Glass Top Table Garden
This is a fun Glass Top Table that can serve as a container as well – let me show you how it works… in this fun flower craft segment in Episode #304- Plants and Flowers for a Happy Home!(watch here) – I love this glass top table idea (or should I say “Table INSIDE”) Idea… that features Decorative Stones, Wood Chips, Driftwood, Sand and of course- Succulents and Tillandsia!
The Base of this table- is actually a planter from accent decor- with mid-century modern legs… it can come- with or without drainage holes… this one DOES NOT Have Drainage holes…
Here’s a link to the Planter Base on the Accent Decor website… It’s part of the Berlin Collection!
Consult the Accent Decor website for dealers in your area. Having a hard time finding this exact base? You can use any type of container that has a receptacle for a base and a flat top… for example a BIRD BATH would work great as a substitute!
You’ll have to measure your base- so that you can get a piece of glass- that will fit on top and cover the base- and extend around the base of the pedestal… I got my Glass Table Top on line- and had it shipped to me… but you can find them at Furniture or decorative accessory stores!
First- let’s start with the basics- for the interior- I started with sand- It can be playground sand- that you get at the DIY Store- or it can sand you may have collected on a trip- anything that makes it more meaningful- is even better. My Sister collects sand from the beaches she has visited and this could be a way to include that sand as a keepsake and memory maker.
I also added decorative stones- and you could add sea glass or sea shells, gourds, pine cones, an abandoned bird nest… you get the idea- it’s about creating a meaningful diorama inside the base- that you can see and enjoy through the glass. Placing the sand and stones gives the inside texture and interest!
The next step is to add decorative items- I added birch branches and driftwood- you could add decorative figures, or marbles, painted stones, the possibilities are endless… I think it would be cool to add action figures or maybe plastic animals- to create a jungle scene- again- the possibilities are truly endless.
Once you have the decorative items added- you can add your succulents and tillandsia- for care of these plants- it’s easy- just lift the glass and give them a spray every week or two… be sure you don’t set your table in direct sunlight- the sunlight through the glass will burn the plants – so this may not be the best idea for POTTED PLANTS… the succulents and tillandsia will thrive in the low moisture location- with the proper misting every so often.
You can also could make a more permanent statement by using permanent botanicals (faux flowers or succulents) or dried flowers could be very interesting- also this could be set up for a special event by placing soaked flower foam inside the base- and filling it in with Fresh Flowers- that could be fun- you see- how this concept can expand in so many different ways!
The final step is to place the glass… you could use Glass Guards-on the edge of the container to be sure it doesn’t scratch the glass- I made sure to clean the glass front and back- to ensure there were no unsightly finger prints…
I like changing out the inside of the base for different seasons… Spring time- you could place seed packets inside… for the summer- you could add stones with ladybugs painted on them… in the fall you can add autumn leaves… again you get the idea… this is a great way to get creative with flowers and plants… and everyone will be talking about your table of curiosities!
I have both sizes of the Berlin tables… I have one that sets between our deck chairs for flower cocktail hour… and the large size featured in this episode is inside the house… so I have one Indoors and one Outdoors… they are certainly conversation starters and it’s a joy to have them around! I hope you enjoyed this project- and be sure to send me pictures of your creations… J@uBloom.com – I love to see what you create- and love seeing how you get inspired! Enjoy!