Monday, April 9, 2012

Terrariums…


Terrariums are back…and they come in many shapes and sizes. I have recently seen some very clever ways to build a terrarium…


Terrain via The Gardeners Eden

MiniTerrariums


Whether you use a closed glass container, wood and glass box, or even a simple mason jar…you can build a terrarium in just about anything you choose! I picked up a few square glass vases at a thrift store and decided to build a terrarium grouping.

Starting with the containers, I then gathered the rest of my supplies…

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I purchased an assortment of succulent plants and some sphagnum moss…I already had the white rocks left over from another project.

First add a layer of the rock…

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Put at least an inch or two. This is important for drainage since the glass containers do not have a hole in the bottom. The rocks allow the plant to sit above any standing water so their roots will not be constantly wet.

Then add a layer of moss…

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The moss acts as a filter for the draining water…holding the soil in place so it does not blend into the layer of rock. I chose to skip the step of adding a layer of de-activated charcoal since my containers are open. Many tutorials suggest adding charcoal after the moss if you are using a closed container, to help absorb moisture and odor.

Then simply add your plants and fill with a little bit of potting soil…

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I love the different shape and texture of each type of plant. Since my containers were fairly small…I grouped a couple of plants in the larger ones and used only one lone succulent in the smallest glass vase.

Now I have a nice addition to my living room coffee table. I like having natural greenery in the house, especially plants like this that are low maintenance and easy to keep alive…

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Have you ever tried making your own terrarium? How do you like to use natural greenery and living plants in your home décor?

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4 comments:

  1. Sorry, too many typos in that last comment! Let's start over...
    These are all great ways to create terrariums! I love your little cluster of them. I'm not much of a green thumb, but maybe I could have some luck with these! Thanks for sharing! Hope you enjoy your Spring Break with family, Laura! :)

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  2. I haven't made a terrarium in forever. Those are cute.

    Laura
    http://cookiecrumbsandsawdust.blogspot.com/

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