Last weekend I got to go shopping by myself.
As a mother of small children, do you know how precious that time was?
I was actually able to browse around and go into stores with breakable merchandise. It was so liberating and SO INSPIRING!!!
A direct result of that shopping trip was this project . . . my knockoff West Elm Brass Base Terrarium.
West Elm’s Brass Base Terrariums are beautiful. They come in two sizes – small and large – and are priced at $29.50 (small) and $59 (large). The interesting thing about the West Elm terrarium is that it looks like the bowl is almost tipped on its side, as opposed to being straight up (like mine). West Elm also sells the succulents to go inside of the terrarium at $12.50 a pop.
I love the low-maintenance nature of succulents and I wanted one of these terrariums. But I wasn’t about to lug one around the mall with me, nor was I about to pay $42 for a terrarium and one succulent. So yeah, I decided to try making one myself.
West Elm’s terrarium definitely looks nicer. But I think mine is okay, too. And for just $7 all in (like, with the plants), I’ll take it. And since my glass bowls aren’t tipped on their side, these can be used for taller plants as well. Bonus!
Faux Brass Base Terrarium Supplies
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Here are the materials I used to make these faux brass base terrariums:
- Small glass bowl vase
- 4×6 piece of wood, cut to size
- American Accents spray paint in Aged Bronze (you can find this cheaper in a store!)
- Acrylic paint in bronze
- Elmer’s ProBond Advanced glue
How to Make a DIY Brass Base Terrarium
Determine the desired size of your wood base by placing your glass bowl on top and deciding how large you want the bottom square to be. Measure and cut. (Ignore all the junk in my garage. We just finished a renovation and had to store a bunch of stuff in there. It’s normally not this messy!)
Once the paint has dried, apply the glue to the bottom of your glass bowl. Affix to the wood and follow the package’s instructions for proper adhesion. (NOTE: the glue does not dry clear so be sure not to apply too much or it will squeeze out the bottom of the bowl and leave a visible glue ring around your bowl and base.)