Thursday, October 06, 2011

Crochet Moss Terrarium - Free Pattern - DIY

Happy Thursday everyone!


I am so excited to show you my latest creation!


A no muss, no fuss terrarium made of crocheted wool moss!

I had soooo much fun making it!




I just love the real terrariums I have been making this year, and now I can make & place the wool ones in any room without worry of them not getting enough water and sun!



To make the wool clumps, I used my favorite Lion Brand Amazing yarn .

You can make them in a matter of minutes with this easy pattern...


Materials:


Small amounts of your favorite yarns


Your favorite crochet hook.


*Smaller gauge hooks will make smaller, tighter moss formations.


I used a size E for this project, but use the one you like the best.


Yarn needle


Small bits of stuffing


Crochet Moss Pattern


Work in spirals with a yarn marker that you move to mark the beginning of each row.


Do not join


Size E Hook (shown)


Sc = single crochet


Dec = decrease




Ch 2


Round 1 – 8 sc in second chain – (mark 8th sc with marker)


Round 2 - * 2sc, 1sc in next sc* repeat around


Round 3 - * 2sc, 1sc in next 2 sc * repeat around


Round 4 - * 2sc, 1sc in next 3 sc * repeat around


Round 5 - * 2sc, 1sc in next 4 sc * repeat around


Round 6 - Round 8 - sc around


Round 9 – * sc dec, sc next 4 sc* repeat around


Round 10 - * sc dec, sc next 3 sc* repeat around


Round 11 - * sc dec, sc next 2 sc* repeat around


Stuff


Round 12 - * sc dec, sc next 1 sc* repeat around


Round 13 - sc around, end with a slip stitch




Cut off a long tail (about 18-20 inches)


Sew up any holes at bottom



Now, to make the terrarium, fill your favorite glass jar with small rocks from your garden or ones that you would find in an aquarium or gardening aisle at your local hardware store.


** I love finding glass jars at thrift stores for $1 or $2 each instead of paying $10 to $20 at garden shops. **


Now for the yummy part... I used coffee to make the dirt!


It looks just like the real thing, but smells way better! :)


Shake the jar once or twice to mix the coffee and rock mixture or until it looks the way you like!


Then, as a final touch, I sprinkled a couple of tablespoons of fake turf to green up the "forest floor" and add some soft texture to lay the moss clumps into.




Ta Da!


I love how it turned out!


It requires NO maintance and I know I cannot kill it! :)


I made 4 moss clumps for this larger jar, but you could make one or 2 clumps for a small jar.


The whole project can be completed in about an hour or so!


Please feel free to use more or less stitches in your moss clumps to make them different sizes for variety and add some terrarium mushrooms, gnomes or even pug beads like I did. :)

Please let me know if you make one!


I would LOVE to see!


xoxoxox


Melissa & Archie

7 comments:

Payton said...

That is such a creative idea! My mom tried her hands at a real terrariums, but they died. I will have to suggest that she try this instead!
Love,
Payton

Lisa M Griffin said...

wonderful project and such clever ideas my dear!

Pearl and Daisy said...

So cute. Thanks for sharing!

Pug love from,
Pearl & Daisy

rumpydog said...

That is so cute! And there's a little pug in there!

Tweedles -- that's me said...

Oh Missy
You are so creative! These are so beautiful!
Their so cute with the little pugs and mushroom in them!
Thank you as always for showing us the steps so we can play too
love
twee

Dip-Dip and the Bridge said...

What a brilliant idea!
Thanks so much for sharing your pattern with us - it is definitely something I am going to have a bash at.
Being a professional plant killer, I think crocheted ones are the way forward, lol.
Hugs, Lynne xx

LindyLou4U said...

So very cute, Melissa...I am going to share this with my daughter in law...she loves to garden and crochet...super fun, and you don't have to water it or worry about it dying!