Terrarium Craft: Create 50 Magical, Miniature Worlds

Paperback | May 11, 2011

byAmy Bryant Aiello, Kate Bryant

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A terrarium is nothing less than a miniature world—one that you can create yourself. It might be a tiny rainforest, with lush foliage and bright tropical flowers. Or a desert, with strange succulents planted among colorful stones. Or a Victorian fernery. Or a minimalist composition with a single, perfect plant.

Or it might not contain any plants at all. It might be made with crystals, feathers, bones, seashells, bits of wood, porcelain trinkets—anything that catches your fancy and helps create a mood or look. Whatever they contain, terrariums are the ultimate in modern, affordable, easy-care décor.

Terrarium Craft features fifty original designs that you can re-create or use as inspiration for your own design. Each entry comes with clear step-by-step directions on how to assemble and care for your terrarium. You’ll also find helpful information about selecting a container, using appropriate materials, choosing the right plants, and maintaining your terrarium. (Hint: It’s easy! In fact, many terrariums are self-sustaining, requiring no maintenance whatsoever!)

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A terrarium is nothing less than a miniature world—one that you can create yourself. It might be a tiny rainforest, with lush foliage and bright tropical flowers. Or a desert, with strange succulents planted among colorful stones. Or a Victorian fernery. Or a minimalist composition with a single, perfect plant.Or it might not contain a...

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Create your own enchanting, unique world   Making a terrarium is shockingly easy. For starters, you’ll learn how to choose the right container, soil, plants, and decorative objects, and how to keep your terrarium looking its best. Need inspiration? Just turn to the 50 easy-to-follow, step-by-step terrarium projects. You’ll find lush ra...

Amy Bryant Aiello studied photography and installation art at PNCA in Portland, Oregon, where she and her husband own Artemisia (www.artemisiaon28th.com), a popular boutique specializing in terrariums, indoor gardens, and fine art.Kate Bryant lives and gardens in Portland, Oregon. She has contributed to gardening books, newspapers, and...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:196 pages, 9.13 × 8 × 0.56 inPublished:May 11, 2011Publisher:Timber PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1604692340

ISBN - 13:9781604692341

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Our natural world is filled with boundless beauty, from the most delicately random arrangements of bark, moss, and lichen on the forest floor to graceful heaps of seaweed, driftwood, and shell tossed up on a beach. In this book, you will learn how to distill the beauty of these natural elements into artful terrariums. The fifty terrariums shown in these pages—loosely grouped by inspiration into forest, beach, desert, or fantasy—incorporate a range of fascinating components, including exquisite plants, lichen, moss, bark, stone, sand, and shells. Every project contains a materials list, as well as detailed instructions for composing and caring for the terrarium (all of which builds on the practical information covered in the first part of the book). And while each of the compositions is beautiful enough to be worth recreating, they were really designed to inspire—to serve as catalysts to ignite your own creativity and personal vision. Far from being meticulously planned, they were made with what artist Amy Bryant Aiello had available at her shop at the time the book was created. Even the process of making them was intuitive, if not somewhat spontaneous—pieces were added, swapped out, and gently prodded until they looked right, even during the photo shoot. The idea is to play with the materials and enjoy the process itself, while accepting the delicious imperfection of it. A walk in the woods, along a beach, or through a dry canyon would be ideal for getting in an experimental frame of mind. Natural scenery—wind-tossed sand, tawny beach grass, or mossy rocks—is the best inspiration for creating these terrarium collages. In essence, making a terrarium really begins with your own relationship with nature. As you gather your materials, let them guide your creative process. Start with materials you love, keep an open mind, and allow them to take you somewhere unexpected. The beauty already exists—you are the curator, selecting which pieces will be included and assembling them in a way that delights you. Once made, set your terrarium where you can enjoy and observe it. If you aren’t a gardener or even if you think of yourself as a “brown thumb,” you can find living plants that are easy to care for—or even captivating dried mosses and lichens that require no attention at all, save for admiration. Add a significant personal memento and a terrarium can even be a kind of altar, encapsulating dreams, passions, and memories. Simple to care for yet highly expressive, such terrarium designs bring the natural world closer to home—and us closer to nature.  

Editorial Reviews

“Recommended for indoor gardeners and crafters alike.” —Library Journal “Terrariums are back, but in much more stylish forms than their aquarium-type predecessors.” —Akron Beacon Journal “This how-to book is delightful [and] inspirational.” —Cleveland Plain Dealer “Beautiful photographs, creative designs and thorough instructions.” —San Francisco Chronicle “Provide[s] examples of how to turn a common houseplant into a striking showpiece.” —Washington Gardener “Terrarium Craft earned our admiration not only because of the elegance of design by Aiello and photos by Kate Baldwin, but also for the clarity brought to step-by-step instructions…a bevy of beautiful designs. The trouble will be choosing just one. The solution: Do several.” —The Oregonian “Original and fun [with] tons of “why didn’t I think of that?” ideas.” —Fresh Home “Simple growing tips and chic design know-how in an easy-to-follow, lovely-to-read format. Creating your own terrarium will definitely be next on your crafty to-do list.” —Dwell Magazine “Stunning projects.” —West Coast Crafty “Spark[s] your creativity and inspire[s] you to make your own magical little glass world.” —SharingNaturesGarden.com “Terrarium projects perfect for next fall/winter when I can’t get outside to play in the garden!” —Danger Garden Blog