Turning an Ornament Into a Copper-Dipped Terrarium

by Rachel Baker on December 22, 2014

One year, I got one of the coolest tree ornaments I’ve ever gotten – it was a picture of my nephews in a glass ball ornament. I have taken glass ball ornaments and let paint run down the sides, then turned the balls periodically over the course of a few days to create paint swirl ornaments, but I’ve never attempted to put anything else inside the ball.

I love the idea though; and think I might be ready to start thinking about next year’s creative ornaments. Of course, as I say this, the beautiful tree lights are glistening in my laptops screen; and I’m thinking about making a wonderful cup of hot cocoa with peppermint marshmallows.

Below is a really great tutorial on how to make a glass ball terrarium that I think would be a wonder additional to a winter solstice tree.

Read more: How to Turn an Ornament Into a Copper-Dipped Terrarium

I’m an unabashed fan of succulents and air plants, as any one of my friends, co-workers, or anyone who’s glanced at my Instagram feed will likely tell you. I just think they’re winners from all angles: They’re cheap, aesthetically pleasing, every one is unique—and, it’s virtually impossible to kill them. On their own in a chic planter, they make for a hostess gift more atypical than most blooms. But they really shine when in the ultimate planter: the glass-encased little eco-system that is the terrarium. While terrariums are generally pricy, it suddenly occurred to us that the most common ornament in the world actually makes for a very decent stand-in. (And really, what else are glass ball ornaments good for?)

We gave the copper décor trend a nod by adding a splash of paint (which is totally optional, by the way). But whether you’re considering them for your next hostess or for your own guests as a table setting (like us), the beauty of these is that even after the tree has been tossed and the ugly Christmas sweaters have been packed away, these can still remain as a cute addition to your year-round décor. And, they’ll probably live that long.

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