Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Glass Glown

Clear, open containers
with translucent-glass or high quality plastic give the best of terrariums—the see-through effect—without having the complexity of a self-sustaining ecosystem. Low-maintenance plants, such as succulents and cacti, need a minimal amount of water and fertilizer. Try the following ideas to create your own laid-back planters.

Graceful Globes
Line up a few of these tiny planters down the center of a table for a natural look. Or set them in a windowsill, where the globe will catch the sunlight and cast a beautiful glow on the bright-green succulents. The plants can grow in the shallow soil, but you may need to replant them in larger pots if they become too big for the globes.

Step 1: Plant a small succulent or cactus in a 1-inch layer of potting soil in a 4-inch-wide clay saucer. Water lightly. Sprinkle pearl stone soil cover (#139514) around the plant.

Step 2: Place a clear seeded-glass globe (#87316) over the saucer. (You can glue the globe in place, or simply let it rest on the saucer.)

Perfect Fixture
Try giving a basic ceiling light a colorful upgrade with paint, and then turn it into a container for shapely plants. The prismatic glass of the fixture contributes a nice texture to the scene, while the purplish-red paint color complements the bromeliad’s
warm organic hues.

Step 1: Use painter’s tape to cover the glass areas of the ceiling fixture drum #78219).

Step 2: Spray-paint the white plastic areas; we used claret wine (#40180). Allow to dry, and then remove the tape.

Step 3: Add a 1/2-inch layer of pearl stone soil cover (#139514), and add a 2-inch layer of potting soil.

Step 4: Plant a succulent or bromeliad in the potting soil. Add a shallow layer of the stone soil cover around the plant. Water lightly.

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