One of my favorite articles from the winter 2012 Lowe's Creative Ideas for Home and Garden magazine was Tabletop Gardens. (You can sign up here for the magazine, it's free!) The tabletop saucer garden was my inspiration for this month's Copycat Challenge at Debbiedoo's and Marty's Spring Cloche Party.
The supply list for this project is: 2 pendant light cones, a 16" terra-cotta saucer, tiny plants, river rock, seashells, and coral. Easy enough! But y'all know I wasn't ever really going to run over to Lowe's and just buy all of this, right? The Horror. That would just be No Fun At All. No, we're going to thrift for it! Dig plants out of the yard! Search the attic for what we already have! Now that's what I call Fun.
First stop, Goodwill. They always have random, odd assorted glass globes (or pendant light cones, as specified in the Lowe's article). For $2.99 each!
Next stop, the back yard, for a cutting of ajuga, and some lamb's ear.
From there I dug through my floral stash for some river rock and pea gravel, leftover from a project last year. I also found some reindeer moss, shells, and tiny pine cones. Finding a clay saucer had me stumped though, until I realized that it didn't make sense to use that anyway. For this to be sitting on my kitchen table or coffee table, I needed something more waterproof as a base. I substituted a glass tray that we already owned.
This was so fun to put together. I laid a layer of pea gravel, then started playing around with the placement of my plants.
The easiest way to secure the tiny plants was in peat pots, which I tore in half to reduce the height.
Sprigs of the newly rooted ivy went into each of the globes, and the lamb's ear and ajuga were nestled into the tray. I love the variation of texture in each little plant.
Another layer of pea gravel went in, along with some river rock, the tiny pine cones, and some glittered shells. I made sure to camouflage the peat pots with the larger rocks and some moss.
It would be nice to have one of these in every room, made in different types of containers. I have been trying to add more live plants to our home, due to their ability to clean pollutants and toxins from the air. I'll probably just water this with a spray bottle, and be sure to set it outside (or in an east-facing window) once or twice a week to get some sunlight.
Total cost, $6 for the two globes :) I hope you'll try a tabletop garden of your own!
You'll find this and so many more ideas at
Debbiedoo's Copycat Challenge
Stephanie's Sunday Showcase at Under the Table and Dreaming
Tisha's Show and Tell Monday at Delectable Home
Nita's Mod Mix Monday at Mod Vintage Life
Susan's Metamorphosis Monday at Between Naps on the Porch
Marty's Spring Cloche Party at A Stroll Thru Life
Beth's Tutorials and Tips at Home Stories A to Z
Donna's Saturday Nite Special at Funky Junk Interiors