a closed top terrarium planted with moss and some easy care plants

How To Make A Terrarium

A terrarium is a small ecosystem enclosed in a container, usually made of glass. It's a fun and easy way to bring a bit of nature indoors, and it's also a great project for kids to learn about plants and the environment. Here's how you can make your own terrarium:

  1. Choose your container. A terrarium can be made in any clear, glass container with a lid, such as a jar, fish tank, or vase. Make sure the container is big enough for the plants you plan to use, and that it has enough light for them to grow.

  2. Add a layer of gravel or small stones to the bottom of the container. This will help with drainage and prevent the soil from getting too wet.

  3. Add a layer of activated charcoal. This helps to filter the air inside the terrarium and prevent odors.

  4. Add a layer of potting soil. Choose a soil that is specifically formulated for terrariums, as it will have the right nutrients and drainage properties.

  5. Choose your plants. Look for small, slow-growing plants that will thrive in a humid environment. Some good options include ferns, mosses, and small succulents.

  6. Plant your plants. Carefully dig a hole in the soil for each plant, and then gently place the plant in the hole. Be sure not to overcrowd the terrarium, as the plants will need room to grow.

  7. Add decorative elements. You can add small rocks, shells, or other decorative items to give your terrarium a personalized touch.

  8. Close the lid. The terrarium should be sealed, but not too tightly. You may need to open the lid occasionally to let in fresh air.

  9. Water your plants. Water your plants just enough to moisten the soil, but be careful not to overwater. If the soil is too wet, it can lead to mold and other problems.

  10. Observe and care for your terrarium. Keep an eye on your plants and make sure they are getting enough light and water. You may need to trim the plants or remove any dead leaves to keep the terrarium healthy and looking its best.

With a little bit of care and attention, your terrarium can be a beautiful and thriving ecosystem that brings a bit of nature into your home! For more tips, check out our YouTube tutorial showing you how to easily make a terrarium: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mJPKnnv_w6M&t=1098s

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