Hooray! Spring is upon us.
But if you’re anything like me, the new season is less about rolling around in the grass and more about banishing any sign that winter was ever present by freshening up the décor in and around your house. And, if we’re really alike you like style – on the cheap.
Yet it can be a slippery slope between a glorious nail and an outright fail when it comes to decorating on a budget. The real indicator that you’ve smashed it out of the park? When your friends think the latest additions to your house have come from Coco Republic when they really… well… haven’t.
Before you go rushing out the door though hang on a second, I haven’t even gotten to the best part. You probably already have half of the stuff you need lying around at home. #winning
So if you’re keen to say goodbye to that shaggy carpet, collection of bed throws and the unsightly convection heater, I have the perfect replacements that are super chic, yet affordable.
You see, I’m all about helping a friend out.
1. Terrariums using glass fish bowls, jars or vases from home.
I’m an absolute sucker for a good terrarium. Shiny pebbles? Ohhh. Glistening charcoal. Ahhh. Throw in a few unique plants and you’ll have me mesmerised.
Plus I’ve seen them sold in every single hipster florist within a 10 kilometre radius, so you know when it comes to style, they’re on point. But forget about the hipster florist price tag because they’re super easy (and did I mention FUN) to make for yourself.
Check out this video (instructions continue after the video) and you can pick up all the materials here.
Glass vase, fishbowl or jar.
Variety of plants – cacti work a treat.
Step 1: Take your glass bowl/storage thing (after ensuring that it has been thoroughly cleaned), and place a layer of pebbles that covers 1-3cm of your terrarium.
Step 2: Add a small layer of charcoal that is enough to cover the rocks.
Step 3: Then continue to add a layer of the Bonsai mix, ensuring that you have added enough to cover the plants roots. Pat down to get rid of any air bubbles.
Step 4: Remove your chosen plants from their pots and place into the soil one by one, topping up with extra soil where needed.
Step 5: Once your plants are securely in your terrarium, you may decorate to your liking with extra rocks, moss or pebbles. As far as watering goes, well, the rule of thumb is to thoroughly water the soil, then wait for the soil to completely dry before watering again. Not too complicated, right?