Wood and glass dome cheese plate
Plants, tiny pots, bark chips, and/or other items
Paint and/or paint pen (optional)
One of my favorite ways to recycle is to take something that I no longer need and turn it into something that I do need – or something that I want. Like, when I got a new colander one year, I turned the old one into a hanging planter outside. It’s a fun way to create interesting decorator pieces around the house and keep lots of things out of the landfills. So, as you’re cleaning out your kitchen cabinets, and you come across that old, glass-covered cheese plate, don’t even consider throwing it away. It’ll make a lovely terrarium to display in your house.
Does anyone even use a glass-covered cheese plate any more? After all, the cheese doesn’t really stay fresh under the dome; it just looks nice. And, if you’re having a party, the cheese can be served on any number of plates or trays. So, don’t cry over the loss of that old-fashioned cheese plate; smile as you create a new and stunning, glass and wood terrarium. The perfect cheese plate? One with a round, wood frame, and a glass dome that fits over the top. If you don’t have one, but you’d love the planter, don’t pay retail for one of the glass-covered types. I see them often at thrift stores and you can probably find one at such a store.
There are lots of different terrarium styles that you can create on the cheese plate. Each plate has a circular indentation that holds the glass in place; stay within that circle as you place the plants and other terrarium things. It’s up to you if you glue the items to the plate or if you simply set them. If you set them, you’ll be able to change the terrarium scene any time you want.
One quick terrarium is done by placing small clay pots – containing succulents or other low-water plants. Leave the pots gathered in the middle and, optionally, surround them by moss or other concealing plants. A different type of terrarium is done when you put a shallow plate on the wood plate, place a little soil in it, and put plants in the soil. Other things that can be included in the terrarium include bark chips, tiny pebbles, and craft store miniatures – such as butterflies and birds.
The cheese plate terrarium is especially nice when displayed in the kitchen or in a dining room. To enhance it more, consider painting the wood plate before setting up the terrarium, or using a stencil and paint pen to create accents on the glass lid.