So this weekend, we took up a DIY project of how to make a mini-garden full of beautiful plants. Our very own terrarium! Super simple to make and super beautiful to look at, here’s a step by step photo guide of how you can create your own little eco-system.
What you need:
- A glass container
- A piece of wire mesh (or old plastic)
- Gravel or pebble stones
- Some charcoal
- The plant you want to sow
- Garden accessories if any
STEP 1: We did the exciting bit first. We strolled around in the community park and brought some twigs and dry leaves to decorate our terrarium with.
STEP 2: Collecting gravel. We didn’t have to buy it because we already had some pebble stones which I had brought back from a trip to Santorini.
STEP 3: Then, you obviously need a planter in which you want to build your terrarium, which for us, was a fish bowl we bought from a pet shop nearby.
STEP 4: We started off with putting some pebbles or gravel as the base of our terrarium. This is the first step of creating a drainage system for the plants.
STEP 5: Then, we put a mesh on top of it. Now this one can be a little tricky to source, so we cut off an old kitchen sieve and placed it over the pebbles.
STEP 6: Then, we placed a thin layer of charcoal over the mesh. What this essentially does is that it helps excess water to drain out to the bottom without affecting the roots of the plant. If you cannot find charcoal, you can use an extra layer of gravel.
STEP 7: After this, we added a layer of potting soil over the coal and carefully planted a cactus and some wild plants.
STEP 8: Now our favourite part – decoration time! We added some shells, pebbles, small twigs to our terrarium. We also covered the opening of the container with some rope to give it a rustic look.
Here it is. Tadaaaa!