As it has been half term this week just gone, we spent a bit of time making things. Now the girls are that bit older – things like play doh and colouring in don’t really cut the mustard much so we learnt how to make a colourful terrarium.
I thought it was about time, as they are always admiring the succulent collection in our home, that they made their own. We have some glass sweetie bowls left over from the wedding a few years ago so these are perfect – just needed the contents for the inside.
I’ve written a little tutorial because it was really fun and thought it might be useful if anyone is thinking of making one for themselves. It’s really easy and at the end of it you have something colourful and easy to look after. Honestly, if I can keep these plants alive – anyone can !
You will need:
A glass terrarium or something that resembles one. Even a large used jam jar will do the trick.
Some medium sized stones from the garden or wherever you can find them. Depends on the size of the glass container – if it’s small then smaller stones.
We have also used 1 bag of colourful ( of course ! ) aquarium gravel – you can use this or plain if preferred.
1 bag of suitable terrarium soil – we used one with added charcoal to keep it fresh – I found some online.
1 bag of terrarium moss.
Several plants ( that will depend on how many you need ) They will need to be suitable for your type of terrarium. Check on this before buying.
Fun bits to decorate the plants. Whatever you fancy ! ( Optional ).
Tongs if you have a slim glass terrarium – to add your decoration at the end.
Some succulent scissors to keep the plants looking fabulous for the future.
All of this should make you at least two terrariums, dependant on the sizes.
First – add the bigger stones to the base of the terrarium. Then add in the gravel and mix it up together. As these are coloured I wanted that to be a feature so we added quite a lot but less is fine if preferred.
The ratio can either be same stones as soil or 1/3 stones and 2/3 soil.
Then put in the soil and make holes for the plants that you will put in next.
Make sure you make enough room to plant them and then pop them in to the soil. Ensure you look after the roots while removing them from their plastic pots and don’t pull them away from the plant by mistake.
Once they are in – pat the soil all around so it is firmly in place and then grab some moss and pull it apart before applying it all around the plants. Pat it in. so that it is below them.
Add your decoration. We chose some of lego friends and some kitsch birds to complete them.
They only need watering about once a week, so very low maintenance. A sprite of water a few times a week will keep them looking lovely and healthy too.
If you would like to add any tips to this DIY or want to just say hi – do leave me a comment under this post or tweet @lucylovesyablog – I would love to hear from you.
As I was saying at the beginning of the post – It has been these last few days – we popped to Manchester to see our Daddio hard at work and watch Coldplay at Etihad Stadium. You can see the colour inspired pics from the set pics over on my Instagram page.
Have a good day.