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DIY: Easy Terrarium

DIY: Easy Terrarium

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Let me preface this post by saying, if I can build a terrarium, you can build one too. I don't consider myself to be very DIY-savvy, but it's something that I'm working on. Growing a plant is on my list of 27 things and I'm thinking if I can keep these succulents alive for at least a month I can count it, right? 

My sister is the sweetest and she gave me both of the terrarium containers pictured below. The star shaped terrarium came from Urban Outfitters and the smaller of the two was a thrift store find (this terrarium is very similar and I really like this container too). The smaller one originally had a little door, but I removed it so that the plants would fit. 

What you will need:
terrarium container 
potting soil
sheet moss 
activated charcoal (also known as activated carbon)
a spoon or cup, depending on the size of your container
gloves (I don't mind getting a little dirty, so I didn't use any)
about 30 minutes of your precious time

First up, picking out your plants (and all the other goodies listed above). I found almost everything I needed in the Garden section of Home Depot. There were some really pretty blood orange cacti, but they were a little too tall for the terrariums containers I was working with.

Time to get down to business. I laid down some tissue paper in the space I was working at. I figured it would make clean up easy. Things were going great until I spilled some water, you can image the mess that created. If I were you, I'd use newspaper or venture outside where a little spillage won't matter.

I started by laying down activated charcoal (carbon) in the bottom of the terrarium containers. This stuff was ridiculously hard to find. After visiting several Home Depot's and a Lowe's I got a lead that I could probably find it at Petsmart and voila! there it was, in the fish section.

Next I spread a layer of soil, making sure to pat it down as I went to eliminate any air bubbles. I quickly realized that these containers are rather shallow which made it extremely hard to get the amount of soil in there that I was hoping for. After I broke up the roots on the plants and added them, I carefully I put more soil on top. To finish it off I watered my new babies (spoon fed) and placed them in the window sill where they will be sure to get the light they need. I killed the original succulents because I was a bad plant mom, but I made sure to read the plant care instructions this time around.

I'm skeptical about how long the succulent in the star will last. I felt guilty shoving it into such a tiny space and I'm not sure its odd shape is conducive to housing a plant. We shall see.

You will also notice that I didn't use any of the moss like I had planned. There was simply no room. I think if I were using a bigger container it would definitely come in handy to add a protective layer to the top.

Do you have any tips on keeping succulents alive? Help a sister out.

For more tips from Jessica, head on over to her blog, 26 & Not Counting!

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