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Title: Moss Terrariums (picture heavy)
Post by: razberryswrl on July 31, 2008 12:07:26 PM
I live in an apartment with no yard of my own and it makes me sad. So I decided to make some moss terrariums after admiring the ones I saw on Flickr: http://flickr.com/search/?q=terrarium. They are awesome because they pretty much water themselves! A self sustaining ecosystem!  These were made with plain glass lidded jars, adding a layer of gravel for drainage, a layer of potting soil*Note: Since making these I have since read that moss shouldn't be grown on potting soil with fertilizer. Best to use soil from it's natural habitat*, and then pressing moss down into the dirt.  I choose two different looking mosses that I found. I also added some kitschy miniatures in some of the photos. Tell me which ones you think I should include in them permanently!

The two jars without the additions


Caterpillar


Walrus


Octopus


Flying diapered monkey thing?


Dog/Bear guy


Owls


Apples







Title: Re: Moss Terrariums (picture heavy)
Post by: jungrrl on July 31, 2008 12:10:57 PM
Ack! so cute!  I totally vote for the walrus, but I'm torn for second place.  Did you purchase the moss? or just put in some that you found?  Sorry, if that's a dumb quesion, I'm not a green-thumb at all.


Title: Re: Moss Terrariums (picture heavy)
Post by: razberryswrl on July 31, 2008 12:14:29 PM
Thanks! I'm glad you like em.  Yeah I like the walrus too even though he looks a little out of his element. heh  same with the octopus.   I just got the moss from outside in the lawn of my apartment building.  You can usually find it under trees like right by the roots and trunk.  It's fairly easy to just pull it up from the ground.  I got a lot of weird looks from neighbors though... heh


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Post by: SewIn2Disney on July 31, 2008 12:16:43 PM
Definately the apples---they made me laugh.
But why choose?  Change them at your own fancy!


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Post by: nanami on July 31, 2008 12:18:12 PM
oh how cute, I would love the walrus or the owls in it. But I like the walrus more :)

very nice idea!


Title: Re: Moss Terrariums (picture heavy)
Post by: jungrrl on July 31, 2008 12:21:14 PM
I just got the moss from outside in the lawn of my apartment building.  You can usually find it under trees like right by the roots and trunk.  It's fairly easy to just pull it up from the ground.  I got a lot of weird looks from neighbors though... heh

Ha! I bet.  :D


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Post by: Dawn Octopus on July 31, 2008 12:21:54 PM
Oh oh I *love* them!!!!!

I have a 3-way tie for walrus, octopus, and apples!

I wonder if this idea would work for other plants that like water like venus fly traps ???

PS, ROCKS


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Post by: Kaissa on July 31, 2008 12:24:07 PM
I love these! they are so darling. I like the dog/bear thing and the apples!


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Post by: sf craftster on July 31, 2008 12:24:54 PM
i vote for the caterpillar! so cute. the walrus is pretty darn adorable as well though...

will the moss reattach itself to the soil and then grow? that's great!


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Post by: alli.illektro on July 31, 2008 12:25:51 PM
oh oh! i want to make some of these for the winter!! i like the look of different size and shaped jars. and my vote goes- walrus, owls, apples. together. :) love!


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Post by: Oph1227 on July 31, 2008 12:31:54 PM
OH MY GOD
for some reason seeing these make  make me really happy
ha ha
i love terrariums but i don't make them because my mom says theres no point :p
But i love the little "additions"
really cute and clever
Sorry about your yard :[


Title: Re: Moss Terrariums (picture heavy)
Post by: jdb822 on July 31, 2008 12:48:32 PM
These are amazing! I bookmarked them  :)

I think you should make a whole set! Micheals has the little jars for only a jar each, so that way you could give all your tinies a home.

I think I might borrow this idea for my dorm room, would that be alright?


Title: Re: Moss Terrariums (picture heavy)
Post by: AlwaysInspired on July 31, 2008 01:00:09 PM
This is a great idea. I love the look of the apples and I love the caterpillar so I think those are the 2 I'd keep in the jars.


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Post by: Eliea on July 31, 2008 01:09:13 PM
Very cool idea. I can't grow things at all so I may have to do this....
I personally love the apples and owls best. You could glue the owls to a little stick and put them in like they are in a tree. :)


Title: Re: Moss Terrariums (picture heavy)
Post by: lee-lee ess. on July 31, 2008 01:11:03 PM
I think I might borrow this idea for my dorm room, would that be alright?

You beat me to it!  I was thinking about how awesome these would be in a dorm room.  I have a few random plants already, but these would be extra great.  

This is a super idea though!  Terrariums are SOO cool!  Oh, and I love the owls and the apples.  The owls seriously made me almost burst out laughing for some reason.  


