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Urban Jungle Bloggers – Diy Terrarium

March 26, 2015

Another Urban Jungle Bloggers month. Where does the time go?

Urban Jungle Bloggers is a monthly series, devised by Igor and Judith. The idea is to get some green into our homes, especially for us urban folks! Every month they invite bloggers to share ideas for creating an urban jungle through styling challenges, DIYs, green tips and tricks. Every month there is a different theme on the topic. You can follow and get more Urban Jungle Bloggers inspiration on Pinterest and on Facebook.

March’s theme is: ‘Easter styling’…..

….and like the true rebel I am I have completely ignored that. Well, sort of. Instead I’ve created a terrarium and little haven for some of my animal kingdom. Why not, right?

So, a few month ago I asked Angela of the spectacular Botany shop if I can come and make a Terrarium. The day arrived and I was very excited. Always struggling with finding glass containers I wanted to make use of the large jar I bought at Sunbury Antiques Market at Kempton Park a couple of years ago.

Armed with vessel I appeared at the shop.

Start with stones. In this case big stones as my vessel is 38cm high.

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Then I was able to choose any succulent I wanted. Here I have to thank Angela s in true Tina style I overdid it. She expertly advised me to plant less so they have space to grow. Much obliged!

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Ok, once the dry soil has been laid down you are ready to plant your succulents. I chose 5 different ones that would compliment in colour, size and proportion.

I always knew that I wanted to create a bit more than just a normal terrarium so I rushed to After Noah and got myself this gorgeous giraffe.

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When back at home I decided to insert some of my mini animal kingdom so meet baby giraffe.

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Can you spot the difference in this next photo? Of course you can. Hello Mr Frog.

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And one more, my mini crocodile. Not having yet found the right crystal I opted for a shiny YELLOW (hello Easter) stone I had at home.

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Yes, in one of my past lives I made jewellery and bead work as a hobby. I thought this bead necklace I fished out from a drawer was quite the perfect finish to my terrarium. What do you think?

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urban jungle bloggers - diy terrarium - colourliving

And here you have it. Now where to put it? That’s the challenge. I have really enjoyed making my own Terrarium and want to thank Angela for her generosity and time. If you haven’t yet been to Botany shop, then run. Alternatively Angela has a six weeks pop-up shop in the delightful Toast in Notting Hill.

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Because I’m not a complete rebel, say hi to my mini Easter chicks.

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I could make Terrariums forever but really dislike photographing them. Looking forward to all the other Urban Jungle Bloggers posts.




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  • Reply Judith March 26, 2015 at 9:45 pm

    Hahahahahaha you made me laugh out loud Tina, you rebel! I absolutely love your twist of the topic (if you’d ever need one really…) and that you went to Botany to create a beautiful terrarium! It’s been so nice to see all the images of their pop up with Toast on IG and blogs this weekend. Really next time I’m in London, Botany is on TOP TOP of my list 😉 The result is so nice, a true jungle with all your fancy animals. I hope Herbert won’t get jealous, I think he’d love a spot in the terrarium too 😉 Oh and I can hardly believe that you ever had the time & patience to finish a beaded necklace like that! Wow! Big hugs Tina and thank you for sharing this with us today!

    • Reply tina March 30, 2015 at 10:34 pm

      Hahaha, I think I secretly can hear you laugh:-) LOL

      Yes, you must visit and see Angela. She’s lovely and you will adore her sensitivity in style and choice of plants and flowers.
      The Toast pop-up looks great. Of course, I prefer to go to the real thing and also I much prefer Chatsworth Road to Notting Hill, but then that’s me!!!

