Baby Shoe Terrarium





January 2014
Price: $35 – available for purchase on Etsy

I am a huge fan of upcycling, and I couldn’t resist buying this little baby shoe on a stand at a thrift store a while back. It had been covered in bronze-colored paint which had cracked and flaked badly, so I repainted it not only in bronze, but also splashes of copper, green and gold acrylics, and sealed the paint to keep it from chipping or cracking again. Around the shoe I placed three Western hemlock cones I gathered a while back from private land, and a bit of secondhand dried crafting moss that I had gotten from a thrift store, and above it a little metal stag charm. More of the moss went into the shoe itself, and in it I nestled a pair of Tillansdia, probably some species of Ionantha. Many hours and details went into getting this little planter just right, and I chose the plants from a highly respected shop here in Portland.