We wholeheartedly endorse the concept behind terrariums: Tiny, Perfect Worlds that add life and art to the home. Since many of those we covet are pricey, we’ve found guidance and the proper tools to create our own versions. Here are a few of the essentials, along with some inspirational examples.
Above: A living work of art by New York garden artist Paula Hayes. Some of her pieces can take months, or even a year, to create. Hayes uses delicate, organically shaped handblown glass vessels to hold her organic designs.
Above: The Roost Recycled Glass Bubble Terrarium is free-blown without a mold, creating giant glass bubbles that are then flattened and curved into shape.
Above: Putting a truly unique spin on the concept, Philadelphia-based artist Jose Agatep created these one-of-a-kind terrariums with vintage bottles topped with light bulbs.
Above: Smaller glasses, such as these recycled glass Bolla Glass Hanging Vases at Napa Style, make for delicate, mini terrariums.
Above: For thorough advice and inspirational images, Tovah Martin and Kindra Clineff divulge the proper tools to use, maintenance tips, and seasonal ideas in their book, The New Terrarium.