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DIY: Wood Base Terrariums

Project and Photos by: Jennifer Kirk 
Wood veneer edging
Hot glue gun
Glue dots
Duct tape
Cloth you don't mind staining
Small can of wood stain (I used Minwax Wood Finish in Dark Walnut)
Small can of water based Polycrylic Protective Finish
Two sponge brushes
Paper towel
Popsicle stick or some other type of stir stick
Glass votives (I found Darice 'Roly Poly' glass votives at the craft store for 50 cents each)
Various succulents
Small spoon for scooping soil
Flat piece of cardboard, kraft paper, paper bag etc. to protect your work surface
To Put Together Mini Succulent Garden:
Step 1: Prepare your succulents. Using a sharp pair of scissors, trim cuttings from a larger plant and let cuttings sit indoors, away from direct sunlight for 1-2 days. The ends need to dry out and callous, otherwise the ends will rot or take up too much water.
Step 2: Add a couple scoops of potting soil (I used the soil already in my succulent pots) into the bottom of the votive.
Step 3: Gently flatten the soil with the backside of the spoon but don't pack the soil tightly.
Step 4: With the handle of the spoon (or another thin object) poke 2-3 holes in the soil.
Step 5: Tear off a small piece of paper towel and moisten the end. Wipe the soil off from the inside of the votive.
Step 6: Gently push cuttings into the holes you made in the soil. If the soil is looking dry, add just a bit of water.
To Create Votive With Wood Base:
Step 1: With a sheet of cardboard (I used a flattened cereal box) beneath, tape down a long strip of veneer. While duct tape has the strongest hold, you may want to place something heavy on the ends of the veneer strip to keep the strips from popping off your work surface.
Step 2: Open can of wood stain and stir with a popsicle stick. With a sponge brush, apply a coat of wood stain. Let sit for 15 minutes, the wipe and rub off with a cloth.
Step 3: Allow stain to dry for at least 4 hours or overnight, then with a clean sponge brush, apply a single, uniform layer of Polycrylic finish. Let dry completely, about an hour.
Step 4: Wrap a veneer strip around the bases of the votive to determine the length of the wood base. Mine were about 8.25" long. Cut strips down to this size.
Step 5: Glue ends of strips together with a modest dab of hot glue. Hold between your fingers (careful, this can be hot) for a few seconds until glue has set. Repeat for the remainder of the wood strips.
Step 6: To attach the base to the votive, stretch a glue dot and stick it to the upper, inside rim of the wood veneer ring. Apply another glue dot to the opposite side.
Step 7: Inset the votive within the ring and push down from on top with the flat of your hand to ensure a tight fit.
Last Updated: February 3, 2015 at 9:51 am
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