This year, we chucked some big jars of happiness right in the middle of Flinders Street Station.
Well, as a power company, we can’t really show you what we sell (that would hurt), so we made something up instead. And if rainbow seeds, wishing stars and warm fuzzies don’t reflect the feeling of picking a pro-renewable power
company, well, we’re out of ideas.
The only problem with the jars is that they’re seven-foot tall and in the middle of a train station. It seemed unfair, so we decided to make a list of five different jars of happiness you can make yourself, to get a dose of the warm
fuzzies at home. And if you’re the home-made gift-giving type with a penchant for crafternoons, we reckon they’ve got serious Christmas gift appeal too.
Terrariums can be used to elicit the happy feeling of being in a cool, calm forest by holding the jar very close to your face, opening your eyes and using your imagination.
Make a shallow layer of gravel for drainage and add a few pieces of charcoal to help with bacteria. Put a thin layer of moss down to stop the soil falling into the gravel. Add the potting mix, and plant your mini fern and moss in it. You
might need to add a little more potting soil to make sure the roots are covered.
At this stage, if you want to turn your terrarium into a tiny prehistoric world, add a dinosaur figure to the jar and pose it jurassically.
Use a spray bottle to spray water into the jar. Leave it for a day before putting the lid on to allow excess water to evaporate. Once the lid is on, the terrarium should recycle its own water.
If the plant goes limp, you’ll need to add a little water. If there’s condensation on the glass, open the lid for a day to let the excess water evaporate.
Big thanks to Nellie Bellie for the terrarium tips.
'But I thought rainbows came from the refraction of light off a water droplet’ we hear you say. And you’re not the only one. But if you look at the science, you’ll find that actually they come from lollies. Rainbow ones.
As for the arrangement, you’ve got three options:
Chaos: Chuck them in. Let the pieces fall where they mayArty: Separate all the colours, then add them to the jar in layersPerfectly random: Add pieces one at a time (preferably
using tweezers) so that no lolly touches another of the same colour. Be confident that even if no one notices, it was still an important thing to do.
Decorate the jar with our labels, or make your own.
Maybe your plant collection is getting out of hand and you need to decorate differently. Or maybe someone in the house is asking for a pet and you need a diversion. Either way, making a tiny aquarium out of an old jar is a creative solution.
Pop the rocks into your jar and add your ‘plants’ and ‘creatures’. In a separate clear glass, add enough water to fill your jar and drop the food colouring in a bit at a time until you have a colour you like. When
you’re happy, pour the blue liquid into your aquarium.
If you’re using them, add a sprinkling of glitter and a couple of drops of glycerine and give them a stir to incorporate them into the liquid.
Keep the jar somewhere you can give it a little swirl every now and then. Maybe while you listen to whale sounds.
Pop a few of these around your house so that visitors can do a little secret wish-making when they come over.
Using the blue Tack, stick the battery pack upright in the jar. It doesn’t have to be a perfect job, it just helps keep the pack in place while you sort the lights. Then, starting at the end furthest from the battery pack, wind and
bunch the fairy lights loosely around the battery pack. Replace the lid and decorate jar with our labels, or make your own.
Optional: If you don’t want blue tack showing on the bottom, gently pull out the battery pack, remove it, then pop the battery pack back in.
Unlike the other jars in this list, the happiness is at its most powerful once the jar is emptied and the instructions below are followed.
In a 750mL jar, add:
If you’re choc-chip inclined, get a slightly larger jar so you can add these too.
Then print out these instructions to go with the jar and give it to a friend. Ideally, one who loves to share cake.
If you’ve made one of these jars of happiness, or gone freestyle and invented your own, we’d love to see it. Share the happiness on our Facebook page.
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