DIY Terrariums

jamie's terrarium

I have a recipe today for you, but it’s not of the edible variety!  (sorry)  I wanted to share it with you all though, because it was loads of fun to create, and it makes a great project to do with the kiddos if you have them.

First off, the inspiration:

Lilla Roger’s Round one Global Talent Search (GTS) assignment — Create wall art related to terrariums with some text in the final piece. I just love her assignments.  They are very open ended yet structured enough to push me to create something I normally would never, ever create.  That’s why I decided to do it even though I never thought I would make it through to the next round.  You have to understand — the GTS is intense!  I had only read about it in blogs last year, and I would never have even entered had I not experienced the joy of the Bootcamp!  In the end, 999 people entered and only 50 made the cut! I didn’t, but it was a great experience.  A HUGE congratulations to the people who did make it though!  Looking forward to seeing what you came up with in the following round!  Go here to view their artwork  There are a lot of yummy pieces there!  But honestly, I saw SO many amazing, beautiful pieces in the private forum that I loved and thought for sure would make it that didn’t.  There is a lot of great art out there! It was so inspiring to see all the different creations and interpretations of the assignment.  Each one was truly unique.

When I began researching terrariums for my assignment, I was instantly fascinated by all the different types.  I love learning how things are made, and I found a number of sites that had tutorials.  We had some extra glass vases lying around, and I had just seen these adorable mini succulents in the plant store around the corner, so I thought:  We have to make some!

Jamie and I spent one sunny Saturday afternoon shopping for the ingredients (dad was off playing jazz piano with our friend who plays the bass guitar).  This is what we came back with:

ingredients

Actually, we had the glass vases and rocks at home.  We bought the mini succulents, cactus potting soil, and activated charcoal (from a pet store).  The charcoal is not required for a succulent terrarium — I’ve seen tutorials where it was included and where it wasn’t.  But we got it because it helps to drain the water, and keep smells to a minimum.  I didn’t want to take any chances with over watering our little plants.

Then we began layering:

soil and rocks

First we put rocks at the bottom, then some charcoal (it is the black bits in the photo above the white rocks), then some potting soil.

putting in rocks

Then we planted some plants and covered the soil with more rocks.  That’s it!  The whole thing took about 5 minutes.  Jamie added some Go Gos to inhabit the terrarium and keep guard.

jamie's terrariumI planted two more, and here is the trio (the little guy in the pot was too large to fit in a glass one!):

all three terrariums

It makes our window sill so much nicer!

plants on sill

 

Here is my final (painted) terrarium!  Since there was an elephant living inside, I decided to fill his space with lots of moist plants and give him a few friends to keep him company. 🙂

MELISSA_IWAI_GTS14A1_CULTIVATEJOY

 

 

DIY Terrarium (Open Air Succulent Type)

Some large mouthed vases or glasses

Rocks

Activated Charcoal

Potting soil for succulents

Succulent plants

Any mini figure or object you’d like for decoration

1.  Wash glasses and dry.

2.  Fill bottom inch with rocks.

3.  Add about another 1- 2 inches of charcoal

4.  Add potting soil.

5.  Plant succulents starting with the biggest first.

6.  Cover soil with rocks.

7.  Add mini objects if you’d like to live in the environment.

 

 

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24 responses to “DIY Terrariums

  1. After getting very frustrated with the planting seasons down here, I have decided to do the succulents and cactus’s, they are so easy. In Brooklyn there is a wonderful terrarium store that you may enjoy, Twig terrariums, on 3rd Street? I love your posts thanks.

    • Thanks, Susan! Yes, they are so easy! I haven’t seen it — it’s a bit of a ways walking from where we are. We went to a plant store nearby. There is also a nice store that sells already made terrariums that are so amazing!

  2. I’m not surprised you made it to the next round–so adorable…how can anyone not crack a smile looking at your art and your terrariums. Keep up the great hard work!

  3. what a beautiful artwork, terrariums and project! 🙂 Have a great day, Hungry Artist! 🙂

  4. Okay, you’ve actually made me think I might like to make a terrarium! Your piece for GTS is adorable!!

  5. Yvo

    This looks totally adorable and I will definitely make one myself. 😀

  6. Love the blue elephant illo! and What a fun project. 🙂

  7. I will do this with my daughter but I think I’ll be the one who really enjoys it. So cute!

  8. This is the cutest idea 😀
    That lil blue elephant made me smile!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

  9. Wow, this looks like so much fun! I dont have any experience with terrariums, but we have lots of lizards around here who would probably love cool digs like that! Btw what does the charcoal do? ❤❤❤;^)

  10. Reblogged this on Underground OC and commented:
    Terrariums make everything better!

  11. These are so cute! I love the go gos too, really pretty to look at all together.

  12. Great activity! This can be a great sensory activity for kids, too, to help them become comfortable touching different textures!

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