One of my favourite projects this year has been my DIY Terrarium. It turned out really good and it continues to allow me to enjoy and appreciate it every time I see it. Plus it changes all the time. I am always shocked at how well some of my plants are growing in it, how the water trickles all the way through all the layers and just how great it looks on my mantel.
They also make really great gifts so I created 2 for myself and 2 to give away so if your thinking about making your own DIY terrarium then plan to make a few extra because people LOVE getting these and they will always have a wonderful reminder of who took the time to create it for them. So today’s post I am sharing with you how you can make your own!
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What You Will Need:
- Clear Glass Cylinder Vase. It doesn’t have to be limited to a cylinder vase, I found this really cool Round Hanging Glass Vase which would be perfect for a mini terrarium.
- Potting Soil
- Horticultural Charcoal
- River Rocks
- Pick your plants from your local greenhouse. I picked a whole bunch of mini’s that did well in Terrariums. I recommend asking for help when picking your plants just to be sure they will do good in your chosen vase.
- Decorative Pieces – I found a super cute little mushroom and flower stepping stones but depending on your vase size and what you want there are so many options. A few favourites are these Inspiring Stepping Stones, White Fairy Garden Bench and these super cute Set of 4 Mini Fairy Houses.
Start by filling up the bottom of your vase with river rocks. I filled high enough that they would peek through the charcoal and dirt that gets put on top. Next add the charcoal, this is an important element in a terrarium because it helps remove toxins and odours. You can still make a terrarium without the charcoal but you need to pay a little more attention to ensure the plants stay healthy and not smelling weird.
The next step is to add the soil on top. You want it deep enough that the plants have plenty of room for roots to grow. I also picked a soil that didn’t have any white rock like balls called perlite. It’s more of a aesthetics type of a thing since I didn’t want any distractions in the look of the terrarium.
Time for the plants!! I talked to someone at the greenhouse about which plants would work best for my vase and also which plants I could buy as mini’s or some that were bigger but could be pulled apart. I also was able to pick a variety of different kids and spread them out between the vases to create more dimension and interest.
This was probably my most fun part of the project, picking my decorative elements like these cute stepping stones and mini mushrooms. There are so many options like I had shown above.
THE FINISHED PRODUCT! How great do these look! Although I created them all to be slightly similar they are really different. Some have shades of green and the textures are different and a few I added in a few pink plants just for fun and because pink is my favourite colour.
If you have any questions please ask away and have a great time creating your own DIY Terrarium!