Terrarium Workshop with Geo-Fleur @ West Elm

For months I have been admiring mini plants encased in geometric metal and glass cages on Pinterest. Call me hipster if you like, but terrariums are the perfect plant option for me living in London. The plants are easy to look after, compact and SO CUTE. What’s not to love?

A couple of weeks ago the girls at work booked a terrarium workshop and had been looking forward to it ever since. It’s crazy to think that it’s almost a year since I attended the Quill calligraphy workshop! Excitedly we ordered our terrariums online from Urban Outfitters (and oh what a palaver that was!) and then last night after work NatalieStella & I headed to West Elm on Tottenham Court Road to get our terrarium on…

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Geo-Fleur‘s Sophie began with a demonstration, taking us through the steps and options of planting our terrariums: Cacti Selection and arrangement, soil, planting and gravel.

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Obviously it’s her job so she had done it many times before, but she made it look SO easy. Then it was our turn to get our hands messy. With the cacti displayed on the tables, there was a bit of a mad rush as everyone chose their plant selection and I even managed to drop a cactus on one girl (SORRY AGAIN), ooops!

After much deliberation, I decided on a tall furry guy, a tall spiky guy and a little furry and spiky guy:

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Carefully using tongs, we each arranged the cacti in our terrariums. Still, somehow I managed to end up with spikes in my hand… ouch! With soil and gravel flying everywhere, we made a right mess but it was good fun. You don’t realise how hard it is to evenly place a layer of gravel in a glass box whilst trying not to get stuck on a cactus. And I never thought I’d be using a paintbrush to remove soil from a cactus, but hey… anything can happen on a Thursday night!

Stella, Natalie & I opted for a minimal style but others had brought props along, including this gentleman who had some 3D printed buildings which looked cool amongst the moss:

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And here we are looking proud with our finished terrariums!

It was a nice change to do some gardening, even if it was on a mini scale – can’t say that I put my hands in dirt every evening! I enjoyed the workshop, although it was quite busy with about 22 people so if you’re looking for something more intimate, this isn’t the one for you. I know they’re pushed for space being on the West Elm shop floor, but I wasn’t too keen on the set up. The main table was full when we arrived, so we were standing on a table at the side which felt a bit out of the way and at times we had to ‘fight’ to get equipment.

Now to see if I can look after my little cacti – Jack has already named them; Juan, Miguel and Bruce(!?). I’m sure you’ll be seeing more of these fellas on my Instagram soon 😉

📷 Meet Miguel, Juan & Bruce 🌵🌵🌵 in my new @uoeurope Terrarium from last week’s @geo_fleur workshop 🔨

A photo posted by Natasha Nuttall (@natasha_nuttall) on

Have you got a terrarium? I want need to see photos! Or maybe you’ve been looking to get one? Let me know how you feel about them.

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4 Comments

  1. creative_cowell@hotmail.co.uk' 02/10/2015 / 1:53 pm

    They’re so cool, I want one!! They look so pretty 🙂 I may have to try this.

    Dani x

    • 07/10/2015 / 11:23 pm

      You should try it Dani – it’s actually pretty easy if you have the right stuff. They do look pretty… pretty sharp 😉 ha x

  2. jodiepsmith@icloud.com' 03/10/2015 / 8:34 pm

    I have always wondered how people put cactuses/succulents in terrariums! This looks like such a great workshop, even though cactuses can be evil when you get spiked by them.. at least they still look nice! Shame about it being pretty packed, at least you still got a nice cacti arrangement! 😀

    Jodie | http://a-textile-perspective.blogspot.co.uk

    • 07/10/2015 / 11:19 pm

      I know right – I never thought about tongs! It was fun despite the constant fear of getting pricked ha Yes, I’m happy with how it turned out in the end. Now to keep the little guys alive 🙂 Are you going to try a workshop? x

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