Step 5: Rinse the fabric in cold water, then put it in the washing machine.
If You Love Collecting Fireflies…Try Creating a Living Terrarium
Nothing says summer like collecting fireflies in a repurposed mason jar to create an enchanting flashing torch. The mission: to capture nature in a bottle. “We mix creativity and nature through terrarium art, and teach others how they can do the same. Plus, we provide everything you need to create your own,” says Rees.
The Ome TikTok Account offers breathtaking terrarium inspiration and answers such pressing questions as: How long do they last (potentially a lifetime), and who plant cuttings to use (mood moss, tamarisk moss, peacock moss, etc.).
Here’s how to DIY a living terrarium at home:
Step 1: Choose your container – look for a clean piece of glass, ideally with some sort of lid or cap.
2nd step: Arrange your drainage layer – substrate, plants and mosses – in such a way as to recreate the structure of a real ecosystem. For starters, “substrate” is your soil mix. Rees likes to use a blend of coir, worm and orchid bark, which balances water retention, nutrition and aeration. The moss can go above the substrate layer next to the plants or above any hard landscape feature like rock or wood.
Step 3: The most common mistake people make is overwatering the terrarium – be sparing. Water your terrarium only if it looks like it is starting to dry out. “The way it basically works is that in a sealed environment, water, carbon dioxide, oxygen and nutrients are cycled, so you shouldn’t have to water once you’ve reached a balance,” explains Rees. Example: His oldest intact terrarium is 5 years old. When doing water, use a fine mist spray bottle filled with distilled water or rainwater if possible.
Step 4: Try, and try again. Don’t worry if your first terrarium fails, it often takes a few tries to find the right balance.
If you love cave painting…Try making customizable rock art
Check out this how-to video for beginners of Cave painting guide which explains the paint pouring technique step by step. On her TikTok account, Marisa DeRosa from mddesigns16 Not only does she show her over 380,000 followers how she creates psychedelic, tie-dye painted rocks, but she also searches for inspirational quote ideas to adorn each one.
“Sunsets are proof that endings are beautiful.
“One day at a time.”
“Not all who wander Are lost.”
Writing, however, comes after cave painting. DeRosa often uses a paint-to-paint technique with acrylic paints. As she told one user, her favorite paint brands are artist loft, Liquitex, DecoArtand Smart craftsmanship.
Here’s how to DIY paint casting stones at home:
Step 1: Choose your acrylic paints, adding each in a separate cup and mixing with a flow aid additive.