Arta Fact #2: Building a Terrarium is Way Cooler Than Buying One
Making a terrarium is way easier than it seems. Even better, the plants used in terrariums are incredibly low maintenance and easy to keep alive. I have been itching to make one since I moved into my new apartment a few months ago.
Below is a list of what you will need. Keep in mind these are all suggestions. As long as you have some soil to root your plants and a container to house them, you can pretty much feel free to add or take away any supplies you want. Big or small, short or tall, your terrarium is whatever you want it to be. Be creative and have fun with it.
1. Glass Terrarium or Container
3. Colored Sand
6. Aquarium Rocks
Definitely start by setting up a workshop. This can get a bit messy. If you can’t do this outside, make sure to lay a plastic tablecloth or some newspaper down. Lay all your supplies out. I did this project with a few work friends and this was our set up:
Tip: if you live near a beach, you can dye your own sand with food coloring. Directions Here. You can also cut clones from an existing succulent, if you have one. If you are buying supplies, everything can be found at your local craft store, except the succulents. Those will be at a Home Depot or your local gardening store.
You can layer the terrarium however you would like, just make sure you have about 1/2 – 3/4 inch of soil somewhere in there to root your plants. Start with the largest plants and fill in with smaller ones. Then add your moss and decorations. Once your done, fill the terrarium with some water, I put about 1/3 of a cup of water in mine. You only need to water them every 3-4 weeks. Below you can see how my terrarium came out, along with a few of my co-workers.