For as long as I can remember, I’ve been wanting to build a terrarium but never had the time to do it. That or because I have no green thumb and was apprehensive to do one from scratch Well finally, two weeks ago my urge to create was just too strong that I braved the heat and headed down to the Chatuchak Weekly Plant Market (Actually, I do have to thank a friend who also motivated me to just do it — Trinka dear, thanks so much!!!). I also consulted the ever reliable Martha Stewart and my a long time fave Real Simple, whose video tutorials I bookmarked ages ago.
A terrarium looks really easy to do when you read it online or watch a tutorial, and guess what…. it really is. Plus, it is a SUPER FUN project. The best part for me was the, what else, scouring of materials— aka shopping. Here’s a basic shopping list you will need, via:
- 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)
- Decorative elements (optional)
I know it is not rocket science but after completing all the materials, try to research the best online sites for the step-by-step process plus a video tutorial you can follow. I even suggest you do these two steps prior to and then again while you are building one. Here are some online and video sites I consulted with and followed:
Sprout Home: http://www.sprouthome.com/terrariums-step-by-step/
Martha Stewart: http://www.marthastewart.com/889922/how-plant-terrarium
Personal tip: Choose your container first before choosing your plants. Knowing what you like , an open or closed terrarium, plus how the container looks will help heaps when choosing your plants or succulents. Treat your container as your base or shell then build from there. It’s just like decorating a room or a space. Makes sense, right? Just remember to add your flair and style when decorating your terrariums. You can even add accessories in — like marbles , stones or figurines (can you spot a little glass horse in my closed terrarium?)
I sought out to create only one terrarium, but because I found some cute containers and tons of cheap plants in the market, and also had extra glass jars at home, I ended up doing three! Look! That boot is my fave!!!!
I posted a similar image in Instagram two weeks ago and glad to let you that they are all still alive and functioning well. As you know, creating a terrarium is half the battle. Maintaining is the other crucial half. Here are useful links on HOW TO TAKE CARE OF TERRARIUMS I read up on just in case ….
How To Take Care Of Terrariums: http://www.hortmag.com/weekly-tips/cultivation/how-to-take-care-of-a-terrarium
Common Terrarium Mistakes : http://containergardening.about.com/od/containersyearround/a/Common-Terrarium-Mistakes.htm
Terrarium Maintenance : http://davesgarden.com/guides/articles/view/908/#b
Care Tips For Closed & Open Terrariums: http://www.property24.com/articles/care-tips-for-closed-and-open-terrariums/17453
A DIY terrarium is a happy project. It’s a stress buster too. Hence I will put an aMoT stamp on this! Brewing in my mind: A Terrarium Party! What do you think?
Share your terrarium experience if you ever did one. Or if you plan to do one — share share share!! I am so looking forward to it:-)
(all images by miaymarch via Canon 5DM2)