How To Build A Terrarium

terratitleI’m proud to introduce Terri the Terrarium. World, meet Terri; Terri, meet World.

The idea to create Terri was born from hours scrolling through Pinterest and a chance encounter with an advertisement for a terrarium workshop.

After obsessing over the workshop for some time, I realised it would be way more fun to just save my pennies and make my own terrarium. After all, IKEA stocks most of the essentials, and even have their own how-to guide, which served as the inspiration for this one.

If you love succulents and cacti, like getting stuck in with gardening, and want to create a feature piece for your home, then follow these mad easy, super quick steps:

WHAT YOU’LL NEED

terrayouwillneed1// A suitable receptacle

2// A willing participant (or two)

3// Small pebbles, assorted

4// Activated charcoal

5// Life-sustaining soil

6// Some moss

STEP 1 – ADD THE PEBBLES

terrapebblesGrab your nice, clean glass jar or vase (I picked mine up at TK Maxx – IKEA have a bunch of options, too), and pour in the pebbles. The amount you pour in will depend on the depth of your receptacle. You may also want to play around with different coloured stones of assorted sizes. I layered mine on from light grey to bright white.

STEP 2 – ADD THE CHARCOAL

terracharcoalThe activated charcoal (which you can buy very cheaply on ebay) serves to keep your terrarium clean and healthy, reducing the bacteria and smells that will inevitably cultivate from what is, let’s not forget, a living thing. Yuk. Anyway, pour in enough charcoal to cover the pebbles – be careful, it’s hella messy.

STEP 3 – ADD THE SOIL

terrasoilI am a notorious plant-killer, and my murderous streak may well continue, as I very naughtily used multi-purpose soil for my terrarium. If you’re using cacti for yours, invest in some special cacti soil from your local garden centre.

STEP 4 – ADD THE PLANTS

terraplant

Add a fair amount of soil so that your lil baby can spread his lil roots and sit comfortably in his new home. Then carve out a small well for the plant to sit in. If you’re using more than one plant, carve out two wells, and carefully ease them in.

STEP 5 – ADD THE MOSS

terramossI ordered a whole box of this sodding stuff on ebay, grossly overestimating how much I needed. So be wary of that. Also, moss is alive, so try to remain calm when you find borderline microscopic creepy crawlies wondering around on your work surface.

The moss makes the terrarium look fully pimped and rather pretty indeed, so place some tufts around your plant and gently push them down into the soil.

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And there you have it! You’ve only gone and made your very own terrarium. You’ll want to place her somewhere pretty well heated with indirect access to sunlight. Use a spray bottle to water her sparingly, depending on the humidity level in your home.terrafinishedterrafinished2Have you built a terrarium? Do you have any tips or tricks to share? Let me know what you think in the comments!

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