A terrarium is its own little ecosystem of plants, dirt and whatever decorations you want to include. It’s like having a mini forest on your kitchen counter. You can easily turn any old glass containers you have – big jars, old vases, abandoned aquariums – into a biome for low-maintenance plants.
A living, thriving garden is a simple centrepiece – and a real conversation starter. When choosing your container, look for something that’s first and foremost practical, but also pretty enough to use as party décor. You’ll be using small plants that thrive in high humidity and that don’t require a lot of sun. When you go to the nursery or garden centre to pick up your materials, talk to an employee about what kinds of plants might work best.
A large, clear glass container
Pebbles, coarse sand or pea gravel
Quality potting soil (some are made specifically for terrariums)
Various small plants
Sticks, stones or other decorations
1. Place a 2.5-7.5 centimetre (1-3 inch) layer of pebbles or pea gravel at the bottom of your container
2. Add a thin layer of the activated charcoal, and then add a layer of sphagnum moss
3. On top of the charcoal and moss, add a layer of potting soil
4. Dig small holes in the soil for each plant to live and place the plants in the soil (away from the sides is best)
5. Add your landscaping features – sticks, stones, plastic figurines, whatever decorations you’d like
Your final product will be a self-sustaining mini-environment.
If you don’t have any old glass containers hanging around, or just want to try something from scratch, we’ve got another option. With a few simple picture frames, you can build your own terrarium for any potted plant you want to feature.
And if you’re looking for something much, much less aquatic, there are some great ways to display succulents and cacti indoors.
After you’re done digging in the dirt, use Swiffer to clean up and start fresh. It will trap the stray specks and leave your craft space as good as new.