Do you want to craft the most amazing centerpiece that will have your guests bewildered before dinner? Learn how to make this awesome DIY project in a little less than an hour. You can find everything you need for pretty cheap, too! If you're tired of hosting boring dinner parties, liven up the mood with your aquatic terrarium of wonder. Read more to learn how it's made!
Aquatic Table Centerpiece
For an organically modern design that will have your guests mesmerized, create this Aquatic Table Centerpiece. The natural riverbed textures, drifting marimo balls, and tranquil fish, give this marine vase an unforgettable allure.
- Large glass vase. If you’re on a budget, you can search Goodwill (they have shelves and shelves of vases!) I found that Goodwill vases didn’t quite have the modern edges that I was looking for, so I ended up selecting a great vase from Michael’s Crafts. Don’t forget to bring your Michael’s smartphone app for 40-50%.
- Smooth decorative stones from the Dollar Tree. They had both light and dark options, and I opted for the darker color. They are only $1 per bag, and 3 ended up being just perfect!
- Time to hit your local Petsmart! The rest of your supplies will come from the pet store. Let’s start with aquarium gravel. Get a small bag that most closely matches the color of your Dollar Store rocks.
- Aquatic plants – find ones that fit your style! There are some that are frilly, some that are sleek, some that are scruffy, some that are – you get the picture. I’d recommend getting about 3 plants and varying the height a bit.
- (Optional) If your Aquatic Vase is going to be getting some great natural sunlight, your plants will thrive without any special supplements. But if the vase will be in the center of the room without access to direct light, I’d recommend the CO2 Booster plant supplement. It will help give your plants that extra supplemental “boost” to keep them green and leafy.
- Marimo balls. Petsmart usually carries them over next to the bettas, and they are about $8 each. That seems expensive for a wad of moss, but they add so much to the charm of your Aquatic Vase, and they are so cute drifting around on the bottom!
- Betta food. Cheap and simple.
- Betta Bowl Plus water purifying drops (any brand will do). This is really important, otherwise your betta will likely die when put into regular tap water in the vase. These drops will purify the tap water to make it fish safe.
- Fish net. They are just a couple of dollars, and very handy for skimming drifting pieces of plant from the top of the water, as well as catching the fish for water changes.
- Lastly (so he doesn’t get sloshed around in the cart too much!), the most fun element on your petstore list – the betta! There are usually many many options to choose from, so pick your favorite little fish and head to the checkout.
Create a layer of rocks, one rock deep, that covers the bottom of the vase and comes up the sides slightly. We are creating a bowl shape with the rocks, in preparation for step 2.
Fill the center of the “rock bowl” with aquarium gravel. The aquatic plants need gravel to sink their roots into, but we want to hide the gravel inside of the rocks (so don’t pour the gravel against the glass – keep it in the center for the best result).
Cut open the bottom of the plant containers and gently pull the plants out.
The roots are generally packed in gel, so wash away the gel from the roots.
Nestle the roots of each plant into the gravel, spacing them out as desired.
The plants will be floppy without water, but try to get the roots facing straight downward into the gravel.
Fill the vase with room temperature tap water.
Use the fish net to skim off any little loose leaves or particles that drift to the top after water filling.
Drop the marimo balls into whichever area of the vase you would like them to sit in.
Read the directions on your water purifying drops and put the appropriate amount into the water. Most brands advertise immediate results.
Step 11 (Optional)
If you are going to use the CO2 Booster for your plants, follow the bottle directions for those as well, and pour into the water.
You are almost ready to introduce the betta to its new habitat. Just make sure that you let the vase water reach room temperature.
Gently pour your betta into the vase and you’re done! Enjoy your tranquil, natural decor.
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