I'm slightly obsessed with terrariums, which probably stems from my horticultural tendencies. I just think they are so neat! A couple weeks ago I was having some fun Google imaging terrariums and came across some pretty awesome ones. Here are some I loved...
|You can reuse old light bulbs!|
|A modern look.|
|I'm making this next Christmas for sure!|
|Fun for a fiesta.|
|This is a great jar!|
These next pictures I found are from a couple of weddings. I absolutely LOVE how they incorporated terrariums into it all, and the jars they use are fabulous!
|This is my kind of style!|
|Loving all the different containers (and moss).|
I decided I needed to make one! Christmas was just around the corner so I decided to make a few and give them as gifts. I suggest if you make one yourself, to do so outside or somewhere you have plenty of space and can allow for a little bit of a mess. It was extremely cold and rainy outside the week of Christmas, so I covered my bathroom floor with newspaper and made do with the space I had.
The Making of My Succulent Terrariums
|I choose 3 different glass containers (bought at Wal Mart). For succulents you will need open containers that will provide good aeration.|
|You'll need pebbles, succulent soil (both bought at Home Depot) and activated charcoal (carbon) found at pet stores in the aquarium section.|
|My little succulents from Home Depot (and my mom's garden).|
|To get started, put a small layer of pebbles at the bottom of your container, this helps with drainage.|
|Add another small layer of activated charcoal. This will also help with drainage and to keep the terrarium fresh.|
|Add a top layer of your succulent soil.|
After the soil layer is in place and you have planned the arrangement of your plants you can use a plastic spoon to dig a small hole. Next, remove your succulent from its growing container and loosen up the root ball a tad. Once removed, you can now plant your succulent where you want it in the terrarium. When your plantings are finished you can add a finishing touch of bark, rocks, miniature figures, etc. I choose to add moss and some of the extra pebbles I had.
Here are my three finished products!
When the terrariums were complete, I used a spray bottle and just slightly moistened the plants and the very top of the soil.
This was tons of fun, and I would highly recommend making one of your own. They are great to have around and can add a lot to a table, desk, shelf, counter etc. I hope to acquire some apothecary jars in the near future and maybe make some terrariums with ferns, moss and coleus plants. The types of jars I like tend to be pretty pricey, so I'm just going to have to keep my eyes peeled.
I may sound a little nerdy for saying this, but I don't care.