DIY Terrarium - The Friendly Fig

DIY Terrarium

To say I’m not crafty is a gross understatement. I don’t Pinterest the day away, looking for my next DIY. Life is one big DIY. I’m on Pinterest for the food.

But my aunt Donna, on the other hand – very crafty lady. She knits, she antiques and repurposes, and more. I remember melting crayons and making candles at her Cape house as a kid. But that’s for another day…

The most recent project she spearheaded is worth sharing with even the busiest of you folk. It requires no upkeep and can even add some greenery to spaces that don’t get much light.

Please meet the DIY terrarium. Terrarium is a fancy way of saying “plant in jug.” But it’s more than that. It’s decorative, ornamental, and self-sustaining. (That last part has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it?) 

A terrarium lets in enough light, heat, and moisture to create a mini water cycle all its own. Evaporation, condensation, photosynthesis, plant growth…all that shit goes on within the walls of your very own ecosystem, as you sit back and eat Bon Bons. We’re not judging.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Glass jar or jug (as small or large as you’d like, with or without a lid)
  • Small rocks or sand
  • Funnel for getting this stuff in there
  • If your jug has a tiny opening, some kind of long-ass tool like this. Sold at hardware stores. To be a fly on the wall when you try to describe this bad boy to the clerk…
  • Well-draining potting soil
  • Sphagnum moss
  • Ferns, begonias, dwarf palms, or other small, terrarium-friendly plants. Succulents are a great choice for terrariums without a lid
  • Shells, decorative stones, figures, or other personal touches

How to: Terrarium - The Friendly Fig

And here’s the how-to:

  1. Clean your jar thoroughly, and put a base layer of rocks or sand at the bottom. Base layer should be about an inch thick for large containers
  2. Funnel a good amount of soil into the jug, and spread as evenly as possible
  3. Using your weapon of choice, place plants and moss through jug opening and into desired location. Wherever it lands is fine, too! Dig small holes, enough to cover each of the plants’ roots, and set them in their final resting place
  4. Add any shells, decorations, or odds and ends you’d like. (We put a bunny in ours, because there was a stray one lying around that looked like it needed a good home)
  5. If you’re happy with how it looks, you’re done! Once established, check for condensation and overall health and happiness of your plants. If they’re looking wilted, add a little water in there

Terrarium - The Friendly Fig

Terrarium - The Friendly Fig

This project almost guarantees you’ll make a wonderful plant mom, and might even trick you into thinking you’ve got a green thumb.

Them: “What you do today?”

You: “Created a self-sustaining eco-system. You?”





4 thoughts on “DIY Terrarium

  1. These are gorgeous! I’m with you. I’ve killed more plants than I’ve grown and I’ve tried my hands at quite a few. These look cute enough to inspire another go at it. XO

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