Terrarium Craft: Create 50 Magical, Miniature Worlds

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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 ...

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Overview

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!)

If you’ve always wanted to have a bit of nature in your own home, without the worry and labor of a garden, this book will show you exactly how to create your own unique, enchanting world. aste and style.

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Editorial Reviews

The Oregonian
a bevy of beautiful designs. The trouble will be choosing just one. The solution: Do several.
Washington Gardener
"Terrarium Craft will provide examples of how to turn a common houseplant into a striking showpiece."
Dwell

“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.”

SharingNaturesGarden.com
Spark[s] your creativity and inspire[s] you to make your own magical little glass world.
CTLPerformingArts.com
Crafty brown thumbs will appreciate the projects.
Fresh Home
Original and fun [with] tons of “why didn’t I think of that?” ideas.
Danger Garden Blog
These terrarium projects will be perfect for next fall/winter when I can’t get outside to play in the garden!
West Coast Crafty
Stunning projects.
Akron Beacon Journal
Terrariums are back, but in much more stylish forms than their aquarium-type predecessors.
Library Journal
Few terrarium books have been published in recent years, but many glass gardening enthusiasts persisted past the 1970s, and they will enjoy the 50 projects in this book—updated terrariums evocative of forests, beaches, deserts, and fantasies. Projects break the mold of traditional, covered, humid terrariums and have a modern look even when incorporating antiques or mementos. As in any good craft book, each project includes at least one large, stunning photograph, a materials list, and enumerated directions. Crafty brown thumbs will appreciate the inclusion of maintenance advice for each completed project. The resource list is helpful for locating supplies not found locally, but suggested substitutions are readily given since the authors encourage creativity and spontaneity. Aiello is the owner of Artemisia (a Portland, OR, boutique specializing in indoor gardening) and Bryant is a columnist for Portland Monthly. Some projects incorporate succulents, a plant group excluded from Tovah Martin's The New Terrarium, which offers fewer projects but more thoroughly discusses plants, containers, history, and resources. VERDICT Recommended for indoor gardeners and crafters alike.—Bonnie Poquette, Milwaukee
Dominique Browning
Aiello and Bryant…have a knack for creating magical moments…
—The New York Times Book Review
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781604692341
  • Publisher: Timber Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/11/2011
  • Pages: 196
  • Sales rank: 152,221
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

Amy Bryant Aiello spent her early childhood wandering around the forests and wetlands of Minnesota's Woodlake Nature Center, where her dad worked as a naturalist. Inspired by lessons gleaned in plants, animals, and the natural world, as well as the artists of her mother's family, Amy went on to study photography and installation art at the Pacific Northwest College of Art.

Amy and her husband are the owners of Artemisia, a popular Portland, Oregon, boutique specializing in terrariums, indoor gardens, and fine art. Amy's terrariums are one-of-a-kind botanical worlds that are created with a palette of living plants, natural materials, and personal objects.

Kate Baldwin lives and gardens in Portland, Oregon. She has contributed to gardening books, newspapers, and magazines including Portland Monthly, where her column, Dig, and gardening blog, Plantwise, appear.

Kate Baldwin lives and gardens in Portland, Oregon. She has contributed to gardening books, newspapers, and magazines including Portland Monthly, where her column, Dig, and gardening blog, Plantwise, appear.

Kate Bryant blends her love of writing and gardening in her work, having contributed to gardening books including the two-volume Flora encyclopedia and newspapers such as The Oregonian. She has also contributed to lifestyle magazines such as Portland Monthly, in which her column and gardening blog, Plantwise, appear.

Kate has worked in plant nurseries and volunteered for community garden projects, urban tree plantings, and local Master Gardener programs. She has also collected plants and gardened on several continents. Kate runs a garden design, maintenance, and consulting business focusing on sustainable landscapes, edibles, and container gardens in Portland, Oregon.

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  • Posted October 22, 2011

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    Beautiful!

    My love for terrariums goes back to the 1970s when those large, spaceship-style plastic orbs were so popular. Terrarium Craft by Amy Bryant Aiello and Kate Bryant is a wonderful book that has inspired me to bring some updated terrariums back into my home.

    What I liked most about the book is that that the authors' creations are from found materials. Instead of expensive Wardian cases, this book shows how to create beautiful scenes from a variety of glass objects you may have around the house or something you will be able to pick up at a thrift store.

    The authors provide good instructions for choosing containers and the proper planting materials to provide for a healthy environment for added plants. There are many pages of inspiration for natural and unique materials to add beauty and charm to the desired scene. Plants and mosses are also explained. There are full-page sized photographs of most of the designs.

    I especially appreciate the photographs that show step-by-step how to assemble the terrarium. There are 50 terrarium projects with a list of contents and instructions for assembly. They are divided into four groups based on inspiration - Forest, Beach, Desert, and Fantasy. If you are not a plant person, some of these are so pretty that you don't need to add plants! Just in case you don't have time to hunt and gather supplies, there is a list of resources to purchase a variety of plants, mosses, and décor.

    This is a wonderful book for inspiration and instructions for creating terrariums. It would also make a nice gift book.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 19, 2012

    Great book!

    Our group learned a lot from this book. None had done terrariums before & we made over 20. The suggestions, pictures, resources given in this book were a great help.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2012

    Love it-Highly recommended

    Wonderful pictures! Projects are so creative yet anyone can put them together.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 21, 2012

    Imaginative Ideas....

    presented in a colorful format. If you are "into" terrariums this is the book!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 18, 2013

    Sparked my imagination

    The various categories and ideas certainly sparked my imagination! If only every 'recipe' didn't start with 'clean the glass inside and out'. After that it's all good.

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