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How to simply create a DIY terrarium

A funny activity to enjoy nature inside your apartment

How to simply create a DIY terrarium  A funny activity to enjoy nature inside your apartment

Making home a more hospitable place is a goal that starts from the small details. A little green in an apartment is good for both the sight and the heart. Often, however, green thumb is not a common skill, and indoor plants are too difficult to manage. Space limits can also prevent you from transforming the living room into the much desired green lung of the block. Terrarium is the perfect solution to limit space and patience to bring home the freshness of the natural world. It is a small garden in a jar, where decorative plants grow in a closed environment, and it’s easily replicable at home with a few tools, customizable and accessible from the outside to allow continuous changes. It’s a tiny glass world where green nature shines with creativity and desire to live in order never to forget what is (still) outside the door of the house. Nss g-club could not help but guide you in creating this small portable paradise of interior design.

What you need

The best part of making a DIY terrarium is to obtain a unique decorative element, able to amaze even those who create it. Also in this case, do not forget the styling will make the project more beautiful and snug to your mood. The necessaire is not much and easy to find, minimum effort is required and the highest levels of satisfaction are expected for the final result. 

  • Glass vase

Westwing Rounded Glass Vase

Westwing Rounded Glass Vase

42€
Westwing Handmade Glass Vase

Westwing Handmade Glass Vase

30€
Ikea Viljestark Glass Vase

Ikea Viljestark Glass Vase

17 cm 0,50€ 8 cm 0,50€
Ikea Klottrig Glass Vase

Ikea Klottrig Glass Vase

4€
Westwing Glass and Wood Ada Vase

Westwing Glass and Wood Ada Vase

17€

The glass container plays a key role in the realization of a terrarium. There is no perfect vase, but only the one that best suits the project: rounded, long, smooth or textured, vases; decorated in wood for a "greenhouse" effect or with metal details to give an elegant touch. Options are infinite, like personality traits.

  • Succulent plants and seedlings

IKEA CACTACEAE Plant with pot, cactus, various species

IKEA CACTACEAE Plant with pot, cactus, various species

5€
PLANTS.COM, Musa Dwarf Baby

PLANTS.COM, Musa Dwarf Baby

3,95€
PLANTS.COM Rex Bowery Begonia Baby

PLANTS.COM Rex Bowery Begonia Baby

4.95€
PLANTS.COM Medallion Calathea Baby

PLANTS.COM Medallion Calathea Baby

4,45€
PLANTS.COM, Philodendron Moonlight Baby

PLANTS.COM, Philodendron Moonlight Baby

4,95€

Choose cacti and aerial plants. They have no roots and live absorbing the necessary humidity from the air but be careful: the little ones suffer the cold, and it is good to never keep them at less than 7,- (even if it is hardly so cold in a house). It is always good to decide to insert in your terrarium plants without roots, suitable for the size of the pot or container in which they will be stored and suitable for humid environments to avoid them to suffer inside a portable microclimate.

  • Pebbles (pebbles collected on holiday)

DYFT Decoration, white pebbles, 650g

DYFT Decoration, white pebbles, 650g

2,50€
Decorative Pebbles

Decorative Pebbles

1,50€

Best used here as decorative layer and dehumidifiers, pebbles complete the aesthetic appeal of the terrarium as the whipped cream on an ice cream. Adding a few rocks stolen from the beach this summer will fill the project with emotional vibrations.

 

  • Potting Soil

Baby Potting Set

Baby Potting Set

2x 9cm classic terracotta pots 3l of high-quality soil 8,45€

Without land, where do plants grow?

  • Moss

To give that forest effect to the green lung under construction.

  • Decorative elements of your choice

There is never a precise explanation of why you personalize your own things. 

Vegetable granules or activated carbon.

For decorative purposes but also for soil nourishment, which to stay hydrated must have the right amount of minerals, just like those who create the terrarium!

  • Cork (optional)

To keep the plants warm and safe.

Step-by-step Instructions

Once all the material is collected, the little green corner is ready to become a reality. 

  1. Identify the area where the terrarium will be placed, depending on the vase chosen.

  2. Clean the vase well inside, as you would for jewelry.

  3. Place a layer of about two centimeters of pebbles in the pot

  4. Add vegetable granules or activated charcoal and distribute over the pebbles;

  5. Abound with soil so that the plants can take root well;

  6. Create small cavities in the soil, using your hands or some tools.

  7. Insert the plants into the created holes and compact the soil

  8. Add the moss, lightly moistened, and place it on the soil. Press lightly.

  9. It’s time to decorate by adding a personal touch to your terrarium with mini-characters, gadgets, objects of any kind or fake flowers.

 

Tips for a perfect result

After deciding on styling and decoration of the vase according to your mood and adding a personal touch to the terrarium, the only tricks to keep are maintenance and choice of plants. The mini paradise on earth needs to be cleaned monthly, because dust (present in all domestic environments) can take possession of its surface. A trick: use a cork to close the terrarium and keep it warmer, thus also avoiding dust deposits. Then, pay attention to the choice of plants. Last but not least, remember to decorate the layout of the DIY project can be anything! From everyday objects, to shells, stones and small symbolic gadgets everything is allowed in the terrarium. Excellent inspo might be moss and terrarium designer Tim Wong,whose passion is recreating micro-environments where the top sneaker drops can live unbothered as an organic form of art, like plants are. In the nss g-club one, there would definitely be a purple sneaker.