D I Y Terrarium

Great instructions on how to build your own terrarium at home
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Great instructions on how to build your own terrarium at home

Now I may be a bit behind the 8 ball on this one but I figured I’d give it a shot anyway.  

Terrariums have become really popular of late and I now understand why. 

                               ‘They are so easy to make!’

Go figure! This literally took me about 20mins after work to whip up. Admittedly I had all the bits and pieces required all ready to go so I could do it in a pinch. But still, they’re super easy and look fantastic!

I decided to go with indoor plants rather than succulents which are really common of late. I find that they’re just so much more vibrant and more fairy gardenish. I picked mine up from Bunnings. They have a whole section of teeny tiny terrarium plants. You can also get your Sphagnum Moss and soil from there.
I picked up my glass vase and my pebbles from the cheap homewares shop down the road. All up it only cost me $25 to put it together. Though I did already have the soil and the moss. So if you’re planning to make a few of them the price gets cheaper, especially if you can find plants that have 2 in the one pot or you use succulents which grow like weeds….very pretty weeds might I add.

One thing I didn’t end up using in mine was activated charcoal. From what I’ve researched and read this is used to help filter the air and get rid of any foul odours most commonly found in sealed terrariums. Mine being an open one I decided to give it a miss. I have still included it on the materials list but honestly feel it is quite optional. As for the moss, I feel it is needed if you make one like mine. It is there to help prevent the soil from getting into the rock draining area and also helps to keep it moist.

So lets begin. And please send me a photo of your finished product or if you put it on Instagram use the hashtag #collectivelymeDIY .

What you’ll need

1 x Glass Vase
1 x Bag of Large Pebbles
1 x Bag Small Pebbles
1-3 x Small Ferns

Potting Soil (enough to have about a 4cm thick layer in your pot)
Sphagnum Moss
Activated Charcoal (about 1/2 a cup)
Small Trowel
Decorations (figurines, shells, extra pebbles – optional)
Water Spray Bottle

How to do it

1.   Add a single layer of the large pebbles
2.  Apply a layer of the small pebbles ensuring that the larger pebbles are entirely covered.
3.  Moisten enough moss to cover the pebbles entirely and place in vase. Compact it, ensuring that it goes all the way to the edge of the vase.
4.  Lay a thin layer of the charcoal on top of the moss.
5.   Add the soil mounding it so it’s a bit like a nest. This makes it easier to add the plants.
6.  Place the plants in the centre and push the soil from the edges into the middle covering the plant’s roots. You may have to break away some of the excess soil from the plant so it doesn’t sit so high in the vase.
7.  Sprinkle  with some extra pebbles or place some little figurines in there.
8.  Water using the spray bottle. This will also be helpful in cleaning any soil off the plants or the side of the vase. Make sure you don’t over water it, all it needs is a spray or 2 every other day.

And that’s it! I told you it was simple. Another brilliant thing about them is that you can decorate them anyway you want! I’ve seen ocean themed ones with sea grass in them, dessert ones with cactus, and even some that have only moss growing in them but have a rocks modelled to be a stair. So you have lots of options to play with. 

Good Luck, and once again, let me know how you go!

Don’t forget to take a photo and hashtag it #collectivelymeDIY

 

Great instructions on how to build your own terrarium at home

 

Great instructions on how to build your own terrarium at home

 

Great instructions on how to build your own terrarium at home

 
Great instructions on how to build your own terrarium at home

 

Great instructions on how to build your own terrarium at home

 

Great instructions on how to build your own terrarium at home

 

Great instructions on how to build your own terrarium at home

 

Great instructions on how to build your own terrarium at home

 

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2 Comments

  1. Wow! It looks beautiful. I’d always thought they were difficult to make, but now feel inspired to have a go

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