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Make Your Own Terrarium

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by Emile Corbeau (subscribe)
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Published August 10th 2012
Easy to make decoration for your home
Terrariums are a great way to bring some greenery to an indoor space, they make beautiful decorative displays, and although they look expensive, they are in fact very cheap to make. It should take no more than an hour to complete.

1- Now the first thing you need is a glass vase or bowl. This can be square, round, oval or however you like it to be. You may even have something around the house that you can use. I picked up this nice fish bowl for just 9$.

Fish bowl for just 9$ makes a great container for a terrarium

2- Plants require drainage so that the soil doesn't become water logged. Now because the terrarium will not have holes at the bottom to let the water through, you will have to create a different form of drainage. The way to do this is to put a layer of gravel or pebbles at the bottom of the container. This will have to be approximately 2-3 inches thick. I had these decorative marbles that i wasn't using for anything, so I used these for the drainage.

Marbles used for drainage

3- Next you will need to put the layer of soil, a typical potting mix works fine, you don't need anything fancy. How much soil to put will really depend on the types of plants you intend to put in it. Optionally you can add a layer of mesh or screen before the soil to prevent the soil from settling down into the drainage layer.

4- Choose your plants. If you are going for something simple, you can put just a single plant, or you can go for several plants, but just make sure they will all fit. If you are putting more than one plant, then I suggest you pick plants of different heights and shapes, which will make your Terrarium look more interesting. Personally I chose a variety of succulents and cacti, because they are very hardy plants that require almost no maintenance. Make sure to choose indoor plants if you are putting your Terrarium in a shady area, otherwise if you are putting it somewhere there is sunlight, keep in mind that the glass will magnify the amount of light that the plants will receive.

Succulents are great for terrariums because they look good and require very little maintenance

5- Now it's time to add the plants. If the container you are using does not allow much room for your hands, then feel free to use tools such as a long flat piece of wood to help you dig the soil and then press it over.

The completed terrarium

6- Finally, you can add ornaments to add a finishing touch to the terrarium, such as small statues, shells, or stones. Lightly water the plants to encourage the roots to grow. Make sure not to water too much.

And you are done! This one I made now sits on my coffee table, I find it brings a sense of peace to the living room.
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Why? Beautiful live decoration for your home
Cost: Very cheap, or even free if you already have the container and the plants.
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Where did you get your fish bowl from??
by karal (score: 0|2) 2485 days ago
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