A terrarium is a glass container filled with artfully arranged plants and adornments. Terrariums range from simple to ornate and have enjoyed a resurgence in popularity in recent years. The terrarium craze shows no signs of slowing down, but these lovely planters can get quite expensive to purchase. One solution is to make your own terrarium at home for a fraction of the price. I recently tried my hand at constructing my own miniature gardens and was pleased to find that the library had two excellent resources on the craft.
In Terrarium Craft by local authors, Amy Briant Aiello and Kate Bryant, the reader is instructed in the creation of fifty different terrariums. I loved the gorgeous full page photographs and the helpful tips included with each project. While some of the terrariums were a bit too dramatic for my tastes, I enjoyed constructing several of the simpler ones.
Michelle Inciarrano and Katy Maslow’s Tiny World Terrariums is perfect for the terrarium novice. The authors provide easy-to-follow instructions for creating each terrarium as well as details on where to find supplies. Each terrarium in this book is decorated with miniature figurines to create detailed scenes, the pictures were delightful and inspirational.