DIY Project: Terrariums for Mother’s Day
First off, whether you’re a mom of human children, or you’re like me and Maddie and you’re a cat mom, Happy Mother’s Day! From our little family to yours:
Now, onward to a great mother’s day gift idea…
I’ve been obsessed with terrariums for about as long as I can remember. There’s something so magical about you’re own little world that almost takes care of itself. I’ve always loved the way the green of the plants and the textures of the glass and condesation seem to play with the light and make a beautiful and magical little land, all inside its own container.
I’ve been gleaning beautiful inspiration via Pinterest for my terrarium fetish, and when I stumbled upon Tiny World Terrariums on the self in the craft section at the bookstore where I work I knew that the time had come for me to build my very own little greenhouse to have and to hold in our little cottage. And now you can make one of your very own too!
A very lucrative trip to our local PTA thrift store led to not one, or two, or even three, but four lovely vessels to house my terrarium joy. Well, one (the one on the far right) was salvaged from a big recycle bin up the street, that one was for my mom’s Mother’s Day gift. The one right next to it was for Maddie’s mom along with another thrifted item: an adorable elf atop a tiny pink mushroom. The other 2 are for our house. I made one for Maddie, and she made one for me. To make a terrarium of your very own, just follow these simple steps and you’ll be rolling and a growing your very own delightful little world.
First off, there are three important things to remember when making your very own terrarium: filtration, imagination, and THRIFTING! The last two you’re on your own for, but the first–well there I can lend you a hand!
You’ll need several materials for terrarium building:
~ glass container with a lid (clear works best for maximum viewing potential!)
~ small rocks or gravel (for the bottom layer)
~ dried moss (I used spangum)
~ potting soil ~ an assortment of mosses (you can dig your own from your yard!)
First, layer your rocks in the bottom of your container covering the entire bottom of your vessel. Next, layer in the dried moss, covering all of the rocks in the layer. Spread a thing layer of potting soil then add your moss! Give it a mist, add any decoration you like, then seal ‘er up! The key to a good terrarium is filtration. You want to make sure that your little tiny garden can survive on its own, so keep an eye on it and make sure it’s moist and green. Some condensation is normal, but be sure to check your moss to make sure it’s moist and not all of the moisture is going to the sides of the vessel.
Be sure to check out the book I linked above for more terrarium ideas, how-to’s, and inspiration! Happy crafting!