Are you looking for a quick and easy project? Why not try creating a terrarium? All you need are a few supplies. If I can do it, so can you. I love to create terrariums. It probably comes from my love for miniature gardening. You see, a terrarium is like a miniature garden under glass. All you need are some of your favourite plants, a glass container, soil, charcoal and small rocks and you are set to go. I like to use succulents as they are easy to care for and very slow-growing. You want to try to find small indoor plants or succulents. I like to buy my plants in 2″ pots for ease of handling. There are so many great terrarium ideas on Hometalk. Above is a board I clipped to show you just a few ideas to get you started. I love the mason jar idea on top with its tiny succulent planted inside.The raffia tied around the outside rim of the jar makes this a great git for that someone special. Just click on the clipboard above to take you to Hometalk where all the links are for each project shown. The container you use for your terrarium can be something new, used or repurposed. You can use a mason jar, a fishbowl, a tea light holder or even an old chandelier. Check out your local thrift shops for containers that you can give a second life to.
To get started this is what I used. See how small the plants are, perfect for this project. I placed a layer of rocks on the bottom of the glass container, This will provide drainage in case of over watering. Of course, no one over waters, do they? I also added some charcoal to help sweeten the container in case it gets overwatered. I used about 1/4 cup and sprinkled it over the stones. Around the edges of the containers I placed some sheet moss. The next step was to add the indoor potting soil. When adding soil to your terrarium, its best to use a small measuring cup or a spoon. As I added each bit of soil, I used my fingers to settle it a bit. Do this part slowly to minimize the residue that may get on the glass. Think miniature when it comes to tools for this garden. Make sure to have a couple of inches of soil for your plants. The plants roots need room to spread. After making sure the soil was nice and level I added a thin layer of white gravel to one side of the container. I also added a bit more moss for decor. Take at look over on my post for complete instructions and photos at Making a Terrarium- A Snowy Day Project.
I love the little rocks I bought at the garden center. You can add these to your new terrarium or just use plant material. That’s the fun with terrariums. You can change them up by adding seasonal decor. Above I made a terrarium just before Easter and was able to use it as a centerpiece on my holiday table. You could change this one by adding items to suit the season. Why not add a few Christmas characters to this terrarium?
Perhaps you want an even easier terrarium. The terrarium above was featured at the Northwest Flower and Garden Show last year. There is nothing better than a garden show to inspire you with ideas. In this terrarium, the bottom has a layer of tiny white rocks and then Tillandsia or air plants are placed inside. Air plants need little care. Mist them each week to keep them healthy.
I cannot wait to make these terrariums. Imagine these across your mantel at Christmas with silver accessories to glam it up.The layers were very carefully done so each of the three containers look the same. By adding silver rocks in the middle it gives that extra pop that makes it stand out.. Place some old silver candle holders next to them and you have an elegant display.
So have I inspired you to try to create a terrarium? I hope so. For more ideas you can follow me on Hometalk at www.hometalk.com/deltagardener