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How to Make a (cheap!) Spring Terrarium

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I know this won’t be the most in depth how-to post, but lately terrarium decor has been all the rage and all the filler ideas I’ve seen have been kind of expensive. Such as buying real moss, real plants, or genuine antique goods to put under glass. So this post will mainly be to encourage you to decorate for spring, while saving rather than over-spending!

Here are some pointers:
1. Goodwill & The Dollar Store are your friends.
2. Paint can change everything.
3. Keep an open mind as your shopping- see the potential things might have.
4. Keep it simple.

The most expensive thing you use in this set up might be your glass piece. If you don’t have a terrarium, you can still get the effect by using vases, mason jars, glass hurricanes or a glass fish bowl turned upside down like a klosche!

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I chose to fill mine with a woodland themed scene.
My items include: two ceramic squirrels from goodwill ($2), a small metal bicycle (I think it was originally a Christmas ornament) given to me as a gift, a green piece of cloth (already owned), and moss styrofoam rocks from The Dollar Tree ($1/bag of 5 rocks).

I covered the bottom of my glass house with the cloth, and then placed the moss rocks. The cloth makes it look more full. Then I just stuck the squirrels and the bike in the scene.

Keep an eye out for small items on shelves at goodwill that you can paint all white for your scene. I chose to keep these squirrels original because I love their coloring. Old knick-knacks can have a vintage/antique feel to them if used in the right setting with the right things.

You could use white fabric, river stones, eggs, small rabbit figurines, and a tiny bit of floral or greenery for a beautiful spring scene. The possibilities are endless!

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I love using things like terrariums in my decorating because investing (an investment for me was $6 for my glass house at a garage sale!) in a one time piece that can be used differently throughout the seasons.

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What will you fill your spring scenes with? 🙂

Happy decorating!
Sarah

The Holly that Will Be on Your Own Front Door

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So as soon as we moved into our new apartment, I noticed the holly bushes growing around the buildings. I got really excited and was already thinking of Christmas projects.

During my search for fun holiday goodies, I really wanted to find an old wreath and re-deco it for Christmas, but one never seemed to pop up.

My friend Erica was showing me her adorable wreath that she got from hobby lobby, made of brown sticks. She just changes it’s decor every season. She’s used feathers, spring silk flowers, and red berries. It always looks adorable.

So I picked up one of these little stick wreaths myself for just a few dollars at the ol’ HL. Then, I got to trimming. I cut off bits of holly and evergreen, and found a couple pinecones. I used clear spray paint to coat the greens (you can buy stuff that’s specifically designed to keep greens longer inside, but I couldn’t find it, and I heard it’s expensive). The valspar glossy clear coat has worked well so far though!

It’s easy to change out the decor on these wreaths because you just poke whatever you want in the sticks. But for my pinecones, I wrapped some wire around the middle and wrapped it around the wreath also. I love using nature as decoration and parts of my DIY projects- it’s free and beautiful!

Happy holiday hunting,

Sarah

hello!

So I’ve been told by a few close friends, and many an aqauintance, that I should start a blog. A blog to keep track of my DIY  projects (other than just the hashtag on instagram) and maybe a rambling here or there. So I thought, “why not?”

There are actually a few reasons I didn’t want to start a blog…

First, I don’t want to get sucked in to another form of social media. But maybe this will phase me out of Facebook, and into my own corner of the inter webs.

Second, I like keeping most of my DIY projects fun and simple, therefore I don’t photograph them and make them look all spiffy like some people do on their blogs. So beware, most things you see here will be iPhone photography at its (most likely) lowest point. And I don’t post process photos… I could write up a quick tutorial, but it will mostly be before/after stuff.

Third, I’m bad at remembering to post things, and I don’t know if I’ll keep up with everything I post, but I’ll post what I want, when I want, because … I can.

But there are also reasons that I’d really like to…

For one, I enjoy the occasional spout of emotion over Facebook, even though I get annoyed when others vent via social media. This would give me a place to do that without being annoying (hopefully).

Two, I have been told that I have a lot of good ideas that are worth sharing. Which is super flattering- whoooop.

Third, I need a new creative outlet. I recently graduated with a degree in Graphic Design, I haven’t picked up my sketchbook for fun in months (sorry, professors), and it’s December. And usually at the end of the year I start something weird and new. Like buying a pet turtle or opening an Etsy shop of vintage items (the past two years endeavors). The link for that shop is in the About section btw 😉

One note, I sometimes can’t spell or forget how grammar works so don’t hate on me.

So with that, I guess here’s to the beginning of Sarah’s Daily DIY: Blog Edition.

Cheers,

Sarah