11/16/2011

Mid Century Modern Upcycled Center Piece


How to make a "Living" Centerpiece.



You know those Danish modern serving caddies you always come across at thrift stores; the ones that you like but you know you'll never use? Well, I figured out how to use one.

I started with this:



If you can't find one in the wild, search eBay or pick this one up from my friend's Etsy store.

Then do this:

Dump some soil in it. Drop a few plain ol' grass seeds in the soil. Follow it all up with a few drops of water. Place it in the window.



Wait.



Wait.



Wait.



Water. Wait some more.

About a week later you'll have this:



Place it on the table and wow your friends.





I trim the grass when needed with a pair of scissors. It's the easiest lawn mowing gig I've ever had.

The key is to not over-water it. Since there's no drainage, if you're too generous, the water will build-up and drown the grass. About once a week, squeeze off a few drops of H2O from a damp cloth. Depending on the depth of your caddy, you may consider putting in a few small pebbles before adding the soil to give the water a place to escape to.

My abode gets tons of natural light so I leave it in place. You may need to keep yours in a window while it's not adorning your table.

Cheers,

-Baz

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21 comments:

Wabi Sabi No.1 said...

Thanks for the link to my Etsy shop! If any Atomic Indy readers are interested in purchasing any item in my store, enter coupon code wabisabi10 at the checkout for a 10% discount.

The Eagle said...

Pulling outside green indoors gives a nice fresh feel to the room. Especially like the easy creativity at low cost. Looks nice in the room with that beautiful painting of the wall.

WConklin said...

This is an interesting way to add color to a room. You could substitute different herms for different aromas.

Anonymous said...

Love this idea!

Noe @ ADELLA AVENUE said...

I literally just saw one today. Love this idea!

Jenn Ski said...

looks like lunch for my cat! lol

England Furniture said...

Thank you for posting this idea of how to bring a little green to your dining room table. This could be an alternative for those who like to garden year round.

canvas printing said...

i think its a great way to introduce color ito a room it dosent hurt that i love green either

canvas prints said...

very good idea, nice work

Claig said...

It's really beautiful.
That's great!!!

chrome emblems said...

Very nice idea.. I loved the green ones more than the brown grasses.. The do make the table seem alive!!

Temika Enroth said...

This project looks really amazing. It provides a cool setting to the rooms.

Virginia Davidson said...

Oh, I'm so bummed! Just saw one the other day in a thrift shop and decided I probably wouldn't use it. I may head back and see if it's still there.

Sarah said...

Looks great, although I don't think a lot of places would get enough light to grow these naturally, especially in dark gloomy London. I think it would have to take trips outside or to the windowsill.

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Pulling outside green indoors gives a nice fresh feel to the room. Especially like the easy creativity at low cost. Looks nice in the room with that beautiful painting of the wall.

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Thanks for the link to my Etsy shop! If any Atomic Indy readers are interested in purchasing any item in my store, enter coupon code wabisabi10 at the checkout for a 10% discount.

Elyse's mom said...

I HAVE that exact thing i got at an auction!! Thank you!!

Contempo Closet said...

what a nice way to bring in a touch of life

tula said...

Brilliant! And my cats will love it, too.

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georgia b. said...

oh my gosh! that's such an awesome idea! i have one of these serving bowl sets, and i am so going to use it for this! thanks!!