Well, in case you haven't noticed terrariums have regained some popularity and are really picking up steam. The past year, I have started using plants to bring life into my spaces. And while I love the look of luscious greenery in my home, my black thumb doesn't allow me to proudly display any plant I want. Luckily, I've found a few plants that are virtually no maintenance! They're called succulents!
Succulents are: water-retaining plants adapted to arid climates or soil conditions. Succulent plants store water in their leaves,stems, and also in roots.
Of course when I decided I wanted to make my own DIY terrariums- I chose to use succulents. Ok, so let's get to the tutorial!
First, gather your supplies:
- terrarium gravel. (I found this at a local nursery, but as an alternative you can use pea gravel.)
- decorative sand or pea gravel for the top layer.
- a glass container of some sort. You can use anything from mason jars to fishbowls (I used an old globe from a light fixture.)
- plants. (as I said succulents are super easy and moss is another popular option.)
- a base. For my DIY terrarium, I wanted to use a glass bowl and therefore needed a base to balance the bowl. I decided to use some pieces of an old light fixture that I found at the Habitat ReStore. Photo below.
To make the fixture pieces into the base I needed, I simply loosened the nut underneath to release the cylinder shape on top of the circular base. Photo below.
I then flipped the circular base so that the glass bowl could securely sit down into it.
Then it was time to start adding ingredients.
Step 1- Add about an inch of terrarium gravel or pea gravel to the bottom of the bowl. This is to help with drainage.
Step 2- Plant your plants into your glass vessel using enough soil to cover the roots.
Step 3- Add decorative sand, pea gravel, and/or river rocks to finish off the top layer. Some people also like to add tiny figurines to add a touch of whimsy.
Lastly, you simply have to find a place to display your new living accessory. Below are some photos of one that I display in my master bedroom.
I water my terrariums and succulents once every two weeks or so. And so far so good! :) Below is another one that sits on my kitchen window sill.
Terrariums are a great way to bring green into your life during the long cold and dreary winter months! I am thinking about making a bunch as Christmas presents for friends and family! Since the DIY versions cost less than $10 to make I can add people to my Christmas list rather than making cuts because the money ran out! YAY! Read this post to get some more terrarium ideas and DIY inspiration!