Buy or DIY: Trendy Terrariums

Buy or DIY: Trendy Terrariums

Jason Loper
Mar 22, 2012
The terrarium trend seems to be going strong with no signs of slowing any time soon. On a recent trip to my local West Elm the entire front entrance of the store was devoted to a terrarium display — and they're not the only major retailer embracing the trend. After the jump we'll provide you with the instructions and the resources for buying and creating your own terrarium.
BUY: • The simple Moss Terrarium Bottle from Uncommon Goods comes prepackaged with everything you need: the vessel, moss, soil and other supplies. • Anthropologie has made two products in one with their Terrarium Pendant Lamp. • West Elm offers a number of terrarium vessels, from large fish bowls to smaller hanging glass bubbles. • The glass jars with lids from Crate & Barrel would be the perfect affordable vessel for a terrarium. • These recycled glass terrariums from Sprout Home are handblown and come in four different sizes. • Also from Sprout Home, this terrarium is made from recycled electric meters, lending an industrial edge to this very natural project. • The lantern inspired Zinc Terrarium from Frontgate has a more structural appearance thanks to its frame and base. • This Mini-Garden Terrarium from Viva Terra has a door that swings open wide, allowing easy access for planting and maintaining. • If you want the look but not the work, Costa Farms sells this Canister Terrarium kit at Lowes. • This wall mount fish bowl from Target could become a terrarium in a home that lacks table space or has a nosy pet. On a recent visit to Costa Farms in Miami, I had the opportunity to roll up my sleeves and build my own terrarium. And you know what? It was totally fun! Whereas planting houseplants can seem daunting and messy, a terrarium is more like decorating. It's mostly a matter of layering the soil, rocks and moss (appealing to the designer in all of us) and then plopping in your plants. Once planted, the terrarium is mostly carefree. DIY: The great folks at Costa provided me with the following instructions for DIYing a terrarium. Having assembled a terrarium myself, it's actually quite fun and not very messy. When you're looking for plants to fill your terrarium, try small succulents, ferns or air plants. Materials: • Select a glass container with a top. Container should be 4 times as high as it is wide. • Pebbles (about a 1/3 of the planting area) • Sand (just enough to cover the pebbles) • Charcoal (thin layer covering the sand) • Potting soil (slightly less than 2/3 of the planting area) • Assortment of small house plants • Ground cover (small pebbles or moss) Directions: 1. Planting area should be about ΒΌ of the height of the container. 2. Layer container with materials 2-5 in that order. 3. Plant plants, the tallest in the center. 4. Water the container. 5. Cover the soil with pebbles or moss. 6. Seal terrarium with cover. MAKE IT LAST: Whether you're building your own terrarium or buying one pre-assembled, the folks at Costa also provided some very practical tips for caring for it. • Never place a terrarium in direct sunlight. • Do not over water your terrarium. If heavy condensation develops on the glass, uncover the terrarium for a while and wipe down the glass. • If plants need more watering they will start to droop, this is your key to water your terrarium. Images: 1. West Elm; All others as credited above.
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