Today you will learn how to make a terrarium in a jar. We have included an assortment of inspiration and you will see how to correctly layer and also how to care for it.
You can also turn your terrarium into a fairy garden with a few creative additions. They are extremely low maintenance and make a wonderful centerpiece for a table.
It’s a great opportunity to showcase your creativity and you will be able to enjoy them forever.
How To Layer A Terrarium
Here’s an excellent infographic from Fix that shows you the correct way to layer your terrarium.
They suggest using activated charcoal at the base, pea gravel as the next layer and then textural moss above.
Next, you will layer some good quality potting soil and then some top dressing. At this point, you are ready to add your decorative items and the plants of your choice.
Choosing Your Container
Here’s a very handy Infographic from Desima that shows you how to choose the right container for your Terrarium. A closed container will require less maintenance.
If you select an open container, it will require regular misting. There is a list of suggested plants for you to consider including Maidenhair Ferns and Baby’s Tears.
It’s also very important to ensure that you don’t place your Terrarium in direct sunlight. The last thing you want to do is cook your plants.
Picking The Right Plants For Terrariums
via Custom Made
This Infographic from Custom Made shows you the preferred plant choices for your Terrarium. We were surprised to see that Cacti is not ideal as over time the moist conditions can lead to rot. A more suitable alternative is Air Plants.
They require a 20 to 30-minute soak 1-3 times a week. Rooted Plants are also a great choice as they enjoy humid conditions and require very little water. Succulents are a great fit also.
Constructing A Terrarium
This infographic from Desima includes a number of tips and tricks when it comes to the construction of your Terrarium.
The first thing you will want to do is ensure that your Terrarium is sparkling clean. You can use a cleaning cloth and some tongs to wipe the vessel out. You can also attach a blade to a long stick to prune and sculpt your plants.
How To Make A Terrarium In A Jar Video
We have included a video tutorial that shows you how to make your own Terrarium at home. There are lots of great tips and tricks and we highly recommend that you view them. This way you will get the best possible result. To watch, click Play above ^
This gorgeous Fairy Garden is via BHG. As mentioned earlier, there are a number of Fairy Garden Kits that are available for purchase on Etsy.
Better Homes & Gardens Magazine have gone with a Beachy Theme with their Terrarium. (Photography Phil Aynsley)
Their versions show you the sort of effects that you can achieve. We’re sure your creative juices will be flowing with ideas.
via Stephanie Lynn
These beautiful Globe Terrariums from Stephanie Lynn are truly stunning. They are also easy to recreate. They will liven up all your favorite spaces in your home and she has added little feet to her glass globes.
It’s important to remember that succulents are desert plants. As a result, they need very little water. Do not overwater them as they will go leggy.
Here are some more examples of containers that you can use to create different effects with your Terrariums.
These ideas were found on The Sill and you can use simple jars right through to Coffee Plungers. Anything goes so be brave!
Coffee Pot Terrarium
via A Charming Project
Over on A Charming Project, this Coffee Pot Terrarium has been hugely popular and it’s easy to see why. You can use faux or real succulents for this project and it will look great in a favorite space in your place.