DIY Project Diary: Adventures in Terrariums

DIY Project Diary: Adventures in Terrariums

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Jennifer Hunter
Aug 10, 2015
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I've told you before about my black thumb but apparently I never learn am an eternal optimist so I recently decided to bring a few more victims plants into my life and make a lovely little terrarium arrangement. C'mon along.

Full disclosure: this was not my idea. It was my boyfriend who wanted to make a green centerpiece for his new office and, smartie that I am, I suggested we double the order and make one for our apartment too. Turns out, this was a great decision as most of the materials we needed came in large amounts which would have gone to waste if we'd only made one. Don't want two terrariums in your life? Buddy up! Do this project with a friend and split the big bag of potting soil!

Here's what we bought:

Glass vessels
Potting soil
Rocks
Moss
Various colors and textures of potted plants
Airplants

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(Image credit: Jennifer Hunter)

First thing I did was set our air plants in bowls of water to soak (the store suggested that you water first thing since they'd been drying out in transit for a while). Then we assessed all of our plant options.

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My dog was really interested in helping.

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We filled our vessels with a few inches of soil. We could have put a layer of rocks at the bottom to help with drainage (and you should if you tend to drown your plants), but we opted to just be extra careful not to overwater.

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Then we got down to arranging our plants in a pretty display.