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Making Terrariums

I’ve been wanting to make a terrarium forever so this weekend we visited our local greenhouse and picked up some supplies. Here are the plants we chose. Obviously, the pansies were not for the terrarium. A couple plants ended up being too large for our containers but used them in the tabletop greenhouse {see below}. Sorry, I don’t know the names of all of these plants. Here are some ideas for making terrariums.

Making Terrariums

Making Terrariums plants

Brett made his for a 4H fair entry. His terrarium must be covered for fair display so he used this great old jar I found at Goodwill for $1.99.

Layers of a Terrarium

  • 1st layer: sand
  • 2nd: pebbles
  • 3rd: circle of garden weed guard fabric
  • 4th: sheet moss
  • 5th: soil
  • 6th: plants
  • 7th: sheet moss

I read that charcoal is required if your container is covered. We skipped the charcoal because I forgot to buy it and we don’t need to cover our jars except Brett’s, while it’s on display at the fair.

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We had plenty of plants, actually too many, for our two jars. We carefully split them into multiple plants and shared them between the jars.p8Making Terrariums

I love this fern/moss!Making Terrariums

My terrarium in progress.Making TerrariumsMine completed – we added small clear marbles for decoration. Brett’s has a tiny watering can and mine has a miniature glass cloche.

Making Terrariums

Brett’s completed terrarium. He is going to use it for a 4H fair entry.Making Terrariums in a jar

There were many little plants left over that we couldn’t fit in the terrariums so we decided to put them in our little greenhouse. I found it a few years ago at Goodwill for $3.99! I haven’t used it much and it’s been sitting in the garage – such a shame but we don’t have much room to display it.

While at Goodwill on Saturday, I found the tray {1st picture below} and was planning to use it for magnetic activities for day care. We talked about the plants draining and water possibly leaking from the bottom of the greenhouse, and then I remembered this tray. It didn’t fit underneath the greenhouse, but it fit inside perfectly! I was so excited about that! We repotted our little plants and put them inside with moss around them to cover the tray. I put it on our living room table.

Greenhouse terrarium

Now hopefully we can keep them healthy and beautiful!


Sunday 28th of April 2013

great job! I've been wanting to do a terrarium too. Thanks for the instructions, going to try to pin this :)


Sunday 28th of April 2013

Cute and you make it look so easy!


Sunday 28th of April 2013

you know how much I LOVE this!!

Thanks for linking up! I featured your post in my wrap up a super Sunday!


Tuesday 23rd of April 2013

I hope they stay for you too. They are so pretty. Cute little green house.