Terrarium Craft: Create 50 Magical, Miniature Worlds

Terrarium Craft: Create 50 Magical, Miniature Worlds

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by Amy 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.

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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.

Editorial Reviews

Dominique Browning
Aiello and Bryant…have a knack for creating magical moments…
—The New York Times Book Review
The Oregonian
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.
Washington Gardener
a bevy of beautiful designs. The trouble will be choosing just one. The solution: Do several.
Dwell - Bonnie Poquette
“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.”

From the Publisher

“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.”—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

“Crafty brown thumbs will appreciate the projects.”—CTLPerformingArts.com

“Terrarium projects perfect for next fall/winter when I can’t get outside to play in the garden!” —Danger Garden Blog
 

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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781604693096
Publisher:
Timber Press, Incorporated
Publication date:
04/25/2011
Sold by:
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
196
Sales rank:
365,106
File size:
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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.

 

Meet the Author

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 Baldwin is a food and lifestyle photographer in Seattle, Washington, whose work appears frequently in advertisements, magazines, and books, and can be seen at www.katebaldwinphotography.com.


Kate Bryant lives and gardens in Portland, Oregon. She has contributed to gardening books, newspapers, and magazines including Portland Monthly, in which her column and gardening blog, Plantwise, are featured.

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timetravel More than 1 year ago
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.
flowerclub More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful pictures! Projects are so creative yet anyone can put them together.
texasbelleTX More than 1 year ago
presented in a colorful format. If you are "into" terrariums this is the book!
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ElJayMills More than 1 year ago
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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