Looking for a fun and unique weekend project? Why not try creating your own terrarium! In this blog, experienced terrarium makers from FunEmpire’s terrarium workshop will show you how to create your very own terrarium from scratch using plants and materials that are easy to find. In just 10 simple steps, you’ll be able to create a beautiful terrarium that can brighten up any corner in your home. If you’re interested, grab a friend and join us for this fun terrarium workshop!
What You’ll Need:
- A clear glass container with a wide opening. Depending on your preferences, the jars can be egg-shaped, round, oval, or polygonal. We recommend using a fishbowl or an old mason jar.
- Some gravel, small rocks, or pebbles for drainage.
- Some activated charcoal to keep your terrarium’s environment clean and free of bacteria.
- A layer of moss. This will act as a filter to prevent dirt and bacteria from entering the terrarium.
- A handful of small plants. We recommend using succulents or cacti because they are easy to care for and don’t require much water.
- Humus, some potting soil.
- A spray bottle filled with water.
- Some accessories of your preferences
Steps To Create Your Own Terrarium:
Step 1: Start by cleaning your glass container with a mild soap and water solution. Rinse it well and allow it to air dry completely.
Step 2: Next, add a layer of gravel, small rocks, or pebbles to the bottom of the container to prevent waterlogging of the plants because glass containers are different from plant pots which have a drainage hole. You can make the gravel layer thick or thin based on the container’s diameter.
Step 3: Put a thin layer of activated charcoal over the rocks. This will help purify water, reducing the spread of bacteria and fungi in the soil as well as rotten plants.
Step 4: Add a layer of moss over the charcoal. This will act as a filter to prevent dirt and bacteria from entering the terrarium.
Step 5: Put on top a layer of humus to keep the soil moist, providing more nutrients for the plants and allowing water to penetrate more quickly.
Step 6: Spread a layer of porous soil with high humus on top. You can adjust the thickness of the layer depending on the size of the container.
Step 7: Add a handful of small plants to the terrarium. We recommend using succulents or cacti because they are easy to care for and don’t require much water. For closed containers, we should only plant some types of moss and ferns because sealed containers are usually watered once a month which is not favorable for certain types of plants.
Step 8: Water the plants with a spray bottle filled with water. Be sure to not overwater the plants, as this can cause them to rot.
Step 9: Place the terrarium in a bright, sunny location.
Step 10: Enjoy your new terrarium! Remember to mist the plants with water every week or so to keep them healthy and happy.
Above are the basic preparations and steps FunEmpire’s terrarium workshop organizers recommended to make your own terrarium at home. If you are interested, FunEmpire’s terrarium workshop can be attended both physically and virtually, where there will be available materials for you to unleash your creativity while still assured that there will be careful guidance from professional facilitators.
What are you still waiting for? Contact FunEmpire and sign up for a slot now!
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