Well, the weather can’t seem to make up it’s mind here in Texas (as per usual), but we’ve made up our minds that we are ready for Spring around here and that means busting out some flowers! I specifically love the beautiful and conveniently inexpensive stems from Trader Joe’s and when they finally put the peonies out, I can’t help myself. PEONIES! How can anyone resist an adorable bouquet of peonies for just a few bucks?! 

But while we wait for it to warm up outside (and for the peonies to come out) I’ve decided to start slowly transitioning to Spring decor in my home, and I thought that a little terrarium would be the perfect way to add a little pop of color and freshness to our living space! While I would have loved to fill these terrariums with said Trader Joe’s peonies, I wanted this to be a low maintenance piece in my home. Plus, I’m still working on my green thumb, so I thought that faux was the way to go! With Faux plants you really have to make sure you get the ones that look almost real, because it has potential to look a little tacky if the colors are too bright or they look too plastic-y. I found that Michael’s had a great selection of faux florals and as well as a fun variety of vessels. Plus, since their Spring items were 40% off, we were able to make this terrarium for under $20!

Below is a little tutorial for how we put everything together, but this project is really fun in that it can go a million different ways and you can really make it your own! So do your best to forget about the cold weather and let your spring style shine 🙂

What you’ll need:

  1. Terrarium – We used this one and this one
  2. Decorative filler – You can use sand, pebbles/rocks, moss, etc. We used this crushed quartz sand
  3. Faux floral/greenery/succulent stems – Try a mixture of greenery and colorful stems. Get creative with it and make it your own! 
  4. Scissors or floral wire cutter

What to do:

  1. Fill the terrarium up about 1/4 of the way with the decorative filler. Make sure it’s spread evenly but not spilling out of the opening. 
  2. The fun part…Add in your stems! Depending on the type and thickness of your stems, you may need scissors or a wire cutter, but we were able to just gently pull the stem off of the wire itself. 
  3. Arrange your stems the way you like and stick them in the filler. This may take a few tries to get it exactly how you want it! Pro tip: place taller stems in the back of the terrarium for height and dimension, and place the rest in front of them. 

As you can see, this is a super easy, low maintenance project that you can completely customize to your style! We did two different looks—a gold terrarium with succulents, and a black one with florals, but you can mix and match however you want! If you are really feeling those spring vibes, this would make a super fun activity for a girls night, baby shower, or birthday party!

We want to see how you make your terrarium, so be sure to post a photo and tag us on Instagram @chalkfulloflove!

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