What do you get? A low-maintenance miniature indoor garden putting on tables, chairs or mounted on the wall of your living room…
PROJECT A: Layered garden
Step1 Place 3 cups of pebbles in the bottom of the bowl or vase for drainage purposes.
Step2 Break charcoal into pieces and scatter on top of the pebbles. This is important – it helps keep the terrarium free of mould and mildew.
Step3 Place a layer of potting mix over the pebbles and plant your small succulents. Make sure you don’t overcrowd the space You need to leave enough room for the plants to grow.
Step4 Place another thin layer of pebbles on top of the plants. The layers should fill over a third of the vessel.
Step5 Water plants immediately, with a small amount of water. Use a spray bottle set to the trigger setting.
Step6 Place the terrarium in a light-filled space indoors. Moisten it once every two weeks with a small amount of water, and be sure to keep an eye out for any sick plants. If you spot one, remove it straightaway. It’s important that your terrarium stays disease-free as it is such a confined space.
PROJECT B: Floating garden
Step1 If you want to try and fl oat a succulent in water (pictured below), submerge clean roots in shallow water. The succulent will survive for up to two months.
Be creative with crockery and jazz up plain pieces with your own designs. Here’s how
PROJECT: Painted crockery Transform a plate, mug or a complete dinner service with your own decorative designs. We used a special black pen that’s non-toxic, but it’s recommended not to be used on any surfaces that come into contact with food.
Step 1 Make sure your crockery item is clean and dry. Shake pen and press the nib down firmly to start the flow of ink.
Step 2 We decorated our pieces with freehand designs, using quick, free-flowing markings (straight lines are harder to control). You might like to practise your patterns on paper first.
Step 3 Allow 24 hours for the ink to dry, then place your “artworks” in a cold oven. Turn oven on, heating to 150C. Gradual heating will prevent the crockery from cracking. Bake for about 35 mins.
Step 4 Before removing the crockery from oven, allow oven to return to room temperature. Voila! Decorative crockery that’s eye-catching and unique.
Dishwasher safe, too.
Tip: When washing your DIY painted crockery, avoid abrasive cleaners and scouring pads to help maintain the colour and texture of the paint
If you are looking for outdoor furniture to decorate for green space, this furniture buying guide is very helpful.