Jun 24, 2015

Five Do-It-Yourself Terrariums

Terrariums are an excellent way to add some greenery to your home, plus they’re low maintenance so you can enjoy your own little piece of nature even if you don’t have a green thumb.

You can buy terrariums ready-made, but making your own is way more fun. To make your own terrarium you’ll need sand and small pebbles. Don’t use soil because it doesn’t drain as well and can get moldy. For the greenery, use Tillandsia, which survives on air and a tiny bit of water. Add some preserved moss which will add humidity to the terrarium and keep the Tillandsia healthy. Finally, feel free to get creative with tiny figurines, marbles, or anything else that takes your fancy.

Once you’ve created a terrarium you love, care is simple. Depending on the type of plant you used, you should water once a week and make sure it gets enough light, but not too much direct sunlight. Here are some great ways to display your terrarium:

Light bulb
For a cute and quirky look, assemble your terrarium inside an inverted lightbulb. Simply remove the base and wires and hollow out the bulb, plant your terrarium, and hang it from some fishing wire.

Turn an old wine cork into a little pot for an extra tiny plant by drilling a vertical tunnel into it, then fill with sand and nestle a succulent or similarly small plant inside. Use a glue gun to attach a magnet to the cork, and keep your fridge or noticeboard looking vibrant.

For a larger terrarium with a shabby chic vibe, use an old fashioned tea pot (thrift stores are full of them) and keep it on your kitchen table. For a smaller arrangement, use a tea cup.

Sea Shell
Summer is here, so capture the feel of the beach with a conch shell terrarium. These look great as a group of several small shells, but you could also use a larger one.

For kids
Building a terrarium is a wonderful summer activity to do with kids. Make it even more kid-friendly by using one of their old toys as a vessel. Toys like trucks, shape-sorters, or Duplo work well as terrariums, and help teach kids how to take care of something.