You will need:

  • Glass jar of any size
  • Small stones
  • Potting Soil
  • Plants of your choice*
  • Scissors
  • Water
  • Decorative rocks and figurines

How to:

  1. Wash the glass container in hot, soapy water. Rinse and dry completely.
  2. Create of stones on the bottom of the jar.
  3. Spoon in a layer of potting soil. (Pile soil higher on one side to make plants visible from a side view). Dig small holes for the roots.
  4. Take plants out of their pots, remove extra soil from the roots and trim damaged leaves. While the roots are still moist, place the plants in the holes and pat soil over the roots. Place taller plants in the back. Dampen the soil, but do not overwater.
  5. Decorate with pretty rocks, animal figurines or a garden gnome. Place in indirect sunlight. Add water when the terrarium becomes dry.

*Almost any houseplant will grow inside a terrarium. For best results, use plants that need about the same amount of water and sunlight, such as:

  • Moss and lichens
  • Begonias
  • Spider plants
  • Miniature orchids
  • Miniature ferns
  • Wintergreens
  • African violets
  • Baby tears
  • Air plants

**If your terrarium has a small opening, use chopsticks to position your plants.
***Prune fast-growing plants so they don’t outgrow the terrarium.

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