Because we love all things delightfully spooky around here, Audrey and I decided what we really needed was a Halloween terrarium. Of course! And I knew just the girl to go to to make our spooky dreams come true 😉 Polymer Clay artist, Holly Embry from Hollyrocks! She made us a little village of creepy houses, beautiful pumpkins, a lovely crescent moon and cute-but-sweet skulls and headstones to plant among the moss in our terrarium. She also gave me some great tips on how to build a real terrarium, and I’d be happy to pass what I learned along to you:
First– you need a glass container with a lid and some potting soil (normal soil for plants like moss or violets, or cactus soil if you’re planting cacti or succulents) In order to keep your container mold and yuck-free, mix in some activated carbon (or charcoal, same thing), which can be found at most stores that sell fish aquariums.
After the soil has been mixed, you can plant your little world with moss, grass, small flowers like violets, or things like aloe or a cactus. I dug up some moss from my parent’s more woodland yard and a pair of wild violets that grow on the north side of my house! Once the greenery was in place, I misted it with a spray bottle of water and then went to work creating the village!
This, of course, is where Miss Audrey and her decorating expertise came in handy, and she was so excited to pick each place where the houses, pumpkins, tombstones and skulls would live. The little crescent moon looks out over a little ‘hill’ we made by packing the soil underneath to be a little higher on one side. Talk about easy landscaping 😉
Hope you enjoyed the little Halloween terrarium tour!
And if you’re a local artists or crafter, be sure to check out the Make Tulsa group, they are a fantastic source of information, comradery, and crafty opportunities. And even if you’re not in the area, the Make Tulsa Blog is full of really awesome information, from tutorials and advice on how to do craft shows, to interviews and info on some great up-and-coming artists and crafters.
Til next time!~