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Post by: Craftin Mama 4J on July 31, 2008 01:12:06 PM
I like the little dog/bear and the apples - separately!

They are so cute!!!

Like somebody else said - I was thinking, why not make more and use more of the little miniatures?!  ;D


Title: Re: Moss Terrariums (picture heavy)
Post by: Wildfyre on July 31, 2008 01:39:23 PM



Oh oh I *love* them!!!!!

I have a 3-way tie for walrus, octopus, and apples!

I wonder if this idea would work for other plants that like water like venus fly traps ???

PS, ROCKS


Venus Fly Traps won't live long in a situation like that because they require a dormancy period every winter. Plus, carnivorous plants need full sun and distilled water (unless your tap water is naturally very very low in minerals and contains no additives).

What ever you plant in there.. be very careful that you don't leave it in the sun. The temperature's in such a small space will rise very quickly and fry your little plants!

And yes, the moss will grow :-) What a lot of people do to "seed" moss is they collect moss that has already sent up spore capsules, dry it, crumble the mixture into dust, and then spread it where you want it to grow and keep it well watered. The spores will sprout and start growing.

Sorry for all the info. I've been into carnivorous plants and moss gardening for over 15 years.. it's an addiction ;)


Title: Re: Moss Terrariums (picture heavy)
Post by: razberryswrl on July 31, 2008 01:43:53 PM



Oh oh I *love* them!!!!!

I have a 3-way tie for walrus, octopus, and apples!

I wonder if this idea would work for other plants that like water like venus fly traps ???

PS, ROCKS


Venus Fly Traps won't live long in a situation like that because they require a dormancy period every winter. Plus, carnivorous plants need full sun and distilled water (unless your tap water is naturally very very low in minerals and contains no additives).

What ever you plant in there.. be very careful that you don't leave it in the sun. The temperature's in such a small space will rise very quickly and fry your little plants!

And yes, the moss will grow :-) What a lot of people do to "seed" moss is they collect moss that has already sent up spore capsules, dry it, crumble the mixture into dust, and then spread it where you want it to grow and keep it well watered. The spores will sprout and start growing.

Sorry for all the info. I've been into carnivorous plants and moss gardening for over 15 years.. it's an addiction ;)


Thanks for the info! I really don't know too much about moss. I only read to not put them in direct sun and to not over water them since they usual take care of themselves when in closed jars. 

Good to know about the venus fly traps. I had one once, but failed to keep it alive.


Title: Re: Moss Terrariums (picture heavy)
Post by: razberryswrl on July 31, 2008 01:46:06 PM
i vote for the caterpillar! so cute. the walrus is pretty darn adorable as well though...

will the moss reattach itself to the soil and then grow? that's great!

I think the moss should reattach to the soil when growing. It should be pressed into the soil a bit.  When pulling the stuff up from the ground it should come up with a thin layer of dirt that will help the transplant process.


Title: Re: Moss Terrariums (picture heavy)
Post by: razberryswrl on July 31, 2008 01:48:22 PM
These are amazing! I bookmarked them  :)

I think you should make a whole set! Micheals has the little jars for only a jar each, so that way you could give all your tinies a home.

I think I might borrow this idea for my dorm room, would that be alright?

Of course you can make some! They really weren't my idea or anything. I got inspired from some of the moss terraiums I saw on Flickr.  Some of them had tiny mushroom and gnome figurines. So cute!  And the different sized jars is a great idea. I will have to make a home for them all!


Title: Re: Moss Terrariums (picture heavy)
Post by: Wildfyre on July 31, 2008 01:51:23 PM

Thanks for the info! I really don't know too much about moss. I only read to not put them in direct sun and to not over water them since they usual take care of themselves when in closed jars. 

Good to know about the venus fly traps. I had one once, but failed to keep it alive.

Venus Fly Traps are a lot of fun as long you know what they need (full sun, distilled or rainwater, no miracle grow, no hamburger). I started with a Venus Fly Trap and now have over 100 carnivorous plants from all over the world.  :P

You're right about the moss care  ;D If anyone wants to know more about moss there are a few books (http://"http://www.amazon.com/review/product/0881923702/ref=cm_cr_dp_all_helpful?%5Fencoding=UTF8&coliid=&showViewpoints=1&colid=&sortBy=bySubmissionDateDescending") on it.


Title: Re: Moss Terrariums (picture heavy)
Post by: echo_brook on July 31, 2008 02:20:36 PM
I vote for the owls! They are so cute!
I think I might have to steal this idea of an xmas gift. My mother is obsessed with her lawn and lawn gnomes but she lives in Wisconsin so she is deprived of green for nearly 6 months in a bad year and her poor little gnomes have to stay locked in the garage! These would be awesome to give to her with little mini polymer clay gnomes :) So here's the question: will moss survive being shipped cross country?


