This Instructable is to show you how I made a succulent terrarium necklace. It is the most fun craft-jewelry-planter project I have ever tried. If you are into succulent or necklace or both, follow along, you are at the right place. The project is adapted from the book: DIY Succulents by Tawni Daigle. If you are into more succulent inspired projects, check it out.
THINGS I USED:
1 Glass vial, approximately 2.5" tall by 2" outside diameter, with cork stopper and hook top.
1/4 tsp Sand
1/4 tsp Water storing crystals
1/2 tsp Succulent soil
1 Small cutting of moss
1 Pair of tweezers
2 Pairs of jewelry pliers
1 Small funnel
STEPS I TOOK are in the following.
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Step 1: Prepare the Baby Succulents
A few days or a week before the project, I removed the lower leaves of a baby succulent plant and was left with a small rosette on a bare stem. I also picked up a few baby succulents that have fallen off the plants themselves. Then I waited for a few days to a week for the ends, depending on the type of plant, to dry out and callus over. This step is vital! If you don't let the ends dry out, they will absorb too much moisture, which will cause them to rot and die.
Step 2: Add the First of Four Layers to the Glass Vial
Begin the project by adding four layers to the glass vial of sand, water storing crystals, soil, and moss, in that order. These base layers will assist with drainage while adding interest to the necklace.
In the book, the author used a glass vial of approximately 2" with hook top. What I could find is a variety pack of glass vials, one of them is approximately 2.5" tall by 2" outside diameter, with cork stopper and hook top, which is what I used. (A couple other sizes were used by my daughter with a school project, so the extra ones were not wasted.)
For sand, if you happen to have nice decorative sand, go ahead and try it. I don't. I used landscape leveling sand. I removed fine powdery dirt with a kitchen strainer and removed the big rocks by hand before adding 1/4 tsp of it as the bottom first layer to the glass vial with the help of a funnel.
Step 3: Add the Second of Four Layers to the Glass Vial
Add 1/4 tsp water storing crystals to the glass vial as second layer with the help of the funnel again.
Step 4: Add the Third of Four Layers to the Glass Vial
Add 1/2 tsp succulent soil to the glass vial as third layer with the help of the funnel again.
Step 5: Add the Fourth of Four Layers to the Glass Vial
I removed about 1/2" by 1/2" moss and added it to the glass vial as fourth layer with the help of a pair of tweezers.
Step 6: Add Plant or Plants to the Glass Vial
By holding the plant by the stem with a pair of tweezers, I slid two baby plants which I think would make a statement to the vial. I wiggled the stem through the moss and into the soil.
Step 7: Attach Necklace Chain
Because the glass vial is about 2.5" tall, so I tried the necklace chain first and decided to remove about 2.5" length of chains from one end of the necklace chain using the two pairs of pliers, so the pendant would hung at the right height on me.
Then I attached the necklace chain to the glass vial at this point. The vial already had a ring or "jump chain" attached. All I had to do was to use one pair of the pliers to hold the jump chain, and the other pair of the pliers to open the jump chain, wrap it through the center necklace chain, and close the jump ring again.
Step 8: Wear and Care Instructions
At first I was skeptical of the sturdy-ness of the necklace. Would the glass vial detach from the necklace chain and spill the contents? But it looked so fun I didn't care if it would last a few hours or a few weeks. It survived the fact that I wore it to a wedding with my children kept grabbing it and looking at it, it's already worth of the making. And except for the vial, I still have the majority of materials to make millions of it if I want to.
To care for it, water it every couple of days when you notice the soil is dry with a few drops of water. If you notice condensation in the vial, open it and let it air out. Keep the necklace out of direct sunlight to avoid burning the baby plants.
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