aquatic habitat for marimo balls

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how to create an aquatic habitat for a marimo moss ball

We had a great time this weekend digging through the memory boxes for stones, shells and sea-things collected from our travels to make aquatic habitats for our new Marimo.

All you need is a glass container, filtered water, Marimo and decor. We chose to use pieces that we picked up at beaches, lakes and bays while traveling. Be sure to wash or boil your treasures before adding them to the habitat to make sure they are free of salt water and bacteria.  It’s a good habit to do this with your shells and collectable items when you return home from a trip nonetheless- so they don’t smell or bring uninvited pests into your home.  Rinse your Marimo balls, give them a good squeeze, roll them around in your hand a bit and them drop them in their new home.

Keep in mind that Marimo are alive. They need partial but not bright sunlight and every now and then it’s a good idea to freshen the water. You will notice that the Marimo rise to the surface and sink back down again, this is normal and a part of the fascination with having a living plant-ball in your habitat. If your Marimo never moves, then you may want to use a chopstick and roll it over every now and then to maintain its shape.

how to create an aquatic habitat for a marimo moss ball

So what’s a Marimo? It looks like a tiny ball of moss, but in actuality it’s filamentous green lake algae that, at times, grows into  fuzzy velvety looking balls. Read more about them here and watch this video to learn how to care for (and replicate) them.

And when making your own, keep in mind that a Marimo habitat would also make a great gift :)

marimo moss ball

Here’s the other one we made:

aquatic habitat for Marimo ball


dry goods jars

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Around my home there’s always a use for an empty jar!


button bouquet

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Visiting relatives, I spied this darling button bouquet and snapped a few shots. The project is simple and great for kids.

You will need:
- an assortment of buttons
- green floral tape
- green floral wire
- an empty jar or vase

Cut the wire to desired length, 8 to 10 inches. Fold the wire in half to find the middle and then open up again. String one or two buttons to the center of the wire, fold, twist the wire down to form a stem and lock the button flowers in place. Wrap the wire with green floral tape. Make bunches of them!!

Arrange your creations in an empty jar or small glass vase and share with someone you love.

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real home style

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empty jar love


terrarium *update* new babies

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Last summer I started a succulent terrarium and taught you how to do the same.  (see the instructions here)  This summer,  I took some clippings and started a tiny new terrarium.

Most succulents propagate quite easily.  Many websites list long and complicated rooting rituals which include special serums and  plastic enclosures , but I’ve found that snipping off a piece and placing it cut side down in moist soil will often times do the trick.

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beverage jars

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iced espresso jar

It’s getting hot again, so I’m saving my leftover espresso for icy drinks. Instead of using a plastic pitcher, which not only has the danger of off-gassing, but also holds on to strong scents & colors, I used an old jar.

Pickle jars and tomato sauce jars are the perfect size for summer beverage containers. Store anything from iced coffee to margaritas or lemonade in an empty, sterilized glass jar.

Using a Sharpie, label your brew on small strip of masking tape and affix to the jar.  Stay hydrated!!

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rooting and revisting

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floating garden gift idea

New home. New needs. New uses for old projects.

Since I’ve moved, the floating herb garden has been dangling succulents and rooting cuttings.

the floating herb garden

Add water, herbs or even flowers. Have fun!!


cookie jar terrarium

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terrarium side detail

Assembling a terrarium is rather simple, provided you have the right materials. The easiest to maintain is a succulent terrarium like this, for it requires lots of light and little water.

To get started you need to find a glass container. I used an old cookie jar, but anything from a glass vase to an empty pickle jar will do. Unlike a tropical terrarium, a succulent habitat is open air and does not require a lid.

The layers are outlined visually above…

Starting at the bottom, add rocks for drainage. For a personal touch, I added a layer of shells I collected recently at the beach (this is not required).

On top of the rocks, place a thin layer of charcoal. Charcoal for plants is sold almost anywhere you can buy soil, just ask. The charcoal layer helps to absorb impurities and prevent fungus from growing in the container.

After the charcoal, a layer of cactus soil, then your plants. If possible, leave a little space between your plants to give them room to multiply and grow.

cookie jar terrarium

09/16/09 The newest additions to my household…

mini terrarium

The mini terrarium, made with an empty salsa jar and old fish tank gravel & the floating terrarium, inspired from this project.


floating herb garden

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floating herb garden

Creating this beautiful floating herb garden is simple, all you need are a few empty jars and a quick trip to the hardware store. The steps to make your own are outlined in the gallery below… be sure to click on the pictures to see the detail.

(click on an image to enlarge)

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