Title: Re: Moss Terrariums (picture heavy)
Post by: mellifluousfondue on July 31, 2008 02:26:10 PM
What a wonderful idea for apartment residents! Especially because my plants always seem to be on the verge of dying. Guess I'm not a great gardner- so self sustaining would be perfect!


Title: Re: Moss Terrariums (picture heavy)
Post by: SquishyBuggles on July 31, 2008 02:32:18 PM
I looove terrariums! I vote for the owls or apples!


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Post by: mcr_addict on July 31, 2008 02:41:41 PM
i love the octopus!!!


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Post by: iota1617 on July 31, 2008 02:46:33 PM
I am absolutely in love with these!


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Post by: blenderbabe22384 on July 31, 2008 02:50:28 PM
oh... i like the apples  ;D makes me think of snow white or twilight


Title: Re: Moss Terrariums (picture heavy)
Post by: razberryswrl on July 31, 2008 02:52:30 PM
I vote for the owls! They are so cute!
I think I might have to steal this idea of an xmas gift. My mother is obsessed with her lawn and lawn gnomes but she lives in Wisconsin so she is deprived of green for nearly 6 months in a bad year and her poor little gnomes have to stay locked in the garage! These would be awesome to give to her with little mini polymer clay gnomes :) So here's the question: will moss survive being shipped cross country?


Ooo yes a terrarium with a gnome in it would be perfect for her!  And it appears that these can be shipped cross country as I've seen people on Etsy selling them. http://www.etsy.com/search_results.php?search_type=tag_title&search_query=moss+terrariums


Title: Re: Moss Terrariums (picture heavy)
Post by: Wildfyre on July 31, 2008 02:52:47 PM
So here's the question: will moss survive being shipped cross country?


Yes, if you're shipping moss alone just wrap it in a barely moist paper towel and put it in a zip-lock bag. Then put it in the box you're shipping it in.

If you're shipping it already planted in a bottle I'd recommend stuffing the empty area in the bottle with barely moist paper towel. That way it won't shift too much in shipping.

I ship carnivorous plants and moss all over the US and I have shipped them all over the world.. I haven't had any perish yet :)



Title: Re: Moss Terrariums (picture heavy)
Post by: razberryswrl on July 31, 2008 02:55:40 PM

I ship carnivorous plants and moss all over the US and I have shipped them all over the world.. I haven't had any perish yet :)



Wildfyre, do you sell your carnivorous plants online? You've inspired me to try keeping them again.


Title: Re: Moss Terrariums (picture heavy)
Post by: maria isabel on July 31, 2008 02:58:05 PM
This is so cool! Im gonna get some jars to make  a hole set of terraniums!
The apples remind me of Twilight too! :D


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Post by: CalamityCJ on July 31, 2008 03:00:21 PM
Looove the apple's red contrast with the bright green and just a bit of a snow white feel. I'm so copying you  :)


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Post by: Pretty. Odd on July 31, 2008 03:06:40 PM
omg that is sooo cool! way better than fowers in jars  ;D(those get old after a while)


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Post by: pickled_peppers on July 31, 2008 03:10:20 PM
I'm torn between the caterpillar and the walrus :D They are adorable! I'd smile every time I saw them ;D But that's just me.

This Rocks!


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Post by: The Muffin on July 31, 2008 03:17:50 PM
Love the apples one. It looks just like a miniature scene from an apple orchard or something.

I tried to make my own with some moss from the backyard, but the moss looks all brown and unhappy, and the jar I used didn't have a lid. I want to make some more though! I put one little wheat grass seed in it.


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Post by: xashiex on July 31, 2008 03:21:01 PM
this is awesome, i was just thinking of trying this the other day haha. I looooove the walrus and the apples too cute. do they have a special place in your home it will stay?


Title: Re: Moss Terrariums (picture heavy)
Post by: Wildfyre on July 31, 2008 03:24:15 PM

Wildfyre, do you sell your carnivorous plants online? You've inspired me to try keeping them again.

I don't think I'm allowed to answer that in a thread here on Craftster.. the whole "no selling" thing.  :P

But if anyone wants more info on carnivorous plant care or anything they can PM me  ;D


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Post by: Cyndall on July 31, 2008 03:27:11 PM
very cool I think you could mix the minatures up so that you can use a few of both. I think the monkey and an apple would be cute, oooh the worm and a couple of apples would be cute tooo..

I also think the walrus is adorable!!!

I want to do one now!


Title: Re: Moss Terrariums (picture heavy)
Post by: lovelyislacey on July 31, 2008 03:27:59 PM
Ohh now I wanna make one too! The apples are my favorite :)


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Post by: chibii on July 31, 2008 03:28:54 PM
I choose the catterpillar! :D Sooo cute!