      No, Herbert not jealous. Forgot to tell you that the green vase I bought at Botany:-) with the Lily plant in it (for the planting hangers) broke. I dropped it:-(((((

      Here’s a bit of an insight. After I had a nervous breakdown at 26, I couldn’t really work so I did lots of courses. I did Jewellery and beading and BOY did I learn about patience. It was a great learning curve for me and on the side I made some beautiful pieces. Wouldn’t know where to begin today so was super chuffed I fished out that necklace and gave it a new life:-)

      Always such fun doing the UJB posts especially if I can be a little bit naughty:-)))) xx

  • Reply Igor March 27, 2015 at 8:32 am

    Absolutely fantastic – I like that we have your rebellious nature among us and hey, why not think out of the box for some Easter/spring styling? I mean we’ve seen enough eggs, right? I love your little urban jungle terrarium there – seems like your giraffe feels very much at home:-) Thank you for being such a great and creative Urban Jungle Blogger!!

    • Reply tina March 30, 2015 at 10:36 pm

      Someone has to rebel, right? Can’t all be according to the rule book!!! LOL

      You know I don’t do Easter (last year I didn’t participate because of it). I also don’t celebrate Pessach. No chocolate or Easter eggs so I had to do something!!! Hope you appreciated my chick:-)

      My giraffes and animals are doing splendid! Haha!

  • Reply Holly March 27, 2015 at 7:23 pm

    Rebel you! Hahaha! I find this whole post so endearing, Tina! You are just too cute 😉 Your new terrarium is beyond awesome. Great job!


    • Reply tina March 30, 2015 at 10:37 pm

      Hahahahahaha, that’s what you like about me:-) LOL
      Glad you like it as much as me… I’m now looking for the right crystal for it. xxx

  • Reply Alexandra March 27, 2015 at 8:28 pm

    AHHHHHHHHHH I love this! Most of all I love the baby giraffe and the yellow jewel and the necklace. This is so delightful, Tina! 😀

    • Reply tina March 30, 2015 at 10:38 pm

      Ha. Good to know what you like best! The baby giraffe is adorable…. Thank you x

  • Reply mel March 27, 2015 at 8:28 pm

    Oh you’re funny Tina. And here I was thinking reading the post, oh come on Tina, just a teeny easter egg in there? And voila, the baby chicks. There terrarium is gorgeous and I particularly like how you put the necklace around the neck. Mel x

    • Reply tina March 30, 2015 at 10:38 pm

      Ahhh, did you start worrying? Haha.
      Thank you Mel x

  • Reply Alison Sye March 28, 2015 at 7:12 pm

    Great post Tina, really made me laugh.
    That necklace is beautiful, must have taken ages to make 🙂

    • Reply tina March 30, 2015 at 10:39 pm

      Ha. Good. I like making you laugh.
      Necklace took ages. I used to have the patience of a saint. Maybe I still do. You know all about patience and taking a long time:-)) x

  • Reply Sarah @ Mocha March 30, 2015 at 7:42 am

    A bit of rebel spirit is a good thing 😉 But how Urban Jungle is your Terrarium for an urban home with its little jungle animals! Love the addition of the giraffe – it works so well 🙂

    • Reply tina March 30, 2015 at 10:40 pm

      Of course, proud of my rebellious nature. Thank you Sarah. It was a spontaneous addition but I also like it.
      Hope all is well.

  • Reply Marta March 30, 2015 at 2:29 pm

    It’s gorgeous! I should try to do one myself, I think my kids would love it.

    • Reply tina March 30, 2015 at 10:40 pm

      Thank you. It’s not hard to do. Hardest part is finding the vessel I think.
      You could include the kids in making it. It’s great fun!

  • Reply Catherine @ farmhousehome April 1, 2015 at 3:42 am

    The bottle you made your terrarium in is sensational. My cousin has made terrariums for her market stall for a few years now and they always sell out! The necklace around the neck of the bottle is gorgeous and must have taken alot of patience to make. Happy Easter to you and all your gorgeous terrarium animals. xx

  • Reply Yvonne April 7, 2015 at 3:45 pm

    Lovely terrarium! And the beading is a really nice touch! You’re full of surprises 😉

  • Reply Terrarium Crafts September 29, 2017 at 12:04 am

    Gorgeous! I’ve never thought about decorating the neck of a terrarium. I loved that touch. I add little figurines in mine too. Thanks for the read <3

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