Gift giving for the green lovers; Making a terrarium

For those who love gardening, but do not have enough space, a terrarium is one of the best gifts to receive and DIY projects to undertake. A terrarium can look like miniature forest or miniature grassland depending on the types of plants that you put in it. Due to its self you do not need to even make an effort to water it or pull out weeds or anything like that. A terrarium is generally small as it is easy to keep track of, but if you have the space or a resources to make a larger one then go ahead.


Materials that are needed


The basic starting materials for the terrarium are a clear container (ideally a jam jar, vase, glass or a bowl); generally terrariums are kept closed but you can make them open as well. You can add rocks, recycles glass pieces, pebbles and other items to make it more beautiful. Then you will need some activated carbon which is also known as activated charcoal. Grab potting soil that is good for the types of plants you plan on putting inside. Then grab some moss and plants or seedlings to put inside. You can even add some decorative items like figurines, sticks and ornamental rocks.


Setting up the terrarium

Make sure that the plants that you get are the small kind that can actually fit inside and grow inside your terrarium container. Cacti and some succulents need to go together; then ferns and tropical plants go together. When you are trying to mix species of different climatic plants together make sure to consult your local gardening specialist about it. You will have to keep in mind which plants will grow in the same type of soil as you cannot add two different soils into the terrarium. Cacti and succulents grow well in cactus soil while the other plants usually grow in potting soil.


  1. Wash the container and dry it out completely
  2. Add the pebbles, rocks on the bottom to function as a drainage layer (for half an inch)
  3. Add the activated charcoal for the maintained health of the terrarium (about a couple of centimeters)
  4. Add the soil type you have picked. Add enough to cover all the roots and future roots (a bit more than the plant existing pot’s height)
  5. Grab your plants and shake out all the soil clumps on the roots. When separating the baby plants be careful not to damage roots. Then trim the roots just a bit. Make a small hole and add the plants one by one and try to keep the plants away from the sides of the container.
  6. Add the decorations and some moss (useful for soaking up additional water and also to look nice inside).
  7. Wipe down the sides and clean out any dirt and water


A closed terrarium does not need any help from you to keep it going as it functions as a normal ecosystem all on its own.