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Post by: Philip7424298 on July 31, 2008 03:35:39 PM
Wow, these are fantastic! I want to buy all the ones on etsy! I really love this necklace terrarium that aminyitray made! http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=13420776 (http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=13420776)



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Post by: kurukuruyu on July 31, 2008 03:46:45 PM
I love the apples! It almost looks like the top of an apple tree or something. :D

I might have to make one of these for my friend as a housewarming gift. :P


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Post by: Sassenach_Mel on July 31, 2008 03:51:14 PM
I absolutely love these! And something that sustains itself? I NEED these! 


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Post by: ollieorange on July 31, 2008 03:53:52 PM
The dog/bear guy reminds me of The Lorax- sans moustache. I like that one and the apples. I think that's a good idea to change them out too. You could even do them seasonal/holiday. I've been thinking about doing one of these in an apothocary jar.


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Post by: pinkie_poh on July 31, 2008 03:56:41 PM
Definitely the walrus, and the monkey.
Awesome!


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Post by: kingfrancebald on July 31, 2008 03:59:05 PM
I've always wanted to have a pet water bear!  :D They're microscopic, amazing, cute, and squishy! I should so do this and take a microscope to it!


This is so great for us apartment dwellers; I've always wanted a terrarium!


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Post by: TheSapphireMoon on July 31, 2008 04:01:10 PM
I love the worm, apples, and owls....they seem like they 'belong' there more than any of the others :)  And I LOVE owls...so they would be my choice no matter what!  These are SO great...I may have to try this myself!


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Post by: Puppy_girl on July 31, 2008 04:24:50 PM
those are awesome!  now i wanna find some cool jars to make my own.  it could keep my plant Wibald company.   :D
i vote for the apples.  the walrus is really cute, but i just really like the way the apples look. 


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Post by: punk rock puppy on July 31, 2008 04:29:57 PM
I vote caterpillars and apples


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Post by: mandasbrighteyes on July 31, 2008 04:31:51 PM
this is super awesome! i love the green


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Post by: iampoison on July 31, 2008 04:32:20 PM
Such a wonderful idea. I vote apples. There is something so whimsical and fairytale like about them.

I agree with CalamityCJ and blenderbabe22384 the moss jar with the apples reminds me of Snow White.


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Post by: 1born2knit on July 31, 2008 04:36:39 PM
Those are so cool!

I like the owls and the apples.  :)


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Post by: craftADDchick on July 31, 2008 04:46:06 PM
I love the caterpillar and the owls, plus the apples- they give it a nice burst of color!

I have been planning to make one of these (I've heard them referred to as 'Winter Gardens'), but I've been doing "research" on them. Nothing like just going out there and grabbing a clump of moss, though! Since it grows abundantly in my yard, I have a readily available supply.

A note about the potting soil, though- make sure it doesn't have any fertilizer in it! The Miracle Grow brand contains fertilizer. And, I've read that it's a bad idea to open them up once you've sealed the container because it throws off the environment (unless it's looking bone dry and you need to add a bit of H2O!).

Thanks for re-igniting my desire to make one of these!


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Post by: caffeinatedair on July 31, 2008 04:50:27 PM
the apples are my favorite!  :) such a cute idea! i might have to do somehting like this for my cold, barren dorm room.  ;)


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Post by: thatbluesea on July 31, 2008 05:22:20 PM
awsome idea, I'm really into house plants these days and moss would be excellent for houses that don't get that much sun (like mine). I'm definitially steeling this idea!


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Post by: kawaiibabymiaomiaololipop on July 31, 2008 05:46:58 PM
they r soooooooooooooo cute  :)


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Post by: LunaKitten on July 31, 2008 05:53:07 PM
They are so cute! I definately vote for the caterpillar and the flying diapered monkey thingie lol


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Post by: jonesodadrinkr on July 31, 2008 05:55:53 PM
I absolutely love these terrariums. I think I am going to whip up a batch sometime soon. i have seen some beautiful moss lately!!!


Kayla


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Post by: annessa on July 31, 2008 06:04:30 PM
I love the monkey and the apples. But the best would be the walrus. I used to have some moss from the woods but my place is too hot and oops i forgot to water enough, they all ended up dried  :'(


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Post by: rebeccacharles on July 31, 2008 06:18:12 PM
I love these...I want to make one so bad but, my cat would surely break it ( I have concrete floors )...


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Post by: KiwiQ on July 31, 2008 06:40:03 PM
Where on earth did you get those miniatures??  They are so ridiculously adorable!!


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Post by: skinny_marie03 on July 31, 2008 06:43:24 PM
that is totally cute and i absolutley love the caterpillar.
where did you get those figures, if you don't mind me asking?


