Garden Therapy Notes

 A Collection of Gardening Information and Inspiration




 How To Make Terrariums Using

 Treasures Found In The Home And Garden


sample terrariums


April 1st was a beautiful spring day and tickled my imagination. The sunshine invited me to explore nature with hopes of discovering treasures to help create a terrarium.

This easy terrarium design can be made using things that you can find in your home and garden. Vases, mason jars, large pickle jars or glass storage containers can be transformed into terrariums.  

glass containers for terrariums

Take advantage of a beautiful day this month by getting outside to a garden, park, river or hiking trail. While out on a walk or working in your garden, look for interesting and beautiful material to help create a miniature garden under glass. Keep in mind the free gift you received when you subscribed to the website. Remember the things that you found delightful to your senses. Try to incorporate some of those things in the terrarium to connect you with nature and bring you a sense of joy. Subscribe today if you haven't received our free gift!

The picture below shows various things that I found outside as well as inside my home. Some of the material includes branches and raffia. Take a closer look at the other material shown.

Material for terrarium

      Broken terracotta pots                                    Rose Hips

broken terracota for terrariumrosehips for terrarium

     Driftwood & Pine cones                                    Rocks

driftwood and pinescones for terrariumBeach stones for terrarium

                 Moss                                       Figurines and Ornaments

moss for terrariumfigurines and ornaments for terrarium

Select plants that are small enough to fit in your glass container and would enjoy the humid environment within. Take a look at the plants in your home. You may be able to take clippings from your plants and root them in the terrarium.

Below is a picture of plants that I have in my home. Philodendron vine, spider plant, fern, ivy, begonia, inch plant and pothos are a some examples of plants that can be grown in a terrarium.

plants for terrariumpothos cutting for terrarium

Fill the container approximately 2/3 full of potting soil. Add half an inch of activated charcoal pieces under the potting soil, if you have some. It isn't crucial to add the charcoal to the terrarium since this design is meant to be kept open. The charcoal helps purify the water in the terrarium and prevent roots from rotting. Next, use a popsicle stick or skewer to make a hole for the plants or clippings. Plant them deep enough so that the roots are covered and clippings have enough support from the soil. Tamp the soil firmly around the plants so that they stay in place and don't wobble. The number of plants you add depends on the size of the container. A 500 ml or smaller container can have 1-2 small plants/clippings. 1L containers can have 2-3 plants/clippings.

plants in terrariumplants in glass jar

Once the plants are in the glass jar you can add stones, branches, shells and other decorations to create the safely contained garden.

sample terrariumminiture garden in glass container


Place your terrarium near a bright window and out of direct sunlight. Slowly pour water into the terrarium  until you are able to see the water pool at the bottom of the container. Use a 1/4 cup of water for a 500 ml containers and approximately 1/2 cup water for 1L containers. Check your terrarrium for water once a week; you may only need to water once every 2-3 weeks. Don't water if the  soil appears moist or if there is condensation on the inside of the glass.

I hope this project idea motivates you to search your home and garden for treasures to make  a terrarium with. Invite a friend or family member to join in the experience.

Happy Growing,

Trina Alix



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