our first terrarium…a compromise

The boy’s Star Wars Craft Bookhas a terrarium in it…a craft we all liked. I agreed to include Luke Skywalker and R2D2 and they agreed to include my “hooray” bunting. I’ve wanted to make some terrariums for a while, but I tend to kill everything. I scored several plants at the flea market for a steal and got a good lesson from the woman that grew them. I did exactly what she said in regards to planting them. There are so many terrarium tutorials online and they are all a bit different. We shall see what happens with ours.


Our crafting began with fighting over who goes first….his name means “brave, strong and hardy”….it fits him well.

We made one big terrarium and planted a few others randomly.

I changed up my hanging shelf and added one in place of the thermos that used to go there. The teal latte bowl is from Anthropologie.


My bunting is from Twirling Betty. She was a Craft Weekend sponsor and it was in the swag bag.

The next Craft Weekend is just a few weeks away…I get to go again and am SO EXCITED.

She traded her mismatched gloves for her wings…and she wore her pjs all day. One of those days.


Another one in a random jar…(tutorial for the spool holder thingy is here)

And the last one…

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  • Kezia - Love that bunting!

  • Angie K - Looks like so much fun! Will you update us later and let us know how they kept? I am awful with green plants, but love them so much. Would love a project I could have thrive!!!!

  • mandi@herbanhomestead - Awesome! I’ve been wanting to add more terrariums around the house! I love succulunts! thanks for this : )

  • Seriously Sassy Mama - I love plants, but never think to plant any.

  • amanda torres - Okay Main St. guru…I saw your wire basket and I have some wire basket tunnel vision at the moment. Please tell me you found yours at one of the shops on Main St.

  • Sally - What a great idea. I have a large jar just like your first picture. My daughter and I are getting some ideas… Thanks for sparking our creativity! ~Sally

  • Gina - For a minute I thought there were coffee beans in there…just pebbles? Lovely project and fun for the kiddies, too!

  • Julie - Haha…I have a small Admiral Ackbar figure standing atop some moss and wicker balls that I put in a bowl and placed in my kitchen window. I’m a Star Wars fan with a husband and four kids and it’s just a little reminder to insert a bit of frivolity into my days πŸ™‚ I love your terrarium and little plants…might need to give that a try for a bit of extra greenery around here.

  • ashlee - Which flea market if you don’t mind me.asking? The fairgrounds? I too kill everything green. Good thing my kids aren’t green:)

  • Molly @ mixedmolly - Your terrarium’s look great! All houseplants I’ve ever had met their demise at my not-so-green indoor plant thumb.

  • Rachel B. - Fantastic ideas! Love the Folger’s can πŸ™‚

  • cailan - What a fun idea and bless you for showing that your wonderful little people have squabbles too. ; )

  • Elizabeth Beattie - I love them all! The folgers can is fantastic and I love how you put the large jar one in a metal basket with books. I might steal that idea for my studio. I have this project on my 2012 “to do” list as well. I have an idea for some hanging ones. We shall see how that goes. πŸ™‚

    Happy New Year, I am so excited to see what unfolds Under the Sycamore Tree this year!



  • Bella - Fun and cute! πŸ™‚

  • Aubrey - I just want to tell you that I think you’re great! Your beauty shines through the careful words written in your ever inspiring blog. thank you for being you and letting the world in on your life. I’m am daily blessed and reminded of the simple joyful things in life because of you.

  • Lisa Pummel - Adding a little green life around the house makes everything seems cleaner and fresher to me. Don’t you just love it!?

  • Carrie R - Adorable. I LOVE the wire basket with books and terrarium…. I might have to “borrow” that idea πŸ˜‰

  • Jen from insideways - I *adore* terrariums in alternate pots. I think the little coffee tin one you did is perfectly amazing. I’m pretty quickly becoming obsessed with non-traditional planter and am just crossing my fingers that the little succulents survive!

    I planted some in a brass duck and some in a toy giraffe!!

  • Trish - i LOVE succulent plants… I have been wanting to have some in my house, but i kill every plant that enters! maybe i should give it a whirl for this long winter ahead of me!

  • Katie - I don’t know if you have ever done a craft that I haven’t fallen in love with! This terrarium is beyond sweet. I’m feeling the need to re-plant a few of my houseplants – thanks for the inspiration!

  • giozi - I am really very bad for the plants, not last me none. I like your terrarium, I like your shelf as it is now more than ever with a thermos.
    And I like the hooray for your terrarium. Luke and R2 mmm ha ha ha. And I love the can of Folger

  • amber - I love these. Who knew I needed some;)?! Of course…I tend to be a plant killer as well. I do have 2 that have hung in with me through a few years…but you never know. Still, I’m loving the jars. Thanks for the inspiration. And…my daughter has those princess jammies too:).

  • Amy - “I tend to kill everything.” Hahaha – I am a kindred spirit there, so it’s encouraging to see that you’re braving the terrariums nonetheless! Love the one with the lace on it!

  • Andrea L - Hi Ashley…I’m the one you sent you the link about the Third Day song before Christmas. Ok, this has nothing to do with this post…though it is cute. I was wondering if you have ever mod podged over the washi tape from cute tape that you mentioned a while ago. I got some for Christmas and wanted to use it on a box that I’m going to paint. Thanks!

  • Kimber-Leigh - oh, i love that you posted this! making terrariums is on my list for this month! i love your container choices!

  • Lisa - Hi Ashley, We have been really enjoying succulents during a temporary extended move to the West Coast and accidentally discovered that if you place seashells in the container with the succulents, the calcium from the sea shells really gives the succulents a growth spurt. Love your terrarium ideas!

  • Becky - I love your hanging shelf in the window. What a cute idea! Also, Star Wars in the terrarium… priceless. πŸ™‚

  • Melissa - Loving the terrarium…I too have wanted to make a terrarium for a long time now….I don’t have a very green thumb…I love succulents…but manage to kill them or over water them πŸ™ …must learn to keep succulents alive πŸ™‚

  • ablemabel - Also am a fan of the hanging shelf. Just what I’d need for something like plants…keeps the out of the hands of my busy 18 month old!

  • meg duerksen - well look at the gardener you are.
    i love terreriums.
    but i have never made one. martha stewart kids had on once with dinosaurs in it and i kept that magazine all these years because i dreamt of making one! i will just live through you.

    craft weekend is going to be SO SOON!!!
    can’t believe it.
    can’t wait to see you!

  • Candy - I’d reallly love to know the technique… i have some of these same plants that I am afraid I am killing each day! LOL! I have a tall vase like yours too, so it would be perfect! πŸ™‚

  • maggie - i love the terrarium. having two boys myslef, i have plenty of lego guys hanging around. I especially like your girly touch with the mini bunting. love your blog!

  • sarah - LOVE THIS!! Have been thinking of making some with my daughter to add interest to a few areas, great motivation! Thanks!

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