Saturday, September 10, 2016

How to Make Terrariums

Have you ever wanted to make a terrarium?  I have, and finally made a few this week! It is much easier than you think.

Click on for the instructions to learn how to DIY.

Here is what you will need:

  • Glass containers. They can either be open or lidded, I used open containers
  • Pebbles or rocks. Depending on the size, use a smaller or larger rock. For my small ones I used smaller pebbles
  • Soil. The type of soil will depend on what you are planting. For regular house plants, use normal potting soil. For succulents, use succulent potting soil, for cacti, use cactus potting soil.
  • Plants. 
  • Place the rocks in the bottom of the container. This will allow the soil to drain, so that the plants are not sitting in the water. 
  • Next, place the soil on top of the rocks. As noted above, your soil type will depend on the plants that you are planting.
  • Then carefully place your plants in the potting medium. Start with the larger plants, then fill in with smaller plants. 
  • You can also add rocks and/or shells or any other fun thing you can think of to the top. 
  • The amount of water that they will need will depend on the plants that you choose, so water according to the directions. 

Helpful Hints:
    • Don't mix and match plants that have differing water or light requirements. For instance, don't mix a cactus with a fern, one of them will not make it! 

And that's it. This is a great activity to try with your kids. My friend Jenni, who has a very green thumb and has made these before, brought her 3 year old girl, Fiora, who absolutely loved playing in the dirt and making her own terrariums. Isn't she the cutest kid you've ever seen? Yes, yes she is. 

Also, some of these terrariums will be with me at the Clover Market tomorrow. Here are the details:

Sunday September 11, 2016 from 10am - 5 pm
Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia, PA. Around the corner of Germantown and Highland Aves. 

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