How cute is this?
|via Terry Planty|
Technically a terrarium should be an enclosed system but I like the open ones better. These are a great weekend project since you just need a few things.
1: A jar. I got mine at the thrift store.
2: Rocks (from the yard)
3: Dirt (again from the yard)
4: Plants and moss (I found mine around the yard)
If you have a yard it is a pretty cheap project too. Or you can scour side streets and alleys for things.
Here's the process:
Step 1: Layer rocks and dirt.
Step 2: Plant. Somehow I didn't get pictures of this but I think you get the idea. I like to create a cluster of larger plants in one section, like creating a little landscape with rocks and everything. Then I made sure I had a good layer of moss in all the blank space. You don't have to do this but I like the lush green look.
Here she is installed on the coffee table
You can see I added my little flamingo I found somewhere and included some sand left over from my vacation jar to create a little beach for it.
Once you have everything in the way you want it give it a 1/2 cup of water to wet it down and then I just spray mine with water whenever I water the rest of the house plants (twice a week). Mine has been going for about a month now so the water schedule works for me (I waited to post about it just to be sure it lived).