Do-It-Yourself Terrarium

Courtesy of Hannah Horvath

Bring the outdoors indoors! For the 2014 New Year, why not spruce up the indoors with a little something green? This can be a fun project for you and the family to do together. Not to mention that it can all be done in less than an hour (including clean-up time).

176What you will need:

* glass terrarium
* rocks and stones as filler
* rocks and stones as decoration
* activated charcoal
* potting soil
* plants (ferns and mosses)
* preserved moss

1. Line the bottom of your glass terrarium with rocks and stones about an inch deep. This will act as a drainage system.

2. Add a thin layer of charcoal to keep your terrarium’s environment healthy and mold-free. A layer of soil comes next, though you can add a layer of small rocks first for a little more visual interest.

3. Be sure to leave enough room for plants when adding the soil, and keep the leaves away from the glass. If they touch the sides, the condensation could lead to mold or rot.

4. Fill in with more soil around your plants. And then…you’re done!! OR you could add a little bit more to enhance the final product. For added effect, find some sort of statement piece to decorate your terrarium: polished stones, a small statue that you favor, fool’s gold, billy buttons, rose quartz…whatever your heart desires.

Place the terrarium in a spot where it will get indirect light, give it a light watering, and replace the lid if there is one. If you see condensation starting to form at any point, open it up and let it air out a bit. If the plants are looking a little sad and droopy, they probably need more water. It should be fairly maintenance free, save for some occasional pruning to keep growth in check.