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How to create a modern terrarium

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A quick glance on Pinterest and you’ll see modern terrariums are trending.

And why not? A terrarium is a great way to bring a little bit of nature indoors.

Gone are the days of lizard habitats. Today’s terrariums are whimsical and charming.

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photo source: growlittle,blogspot

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photo source: trendhunter

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photo source: realsimple

It’s easy to make your own terrarium. All you need are a few basics:

glass jar or any container
small rocks
activated charcoal
Sphagnum moss
potting soil or compost
assorted indoor plants

Step 1

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Be creative. You can use an apothecary or mason jar, geo globe, or a fish bowl.

Step 2

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Fill the bottom of the glass bowl with small rocks. This will act as your drainage.

Step 3

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Add 1/2″ of activated charcoal. The charcoal is a filter to help keep the water clean. (Hint: best place to find activated charcoal is at a pet store that sells aquarium accessories.)

Step 4

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Add a thin layer of Sphagnum moss to keep the potting soil from settling into the rocks.

Step 5

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Add potting soil. Here, I used homemade vermicompost thanks to my hungry earthworms.

Step 6:

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Use a plastic spoon to dig small holes for your plants.

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Choose indoor plants for low maintenance care. These plants are even labeled terrarium in the garden center.

Plants always look good in odd numbers so I have three small plants with different heights for added interest.

Here it is!

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Please excuse the glare. It’s hard to take a decent picture of a glass bowl.

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Here’s a view from the top. Plants are a little overgrown.

Thought this would make a great belated birthday gift for our co-worker.

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Happy Belated Birthday Susan!

All it needs is a little misting every other day.

It’s that easy! Don’t you want to make your own modern terrarium?

Or learn to make your own dish garden here.

Feeling a little adventurous? How about creating a coffee table terrarium here.

 

 

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About Terri Dux

Besides being a writer and passionate blogger, Terri is also co-owner of a local t-shirt craft company. When not watching her favorite TV channel, HGTV, Terri likes crafting, gardening, and thrifting at neighborhood garage sales.

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