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How to Create a BEAUTIFUL DIY Terrarium


By Cornelious NyabutoPublished about a month ago 3 min read

Terrariums are miniature gardens enclosed in glass containers, offering a small slice of nature for your home or office. They are easy to make, low maintenance, and can be a stunning decorative piece. Follow these steps to create your own beautiful DIY terrarium.

Materials You'll Need:

- Glass container: This can be a jar, vase, fishbowl, or any clear glass container.

- Small rocks or pebbles: These will form the drainage layer.

- Activated charcoal: This helps keep the terrarium fresh and prevents odors.

- Potting soil: A good-quality potting mix suitable for the plants you choose.

- Plants: Choose small, slow-growing plants that thrive in humid environments. Examples include ferns, moss, succulents, air plants, and small tropical plants.

- Decorative elements: Optional items like small figurines, colored sand, shells, or decorative stones to personalize your terrarium.

- Tools: Tweezers, a small spoon, and a spray bottle for watering.

Steps to Create Your Terrarium:

1. Choose Your Container:

Select a clear glass container that suits your aesthetic preference and space. Open containers are best for dry, desert-like environments (succulents and cacti), while closed containers are ideal for tropical, humidity-loving plants.

2. Create the Drainage Layer:

Add a layer of small rocks or pebbles at the bottom of your container. This layer will help with drainage and prevent water from accumulating at the bottom, which can lead to root rot. Aim for about 1-2 inches of pebbles.

3. Add Activated Charcoal:

Sprinkle a thin layer of activated charcoal over the rocks. The charcoal helps to keep the air in the terrarium fresh and prevents the growth of mold and bacteria.

4. Add Potting Soil:

Add a layer of potting soil on top of the charcoal. The depth of the soil layer will depend on the size of your container and the type of plants you're using, but generally, 2-3 inches is sufficient. Create slight hills and valleys if you want a more natural look.

5. Plant Your Greenery:

Before planting, arrange your plants on the soil surface to decide their placement. Taller plants usually go in the back, while shorter ones stay in the front. Use your fingers or a small spoon to create holes in the soil for each plant. Carefully place the plants in the holes, firming the soil around their roots.

6. Add Decorative Elements:

Once the plants are in place, you can add decorative elements to personalize your terrarium. Small figurines, colored sand, shells, and decorative stones can add a unique touch. Be creative and have fun with this step!

7. Water Your Terrarium:

Lightly water your terrarium with a spray bottle. The amount of water will depend on the type of plants and the container. For closed terrariums, very little water is needed as the environment is self-sustaining. For open terrariums, water more frequently but sparingly, ensuring not to overwater.

8. Care and Maintenance:

- Light: Place your terrarium in an area with indirect sunlight. Direct sunlight can cause the glass to heat up and harm the plants.

- Watering: Monitor the moisture level. Closed terrariums may only need watering once every few weeks, while open terrariums might need water once a week or more, depending on the plants.

- Pruning: Trim back any overgrown plants to keep the terrarium looking tidy and to prevent plants from outgrowing the container.

9. Enjoy Your Creation:

Your DIY terrarium is now complete! Enjoy the beauty of your miniature garden and take pride in your creation. It’s not only a great conversation piece but also a peaceful, green addition to your space.

Tips for Success:

- Choosing Plants: Select plants that have similar light and water requirements to ensure they thrive together.

- Avoid Overwatering: It's easier to add more water than to deal with waterlogged plants. Start with less water and adjust as needed.

- Monitor for Pests: Occasionally check for pests and remove any dead leaves or debris to maintain a healthy environment.

Creating a DIY terrarium is a fun and rewarding project that brings a touch of nature indoors. With minimal effort and a bit of creativity, you can craft a beautiful, self-sustaining ecosystem that adds charm and tranquility to any room. Enjoy your journey into the world of terrariums!

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