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Terrariums

Small Worlds

What’s so special about a glass vessel, a pile of rocks, some plant life and a little figurine or two? We’re not exactly sure where the magic comes from, but the combination is totally endearing. Maybe it’s the tiny people. They make it easy to imagine that the idyllic world created inside each moss terrarium is real.

The creators of these precious worlds are two longtime friends, Michelle Inciarrano and Katy Maslow. They
turned their love of terrarium-making into a business after realizing they each had about 50 terrariums in their houses and perhaps ought to find new homes for their work. The miniature people are their signature.

Each kit from Twig Terrariums contains everything you need to make your own little green world, complete with inhabitants. (Or if you’re not the DIY type, you can choose a ready-made style.) We tried it, and it’s a fun, therapeutic activity. The instructions are easy to follow, and maintenance is a breeze, too, since the terrariums don’t require a lot of attention. They don’t require a lot of light either which makes them the perfect cheery addition to any room in your home or office, even the windowless ones.

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The Grommet Review: Twig-Terrariums

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  • Katy
    Katy

    Hello all you Grommets! We are Katy and Michelle of Twig Terrariums, coming to you from beautiful Brooklyn, NY! We create moss terrariums and other small worlds in antique, vintage, and new glass containers - or any odd glass objects we find on our travels! We like to populate our little green worlds using miniature figurines - from happily grazing sheep (baaaa) to smoochin' couples to funny little hobos! Moss terrariums are super easy to care for and make for cool gifts - hey, we give each other terrariums all the time! We are so excited to be a part of the Daily Grommet and can't wait to answer your questions about Twig's little green worlds. We're both here today to be your mossy guides, so fire away!

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    4/6/2011 12:13 PM

    Hi Grommet Visitors, we are looking into why today's video isn't playing and will hopefully have it resolved shortly. The story and details will give you a good sense of the whimsy and fun that you can have with these terrariums. We are here to answer your questions.

  • Colleen Stadnick
    Colleen Stadnick
    4/6/2011 1:14 PM

    @Katherine Klinger: the video is working just fine now.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    4/6/2011 1:28 PM

    @Colleen Stadnick: Glad to know it's working for everyone. Thanks!

  • Kim
    Kim
    4/6/2011 1:56 PM

    The Twig terrariums are a great idea and very creative!

    I'd like to suggest to the creator that they are missing out on a wider market by not having any figures of people of color.

  • Katy
    Katy – Special Guest
    4/6/2011 2:07 PM

    @Kim: Hi! Thank you for your feedback! This is actually an important point and a big issue for us! Most of the figures are created in rather homogeneous areas of the globe, so we have to custom create ethnicities! This sounds so bizarre, but we want everyone to feel that there's a terrarium out there with their name on it =) Since we custom create and alter many of our figures, it allows us to get as accurate a representation as possible. We appreciate your thoughts, and want you to know that it's been on our collective Twiggy minds for some time.

  • ali
    ali
    4/6/2011 2:28 PM

    What comes with the DIY packages?

  • Katy
    Katy – Special Guest
    4/6/2011 2:38 PM

    @ali: Hi there! Twig's DIY Kits come with everything you need to create your own little green world! We provide the glass, fresh happy moss, little terrarium dweller, as well as rocks, soil, and filtration. Assembly and care instructions are also included. =)

    Our DIY Kits come packaged all cute and stuff, too!

  • Liz
    Liz
    4/6/2011 3:58 PM

    From what material are the little figures made?

  • Katy
    Katy – Special Guest
    4/6/2011 4:22 PM

    @Liz: The little people in Twig's terrariums are made of flesh and blood! For reals! Nah, really they're made of hard plastic, which is great for the moist environment within a terrarium. Unlike clay or wood miniatures, these figures won't get moldy. They're perfect in every way =)

  • Julia E
    Julia E
    4/6/2011 7:48 PM

    Hi, Katy and Michelle! I'm wondering how long terrariums "live." If you take care of them properly, will they survive indefinitely? (I'm capable of killing just about any houseplant known to humankind despite my pipe dreams of having a lovely garden someday!)

  • Katy
    Katy – Special Guest
    4/6/2011 10:31 PM

    @Julia E: An excellent question! It sounds like you and moss might be made for each other =)

    Moss terrariums are the ultimate in low maintenance and can indeed live indefinitely. Us Twig ladies have our first ever terrariums - going strong!

    Here are the basics on caring for your moss terrarium: keep it out of direct sun, as too much sun can cook the moss. Indirect light, filtered light, or artificial light are ideal. Every 2-4 weeks, you mist the moss with a spray bottle - just a few spritzes! With time, your terrarium may require even less care - misting every 4-6 weeks.

    With a miniscaped moss terrarium, you can totally have that lovely garden of your dreams! =)

  • Christine
    Christine
    4/6/2011 8:50 PM

    This project looks really fun! What plants can you use in terarinms?

