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Terrarium Craft: Create 50 Magical, Miniature Worlds Paperback – May 11, 2011
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“Terrariums are back, but in much more stylish forms than their aquarium-type predecessors.” —Akron Beacon Journal
“This how-to book is delightful [and] inspirational.” —Cleveland Plain Dealer
“Beautiful photographs, creative designs and thorough instructions.” —San Francisco Chronicle
“Provide[s] examples of how to turn a common houseplant into a striking showpiece.” —Washington Gardener
“Terrarium Craft earned our admiration not only because of the elegance of design by Aiello and photos by Kate Baldwin, but also for the clarity brought to step-by-step instructions…a bevy of beautiful designs. The trouble will be choosing just one. The solution: Do several.” —Oregonian
“Original and fun [with] tons of “why didn’t I think of that?” ideas.” —Fresh Home
“Simple growing tips and chic design know-how in an easy-to-follow, lovely-to-read format. Creating your own terrarium will definitely be next on your crafty to-do list.” —Dwell Magazine
“Stunning projects.” —West Coast Crafty
“Spark[s] your creativity and inspire[s] you to make your own magical little glass world.” —SharingNaturesGarden.com
“Crafty brown thumbs will appreciate the projects.”—CTLPerformingArts.com
“Terrarium projects perfect for next fall/winter when I can’t get outside to play in the garden!” —Danger Garden Blog
From the Back Cover
Making a terrarium is shockingly easy. For starters, you’ll learn how to choose the right container, soil, plants, and decorative objects, and how to keep your terrarium looking its best. Need inspiration? Just turn to the 50 easy-to-follow, step-by-step terrarium projects. You’ll find lush rainforests, windswept seascapes, sun-drenched deserts, and wildly inventive fantasy scenes—all on a scale to grace your table top or windowsill.
Terrarium Craft gives you the practical advice and imaginative ideas you need to fashion your own miniature masterpiece.
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Top Customer Reviews
Based on the other reviews here, it seems that most of the other readers were happy with this book as a 'coffee table' book. (Although the size, binding, and general quality of the book does not lend itself to this purpose.) If you are looking for a beautiful book to flip through you will not be disappointed. If however, you are looking for a craft or (dare I say) gardening book with the practical how-tos on how to create living terrariums look somewhere else.
Most of the arrangements in this book are purely fanciful. To recreate them look you will need a bevy of hard to locate specialized decorative materials and even then your creation will not be destined to live very long. (To her credit the author does give a sort of disclaimer at the front of the book that "terrariums are not forever", actually you can keep a terrarium for some time, if it is designed to meet the needs to the plants, which these are not.)
What I liked most about the book is that that the authors' creations are from found materials. Instead of expensive Wardian cases, this book shows how to create beautiful scenes from a variety of glass objects you may have around the house or something you will be able to pick up at a thrift store.
The authors provide good instructions for choosing containers and the proper planting materials to provide for a healthy environment for added plants. There are many pages of inspiration for natural and unique materials to add beauty and charm to the desired scene. Plants and mosses are also explained. There are full-page sized photographs of most of the designs.
I especially appreciate the photographs that show step-by-step how to assemble the terrarium. There are 50 terrarium projects with a list of contents and instructions for assembly. They are divided into four groups based on inspiration - Forest, Beach, Desert, and Fantasy. If you are not a plant person, some of these are so pretty that you don't need to add plants! Just in case you don't have time to hunt and gather supplies, there is a list of resources to purchase a variety of plants, mosses, and décor.
This is a wonderful book for inspiration and instructions for creating terrariums. It would also make a nice gift book.
The book itself, outside of its Kindle formatting, is wondrous. I've read it three times since I bought it yesterday or the day before. I don't even know, I've been sucked in.
The author is very empowering and inspirational as well as instructional. She made some terrariums that I didn't love for my home, but I can still see their beauty. Since I got it I've made four terrariums for three of my orchids and one of my african violets. This book also got me inspired to start taking care of carnivorous plants again after many years without any. If you like plants and contained ecosystems (and maybe even silliness), you will like this.
Note: this book is more about inspiration than technical instruction. It gives instruction, but in a way that assumes that you are generally competent.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is very informative about terrarium making, but I wish there were more pictures of finished products. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Kristie J.
I'm not new to terrariums at all, having done a ton of research about them online, and having already made a few (some of which have died, and some of which are doing well so far). Read morePublished 6 months ago by Feelah the tigress
This is a wonderful book and gives a good list of easy to find plants that are well suited for the terrarium you choose to create.Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
Creative book with lots of pictures and great for ideas or just a coffee table.Published 16 months ago by Caroline Williams
I found this book very useful. I had borrowed it from the library so knew that I wanted to own it.Published 16 months ago by Faith D. Hoiberg