As I mentioned yesterday, I spent some time this past weekend doing a little indoor gardening. Before I go on, however, I have a confession. In the past, I have made multiple attempts at indoor miniature gardens. I planted succulents in creamers and glass jars and tried terrariums in myriad containers and cloches. No matter what I did, my mini-gardens never survived.
This time around I decided to cheat a bit. I found a DIY terrarium kit that literally includes everything you need to make this adorable fern garden.
While I’m normally all about DIY, I thought this kit was a pretty good deal. I figured out that by the time I purchased all of the individual pieces for this, I would end up spending about as much, if not more. Plus, there are step-by-step directions so hopefully I did things right and can keep this bad boy alive.
However, if you are the die-hard DIY type, I will fill you in on the steps to create this.
First, you will need a container. I’m obsessed with this one because of its shape and gold color. Next, put in a layer of small pebbles. This helps with drainage.
Then, add a layer of activated charcoal. In a closed environment, such as that in a terrarium, the charcoal helps to filter the air and keep it fresh. On top of the charcoal, place a later of moss. This will keep the soil from falling down into your pebbles.
Next, add your plants and soil.
Finally, you can put in a few decorative items like reindeer moss and larger pebbles.
And that’s it. Pretty cute, right?
I think the completed terrarium looks totally awesome. Right now I have it sitting on my coffee table. Typically, terrariums shouldn’t get direct sunlight because can the plants can burn through the glass. I’m hoping this spot will provide just the right amount of light.
The kit also comes with a small sprayer bottle to add moisture when necessary.
If you want to recreate this look, you can find this kit by clicking here. If you’re not in a rush, keep your eyes peeled because now and then RedEnvelope has sales or offers free shipping. Gotta love that!
Have you been able to create a terrarium AND keep it alive? What’s the secret?