Today I am excited to share my first terrarium project (aside from the pendant I made in Cynthia’s class that I told you about yesterday’s 50+ Terrarium Projects to Make). Since I have a habit of hoarding random glass containers from my junkin adventures, I had just the collection to whip up 5 different succulent planters. The project was done in under 1 hour, and cost about $20 total! I am giving some as gifts, and adding some to my own display in progress.
On this $1 glass bowl from the dollar store, I etched “GROW” using Martha Stewart’s Glass etching cream that I showed you in this doily etched wine bottle post from Monday. Perfect for a terrarium!
Various succulents from your local nursery – I even found some at Walmart
Thrifted glass containers, jars, etc
Put some small rocks at the bottom. These drain the water from the soil.
If you are working in a closed container, you want to put a layer of charcoal next. This prevents mold from forming in the closed vessel. If you are working in an open container, this is not necessary.
Next put a layer of moss (I found the bright purple, green and white in a variety pack at Michaels).
Put an inch or 2 of soil next, then stick in succulent cuttings as you like. You can cover the soil with moss, pebbles or other embellishments as desired.
Your succulent will take root if all goes as planned. As Cynthia Bee pointed out, if it dies, just start over. You are out just 1-2 bucks. Watering frequency will depend on your local environment. It is better to underwater than to over water, as the latter leads to root rot. Spritz with water once a week or so, and place in indirect sunlight. Too much direct sun will burn your plant!