Do you have empty glass bottles? Did COVID turn you into a “plant person”? Here’s an easy and quick method to make some beautiful green decor for your home! It’s incredibly simple and cheap to do. I was able to use materials I had on hand to make two terrariums without spending a dime 🙂 .
There are two types of terrariums, but they are essentially made the exact same way. Open terrariums are suited for plants that do not do well in a humid or moist environment, and closed terrariums are great for plants that thrive in humidity. Terrariums can be customized according to your taste and are relatively low maintenance. In my case I was able to scavenge all the materials from my yard (moss, fern, acacia sapling for my closed terrarium and a baby aloe plant for my open terrarium).
- Clean glass or plastic bottles/jars
- Potting Soil
- Charcoal (optional)
- Open Terrarium: Aloe, Succulents, Air Plants, Cacti, or other plants that enjoy low humidity/need air flow
- Closed Terrarium: Ferns, Moss, Orchids, Vines, or other plants that love moisture
- Decorative Accents (sea shells, water-safe crystals, pretty rocks, whatever you’d like! I’ve seen photos of terrariums that look like landscapes, complete with buildings and statues—the possibilities are endless.)
Find a suitable jar for the type of terrarium you’d like. I chose an old candle jar for my open terrarium and an empty wine bottle for my closed terrarium.
Fill the bottom with charcoal and gravel. An inch or two should suffice, but a larger terrarium may require more gravel. This will ensure adequate drainage for your plants.
Add potting soil. Be sure to use soil that works well with the plants you’ve chosen.
Add your plants. I used a stick to dig holes for my fern and gum acacia sapling. The neck of my bottle was really narrow, which made putting the plants into the soil an exercise in patience. Next time I will pick a bottle with a wider opening!
Add any decorative elements you desire and water if your plants need it. You’re all done! Keep your terrarium out of direct sunlight but in a well lit area. If you have a closed terrarium, open it periodically to aerate it. Enjoy watching your plants thrive in a beautiful environment you created!
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Photo: Jessi Ferguson