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How to Make a Terrarium

I have been in love with Terrariums for a few years and their popularity has really taken off.  It’s a way for me to garden in my warm comfy house, with my dogs at my feet through the cold winter months.

What is a Terrarium?

ter·rar·i·um  [tuh-rair-ee-uhm]
1. a glass container, chiefly or wholly enclosed, for growing and displaying plants.
2. a glass container, often a globe, in which plants are grown.

I recently purchased the book The New Terrarium: Creating Beautiful Displays for Plants and  Nature and would recommend it if you think you keep terrariums or are interested in starting.

Through one of my obsessions called Pinterest, ever heard of it, I saw a terrarium ornament and thought it was just beautiful, but was daunted by the size hole that I had to work the supplies through.

Then I was flipping through my CB2 magazine and saw a hanging candleholder that I thought would work perfectly.  BAM!  I used the CB2 whirly hanging candleholder and it is beautiful and works like a dream.  I actually made one for each of my guests to take home after my Thanksgiving party, as another way to let them know how thankful we are to have them in our lives.  I have since given one to my Mom and sister-n-law.

It would make a perfect gift for a teacher, friend, or for yourself!  It takes less than 10 minutes to make and costs less than $10.00.  How perfect is that!

 Supplies consisted of a small bit of moistened potting mix, one to two succulents, small multi colored river stones, reindeer moss, and a gift tag (I used shipping tags).

I placed moistened soil into bottom of candleholder and made a dip in center where I wanted to place plants.

Then I backed the plants in through the big hole, roots first.  Push the soil around base of plant to secure.

Next I placed a scattering of stones next to plant.  I used the small hole on the top to drop them down where I wanted them.

Next I took the Reindeer moss and placed opposite where I put the stones.  Then place your tag through the loop on the top of the candleholder.  On one side write your To: and From: and on the other a quick direction on how to care for their new plant.

Succulent Care:

  • Provide succulent plants with full sun or direct bright light.
  • Ideal temperatures are between 70-85 degrees during the day and no lower than 40 degrees at night.
  • Do not over water. A light misting of water with a spray bottle once or twice a week is adequate for most succulents.
I am really enjoying my terrarium, I hope you do too!

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2 comments on “How to Make a Terrarium”

    1. Melissa, They loved them. I still get comments a year later, on how they still have them and enjoy them.
      xo Amy

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