To bring a little life indoors, we created some terrariums this weekend. After doing some research and scouring the house for items we already had, the girls and I were ready to start. I decided to go with planting a cactus and a succulent as they are low maintenance and require watering about every 2 weeks. If you decide to plant moss and ferns, you never need to water your plants, but you will need a terrarium with a lid as well as charcoal to prevent mold.
Here are the directions to make your own terrarium.
- a glass container
- river rocks
- cacti or succulents
- decorative rocks, shells or quirky items to decorate your terrarium
- Begin with finding a glass container. This could be a Mason jar, a fish bowl, a wide vase or check your local IKEA or pet store for inexpensive glass containers. Make sure your plants can fit easily inside of it.
Add a layer of river rock. Enough to cover the bottom. Supervision of the kids is recommended to ensure they carefully place the stones in the bottom or the glass could chip or break.
Use some sand to cover the stones. We had plenty of sand left over from Sydney’s art party so the girls had lots of fun picking which color sand they wanted to layer first, second, etc.
Once you have a flat base in which to place your plant, set it right in the glass with its original planting container. Carefully add more sand around the sides of the container to secure the plant. Try not to let any sand cover your plant.
Add finishing decorative touches. We used pink seashells, blue stones and some large rocks.