Upcycled Bottle Terrarium
By: Rita Schwab
By: Rita Schwab
SKILL LEVEL: 2 (1 being the easiest, 5 being most difficult)
TIME TO COMPLETE: 1 hour
• Precision 2000 The Ultimate Hobby Saw!
• Re-purposed wine bottle
• 3 varieties of moss and/or plants
• Recycled glass drainage materials such as rocks
• Potting soil
• Miniature gardening tools or wooden skewers (for positioning plants and moss)
• Twigs and stones
• Safety glasses
• Clear rubber feet
• Bowl with water
• Miniature figurines (optional)
• Sandpaper (optional)
How would you like to make your very own woodland landscape? What if I tell you it’s miniature and is tucked inside a terrarium made from a recycled bottle? These instructions will show you how!
• Always, wear safety goggles when using glass-crafting tools. Everyday eyeglasses have only impact resistant lenses.
• Go on a nature hunt to find rocks and twigs from your own backyard or park.
Read and carefully follow the instructions contained within the Precision 2000 Operator’s Manual.
1. Cover the work area with craft or newspaper.
2. Start with a nice clean 750ML wine bottle. We chose a clear bottle so we could better see the plants inside.
3. To create the terrarium, cut an angled opening in the bottle. To do so use the Precision 2000 band saw instead of a bottle cutter. Make sure your saw has the glass blade installed and the water bottle in the back of the saw is filled.
4. Place the bottle flat on the surface of the work table; raise the blade guide arm up as high as it will go, clearing the bottle. To do so loosen the hex nut on the water nozzle arm and move the water nozzle out of the way. Next, raise the blade block as far up as it will go and tighten in place. Position the water nozzle so that is sprays on the front of the blade, refer to the Operation’s Manual for adjustment instructions.
5. Put on your safety glass, open the water nozzle and turn on your saw. Cut the bottle at a 135 degree angle.
6. The cut is quite smooth, but because you will be reaching into the bottle, sand down any sharp edges with 60 grit sandpaper.
7. Clean the bottle with glass cleaner and dry.
8. Adhere four clear rubber feet to the bottom of the bottle; this will keep your terrarium from rolling.
9. Next, add 1/3 cup or so of drainage pebbles into the bottle and shake it gently to evenly distribute.
10. Spoon the soil over the drainage pebbles.
11. We’re using moss in our terrarium. To bring moss from its dormant state, fill a bowl with water. Submerge the moss for about 30 seconds.
12. Using small gardening tools or a wooden skewer, pick up the moss and place it into the terrarium bottle. Push down on the top of the moss to secure it into place.
13. Embellish your terrariums with twigs, larger rocks and small figurines until you have reached your desired look.
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