Pinterest sure is a wonderful world! Filled with handy tips, life hacks and inspiration, we can't resist having a scroll every now and then.
So when we came across these beautiful sculptures by Adam Frezza and Terry Chiao, we fell in love! AND they gave us a killer idea to craft at home!
So, terrariums are notoriously difficult to keep alive. Case in point, the beautiful one that Skye gave me for Christmas... And don't get me wrong, I can keep your ordinary house plant alive, but my skills were put to the test with this one. So why not whip one up that isn't going to wilt and die as soon as you accidentally put it in full sunlight!
Paper Mache Terrarium
What you need:
- A large mixing bowl
- Flour or white glue
- Paint brush
- Newspaper or recycled paper
- Your base structure
- A terrarium base with glass top
- Different coloured paints
What you do:
- Lay down some old drop sheets, things can get messy quickly
- Tear up your paper into long strips
- Mix your sticky mixture, 1 part flour to 1 part water, or 2 parts glue and 1 part water
- Get your base structure, this could be a stick or something similar to give the sculpture height, and set it atop the terrarium base to make sure your structural piece isn't too high for the glass to cover it when finished
- Start mache-ing! Dip your newspaper into the sticky mixture and go at it. You can start with the structure already on the base, or do it on a flat surface then set it atop later
- Keep mache-ing, go wild, make the wackiest thing you can imagine. But make sure to leave a bit of time between the layers, so the whole thing can dry out properly
- Once you've reached your desired height, let it dry out overnight, or even two nights if it's still wet
- Now go for it with the paints, mix your colours, go wild!
- Let it dry, and while you do, maybe go for a walk or get outside (it's good for the soul)
- Now, set your creation on it's base (if it isn't already) maybe with the assistance of blu-tac
- Cover it with the glass globe and take a photo for instagram
- Pop it on your windowsill and don't forget to NOT water it.