Since I have discovered that succulents are the one variety of plants that I can manage to keep alive, I have gone a little succulent crazy. Our kitchen windowsill is crowed with little planters filled with jade and chalk fingers and hens and chicks. So when I stopped in our local garden center the other day, what did I do? I bought more succulents, of course. To be fair, the end result was this adorable little succulent terrarium complete with a garden gnome. Check out how I put the terrarium together.
I found this hanging globe in the dollar section at Target a week or so ago. If your store no longer has them in stock, you can usually find them at craft or garden stores or you can use the links at the bottom of this post. I like that this globe also has a flat bottom, so it can sit on a window sill or be hung from the string.
I began by adding a few pebbles into the globe so if I accidentally over-water the succulent, the roots hopefully won’t be sitting right in standing water.
Next I added in a layer of succulent soil. If your plant’s root ball has enough soil, you might be able to just spread that soil out in the globe.
I carefully placed my succulent onto the soil. Succulents have shallow root systems, so I didn’t have to worry about creating a hole in which to plant it.
Lastly, I added a few river rocks to the top of the soil. These rocks should help to keep the succulent from shifting around in the terrarium.
I could have just stopped there and had a perfectly nice succulent terrarium globe, but you know I can never leave well enough alone. I have been watching NerdECrafter’s YouTube videos, and I had an itch to make a little figurine out of polymer clay.
I didn’t take any process pics while I was making the figurine because I was experimenting as I went along. I played around and mooshed things together until I liked the way he looked. Then I baked him in a 275 degree oven for 15 minutes. Then I named him Squeaky (thanks, Rhonda) and super glued his bum to a river rock. Like you do.
I carefully placed Squeaky into the globe and nestled his rock into place. Even though he looks wary of his new environment, I think he likes it.
This wasn’t the only succulent I bought (save me from myself!) so keep an eye out for another fun project coming down the pipeline!
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