Tuesday, March 19, 2013

How to make Easter egg terrariums


You know how terrariums are super in right now? Yes, they're everywhere. I love the look and wish I could have them, but to be completely honest, they totally frighten me. As much as I love flowers, I have the biggest black thumb. I cannot keep a cactus alive. And then to have the responsibility of a mini eco-world in the form of a terrarium? That's just way too much pressure.

SO, when I came across these clear Easter eggs at Smith's, my first reaction was "terrariums!" and then reality started to set in. I did what every adult evading responsibility does: I faked it. Yes, this is a fake terrarium. The dirt? Real. The moss? Real. The flower? Well, shouldn't you know by now that it's paper?! So, if you're anything like me, you'll be all for a fake terrarium. Much less pressure. But to give myself a little bit of credit, the egg is too small to have a living thing grow inside without bursting out of the seams. ALSO, there is no oxygen hole and any type of drilling would have shattered the plastic.

Am I forgiven?
Materials: clear plastic eggs (again, got mine from Smith's but I also saw a giant version--about 4" tall-- at Michaels), moss, dirt, gold spray (optional)
Step 1: Spray the colored egg part gold. Wait 24 hours to dry properly.
Step 2: Insert a bit of wet dirt into the bottom of the egg filling about 1/3.
Step 3: Add a bit of moss on top.
Step 4: Dig your wire flower into the dirt.

Done!
Materials for the paper flower: paper color of your choice, green paper, stamen (center of the flower--I found mine here), scissors, floral wire wrapped in cloth (here's my suggestion on Amazon), hole punch (mine is Martha Stewart 1/16" from Amazon), glue gun
Step 1: Cut a circle, about 1/2" diameter
Step 2: Make a rounded start
Step 3: Curl the edges up
Step 4: Make a punch in the center of the flower
Step 5: Add a stamen through the hole.
Step 6: Glue on the back side of the flower and hold.
Step 7: Cut a thin leaf in the green paper and curl with your fingers to give it shape.
Step 8: Cut a piece of wire less than the size of the egg.
Step 9: Cut the stamen down to a nub on the back side.
Step 10: Glue the wire to the nub of the stamen.
Step 11: Put a small amount of glue on the leaf and attach to the wire.

Done!
What do you usually give for Easter? 

25 comments:

Nataly said...

This is the most wonderful thing ever. I can't wait to try to it!

small + friendly said...

Coolest Easter eggs ever!

nicole choules said...

These are super!

uncustomary said...

These are intensely lovely.

Kathryn said...

These are brilliant!

Leah Felicity said...

Is it weird that I want to sneak into my friends' kitchens and replace their eggs with these? Would that qualify as a pleasant or an unpleasant surprise?

But seriously -- these are fab.

xo,
Leah / http://www.superstarling.com

Sara Sealey said...

These are absolutely adorable! Love terrariums of any kind - so cute!

Karen said...

These are the cutest easter eggs I've seen this season! I love them :) Wish I could be crafting with you still!

Almalu's Place said...

These are soooo cute!!!

evArt said...

so nice!! great idea!
-eva

leah ruth said...

this might be the best easter diy i have seen yet! i love these eggs. i usually just give candy, but i might need to make some of these for our little family basket this year... i might even add a couple tiny plastic animals for my little girl.

Casandra Mastrangelo said...

These are beautiful!

Audrey - This Little Street said...

So so cute, Brittany! Love the idea!

Mo Stroke said...

Whoa! These are cool. Thanks for sharing!

Sarah said...

Absolutely adorable!

dervla @ The Curator said...

you're forgiven and i'm totally in love with these.

willowday said...

So you! So sweet! So... who wouldn't want to make or receive these!

artgirl68 said...

Would love, Love, LOVE to try this but, alas, cannot find those precious little plastic eggs anywhere, not in person or online. Anyone out there know other places to find them? I'll be your bestie forever.

The House That Lars Built said...

@artgirl, I was at Michael's today and they sell a big Easter egg with the same plastic. They look even better suited to this than the smaller ones.

Anonymous said...

Thanks! I'll check it out. Really a neat little project. Thanks for sharing it. :o)

Ana said...

*adds bookmark*

Beautiful!

Cheryl said...

These are darling, all the promise of spring in one tiny packet!

Jessica said...

Those are so beautiful!!! I can't wait to try this.

Zuhal said...

vooow! this is stupendous!
If I could produce them in large scales, my customers would like to buy them.
If there is anybody who can do it please contact me from my website http://www.akavm.com
The instructions could be more clear though.
Thanks for the share...

Anonymous said...

Try it with Christmas balls. Love these.