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Easy DIY Terrarium Tutorial

 September 16 2013  By: Miri Nadler
Easy DIY Terrarium Tutorial

Hello, my name is Miri, and I kill plants. Don’t get me wrong, I have the best of intentions when I’m picking out that hydrangea or basil plant, but in the end I just cannot keep them alive. It’s not like I can’t care for things. I have two dogs who I’ve kept alive for seven years (SEVEN!). But when it comes to plants, I have a black thumb all around - I simply just do not have the knowledge or skills to nuture them.

If you’ve been to a grocery store, Home Depot or Ikea lately you’ve probably noticed a barrage of pre-potted terrariums, shallow adobe pots with a variety of colorful succulents. Apparently I’m not the only plant-killer around here because these black-thumb-proof-cactus-like-don’t-give-me-water-bloomers are all the rage these days. It’s perfect for us Angelenos - we often lead busy lives and can forget to feed things that don’t cry, bark or whine at us when they are hungry, we usually do not have our own yards where plant-life thrives the most and we do live in a desert after all! But what if you do not care for the style of the pots these succulents are in? What if you have something fabulous at home that you wouldn’t mind actually placing on your coffee table for guests to see? I have a solution in this DIY Terrarium Tutorial.

What you will need:

A glass bowl you LOVE (I used a glass bowl I found while moving)

River rocks

General Potting Soil

Succulents, lots of them

1. Clean the glass bowl inside and out.

2. Place the river rocks on the bottom of the bowl (stacked about 2-3 inches from the bottom).

3. Put another 3 inches of your potting soil on top of the river rocks.

4. Place your succulents in the arrangement you would prefer, varying heights and textures. Make sure you place them VERY close together.

5. Add more potting soil to the bases of the succulents to keep them in place.

6. Water liberally.

7. Place in a sunny place for the next couple weeks (or forever)!

8. Take into account how the succulents are doing every couple weeks. They may or may not need water depending on the weather.

Now even I can have a pretty plant presentation and look like have the slightest clue when it comes to botany. Ok, maybe that last sentence was a stretch, but it does feel nice to have some greenery in the house - and in the case of a bad sunburn I have some aloe ready to go! Take a look at how other bloggers have made terrariums their own below:

Martha Stewart

The Devil's Punchbowl


Design Sponge


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