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This week at the Creative Concepts NYC studio, our Creative Director Benjamin created mini terrariums. We were enlisted by one of our favorite clients to create arrangements for a “Grow” themed event. Terrariums are a beautiful representation of nature’s ability to evolve. They can also be completely self-sustainable.
On first glance, creating terrariums can seem difficult, but Benjamin is making very simple ones that right up the DIY alley!
Step 1 – Supplies
You will need:
– Moss or Grasses
- Orchids (or any starter plant such as, mini ferns, violets, begonias, clover, etc)
– Rocks (or any other decorative item such as, driftwood, bark, air plants etc.)
– Spray Bottle
– Clean Paintbrush
Helpful Hint: Make sure your hands are clean! When you are touching the glass it can get very smudgy, your clean up at the end will be a lot easier with clean hands.
Step 2 – Create the Bed
After cleaning your terrarium, add in your Moss or Grasses to the base of the terrarium. Be sure to mist your moss thoroughly with water before placing in the terrarium, this will make the moss more playable and prevent it from drying out quickly once the other items are on top .
Step 3 – Envision the Terrarium
Before placing the other items inside, try to decide how you want your terrarium to look. Most commonly, the starter plant, in this case the Orchid, is built around mound. When you begin placing the succulents, rocks, and other items inside the terrarium, they should support the starter plant. This creates visual dynamics that will add depth and contrast to your terrarium.
Helpful Hint: Less is more! You don’t want to overcrowd your terrarium.
Step 4 – Adding Succulents
Start by embedding the succulents into the moss on a little mound. Keep clear of the area in the middle for the Orchids.
Step 5 – Place in Starter Plant
Add your Orchids by leaning it into the mound of the succulent, and support it with the rocks and decorative items. Orchids are air plants, so they do not need to be actually planted in the bed. It will support to stand though, which is where the moss or grass, rocks, and other items come in to play.
Step 6 – Enjoy!
Use the clean paintbrush to clean off the leaves of the plants and general maintenance of your new terrarium
Terrariums are charming and simple arrangements. They are perfect for a unique centerpiece or an unconventional gift. Add them to your list of DIY musts!
As the terrariums Benjamin is making are for a specific event, these terrariums are not made to last a long time. These require more maintenance to survive.
But the maintenance is very easy! The door to the terrarium needs to stay open because the Orchids need air to survive. Also, you will need to spray the terrarium lightly once a week.
These are sealed when completed so that the water is retained and is self-sustainable. For this you would use a different starter plant as Orchids need air to survive.
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One way we recently dolled up a seemingly straight forward corporate sales meeting was with summer drive-in themed food and decor. Think root beer floats and a popcorn cart with branded boxes. The perfect addition to the candy striped table was a popcorn floral. Here is how you can make you very own at home.
- To get started you will need the following materials: foam core, scissors, rubber cement, black marker, sticker letters ( we love a little sparkle!), lined craft paper, cylinder vase, ruler, and sturdy tape. All of these materials can be found at your local craft or art supply store.
- Draw out a pattern on foam core: draw a 12″, 6″ line about 12″ apart. Connect with straight edge on bias. Cut out.
- Trace and cut out 3 times. You should have 4 pieces
- Flip craft paper face down. Glue foam core on to paper using rubber cement.
- Cut craft paper along edge of foam core.
- Cut out circle and embellish accordingly. Glue to one of the panels.
- Tape all 4 panels together on back side along joints of foam core.
- Insert vase.
- Add dense hand tied white hydrangea.
This fun floral could work for all sorts of themes including a child’s party. You could also take this concept and decorate each box to represent something vintage or even an Andy Warhol Brillo motif. Regardless of direction, this is a great way to bring in some fun summer colors to your table and setting!