Monday, February 14, 2011

Bring in the Outdoors: Terrarium (Second Edition)

This is a new and improved re-post from around this time last year. Since I haven't been able to get my hands dirty for awhile I've been getting the itch to make another one of these. So, I thought this post could inspire both of us! ...Plus, I've learned a thing or two in the blogging world this past year and wanted to upgrade a favorite of mine. This is a fun and easy project that I think you will greatly enjoy!

What You'll Need:
  • wide mouth glass container with lid
  • pea gravel
  • potting soil
  • small plants
  • some accents
  • a little creativity!

I used this container I found at Hobby Lobby (50% off)...

And some of these small plants I selected from a local nursery...

Step 1: Add 1 to 3 inches of pea gravel to the bottom of the container (depending on the depth of your container) for drainage.

Step 2: Add 3 inches of potting soil on top of the pea gravel.

Step 3: Time to plant! You can arrange your plants on the table to get an idea of how you want the landscape to look. Then simply plant them in the terrarium just like you would plant them in your garden. Place the taller plants in the back, mid-size plants in the middle and low growing ones like moss in the front.
...Oh, and pomegranate juice mixed with sparkling water is very wonderful and refreshing!

Step 4: Give it a nice top coat of pea gravel.

Step 5: Now for the really fun part... it's time to put your creativity in full swing! Bring on the ACCENTS! I used a garden fairy, a bird nest with three robin eggs and a monarch butterfly...

Step 6: Pour in some water and place your lid on top.
Tip: A good way to tell when you need to water is by monitoring the condensation on the glass. If there is no condensation, give it a light watering. If there is heavy condensation, remove the lid to allow the excess moisture to escape.

My mom made one also using a different container (on clearance at Hobby Lobby), with a garden fairy and fence for accents.

Here's mine nestled in it's new home...

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  1. This is so cute, I've always wanted to try one.

  2. I love this so much... thanks Jaclyn for sharing

  3. I love the look of that! Do you know what types of plants work best in terrariums? I love the mossy looking one that you have.

  4. Nice! I've made several terrariums and I like to give them as hostess gifts.
    I found you through the All Things Inspired party link at Heart and Home.

  5. Awesome. I love it. I've been wanting to make one for years. No quite sure what's holding me back.

  6. I love this. Today I actually tried to plant some small plants in my house. We'll see what happens. Just started following you. Hope you'll come by and follow me to.

  7. beautiful. any recent photos of it?
    I'll be reading thru.