Dining Room

Mini Terrarium and Fern Centerpiece

I made a terrarium last week that I will share with you soon, but this isn’t it. This is a little premade guy that I picked up at Sprout Home while I was gathering supplies to make my own. The fern was supposed to go inside the one I made too, but it was too big for the container so I’m trying it in the dining room. Apparently it’s a high maintenance plant, a lover of humidity that will require a daily mist. It is also particularly appealing to the cats, so I don’t think it’s going to last long. I’ve had that tree stump planter forever though, tucked away behind the computer on my desk, and it’s nice to give it center stage with a new plant in it.

And how many trends can I gather in one setting? If you were playing a decorating drinking game, you’d be pretty smashed! Birds, a terrarium, a tree stump (painted silver for a bonus!), an agate geode, a big hunk of rose quartz…

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  • Megan F
    April 16, 2012 at 1:08 pm

    You are my inspiration for all-things home. I even picked up a small bird’s nest fern yesterday and was planning to attempt a terrarium for a centerpiece for an upcoming gathering at my home. Really in truly, thanks for all the lovely ideas!

    • Making it Lovely
      April 16, 2012 at 2:05 pm

      Thank you. And good luck with the bird’s nest fern!

  • Cecilia
    April 16, 2012 at 1:14 pm

    decorating drinking game: i’m in!
    you are the funniest.

  • Ashley {GirlyObsessions}
    April 16, 2012 at 1:17 pm

    Simple and gorgeous! And I love the hot pink accents!

  • Amy
    April 16, 2012 at 1:45 pm

    Oh my gosh i LOVE the wood planter! Where did you get it from?!?!
    I love the accents you’ve added as well! :)

    • Making it Lovely
      April 16, 2012 at 2:04 pm

      It was from a local shop, Carriage Flowers, here in Oak Park.

  • Sandra
    April 16, 2012 at 1:58 pm

    Throw in some cardboard antlers and an owl or two and you are set!

    Seriously, though, love the silver stump…

    • Making it Lovely
      April 16, 2012 at 2:03 pm

      I don’t have any antlers in the house, but I’m sure I can round up an owl or two (or seven)!

  • Miss B.
    April 16, 2012 at 2:11 pm

    Lol, you certainly covered the trends. I love your little fern, nice pop of green:)

  • Gloria
    April 16, 2012 at 2:17 pm

    A decorating trends drinking game is GENIUS!

  • melissa
    April 16, 2012 at 2:19 pm

    Can’t wait to see it! I have been wanting to make one…but I’m kinda scared, which is really silly but I have a “black thumb” and kill all plants!

  • Kathryn Humphreys
    April 16, 2012 at 2:50 pm

    Cheers! My cat and I killed that plant here. And I only have the one cat.

  • Making it Lovely
    April 16, 2012 at 2:54 pm

    And ta-da! Apparently that difficult to care for fern, a maidenhair fern, is Emily Henderson’s favorite indoor plants.

    • Kathryn Humphreys
      April 16, 2012 at 3:31 pm

      I’m feeling much better about killing mine now:)

  • caroline
    April 16, 2012 at 4:01 pm

    Lovely post and blog! I love these ferns too, but have never managed to keep one alive. I’m tempted to go and buy some more and try again!! :-)

  • bec
    April 16, 2012 at 6:10 pm

    think the birds count as fluro… mega trend!

  • Jillian
    April 16, 2012 at 7:54 pm

    I love little ferns like these, and yours looks particular nice in that planter. Unfortunately, I haven’t had any luck keeping them alive. I’m going to try keeping some larger versions outdoors this year.

  • K
    April 16, 2012 at 8:28 pm

    So pretty! I love that planter. It definitely deserves center stage. :)

  • Lucy
    April 17, 2012 at 2:00 am

    I love the tree planter. Is there a hollowed out section in the middle that you have a glass/plastic container in? Just wondering as I have a stump similar in the shed and a handy husband!

    • Making it Lovely
      April 17, 2012 at 2:23 pm

      Yes, there’s a clear plastic pot lining the opening. Should be easy enough to recreate with any old stump, just find something without drainage holes.

  • Cam
    April 17, 2012 at 5:08 am

    You have a lovely blog, this is a really nice source of inspiration! thanks for sharing.

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  • Jacklyn
    April 18, 2012 at 1:44 am

    Thank you Thank you! This has been one of those projects that I have wanted but didn’t know if it took too much work. It’s looks easy enough and fun! I plan to create one for me and then one for my small boys with small miniatures. I’m sure army men will be placed in it. =)
    When I post my creations, I’ll be sure to link back to here.

  • Amanda
    April 18, 2012 at 7:17 pm

    I thought maidenhair ferns would be pretty picky, but I’ve had mine for YEARS and I’m a notorious plant killer. Even if I ignore it for a few weeks (weeks!) here in super dry Colorado, I can douse it with water and get it going again- It’s truly the most forgiving plant I own.

    So don’t knock it until you try it :)

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  • Sara of Lilly Queen Vintage
    May 20, 2012 at 9:56 am

    Love it!

    I just want to go and open up those glass cabinets and have a peek inside.