Up­cy­cling old crys­tal

Australian Women’s Weekly NZ - - LYNDA'S PROJECT -

Pha­laenop­sis or moth or­chids are per­fect can­di­dates for pot­ting up in crys­tal vases, as their epi­phytic roots need lit­tle soil. Fill the bot­tom third of the vase with dec­o­ra­tive gravel, and be care­ful not to over­wa­ter. Bud vases and crys­tal gob­lets are lovely as tea light can­dle hold­ers, or use them to make your own scented can­dles for gifts. When pour­ing the melted wax into the vases, use a pair of chop­sticks to hold the wick up­right un­til the wax has set. Turn large de­canters into ter­rar­i­ums. Gar­den cen­tres and hard­ware stores have a good se­lec­tion of baby house­plants for this pur­pose. Add sparkle to a ta­ble set­ting by coil­ing strands of bat­tery pow­ered LED seed lights in­side a tri­fle bowl or candy com­pote. If crys­tal is due for a come­back, why not aspic and jel­lied ter­rines too? Serve these retro dishes in crys­tal bowls if you don’t have ac­cess to dec­o­ra­tive jelly moulds.

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