Making a terrarium can be super fun and easy! There are several ways you can create one and make it unique! The first thing you should decide is if you want to do a "closed" or "open" terrarium. Once you've decided on a "closed" or "open" terrarium choose a bottle or jar that you like. Www.specialtybottle.com has an amazing selection of bottles! Check them out! After you have your bottle or jar picked out, choose a plant that fits perfectly in your bottle or jar. It's fun to get a smaller tropical plant (about 2-4 inches, depending on your bottle/jar) because you can watch it grow! Bigger tropical plants end up taking up the entire terrarium once you plant it & it looks smushed in the bottle/jar. It all depends on what size of bottle or jar you choose for your terrarium. Once you have your bottle/jar & plant chosen, you are ready to gather supplies to make your terrarium!
*Tips to help you choose between a "closed" or "open" terrarium*
If you are doing a "closed" terrarium make sure you choose a tropical plant (not a succulent or cactus because they could rot). The cool thing with "closed" terrarium is that you do not have to water it! Just place your terrarium somewhere that follows what the plant "care" tag states when you purchase your plant. With an "open" terrarium there is more freedom to what plant you want to use, however you need to water it according to what the plant "care" tag states. Either terrarium ends up looking amazing!
Follow the steps to create your own. Have fun!!
Step 1: Gather supplies
Here are the supplies you will need: your choice of bottle or jar, plant charcoal, potting soil, a small flexible scooper to scoop the charcoal and/or soil into the bottle (when you buy your small tropical plant, the container that it comes in is perfect for this), your small 2-4 inch plant, a skinny stick or something with a flat end (a bamboo stick is shown in this picture; however you can use your hands or whatever works depending on the opening of your bottle or jar to lightly pack down the soil), & lastly a spray bottle (Ooops! Forgot to add it to this picture).
In this tutorial, a "closed" terrarium is being demonstrated.