DIY Faux Terrarium Beach Scene
Hi, Friends! I hope your summer is going well. Today, I'm sharing a DIY faux terrarium beach scene that I created as an antidote to my utter horror and despair.
Where did this horror and despair come from? It's a natural reaction to walking through several local stores in the past few days. To my horror, school supplies (pencils and notebooks) have replaced beach toys in the children's isles, and the craft store is full of faux pumpkins and autumn leaves!
In my mind, I'm screaming, “No-o-o-o! No-o-o-o! We're only halfway through July! We have LOTS more summer left!”
Don't we? Don't we have many more hot, lazy days by the pool and on the beach? I'm certainly hoping we do.
How to Make a DIY Faux Terrarium Beach Scene
So, here's my salute to the remainder of our precious summertime.
I'm sharing step-by-step directions for making a fun little summer scene and placing it in a vignette.
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- Large glass container with a top. This is one that I purchased at Home Goods several years ago.
- Celebrate miniature lighthouse from Michaels.
- Celebrate miniature gnome with lifesaver from Michaels.
- Ashland faux wild grass stem from Michaels.
- Ashland faux sea glass from Michaels.
- Ashland fine stone granules in turquoise from Michaels.
- Ashland fine stone granules in white from Michaels.
- Bent-nose beading tweezers from Michaels.
In the past, I planted real plants in real soil in this tall, covered, glass container. I enjoyed the terrarium that I created. It lasted a couple of years, but the plants finally died.
For this project, I'm calling it a “faux terrarium” because no living soil or plant material is going into the container.
- If your glass container has a hollow ‘stem' like mine, you'll want to start by spooning some of the turquoise granules into the stem.
2. After the hollow stem is filled, use a sturdy piece of paper or card stock to create separate sections for the ‘beach' and the ‘ocean'. I grabbed a junk-mail envelope from the recycling bin for this purpose.
3. Slowly and carefully, pour granules on either side of your paper barrier to form the ‘ocean' and the ‘beach'.
4. Next, simply remove the paper barrier.
5. Separate several pieces of the faux wild grass from their stem. Insert them into the ‘beach' area adjacent to the side of the container to form a backdrop.
6. Add your lighthouse, gnome, and pieces of faux sea glass.
I used my bent-nosed beading tweezers to place the pieces of sea glass in the container. These are longer than regular tweezers and the end is bent at an angle for picking up small items (like beads) and working in small spaces. They're very useful for working in a terrarium.
A Beach-y Vignette for My Coffee Table
My living room coffee table has a beveled glass top on a metal frame. I chose it because I like how the pattern and colors of my Pakistani rug show through the tabletop.
Using a wooden tray for an anchor, I created a vignette with my faux terrarium beach scene and some other items.
In a milk glass vase, I placed two pieces of the faux wild grass that I had removed from the original stem. I layered in some faux mini-lemons left over from my Lemon-y Mossy DIY Frame Wreath that I made back in May. Click the link for that tutorial.
Next, I added two pieces of the faux wild grass (that one stem really went a long way) to a shallow cut-glass bowl along with small seashells and pieces of the faux sea glass.
Seashells also adorn my living room mantel. Click on my post DIY Embellished Jars Mantel Display for a tutorial on how I used spray paint and seashells to create stylish decor out of old jars and vases.
I've really enjoyed this mantel display all summer. I can keep the display fresh by swapping out new greenery every week or two. This is so easy to do because I'm just using clippings from my front yard shrubbery.
Two whelk shells (collected long ago) complete my vignette.
How's your Summer Going?
Do you suffer from horror and despair when you see the school supplies and faux pumpkins taking over the store shelves where beach toys and sunscreen resided just a week ago? I sure do!
Well, I feel much better now that I have Larry the Lighthouse Gnome to keep me company throughout the remainder of July and August.
See? Larry the Lighthouse Gnome is waving a cheery “Happy Summer” to you!
Enjoy Life Creatively!