This has been something on my to craft list for quite some time, so I’m incredibly excited that I finally get to reveal my terrarium making with you. I’ve found that I have wayyyy too many things that I count as hobbies which is why this has been in my ‘postpone’ pile for a while now - until recently!
My dad’s birthday and father’s day seemingly fall on the same weekend every year and he’s not an easy guy to buy for. He’s a minimalist and realist so normally something practical or natural is key. In my mind, terrariums fall into these categories so it was a no-brainer!
This neon pink succulent terrarium was quite simple to make. I sourced most of the supplies required from a mix of Daiso and Bunnings. Man I love both those stores!
To make your own neon succulent terrarium, you’ll need:
- Medium sized pebbles
- Small decorative rocks - white
- Small decorative rocks - pink
- Soil, mixed with 30% sand
- Small succulent cut-off
- Glass terrarium orb
Simply line the bottom layer of the orb with pebbles, this is important layer as it provides drainage.
Then add in the soil/sand mix so that you can no longer see the pebbles. Stick your succulent into the centre of the orb.
Finish by lining the top of the soil layer with white rocks, making sure to cover up to the edge of the succulent so you can’t see the soil. Touch it up with some pink rocks on either side for a colourful contrast effect.
And you’re done! Oh and if anyone can ID this particular succulent, please let me know, I haven’t been able to myself unfortunately :(
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So you know how I crochet? Well I realised that new crochet beginners often tackle the ubiquitous ‘granny square’ as their first project. And funnily enough, for all these years, I still hadn’t made one (I know!), so I made it a mission to finally make one.
Instead of a simple plain one, I wanted to create one that was a bit more fancy and also complicated so I could challenge my crochet skills. Thankfully, The Granny Square Book turned out to be an excellent purchase because it’s filled with 70+ different patterns, plus a heap of designs featuring the use of granny squares. I highly recommend this book - I purchased mine off Book Depository after doing some general googling around.
I picked out the Venetian Star pattern and used a lovely dark orchid 100% acrylic yarn. It was so much fun and quite a challenge, but I loved it! I particularly love the 3D effect of the star, what do you think?
I now need to block it because it’s not sitting flat or straight at all, so if anyone has any tips on how to do this best with acrylic yarn, please let me know! Otherwise this seems to be a good, simple tutorial which I might try out.
Do you have any tips on blocking acrylic yarn? What’s your favourite granny square pattern, I’d love to know!
It’s that time of year again! When you bring out the hooks and needles and get all caught in the mess of yarn and warmth!
Ever since knitting a sub-par scarf for Gareth last winter (the yarn was really crappy), it’s been on my to do list to make him a proper one using some yarn of decent quality. From my stash, I picked out a dark wool 50% merino/50% acrylic blend and used a half double crochet (hdc) stitch the entire way through. Here’s a good graphic tutorial by Crochet Spot on how to do a hdc if you’re unsure.
When it came to the width and length of the scarf, why that was simply asking for feedback from Gareth about what he wanted. There’s no hard or fast rule for how long or wide it needs to be, just make sure it suits the style of whomever you’re creating it for. Happy crocheting season, I’d love to see what you make this year. And if you don’t know how to, I’d highly recommend buying a good book or using a great online source to assist.
What have you got planned to craft this year to keep warm?
Happy Easter everyone!
Here in Australia, we have a long 4-day public holiday weekend due to the Easter holidays. It’s a great time of the year to tackle that long to do list that builds up over weeks and weeks. So what have you got planned?
In our corner, we’ll be catching up with family and have already made trips to two of my favourite places: IKEA and Flower Power. It’s easy for me to just start going on a gardening tangent about what I purchased but I know you’re not all as fanatic as me, so I’ll save that for Gardenado (my new gardening mag/site that I’ve decided to start - coming soon!) Instead, I want to share with you this floral tablepiece that I put together for tomorrow’s Easter brunch with Gareth’s family.
I had an issue with time and also lack of coloured dye for my original egg-themed tablepiece, so I had to scratch that last minute and create something simpler. Replacing eggs with flowers (what else, right!) and taking inspiration from Martha Stewart, I ultimately created a bouquet of crepe paper and coloured stock paper flowers.
This bouquet consists of roses, spidermum, tulip and carnation. I had so much fun making them, which makes sense in hindsight considering I love flowers and paper craft, that I’m contempating on making more myself and exploring different flower types! Do you think that would be a good idea? I’d love to hear what flowers you think I should try out, throw ideas at me!
If you’re interested in trying this at home, all you’ll need is:
- Crepe paper or coloured paper
- Florist wire - you can get this at Lincraft or a good craft store
- Coloured washi or florist tape
Here’s my guide to making the tulip: draw two petal templates, one about 30% larger than the other. I drew these freehand and mine measured 4.5cm and 7cm in length.
You also need to make the stamen of the flower (the central structures of the flower). I did this by just cutting a 3cm length of crepe paper and then snipping lengths of 75% in from one edge (see the photo below):
I cut 5 small petals and 7 of the large out of crepe paper. Using my fingers, I then took the top of the petal and pulled it at both sides gently to stretch the petal and create some shape to mimic a real tulip.
Taking the stamen, I wrapped that around the tip of the florist wire and secured that in place at the base using washi tape. Then taking the smaller petals first, I attached that around the stamen one by one, with a slight overlap from one petal to the other. Note that I make creased pleats at the base of the petals as I stick them done using washi tape.
I proceed to do the same using the larger petals and then I secure the entire flower by using a few more layers of green washi tape to create the look of the receptacle. I recommend playing around with it and not being afraid of being as creative as you want with it! Don’t forget to add some little chicks too!