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Post by: razberryswrl on July 31, 2008 07:20:48 PM
that is totally cute and i absolutley love the caterpillar.
where did you get those figures, if you don't mind me asking?

I found the apples in the miniature dollhouse furnishing section of a craft store.  The monkey guy was part of a toy set from Tokidoki. The sets are called Cactus pups.  I think they have them at Urban Outfitters? Anyway you can see the monkey on this link next to the pink cactus pup: http://www.vinylpulse.com/2007/10/tokidoki-cactus.html    The rest of the minatures are glass figurines that I got from a store in Japan town in San Francisco and from a jewelry and bead Expo in Columbus, OH.  I feel like I've definitely seen these figurines around at other places, but I can't recall where exactly.  Anyone know what I mean?


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Post by: LivingGreen on July 31, 2008 07:30:24 PM
Apples and worms.  Hands down.  They are all cute though.  Umm, in what ways does moss grow?  Will you have to get bigger containers at some point?  This is very interesting...


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Post by: seamonsterz on July 31, 2008 07:51:33 PM
Those are so sweet!  I have barely any yard and would love to have something like this! I like the one with the little apples in it the best. :)


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Post by: melyssa_marie on July 31, 2008 07:51:46 PM
awww I looooove it!! my city apartment is getting decked out with these. I have an abundant moss supply at my parents house, woo hoo for wooded backyards! oh, and my sister the gnome collector will probably end up with one for her future home.
I vote apples and walrus. you have 2 jars right? they complement each other so well.


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Post by: hardxcoreloser on July 31, 2008 07:56:00 PM
I looove these! =]   so cute!  my fav is the Caterpillar


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Post by: LunaSoleil...plustheSTARS on July 31, 2008 08:01:41 PM
Those apples are the cutest things!!!  ;D


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Post by: Foisty on July 31, 2008 08:26:16 PM
OOOhhhh I love this! I wonder though is there any way to do this without the plant needing sun? ???-not "sunless" just not needing a ton.


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Post by: Jinjeet Phoenix on August 01, 2008 01:23:43 AM
This is fantastic.  I love moss and ferns.  I love absolutely all of them but the one with the little apples if I just have to choose only one.  Love it!!!


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Post by: AshBoBizzle on August 01, 2008 02:56:09 AM
These are so creative! My vote is for the walrus simply because it's so out there.


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Post by: PurpleHeather on August 01, 2008 03:04:33 AM
Aw - love them all, especially the wiggly little caterpillar.  This brings back memories of the fantastic terrariums we had when I was a kid, with ferns in - we called them bottle gardens.


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Post by: razberryswrl on August 01, 2008 04:53:53 AM
OOOhhhh I love this! I wonder though is there any way to do this without the plant needing sun? ???-not "sunless" just not needing a ton.

Yep. The moss actually shouldn't be in direct sunlight anyway because they'll dry up.

Thanks everyone for the comments!!  I think I'll keep the caterpiller and apples in the 2 jars for now and I'll definitely have to make more so the other guys have homes too.  If any of you end up making a terrarium, you should post the pics up here. I'd love to see them! :)


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Post by: I Sew Cute on August 01, 2008 04:55:04 AM
THey water themselves! Then they're the kind of plants I need!  :D

I forgot all about how cool terrariums are & how easy they are to make!
My vote is for the apples ...but the walrus & octopus cracked me up! You should rotate the little whimsies with the seasons or something!

Thank you for sharing! ;)


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Post by: I Sew Cute on August 01, 2008 04:58:34 AM
I just read...moss likes indirect sunlight...so don't put them in the full sun on the windowsill ...or you'll bake it! :P


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Post by: maria isabel on August 01, 2008 05:03:14 AM
Will a terrarium work if its  "topless" ? Like if I put the moss in a jar without a lid?


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Post by: razberryswrl on August 01, 2008 05:14:10 AM
Will a terrarium work if its  "topless" ? Like if I put the moss in a jar without a lid?

Yep I've seen lidless terrariums. I think you just need to water them more often.  Moss doesn't need much watering to begin with though. Be careful not to overwater it.  This link has a little info on moss terrariums. Scroll down the page. http://bizarrelabs.com/plant1.htm


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Post by: feltonfan2 on August 01, 2008 06:04:16 AM
I like the walrus and the owls!  :)


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Post by: CompanyCalls on August 01, 2008 06:12:00 AM
These are so adorable!
The apples and the owls are ultra cute, I really want my own little terrarium now. :3


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Post by: PolymerJanna on August 01, 2008 07:10:17 AM
how cool! ;D


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Post by: nekotali on August 01, 2008 07:36:27 AM
Those are absolutely amazing!

If you don't mind me asking, how did you collect the moss samples and have they grown much since you first collected them?

