Make: Simple Succulent Terrarium

Friday, September 7, 2012








What you need:

Glass vessel. I bought this one at the dollar store. I say "vessel" because you could use almost anything: a mason jar, bowl, vase ...

Succulents

Moss/Ground Cover (that's totally optional but you could probably find some outside if you wanted to use it!)

Rocks or Rounded Glass

Soil.

Optional items: Sand. Activated charcoal: if you use this place it on top of the bottom layer of rocks).

What you do:

Place a good layer of the rocks or the glass at the bottom of your jar.

Optionals here: Place the activated charcoal on top of the rocks/glass then place a 1/2 inch layer of sand on the top of rocks/glass. (I used soil and sand and placed the sand on the glass pebbles and then placed the soil on top of the sand)

Add soil. I mixed in a few of my rounded glass pieces to further help arriate and I just had a few left over. You can add as much soil as you like. It really depends on if you want your succulents submerged in the vase or if you want them to stick out the top a little bit. I went for something in between.

I started placing my succulents in the soil and then cushioned it with the ground cover as I went along to give the top a nice greenery as well as to make sure my succulents were kept in place.

Water every 2-4 weeks and keep in partial shade. If you find loose leaves you can place them in soil and they will sprout and grow new plants! And then you can make more and give them as gifts to all your friends!

I love these little terrariums for simple, year-round centerpieces. I have also seen them used as centerpieces for wedding tables and it looks really beautiful.

Happy Weekend! 

21 comments:

  1. Really cute! I have succulents all over my garden and patio...I'm one of those people who takes a snip of them when I'm out walking around, brings it home and plants it! Thanks for the idea.

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    1. that's how i got my chick and hens! the neighborhood i live in has a lot of retainer walls around the properties and there's so many little sad succulents sitting at the bottom of them on the sidewalk. i think of it as a rescue effort : )

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  2. So pretty! I bet my kids would enjoy making these. Thanks for sharing the how to's

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    1. it's such a great project for kids. intro to gardening, caring for something, being creative, plant life . . .

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  3. These would also make great gifts.

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  4. Beautiful. I agree with the above statement that they would make great gifts... this would be good because I have trouble keeping any plant alive...

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    1. i do too! i can do outdoor plants, i think the outside weather helps keep me on track: hot = water. rain = i don't need to water. indoor plants i just never get it right. here's to hoping i can keep these guys alive!

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  5. These are great, and I think this might be what we do for my son's teacher for the holidays. It'll give my little one a good way to be involved and make a nice gift too. Thanks for the idea (and the great pics!).

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  6. I find succulents so modern in their shapes and hues- love. Best part is definitely the watering every 2-4 weeks = hard to kill :-)

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    1. i do too. they are so textural. i have always been drawn to desert grasses and plant life. maybe it's that toughness with the delicacy that makes them so gorgeous? i also love all the dusty colors!

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  7. I love this idea but I am absolutely terrible at keeping plants alive... I know succulents are tough but are they easy to care for?

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    1. so far mine are alive . . . so i am going to say they are pretty easy : )

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  8. Lovely - I did a very similar terrarium back in March this year, only I added a fake bird and a fairy so my daughters could get excited about the magical mini-world... it's still alive over 6 months later.
    http://partycraftsecrets.blogspot.com.au/2012/03/airy-fairy-terrarium-project.html

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    1. I bet my twin boys woud love one of those with some dinosaurs in them! great idea :)

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  9. Great looking terrarium! My ideal house design has a lot of living plants built right into things. I love the idea of feeling like you're outside while sitting in the comfort of your own home. Have you thought about doing something similar with cacti? or some other plants?

    Excellent idea!

    Ryan

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    1. Thanks, I actually was just at the store the other day and I saw some cacti and i thought, oh i bet that's the next big thing! i love cacti too. there are some amazingly beautiful varieties! i

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