How To Make Terrariums Using
Treasures Found In The Home And Garden
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.
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
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.
Driftwood & Pine
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
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.
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.
Once the plants are in the glass jar you can add stones, branches, shells and other decorations to
create the safely contained garden.
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.