Step 1: Gather Supplies
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- Cordless drill able to be adjusted to a slow speed
- Glass drill bits (Amazon)
- Gloves and safety glasses for when working with glass
- Caulking gun (Amazon)
- Silicone (Amazon)
- Glass jar
- Potting mix (Amazon)
- White sand
- Perlite (optional but recommended) (Amazon)
- Shade cloth or other mesh-like material such as fly screen
- Pebbles or other suitable drainage material
- Horticultural charcoal (Amazon)
- Solar garden light
- Succulent plants
- Rooting hormone (if using cuttings) (Amazon)
Step 2: Drill some glass
Although the terrarium is a sealed unit, some ventilation is nice to have. I drilled a 4mm hole in each corner of the jar and an 8mm hole in the center of the lid to allow for the garden lights LED to pass through. Once you've finished drilling, wash the jar in warm soapy water and remove any labels. Rinse the jar and allow it to dry.
Step 3: Prepare materials
Succulent plants want a soil that drains quickly and doesn't retain much water. To achieve this we combine the potting mix with sand. I used roughly a 1 to 1 ratio. Some perlite was also added however you can get away without it.
Step 4: Create the layers
Step 5: Planting and Decorating
Step 6: Create the Light
Disassemble the solar light until you've just got the body of the device. Secure this to the lid with some silicone with the LED protruding through the drilled hole. Allow to dry and it's done.
Step 7: Maintenance
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