IKEA Project 1: Bringing the Outdoors In – Terrarium DIY

June 27, 2015 | DIY, Singapore, Sponsored

Disclosure: This is a sponsored collaboration with IKEA, however all ideas, opinions, and thoughts are my own. 

A couple of weeks ago I put a photo on Instagram eluding to an exciting collaboration with IKEA that was coming up, and I’m finally able to share a bit more about it – and show you my first project! :)

I was pretty thrilled to be asked by IKEA Singapore to take part in their blogger program for the next 4 months – I mean really, anyone who’s been in my house knows I love everything IKEA (our housing agent even described our style recently as ‘IKEA Concept’ haha), so I knew it was going to be right up my alley! Here’s how it works: for the next 4 months, 6 bloggers include myself are given a monthly theme/task by the lovely team at IKEA. We then interpret that task however we like, make it happen in our homes, and then share it with our readers. Simple, and oh so much fun!

At the initial meet-and-greet a few weeks ago (fuuuun!), we were given our first task – “Bringing the Outdoors In”. Okay. I can do that. Teepee? Balcony overhaul? Hanging planters?… so many ideas!

Ikea - Bringing the Outdoors In

I tossed and turned my ideas for ages before settling on making over my dining table with a terrarium DIY – yay! I decided on this idea specifically because it focussed on an area of my home that always drives me crazy and could use some livening up. Also we’re going to be moving house in a couple of weeks and I wanted something that was going to be easily transportable and would look just as good in our new space.

So, here’s the before and after.. Please don’t judge me for my shamefully uninspiring dining table in the before photo – we’re good at sorting things into piles in this house ;) 

Ikea - Bringing the Outdoors In

I’d never made a terrarium before, and have a notoriously brown thumb (poor plants), so I read through this post on Little Green Dot and watched the video she shared before I started, to get the basics. Then I went shopping! I had to make two stops – first to IKEA, and then to the nursery.

If you want to create something similar to mine, here’s what you’ll need from IKEA:Ikea - Bringing the Outdoors In

1. CYLINDER set of 3 vases
2. FRASERA whiskey glasses
3. INGEFÄRA terracotta pot (I just used the saucer)
4. Various plants, cacti, succulents and ferns (see what’s in store at the time)
5. TOMAT spray bottle
6. BITTERGURKA watering can

Then from the nursery you’ll need:
– Soil appropriate for the plants you’ll use (mine was good for ferns, cacti and succulents)
– Charcoal (to keep everything fresh)
– Small stones (for drainage)
– Larger stones (for decoration – optional)

Ikea - Bringing the Outdoors In

Now to make your terrarium:

Step 1: Take one of your vases, and put down a layer of small stones. These will act as a false drainage, so make it about 1cm deep.

Step 2: On top of the small stones, add a layer charcoal. This keeps the water fresh.

Step 3: Then put a layer of soil on top of the charcoal before adding in your plants. I de-potted the plants first, knocked off a bit of the soil and then planted them in the terrarium, adding soil as I went to really bed them in. Then, once you’re happy with the layout of the plants, add in some larger rocks, little mini statues or fake mushrooms if you want to, but it’s not necessary. Also if you can find some moss, that always looks good too – I just couldn’t find any.

Ikea - Bringing the Outdoors In

For a different look, and some height differentiation on the dining table, I then did a more open terrarium using the saucer from the INGEFÄRA terracotta pot which was quite deep. I really love how it turned out! :)

Ikea - Bringing the Outdoors In

It took a little bit of playing around to get the plants in the right positions and looking cohesive, but I think I got there eventually :)

So there you go, easy as that! I did 3 terrariums and 2 normally potted plants in total to make the arrangement on our table, and it just makes it all look so much more fresh. I love it! You could even try making mini terrariums in drinking glasses, or tea cups..

Ikea - Bringing the Outdoors In

And just because I had a couple of plants left, I tackled another one of my pet-peeve areas of our house. This bookshelf just collects bits and pieces as we go past, so it was nice to clear it off and give it a bit of life :)

Ikea terrarium DIY

Now me and my brown thumb just have to keep all these plants alive :-/ Wish me luck! x

DIY Washi Tape Stool

August 22, 2013 | DIY

This isn’t so much a DIY post as a project I did, and thought was too easy and cute not to share!

We’ve had one of those timber stools from Ikea for years, and it gets used heaps thanks to our out-of-my-reach kitchen cupboards. As obvious as it might be looking at it, it never actually crossed my mind to put some personality into it.. you know, paint it or something? It’s always just stayed the raw timber we bought it in.

Until recently. The idea was put into my head a few weeks ago when my Interior Designer friend Alli was over and pointed out that painting the stool could really bring some colour into our living room. Brilliant!

As simple as it sounded though, I still hesitated.. paint is a permanent thing, and what if I didn’t like the colour?? And then something wonderful happened. We went to the MT washi tape exhibition, and their new Casa Tapes were staring me in the face, which got me wondering whether I couldn’t washi the stool instead of painting it….

YES, you can! And it works beautifully! Of course, it’s not a permanent solution, and will probably deteriorate faster than paint, but this way I can change it when I get sick of that colour, or mix and match different tapes to get a totally different look!

I decided to leave the steps in timber because they get the most wear, but you could tape the whole thing if you wanted. You might just want to check that it doesn’t reduce the amount of grip you’d have on them.. safety first of course! :)

So you only need 4 things to do this DIY:



MT Casa Washi Tape
– Scissors
– A stool
– Tools to dismantle/rebuild your stool

NOTE: Washi Tape is quite gentle, but if you’re worried about what it might do to your furniture/walls once it’s removed, please do a test first!

Step 1.
While you could do this with the stool still together, I found it easier to pull it apart and work in pieces. If you decide to do that, don’t forget how to put it back together again! Use a damp cloth to wipe down all the pieces.

DIY Washi Tape StoolStep 2.
Wrap your washi tape around each section of stool in pieces, overlapping them slightly, and making sure the ends of the tape join on the inside of your stool (so they’re not seen as easily).

It’s up to you how you go about placing the tape. I worked from top to bottom, cutting pieces of tape just long enough to go around each piece of timber, sticking the middle of the tape on the outside of the stool first and wrapping it around to meet on the inside. You could also cut really long pieces of tape to go lengthwise down each leg. Figure out what works for you and stick with it.

Use your nail to gently ease tape into grooves as you go, and fill any little gaps at the end.

DIY Washi Tape Stool

Step 3.
Once you’ve finished taping everything you want, put your stool back together (make sure everything is nice and tight!). I then put some little sticky fabric feet on the bottom of each leg to protect the tape I had there, and to protect our floors ;)

That’s it.. couldn’t be easier!

DIY Washi Tape Stool DIY Washi Tape Stool

There are so many possibilities, and ways to make it your own! I hope you have fun with it! :)

Workspace Wednesday 36.

May 2, 2012 | Workspace Wednesday

While I was at Ikea last week scooping up my little succulents (which are still alive by the way – hooray!), I also came across these super cute paper cups. Instead of being normal and drinking out of them though, I decided they’d be cooler as candle holders (using only battery-operated candles!). What do you think.. cute huh?