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3 Creative Hobbies For Lazy Bums Using Glassware

28 July 2017 | Joel Vijay

Do you love working with glassware but are just too lazy? If you answered yes, we have 3 creative ideas with glassware to get you off your bum.

Glass – the fragile, intricate, stunning persona of our material possessions is a huge wow factor in interior design and creation of an elegant ambiance in our homes. Glass is much more than just ornamental beauty. We use it every day, even for our do-it-yourself hobbies. But we may think that working with glass is too tedious. No worries, these DIY glassware ideas are perfect for the lazy bum in you!

Grow An Eternal Terrarium

Nothing last forever. Not true! An eternal terrarium lasts forever – with minimal maintenance – and you can easily build one! A terrarium is a glass container for growing plants (occasionally small animals too) that is partially or fully closed. In the case of an eternal terrarium, the container will be fully closed.

What you need for an eternal terrarium build:

  • 1 Clear glass container of your choice
  • Soil
  • Gravel or pebbles
  • Live plants
  • Wire mesh
  • Water in a spray
  • Tweezers or chopsticks

The list may look long, but the procedure is incredibly simple. First, clean the glassware you want to use. Next, pour in the gravel or pebbles. You could also add a little activated charcoal to automatically clean the terrarium. Next cut the wire mesh following the bottom dimensions of the glass container or jar. Use the tweezers or chopsticks to lay the mesh flat on the gravel. Now you can add soil onto the mesh.

Gently place live plants of your choice into the soil. Take your time with this step because placing the plants is vital to their health as well as the scenic landscape of the terrarium. You can also add other elements of nature such as bark, moss, or pieces of wood. Once you’ve done that, simply spray the inside of the jar with water and close it. Now you’ve got your eternal terrarium built! Remember to place the terrarium near a source of sunlight.

Pro tip: Open your terrarium occasionally to air it. Check out this video for an in-depth tutorial of a DIY eternal terrarium build.

Abstract Candle Holders

From a live display using glass containers, we move on to a staple in home decoration and interior design – Candle holders. The variety of candle holders available in the market today is as much as the variety of glassware. You have limitless options for making DIY candle holders, but let’s look at one variation you can make yourself. This build is so simple, even kids can do it. Grab your favourite glassware. We suggest an option such as a whiskey glass, shot glass, mason jar, or any cylinder-shaped glassware.

Place some clean pebbles or marbles at the bottom of the jar. Fill it up with water. Add two to three drops of your favourite food colouring. Next, add some lamp oil into the water. Cut a small sheet of clear plastic into a little circle. Pierce a little piece of string in the middle as a wick. Dip it into the lamp oil and let it float on the water. Go ahead and light it with a lighter or fire starter.

The water candle is perfect for use anywhere around the house. The reflection of the flame on the coloured water is perfect to set a romantic ambiance. Water candles also make great gifts.

the Healthy Bartender

Health is just as important as looks. How does glassware play a part in health? It all depends on what we put in our glassware. One way to do this is to make delicious, nutritious smoothies. A smoothie is a blend of fruits, vegetables, yoghurt, juices and occasionally milk. Be your own healthy bartender by blending yourself a smoothie every day.

Smoothies look great in glass mason jars and taste even better! The visual delight of colours that greets your palate after blending the raw ingredients together is one that you will love. Try a smoothie recipe with these ingredients below:

  • 1 cup of cut mangoes
  • 1 cut banana
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1 cup of orange juice
  • 1 cup of Greek yoghurt

Follow the usual method of making smoothies – throw everything in a blender and turn in on! It’s best if you freeze the fruits beforehand so your smoothie comes out cold and nice.

Pro tip: Try out different ingredients such as carrots, strawberries, kale, pineapple, kiwi, mint, celery and any other fresh vegetables or fruits.

You don’t have to do all these hobbies with your glassware. Just try one and you’ll be hooked. Experiment with these hobbies with the choices of glassware below.

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