The walrus, owls and apples are my favourite additions ;D


x


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Post by: kbtlr on August 01, 2008 08:39:00 AM
completely in love with this. i may have to try it in my apartment


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Post by: mscris on August 01, 2008 09:17:41 AM
So cute! My favorite is the monkey! The others are cute too.


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Post by: xahhitsliz on August 01, 2008 09:55:32 AM
AHHHH i want these
they are so cute
p.s. i love the walrus and the monkey thing and the owls
:D
this is great..
i think i might just have to steal this idea from you if that ok


Title: Re: Moss Terrariums (picture heavy)
Post by: lotusbloo on August 01, 2008 10:05:43 AM
SWEET!!!! Catproof plants! I like the catapillar and the owls. But the apples do add a nice splash of color. I just may have to take a stab at this. I haven't had plants since the orchid my curious little kitty dug up out of the bark.


Title: Re: Moss Terrariums (picture heavy)
Post by: mamarose22 on August 01, 2008 10:08:04 AM
I think that little caterpillar peeking his head up, looks kinda cute. 


Title: Re: Moss Terrariums (picture heavy)
Post by: cataway on August 01, 2008 10:26:00 AM
  Interesting idea, I would love to have bottles of green in the winter time but I have one point to make...moss like all living things requires oxygen and I see that the jars are sealed, is the moss doing okay without air?  or do you open them frequently enough that it is not an issue?
    ps I like the caterpillar!


Title: Re: Moss Terrariums (picture heavy)
Post by: horseskay on August 01, 2008 10:34:36 AM
Such a cute idea! Kind of like a fairy house. :)
I like the puppy dog and the apples. :) and the owls.
AHH I CANT CHOOSE.
But its so cute


Title: Re: Moss Terrariums (picture heavy)
Post by: le petit vulcan on August 01, 2008 10:40:23 AM
i love the terrariums! i really like the walrus, monkey and apples! Great photos of your little ecosystems  ;)


Title: Re: Moss Terrariums (picture heavy)
Post by: colourandy on August 01, 2008 10:50:50 AM
These are so cute. They made me smile when I seen all the green-goodness. I really like the apples.


Title: Re: Moss Terrariums (picture heavy)
Post by: le petit vulcan on August 01, 2008 10:51:30 AM
i love the terrariums! i really like the walrus, monkey and apples! Great photos of your little ecosystems  ;)
ohyeah! i forgot to also say, Raspberry Swirl is a GREAT song! (if you're name has nothing to do with the tori amos song... then please ignore! ha! *chuckles hesitantly*)


Title: Re: Moss Terrariums (picture heavy)
Post by: doaflip on August 01, 2008 11:57:44 AM
Apples and owls, apples and owls! I want one now :) My balcony and living room are north facing, so this would be ideal.


Title: Re: Moss Terrariums (picture heavy)
Post by: *Owly* on August 01, 2008 12:25:36 PM
How neat! What a great idea!


Title: Re: Moss Terrariums (picture heavy)
Post by: yellie on August 01, 2008 12:27:45 PM
I like the caterpillar, the walrus, and the apples best!


Title: Re: Moss Terrariums (picture heavy)
Post by: Foisty on August 01, 2008 12:29:41 PM
Ok I have found the perfect terrarium-a glass cake stand with a dome that was gathering dust in my home (seeing as how my baked goods are eaten before they can sit and look pretty :P).The only problem is the stand isnt very shallow and Im not sure if it would be suitable.Any suggestions?


Title: Re: Moss Terrariums (picture heavy)
Post by: Clarachk on August 01, 2008 12:33:57 PM
Oh how awesome are these! Perect for living without a lawn!! I would keep your littel tschotsckes (sp?) in a box and change them at your will. It will keep it interesting when you have company. They will always want to know what you have in the jar! ACE!


Title: Re: Moss Terrariums (picture heavy)
Post by: razberryswrl on August 01, 2008 01:42:02 PM
  Interesting idea, I would love to have bottles of green in the winter time but I have one point to make...moss like all living things requires oxygen and I see that the jars are sealed, is the moss doing okay without air?  or do you open them frequently enough that it is not an issue?
    ps I like the caterpillar!

Good point. I'm definitely no expert on moss and just made these terrariums based on instructions I found online. I read somewhere that oxygen for some plants can come in the form of dissolved oxygen in water. I don't know how creditable that fact is or if that applies to moss too.  I guess I'll just wait and see if my moss dies. Trial and error! heh


Title: Re: Moss Terrariums (picture heavy)
Post by: razberryswrl on August 01, 2008 01:50:27 PM
Ok I have found the perfect terrarium-a glass cake stand with a dome that was gathering dust in my home (seeing as how my baked goods are eaten before they can sit and look pretty :P).The only problem is the stand isnt very shallow and Im not sure if it would be suitable.Any suggestions?

