3 Easy Steps to Make a DIY Terrarium

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Terrarium is an arrangement of small ornamental plants that grow in a closed environment, usually a transparent glass container. The best part about DIY terrarium is that you can make something unique to compliment your indoor or outdoor decor. Besides being decorative, terrarium is also easy to make and to care for. Here are 3 easy steps to make a DIY terrarium.

1Prepare the equipment and make soil layers

First of all, here’s what you need to make a terrarium: a transparent glass vessel, gravel or small pebbles, active charcoal, potting soil, and small gardening toolset. And don’t forget the plants!

Once you’ve prepared what you need, start with making soil layer. The bottom layer serves as water drainage, containing a mixture of 50% of gravel and 50% charcoal. This will also prevent bacteria and fungi from developing. Next, add some moist soil and top it with some small stones.

The first thing you have to do to make a terrarium is to choose the container first, which is using transparent glass. Choose glass that has a unique and attractive shape so that your terrarium looks more attractive.

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For the next step, you can choose the basic contents of the terrarium, such as unique small gravels. Fill the base of transparent glass container using the gravel and arrange neatly..
After you put the gravel in the glass container, you also need to add soil on the top of the gravels. You should consider the amount of soil in a glass container, with a size of 50% gravel and 50% soil.

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If you don’t want to use soil as a medium you can also replace it with activated charcoal of the same size as gravel.

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After all the media is complete you can provide small plants such as moss and others.
If all the complement is complete and ready you can display the terrarium in a strategic place to display it. Hanging it with a beautiful holder is the right way and place it in a sunny place if possible.

 

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2Add terrarium plants of your choice

Small plants such as ferns, mosses, and tiny house plants are great for a terrarium. But it’s best to plan where you’re going to place the terrarium before you pick the plants. After all, different plants need a different amount of light. If you want to put your terrarium to complement your outdoor coffee table décor, go with succulents, such as Jade plant, Echeveria, Sempervivum, Haworthia, Panda Plant, and Widow’s-Thrill. For areas with medium light, opt for Peperomia, Fern, Pilea, Fittonia, and Baby’s Tears. As for areas with hardly any sunlight, moss varieties such as sheet moss, pillow moss, mood moss would be ideal.

After you decide to make a terrarium you should choose a right plant to be placed in the right place. If you want to place the terrarium in the medium light you can choose Fern, Fittonia or another plant that suitable to be placed in the medium light.

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If you want to have a terrarium and don’t want to be bothered to care for it, you can choose a small plant that can live in a place with minimal sunlight. You can put it in any place like in the corner of your bedroom.

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Choosing mosses to be used as terrarium is a very appropriate choice, because moss plants do not require extra care and do not need sunlight to live, it is suitable to be placed in the living room or in the corner of the bedroom as decoration.

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Using succulent plants to make plants in terrarium is the right choice because these plants will look very beautiful when made as terrarium plants because they have a unique shape. But you must place this terrarium in a place exposed to sunlight such as near a window.
Terrarium that uses a panda plant is a beautiful terrarium and is very suitable for you to use to decorate the room, but if you use a panda plant it will require adequate care and you must place this terrarium in a place where you can get sunlight.
Succulent plants are plants that are very suitable for your terrarium because these plants have a small and beautiful shape. If you use this plant you have to put it in a sun-exposed place because this plant needs sunlight to live.
This beautiful and small plant type are very suitable to use for terrarium plant idea, but this plant needs more sun every day, so you should put it near the window or even outdoors.
Combining two plants at once in one terrarium are a very smart choice, using succulent plants and mosses. A suitable place to put it is in the living room because there will still be exposed to moderate sunlight.
This type of terrarium plant is a plant that needs more sunlight, so you have to put it outdoors so that the plant will continue to grow and look beautiful.

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3Create balance with artistic elements

Lastly, move everything until you find balance. There’s no specific rule, but vertical elements, such as twigs and bark, can make your terrarium look like a mini forest. You can also add some miniature gnomes or trinkets. Just have fun and be creative. Step back and look, make some adjustments here and there until you are satisfied with your DIY terrarium.Once your terrarium is completed, be sure to take good care of it. An enclosed terrarium requires almost no maintenance, but open terrarium needs watering about every 2 days in summer and every 4-5 days in winter.

Making a terrarium does not only require plants to decorate it, but also you need add a miniature trinkets that suitable for your terrarium, such as using this underground house design like in the picture above, so that your terrarium looks more attractive.

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In addition to plants you can add funny trinkets in your terrarium, like in the picture above using a small golden tiger statue, with these cute trinkets will make your terrarium look beautiful.

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For those of you who have high creativity you can add branches to beautify your terrarium. With the addition of branches will make your terrarium look like a very beautiful mini forest.
If you don’t want to have a terrarium that uses a lot of trinkets to decorate it, you can use a unique terrarium container to make it look more attractive and beautiful.
Using a unique terrarium container and old stone decorations like in the forests, this terrarium will look like a miniature forest and make it more attractive.

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Unique terrarium using succulent plants and trinkets such as mini chairs, mini tables and very mini flowering pots, will make your terrarium more attractive and beautiful.
This very beautiful terrarium uses the theme of a waterfall in the forest. With an artificial waterfall and several other trinkets make this terrarium look very attractive and is very suitable for you to use at home.
Using a small human statue that carries a shovel, it is suitable for you to use in your terrarium to make it look more interesting and funny.
Using some plants and knick knacks such as stones and cute miniature human sculptures, it are very suitable to decorate your terrarium because this decoration will make your terrarium look more attractive.
Terrarium that uses beautiful plants and unique trinkets are very suitable for you to use, because it makes your terrarium more interesting and funny.

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