcakes for the next family gathering!