  • Katy
    Katy – Special Guest
    4/6/2011 10:39 PM

    @Christine: Hello there! Twig mainly creates moss terrariums - though we do play with plants and succulents on occasion! We have tons of plants around our studio, but love love love moss. There are approximately 15,000 varieties of moss and we consider ourselves total mossophiles. We choose the types of moss that work best in a terrarium and that play well together - sheet moss, mood moss, and reindeer moss are just some of the fun types that come in our terrariums! =)

  • Elizabeth Amos
    Elizabeth Amos
    4/7/2011 3:49 PM

    Katy and Michelle,

    Really cute idea! Why dont you make one for best friends! i My best friend now lives in a different state from me and that would be a really cool gift.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    4/7/2011 4:01 PM

    @Elizabeth Amos: Sorry to hear that you've been split from your best friend. I'm sure that wasn't easy. I have sent a note to Katy and Michelle and will let you know what they say!

  • Lisa
    Lisa
    8/31/2011 4:28 PM

    How would I order this with a blonde girl holding the I love you sign?

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    8/31/2011 4:50 PM

    @Lisa Richardson: I will check and have someone get in contact with you directly. Thanks!

  • Tracy
    Tracy
    9/2/2011 7:43 PM

    I was so excited when I came across this unique gift idea. I have a wonderful best friend and an awesome twin sister who would both be thrilled by this gift. I was disheartened to learn the figurines do not come in African American. You have my email address, please email me if they become available. Thanks so much! 3

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    9/3/2011 3:45 PM

    @Tracy: Michelle and Katy can custom create a figurine. You can choose hair color, skin color and gender. Add on to your order the 'Custom Figurine' option and in the Gift Message field, pleas add your customizations.

  • KELLY
    KELLY
    10/26/2011 7:13 AM

    Can you please tell me what general size the glass jars are? Height? Width?

    Thanks!

    Kelly

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    10/26/2011 10:31 AM

    @KELLY: Each are a different size. You can find the dimensions and more information by clicking on the 'Details' tab that can be found below the video but above the story.

  • Trudy
    Trudy
    11/21/2011 8:16 AM

    I have three huge glass jars (originally bought to put flour and sugar in for the kitchen). Do you sell the kit w/out the glass containers?

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    11/21/2011 11:32 AM

    @Trudy: We don't have the kits without the glass but that sounds like a wonderful reuse for your glassware.

  • Jan
    Jan
    2/16/2012 12:56 PM

    Just wondering if a unicorn is an option for the custom figurines.

  • Chew-Hoong
    Chew-Hoong – Grommet Team
    2/17/2012 4:31 PM

    @Jan Nordstrom: I love unicorns too. Katy and Michelle can custom make a unicorn. Our Customer Support Team will contact you directly to provide you more details since this is a special custom order.

  • Phyllis
    Phyllis
    3/5/2012 11:30 PM

    Love, love, love what you do!! Can you tell me what scale the figurines are and also, do you share where you order them from? I know you customize your figurines but do you get the basics anywhere specific? Thank you.

  • Chew-Hoong
    Chew-Hoong – Grommet Team
    3/6/2012 11:32 PM

    @Phyllis: We're glad you are smitten :0) with the Twig Terrariums. There's more info on the size of the different figurines in the DETAILS tab (under video).

  • Shannon
    Shannon
    3/9/2012 6:00 PM

    Hello! Do you sell the little people by themselves? Or can you tell me where I can purchase them? I bought a DIY kit yesterday and I wanted to add more people to it.

    Thanks, Shannon

  • Jill
    Jill
    4/19/2012 8:17 PM

    please tell me where you source your tiny people...I LOVE THEM.

  • Chew-Hoong
    Chew-Hoong – Grommet Team
    4/23/2012 1:57 PM

    @Jill: The tiny people are so easy to fall in love, isn't it? Katy & Michelle hope you'll understand that they have to keep the source a secret...shhhh

  • Liz
    Liz
    5/2/2012 3:18 PM

    I love this idea and think my partner would simply adore it, do you all have same sex romantic figurines or can I pick two of the women? Thanks!!

  • Chew-Hoong
    Chew-Hoong – Grommet Team
    5/3/2012 2:32 PM

    @Liz Monsell: Lovely idea, lucky partner. Your option would be to pick 2 women & customize one or both. Enjoy!

  • catherine
    catherine
    9/11/2012 11:51 AM

    So,how much for a woman holding an i love you sign?Also,is the unicorn available from the video?

  • Chew-Hoong
    Chew-Hoong – Grommet Team
    9/11/2012 1:00 PM

    @catherine jiles: The items in the video were very popular and sold out. We'll let you know when they are available again. Thank you for your interest.

  • Sandra
    Sandra
    9/25/2012 2:57 PM

    @Chew-Hoong I am interested in the older couple. Are you going to have them again?

  • Chew-Hoong
    Chew-Hoong – Grommet Team
    9/26/2012 12:57 AM

    @Sandra Byrd: We're checking with the Twig folks; stay tuned.

  •  Shona K
    Shona K
    10/11/2012 1:11 PM

    I'd love to purchase the I Love You terrarium, is it available?

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