Introduction: Mini Terrariums

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these make great gifts, look good on desk or shelf at work.

Step 1: Get Items You Need

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You will need

  • Gravel, pebbles, or marbles, or something to go in as a drainage system for the plant roots.
  • Sand
  • Charcoal
  • Soil / Potting Mix, or "cactus soil if doing cacti."
  • Jars

Step 2: Pick Jar or Container

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Jars, Mason jars, green tea jars, christmas ornaments

You can use most any open or closed glass containers

Step 3: Drainage System for the Plant Roots.

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you need a drainage system for the plant roots, you can use glass, marbles, pebbles, i also add sand.

Step 4: Add Dirt Then Plants And/or Moss

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Add dirt then add some plants and/or moss.

Just moss can take over a year to grow!

these make great gifts, look good on desk or shelf at work.

Step 5: Some of the Finished Ones

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some of the finished ones


DemetriD1 (author)2017-01-10

Do you use LED grow lights or the fluoroscein tubes lights ?

wowashlyn (author)2016-07-09

wow, project for tomorrow. thanks!

Emilyfuller17 (author)2015-02-17

I never have any luck with terrariums. With mine, plants die, or bacteria or mold start growing(I even had mushrooms!!). Im always just afraid to start a terrarium because Im afraid it will go bad.

fronters (author)2015-01-20

great idea! Thanks

pfred2 (author)2014-12-22

Not in my yard does it take a year to grow moss. I got acres of the stuff!

wesleyTyler (author)pfred22014-12-30

you can sel that moss on ebay or online!

pfred2 (author)wesleyTyler2014-12-30

heh I'd like to get rid of some of my moss. I have gotten rid of it at times in the past. I usually scrape it up, then dump the scrapings in my mulch pile. I do not think any of my moss is so nice it is marketable. I view it more as a nuisance than anything else. Some places it is OK I guess. It is kind of like short grass that I don't have to mow. But where the moss has started to infest my lawn I'm kind of against moss then. Half moss, and half grass looks messed up to me.

The way things are going though I guess I do not have to worry for long. I think the moss is going to win over time. I have too many trees, and not nearly enough sun to combat the spread of moss.

dvspec (author)2014-12-27

What is the tiny plant that is not moss?

Also, I watched a DIY show where they took plain yogurt and moss and blended it in a blender. The guy painted the mix on pots so they would grow moss. Apparently the moss eats the yogurt or something. Might help with these.

wesleyTyler (author)dvspec2014-12-27


The other plants are , the clover looking bushy one is a wild plant from my yard, the long red stem one is a radish, "i put one a radish seed in and its 6+ months old", and the tiny plant is a mystery? i ordered some kyoto moss spores and added them to every one i make, but moss and resurrection ferns grow wild here.

Yes i have seen the moss yogurt thing its pretty cool! i think you can paint red clay pots with just yogurt and simple green algee will grow making pot look older....

sbarrett13 (author)2014-12-23

These are super cute, have you considered making/selling some?

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