Monday, May 14, 2012

How to make a terrarium

I have been loving terrariums for a while now (with plants... no live animals!).  They have been all over blogland it seems.  They are so beautiful in apothecary jars which is what I planned on using until I stumbled upon this awesome little terrarium at the Goodwill for only $4!
This Pottery Barn Terrarium would be a good substitute but will cost you a little more than mine at $129!!  I cannot get over how similar they are!
Tabletop Greenhouse from Pottery Barn
I did a little Google research, gathered my supplies, and had an adorable terrarium in about 15 minutes!! 

Here is a link to an awesome Better Homes and Gardens slide show on terrariums and great plant options!


-Glass containers with or without tops
-Gravel, sea glass or beach stones
-Activated charcoal (found at a nursery or pet supply store)
-Terrarium plants
-Sterile potting mix
-Moss (optional)

1. Start with a clean container and add your layer of rocks.  This is to give the water somewhere to go instead of soaking the roots.  I gathered mine from outside but you can buy the pretty decorative ones too.
2. Sprinkle your rocks with a layer of activated charcoal.  This helps keep the water from stagnating.
3.  Add a layer of moss if you wish.  This keeps your dirt from filling into your rocks and adds another layer to help with drainage.
4.  Layer of potting soil.
5.  Plant your plants and water. 

Such an easy project!  There are lots of resources on methods and types of plants.  I really wanted succulents (because I think they are pretty) so I hear you need to open it up and let it air out because they are not big fans of humidity.  Stick with small plants and you'll be fine.  You can always switch them out or trim them down if they start to outgrown your container.  Other than that check to see if it needs water every week.  Water if the soil is dry.  Simple way to add some life to your house!

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  1. Found you through Sassy Sites - Tuesday Trash to Treasure party. What a great buy...getting that terrarium for only $4. I love a great trash to treasure story! I've got a trash to treasure trouble free gardening tips post up right now. I am your newest follower and would love it if you would follow me back at

  2. Thanks so much for showing this off. I've always been fascinated by terrariums but never knew how to get started. I found you on Thrifty Home and I'm now following, would love for you to follow me back. Thanks

  3. I have been wanting to do this for the longest time, thanks so much for the awesome tutorial!!

  4. Calling by as another participant in Share Your Cup Thursday, I like the idea of a terrarium but still have not got round to seeing if it would work here, yours looks very attractive.

  5. Hi Kandi, your terrarium is sweet as Kandi! Ha-ha, I bet you've never heard that line before. Seriously though, you did a great job and I cannot believe the price. I found one at GW, but my lid does not fit exactly. I still use it often for holiday displays. I may try planting it up for Spring and Summer. Thanks so much for sharing with Share Your Cup. I am now a new follower.

  6. Such a lovely item to stumble across at a thrift store! I'd love to make one if I can find one of these. New Linky follower to you:)

  7. That's so pretty! Thanks for sharing at Terrific Tuesday.

  8. This is great. My kids would love to make a terrarium. Thanks for sharing at Handmade Tuesdays.

  9. Came across this at Show & Tell Fridays. I've been thinking about making my own terrarium and I hope I'm as lucky as you and find a $4 container!! What a great find!

    ~* Ashley

  10. What a great deal on your terrarium. I got a giant jar at a yard sale recently and want to make one in it. I hope it turns out to look as nice as yours does.

  11. Awesome! I have that (almost) same one in my master bedroom that I also found at the GW! Yours turned out awesome! and on another note....I love the pillows on your couch!

    @ Creatively Living

  12. I've seen these all over Pinterest and have been wanting to try to make one. I definitely will after seeing this post. I love how you displayed it on your coffee table too-very stylish indeed!

    My weekly Say G'Day Saturday Linky Party has just started and I would be honoured if you could join in and link up this fabulous post!

    Best wishes and I hope you have a great weekend!
    Natasha in Oz

  13. I love it! It's just so pretty with the pink flower mixed in. I'm anew follower stopping over from serenity Saturday.

  14. I remember I made a terrarium when I was a little girl. Great Memory:) What super luck to find that terrarium for only $4! Just dropping in from Serenity You to invite you to share this at Freedom Fridays blog hop. So hoping to see you there!

  15. I love this! I think I need to make one!
    thanks for linking up! I featured you post on my wrap up

    Have a great weekend!

  16. This is too perfect. I can't believe you scored yours for $4 and PB was $129. Oh my! Thanks so much for sharing at Toot Your Horn Tuesday :)

  17. I love this! It is amazing how similar it is to the one from Pottery Barn! Thanks so much for linking up at Homemaker in Heels! I am featuring this on my FB page and will be featuring it on the blog the weekend! :) Have a wonderful week! :)
    P.S. I'm your newest GFC, LT, and Twitter follower! :)

  18. Especially sweet in the container you picked!

  19. I love it!!! I need to find a good containter for a terrarium! I have a black thumb, but this seems doable! Thanks for linking up to Topsy Turvy Tuesdays, I'm featuring your terrarium today! And I love those pillows!

  20. I so LOVE yours better!!! And LOVE the price haha

    Thanks so much for sharing at The DIY Dreamer... From Dream To Reality!
    I'm looking forward to seeing what you link up this evening!

  21. Wow so pretty!! You did such a great job! Thanks so much for sharing at Sunday Round Up! Hope you have a great rest of the week!
    -Kayla :)

  22. What a fabulous find! I would have snapped that cute little terrarium up in a heartbeat myself. It makes a wonderful addition to your tabletop vignette.

    Thanks for linking to Time Travel Thursday. Hope you'll join the fun each week.

    Liz @ The Brambleberry Cottage

  23. It's absolutely lovely and I, of course, just had to feature it today!

  24. I love this idea! I want to try to make one. Thanks for linking up! Hope to see you again this week.

  25. What a beautiful decoration, better than the PB version I would say! I am going to Show This Off tonight at my party, hope to see you there!


  26. Beautiful!! Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday! I hope you have a fabulous weekend!

  27. Succulents seem to be a very popular choice for first-timers of terrariums! It’s easy to see why – succulents don’t require a lot of things. The most important thing to remember with succulents is that they don’t like water as much as most other plants do, so only opt for minimal watering and regularly opening them up to dry out. Great choice of a tank, and that single flower in the center really gives a special “oomph” to the entire piece.

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