Mini Terrarium

Introduction: Mini Terrarium

About: Hello! My name is RaspberryPiDude314, and as you can probably tell from the name, I love everything Raspberry Pi! I personally have a Pi 4 & camera, but am looking into PiTop4. I also love 3d printers and …

There are some times in many people's life where they want a low-maintenance garden that still looks amazing. The good thing is that this garden does exist. A terrarium is a tiny garden with moss, dirt, and other items that make it look like a tiny forest. They are also extremely easy to make. Follow this tutorial to make your dream terrarium.

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You will need:

  • Jar or container of a see-through material. DO NOT use a regular ball jar! Many of these have patterns on them, so they will obscure your plants and take away from the effect.
  • Moss. Preferably the ones that look like tiny trees, but any will work. You can find these on older trees (80+ years) or on rocks and boulders. DO NOT buy "craft moss" or "moss by the sheet" as they are dried, and will take away from the effect. Also, please do not use lichen, as it is not nearly as nice-looking as moss.
  • A few small pinecones, about an inch long.
  • Soil or dirt, preferably the former. Enough to cover the base of your container about 1/2 an inch.

Step 1: Gather Your Materials & Prep

Once you have all the materials, you need to prep them. First, cut off the top and bottom of your pinecone and set them aside. The top section should be about 3 or 4 inches tall, and the bottom 2.5(ish). Prep your moss as well, by soaking the very bottom in water. Leave it for a couple of minutes.

Note: As you can see in the pictures, I have several types of moss here. This is because it is winter at the time of writing and almost all of the moss is frozen in snow. Honestly, I think it was lucky I found any at all. This project is definitely better done in the summer or spring.

Step 2: Place Soil and "tree"

Take your soil and sprinkle it carefully on the bottom of the bowl. If it has any perlite (the small white lumps) in it, try to pick them out. Now, place the tree (top section of pinecone) somewhere near the edge of the bottom of the container.

Step 3: Add Bush/smaller Tree and Moss

This step is the trickiest. First, place the bottom of the pinecone somewhere else in the container. Carefully add moss around the two pinecones. Try to keep it as fluffy as possible. Make sure all, or almost all, of the soil is covered.

Step 4: Done!

Good job! Your work has paid off, and you have a nice mini terrarium! Water it weekly, a tablespoon or two, and display it in a nice place!

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