Making a Terrarium


The kids and I had a blast this past week making terrariums and like most the things we do in our lives, I thought I would share. Mostly because terrariums are cool and it didn't cost a whole lot. You know how I love frugal home decor!

What is a terrarium?
A partially or fully enclosed container with plants. The ones we made were enclosed.

What do you need?
1. A Container
This could almost any glass container and doesn't necessarily have to be enclosed. The container I have came in a set of three apothecary jars. I bought these a few years ago when I bought things on whims. 

2. Sand, Pebbles or Stones
Check the dollar store. I bought a bag of black stone for just $1. Score!
You would want this for a good drainage.

3. Activated Charcoal
This was the one most expensive item I bought at $4.95. I found in the aquarium section of the supply store.
If you are doing a partially opened terrarium then you do not need this. The activated charcoal is to filter the air in a closed container.

4. Sphagnum Moss
Another dollar store find. Yay, a $1.
This is to keep the soil from getting into the stone/pebble section of your terrarium. You will want to get this slightly damp before you add it.

5. Potting Soil
We had this on hand. Yay, for free things.

6. Plants
We picked up some clearance cactus. They were $2 a pop. So $6 total.
Here's a list of common terrarium plants.

7. The Fun Stuff
We haven't decided on a little ornamental piece, but your imagination is the limit with whatever you would like to add.

8. The Water
I used a spray bottle to make everything moist. Be careful not to over water. Since I used a closed container I will not need to water as often, but I need to keep an eye on it.