Maybe you could find like a pie pan shaped thing that would fit just inside the dome?


Title: Re: Moss Terrariums (picture heavy)
Post by: razberryswrl on August 01, 2008 01:51:48 PM
ohyeah! i forgot to also say, Raspberry Swirl is a GREAT song! (if you're name has nothing to do with the tori amos song... then please ignore! ha! *chuckles hesitantly*)

Yep that is indeed where my username came from. :)


Title: Re: Moss Terrariums (picture heavy)
Post by: (alterego)kitty on August 01, 2008 02:13:03 PM
I realllllly like the apples for some reason. maybe something to do with the color contrast. the caterpillar and owls are cute, too.


Title: Re: Moss Terrariums (picture heavy)
Post by: craftADDchick on August 01, 2008 03:08:32 PM
  Interesting idea, I would love to have bottles of green in the winter time but I have one point to make...moss like all living things requires oxygen and I see that the jars are sealed, is the moss doing okay without air?  or do you open them frequently enough that it is not an issue?
    ps I like the caterpillar!

Good point. I'm definitely no expert on moss and just made these terrariums based on instructions I found online. I read somewhere that oxygen for some plants can come in the form of dissolved oxygen in water. I don't know how creditable that fact is or if that applies to moss too.  I guess I'll just wait and see if my moss dies. Trial and error! heh

Okay, here's the science teacher in me coming out... ;)

Plants, including moss, take in carbon dioxide and produce oxygen during the process of photosynthesis. This oxygen will be released into the air. When plants need to get energy for cell functions, they use the process of cellular respiration (which is the opposite process of photosynthesis and is what we do). So, they'll use up some of the oxygen they produce and produce carbon dioxide which they'll release into the air. In a closed environment, it's pretty self-sustaining. Plants produce more oxygen than they need, so they should be all set!

Okay, end of science lesson...quiz on Monday ;)


Title: Re: Moss Terrariums (picture heavy)
Post by: hello_jamie on August 01, 2008 04:04:10 PM
i love love love this. i pick the catapillar....or the owls.....or the apples...:) i like them all!


Title: Re: Moss Terrariums (picture heavy)
Post by: cataway on August 02, 2008 09:29:01 AM
  More fun things to do with moss...mix moss in a blender with water and buttermilk whiz up into a slurry and paint on perpetually damp rock or concrete with a brush for some fun "green" grafitti.  Oh and I did appreciate the li'l science lesson I guess I assumed the O2 would eventually be used up, forgot about that switching back and forth thing.


Title: Re: Moss Terrariums (picture heavy)
Post by: melyssa_marie on August 03, 2008 10:31:13 AM
ok, so I got 3 lidded jars from the secondhand store, I've harvested 2 different mosses from the yard, now to go gather gravel and dirt. whee!


Title: Re: Moss Terrariums (picture heavy)
Post by: craftADDchick on August 03, 2008 01:40:27 PM
I was just in the thrift store and I picked up a canister- it has a white lid with some 70's kitchen fruits & vegetables design on it. So, I'll have to get a little crafty on it first :)

And, as I arrived home after another summer rain shower, I realized that this is the year for moss in my yard! It's been so damp, I'm seeing moss in places I've never seen it before! So, I should have no trouble with my harvesting!


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Post by: ollieorange on August 05, 2008 05:26:26 AM

Okay, here's the science teacher in me coming out... ;)

Plants, including moss, take in carbon dioxide and produce oxygen during the process of photosynthesis. This oxygen will be released into the air. When plants need to get energy for cell functions, they use the process of cellular respiration (which is the opposite process of photosynthesis and is what we do). So, they'll use up some of the oxygen they produce and produce carbon dioxide which they'll release into the air. In a closed environment, it's pretty self-sustaining. Plants produce more oxygen than they need, so they should be all set!

Okay, end of science lesson...quiz on Monday ;)

LOL , you're cute!

I have absolutely no moss in my yard, none at work (for sale or growing) and none down by the lake! This has not been a good year for moss in WI!


Title: Re: Moss Terrariums (picture heavy)
Post by: Wildfyre on August 05, 2008 08:02:08 AM
I swear around here if you stand still too long you'll grow moss - it's everywhere!

If anyone is having trouble finding moss look up Bonsai supply stores in your area or online. They usually sell chunks of gorgeous lush green moss that people use around their bonsai trees.  ;D


Title: Re: Moss Terrariums (picture heavy)
Post by: ollieorange on August 05, 2008 05:38:09 PM
I lucked out today- I found a snail on some greens at work, I decided to relocate him to a nice little alley behind work- I found some moss growing there! Yippe. I've got a dinosaur in mine  :)


Title: Re: Moss Terrariums (picture heavy)
Post by: craftADDchick on August 06, 2008 06:57:15 PM
I lucked out today- I found a snail on some greens at work, I decided to relocate him to a nice little alley behind work- I found some moss growing there! Yippe. I've got a dinosaur in mine  :)

So sweet of you! I wonder if you could have tucked it in with the moss... what do snails eat? Guess I'll have to look that up! And, what kind of plants are in your avatar pic? Looks like a pitcher plant, almost!

I came across 2 little aliens in Santa suits that I think I might tuck in mine. I might need something else, too. I'll have to hit the store in a couple of days to see what I can find...


Title: Re: Moss Terrariums (picture heavy)
Post by: melyssa_marie on August 06, 2008 09:22:12 PM
I made some too!! Thanks for the inspiration.




Contains the following: A mini watering can, a tiny cup of tea on a saucer w/spoon, a small bowl off egg yolks and a teeny whisk. I love them.


Title: Re: Moss Terrariums (picture heavy)
Post by: cherryrose on August 07, 2008 03:34:45 AM
I like the apples and owls! What a great idea, I'm going to live in an apartment next month to, so this is a nice thing to have as a garden! And very decorative with those funny little items!


Title: Re: Moss Terrariums (picture heavy)
Post by: ollieorange on August 07, 2008 05:40:02 AM
I lucked out today- I found a snail on some greens at work, I decided to relocate him to a nice little alley behind work- I found some moss growing there! Yippe. I've got a dinosaur in mine  :)

So sweet of you! I wonder if you could have tucked it in with the moss... what do snails eat? Guess I'll have to look that up! And, what kind of plants are in your avatar pic? Looks like a pitcher plant, almost!

I came across 2 little aliens in Santa suits that I think I might tuck in mine. I might need something else, too. I'll have to hit the store in a couple of days to see what I can find...

We find a lot of various creatures on the greens at work. I try to find homes for all of them.  :)  The plant is actually just a green calla lily.
Where in the world did you find alien santas!


Title: Re: Moss Terrariums (picture heavy)
Post by: craftADDchick on August 07, 2008 07:41:54 AM
I lucked out today- I found a snail on some greens at work, I decided to relocate him to a nice little alley behind work- I found some moss growing there! Yippe. I've got a dinosaur in mine  :)

So sweet of you! I wonder if you could have tucked it in with the moss... what do snails eat? Guess I'll have to look that up! And, what kind of plants are in your avatar pic? Looks like a pitcher plant, almost!

I came across 2 little aliens in Santa suits that I think I might tuck in mine. I might need something else, too. I'll have to hit the store in a couple of days to see what I can find...

We find a lot of various creatures on the greens at work. I try to find homes for all of them.  :)  The plant is actually just a green calla lily.
Where in the world did you find alien santas!

I did the little visitor swap last summer (Al, the alien...) and his return package contained them... I think they came from one of those "gumball" machines...


Title: Re: Moss Terrariums (picture heavy)
Post by: Wildfyre on August 07, 2008 08:20:10 AM
If anyone wanted the look of a terrarium without live plants to worry about.. I just stumbled across this - http://flickr.com/photos/pepperberry/2736201467/   :)


Title: Re: Moss Terrariums (picture heavy)
Post by: evolpixie on August 07, 2008 02:41:26 PM
i loves these! i obsess over miniatures and these are a great alternative to just displaying them in letterpress trays!


Title: Re: Moss Terrariums (picture heavy)
Post by: honeyfresh on August 10, 2008 08:06:46 PM
SO awesome. Keep the apples!


Title: Re: Moss Terrariums (picture heavy)
Post by: edenkitty on August 16, 2008 08:22:49 PM
Great terrariums! I'm really impressed with your usage of moss! Where did you find the little guys?


Title: Re: Moss Terrariums (picture heavy)
Post by: vegebrarian on September 02, 2008 06:42:32 PM
I have to try to make one of these now! I say try because I killed even a Chia Pet!

I love the apples...it reminds me of Dorothy in the forest just before she finds the Tin Man.  :)


Title: Re: Moss Terrariums (picture heavy)
Post by: jungrrl on February 06, 2009 05:33:09 PM
Congrats!!

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Title: Re: Moss Terrariums (picture heavy)
Post by: puzzled-penguin on February 13, 2009 10:12:50 AM
Love the one with the apples. :D


Title: Re: Moss Terrariums (picture heavy)
Post by: Paper Shred Jane on February 25, 2010 09:05:22 AM
This is great, it makes my day. When I go home to visit my family, I always love the moss they have growing down a driveway and I wanted it but didn't know what to do with it. Now I know and I am already interested in terrariums so this is great :) Thanks.